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Bank Holiday Shenanigans and Podcasts

The bank holiday weekend is over and in London the weather is absolutely terrible. Today, it’s pouring down with rain and it’s downright miserable but taking that to one side, my weekend was actually excellent.  On Saturday we had a gorgeous weather so I had a bbq, on Sunday I went to MCM Comic Con and yesterday I went to Wembley Stadium to watch AFC Wimbledon vs Plymouth Argyle League 1 play-off final.  Comic-Con was great fun, there were Deadpools everywhere, I nearly got knocked off by Boba Fett, I fell in love with the Delorean, came face to face with a life-size Alien and despite my protestations that I wasn’t going to buy anything I did.

As yesterday was Bank Holiday Monday, Spectrum Books released Episode 10 of their podcast. Episode 10 of the Spectrum Books Podcast features an interview with fiction writer, Rebecca Strong whose first book ‘Who is Mr.Plutin?’ was published last year. As usual, you can listen to her interview on iTunes and on the web-player.

In my podcast intro I mentioned that I had a giant canvas print of the Silver Surfer on my hallway wall. So as promised here is a photo of my hallway:



Here are my photos from Comic-Con.


Wembley Stadium.


And finally…I was interviewed by J.David Core on the Thrills and Mystery Podcast. We spoke about my writing projects, who I got to advice when writing crime fiction and I got a taste of my own medicine by answering some of the spectrum questions.

You can listen to my interview on iTunes, Youtube and download the MP3.





chick lit, creativity, ideas, writing

Stuck in the Middle

In the introduction to last weeks podcast I spoke about how I became stuck whilst writing the second draft of my latest WIP, which has the working title of The Comfort Zone (I already know that will not be the final title). I didn’t have writers block I just knew that I had reached a point in the story where I was writing all of my characters into a corner.  I had two choices. I could either throw the entire project into the trash can or go back to the plan.  I went to the plan. I’m one of the those people who can think more clearly when they actually have a pen and a paper in front of them. I spent two days going through my original chapter plan/outline and I changed things around, got rid of characters and changed the main characters arc.

I think that this graph by Maureen F.McHugh perfectly encapsulates how torrid the writing process can be.


In a week I’ve written 13,523 words and if you ask me, that’s a lot when a week ago you were literally standing at a junction wondering where on earth you were going to go next.

Project statistics courtesy of Scrivener
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Episode 9 is here…

Good afternoon to all you wonderful people. I hope that you had fantastic weekends.  With the exception of Crystal Palace losing the FA Cup (the less said about that the better – stupid referee), my weekend was great as I spent most of it catching up with and hanging out with friends and I bought another comic, actually it was definitely more than one. I can’t help it. I have a problem, but my argument is that it’s a classic. Do you have any idea how good this comic is?



As it is indeed Monday, that can only mean one thing. Yes we have another instalment of the Spectrum Books Podcast. Today I’m talking to author David Neth about being an indie writer and his publishing journey so far.


If you’re a subscriber to iTunes then you can download and listen to the podcast here. (Don’t forget to leave a review).

If you don’t have access to iTunes then you can listen on the web player.

Enjoy and I will see you next week.


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Episode 7: Anma Natsu

Good morning to you all. I can barely see at the moment and I sound like a dalek with a cold because of bloody hayfever but that will not stop me.  It’s Monday which means a brand new episode of the Spectrum Books Podcast.  Today I’m talking to YA fantasy and romance writer Anma Natsu.


We talk about her experience as an indie writer, the pressure to release a book series and the book she wished that she had written.  You can listen to the podcast on iTunes and on the web player  if you don’t have iTunes.

If you head over to the you can also read my ‘Spectrum Books talks to…’ interview with Emily Martha Sorenson.

About the Author


And finally, yesterday I was interviewed on the Thrills and Mystery Podcast. The podcast will be released on the 23 May 2016 and I will post a link when it’s up.

Right I’m going back to writing through streaming eyes with my box of kleenex on standby. Stupid allergies. Have a gorgeous day.


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Episode 5: Grace-Emmanuelle Kabeya of Kamaria Press

Hello, it’s Monday which means podcast day.  Today I’m in conversation with the brilliant Grace-Emmanuelle Kabeya of Kamaria Press. It was a great conversation talking about the publishing industry, diversity within the industry, World Book Night and the book Grace-Emmanuelle wishes that she had written.


You can listen to the podcast over on iTunes or you can listen on the web player




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Justin Adams: Episode 3 – Spectrum Books podcast.

It’s Monday so that means there’s a new episode of the Spectrum Books podcast available.

Today, I’m talking to artist Justin Adams who specialises in sci-fi book covers.

You can check out Justin’s work at 

And here a couple of his covers.

Send me an email ( if you would like to be a guest on podcast or if you just have a question or something to say about the podcasts.

Here’s the podcast link:

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Spectrum Books Podcast launches today!!

In case you didn’t know, I’m the founder of Spectrum Books.  Spectrum Books is the home of independent and diverse fiction and it’s purpose is to provide a platform for indie writers and for anyone involved in the world of self-publishing.  Today is the launch of the Spectrum Books podcast and it’s available on iTunes.  Every week I will be interviewing writers, editors, cover artists anyone else who fancies popping along for a chat.

Episode 1 launches today with an interview with bestselling author and business coach, Honoree Corder.

Send me an email ( if you’re an indie writer, editor, artist, publisher and would like to take part in future episodes.