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Emotional ejacta. Lacrimal laments Salty snot Therapeutic tears We all blub at times. My latest outburst was two weeks ago, at the end of watching Kong: Skull Island. Yes, I know it’s hardly the film you’d expect to provoke that sort of reaction. I remember watching King Kong – the 1970s version with Jessica Lange [...]

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The Fame Game I recently had two launch parties for my debut novel, Blue Gold. It’s published by Urbane, who recently won best independent UK crime publisher by World Wide Business Review. Two launch parties? Why not, I thought, it’s not often you get published for the first time. It’s about as Rock Star as [...]

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And not a drop to drink, as the Ancient Mariner once said. Hopefully by now you know that Blue Gold is a thriller set in the near future during a world war for water. Articles about water shortages are becoming more common. I’ve been thinking about this for the past seven years or so as [...]

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George Orwell wrote a short article in 1946, entitled, ‘Why I Write’. Apt to mention that, since he’s one of my reasons. Men of vision, like Orwell, HG Wells, Arthur C Clarke, who could seemingly predict the future and turn it into a gripping story inspired me from an early age. At the time, I [...]

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Blue Gold, my debut thriller out this month, went through many iterations as it seems, must all novels. But the part that changed the most during the editing process was the most important to get right: the beginning. Since the opening scene was the thing I had fixed most clearly in my mind when I [...]

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