BEING UPROOTED

BEING UPROOTED

It was only after I’d finished the first draft of my second novel that I realised it had something in common with the first. Then after sketching out a rough outline of novel number 3, I’ve realised that  I’m exploring a similar theme there too.  ...

5 REASONS FOR GOING ON LOCATION

The start point for my books is often a location. Sometimes just being in a beautiful or interesting place makes me want to write about it. Sometimes the place itself triggers the idea for a book or a character. Either way it’s a good excuse to go back there to...

INFILTRATING THE HIGH RANGE CLUB

I need to say upfront that the photo on the left of the famous (men only) bar of the High Range Club in Munnar was not taken by me but plucked from the interweb. Read on to find out why. I’ve been dying to visit this famous bastion of tea planters as a lot of...

LOOKING ROUND THE GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE

My characters in Kurinji Flowers stay for a brief honeymoon at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne – in the winter of 1936. As I happened to be in Eastbourne this weekend to meeet up with old schoolfriends I asked the hotel if I could have a look around and was...

VICARIOUS VISIT TO THE HARROGATE ODEON

Having completed my revisions to A Greater World and sent it back to my agent  (a reworking of the way the protagonists meet) after a somewhat hesitant start, I’ve now begun a radical rewrite of Kurinji Flowers. Today my characters went to the movies at the...

LIVING IN LIMBO

I hate this time. I haven’t moved off the current book yet as I know I’ll have more work to do once I get comments back and so I can’t start work on the next one (and anyway I haven’t a clue yet what it will be about). As a result I feel a bit...

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