Following a self-imposed alcohol ban last week I finally managed to update my site with improvements that I have been wanting to do for a long time now but could not do due to my hectic writing schedule.
I am excited to announce that I have added a section where I have published all of my short stories. These are available to everyone to read and share.
Not only does this section include my 400 word short stories that I wrote for competitions but also after much deliberation I have decided to make my Horror-themed short stories available to everyone. I have so far published:-
The Resurrection Men
Der Devil Komando
The Calling – Will be issued by the end of September
Outbreak – Will be issued by the end of the year
I have also added new pages for my current books which will be regularly updated to show current status. This section includes a link to buy ‘From the Toon to the Trenches’ which is available to purchase from Amazon.
I invite you all to check out the newly updated site and as always please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.
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Hi everyone…. before I start with this blog I need to apologise to everyone for the long gap between my last post. All I can say is that things have been very hectic on the writing front for me during the first half of 2019.
I set myself a demanding writing schedule for this year, and touch wood I have stuck to it.
The picture above is of me writing in the mountains of Azerbaijan in the soaring heat, where I had a great few hours with the crazy and talented photographer Sasha.
As well as writing I have also surprisingly found time to discover two amazing authors who series of books have been keeping me very entertained in between writing. I hope my writing can be of a similar high standard one day. The authors are:
LJ Ross – Author of the DCI Ryan series set in Northumberland and Newcastle.
Chris Carter – Author of the Robert Hunter Series.
If you are looking for something new and fresh to read I highly recommend these two authors.
A Step into Darkness – Update – July 2019
As I updated last year, I received some very promising feedback on ‘A Step into Darkness’ which is my first, stand-alone crime thriller set in Northumberland UK. He recommended I rewrote a few scenes, however, once I started my rewrite, I realised that my writing in the later part of the story was far superior to the writing I made in the first half. I didn’t want to let anyone down, let alone myself so I have painstakingly gone through the story page by page. I believe it is now a much more polished story and I hope my readers will also too.
The book is now back with my editor. I should have feedback by the end of summer so wish me luck and watch this page.
Further Writing of 2019 from Kids stories to Horror
January, February and March were horrendous this year in Baku, with ice-cold temperatures, rain and lots and lots of wind (it is nicknamed the windy city). For some strange reason, as I knew I was going to be cabin bound for some time, I got it into my head to try another genre in order to improve my writing skills.
Remembering how I used to enjoy writing stories even as a child, I decided to try my hand at writing a children’s book, aimed specifically at 3-6-year-olds. The planning and plotting stage was really fun (it wasn’t so difficult to take my mind back to that of a child’s 🙂 )
Anyway, after much deliberation, I came up with my character – ‘The Adventures of Horace the Hesitant Hare.’ My first Horace story is planned to encourage youngsters to eat more fruit and as well as having a simple storyline it is colourful with the odd rhythm inside to keep the kids entertained while reading. I wrote this on Powerpoint and really enjoyed the experience. I have enlisted the help of a local illustrator and not really sure how this will pan out just yet.
In May I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo which is an international writing competition where you set your own target and have a full month to complete. After enjoying my first taste of horror writing last year I decided to start a compilation of short horror stories that I hope to be ready for Halloween. In May’s competion I surpassed my 12K word target and wrote the first two stories.
I am now in the second week of Julys Camp NaNoWriMo and plan to complete a further two spooky short stories. I’m progressing well with 4K words down so far and have my plan prepared for both stories.
I have a few ideas about what to do with the compilation once complete but I will let my followers know. I can promise though that it will be available in some format.
The Compilation is called ‘When Darkness Beckons’and the stories completed/planned so far are about:
Victorian Grave Diggers
Subhuman Soldiers of the SS during WW2
Devil Worshipers and Human Sacrifice
Chemical Fall Out
That brings me to the end of my blog. I just want to share one message. As you can see from my update, writing can take many shapes and forms and there is a style to suit everyone. Never be afraid to start, do it for yourself and do it for fun.
Hope you have all enjoyed this blog. Please don’t hesitate to leave some feedback or ask any questions (I promise to answer).
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Enjoy your summer everyone and as always …. one love
P.S I have also just updated my website… check it out and see what you think
I trust you all had a fantastic Christmas and I wish you all the very best for 2019.
Last year was a real turning point for me and my writing. I completed my first ever draft, set up this website, completed my Writing Course and produced a few short stories.
2019 is going to be even greater for me and my writing. I hope to improve with my writing style with experience and I have just sat down and planned out my whole writing schedule for the year, which I am going to monitor my progress against.
For 2019 my main plans are to complete the final re-write of ‘A Step into Darkness’ ready for returning to the Editor for review. I plan to complete the 1st draft of my second novel ‘A Silent Scream’. I am looking to self-publish a compilation of Horror stories in time for Halloween and I’m going to prepare and hopefully complete NaNoWriMo in November which will set me up lovely for my third novel.
Back in November 2018, a close friend sent me a copy of his Grandad’s Journal from the 1st World War. It had been discovered by his cousin 100 years later. The reason my friend sent me the Journal was two-fold:
He knew of my passion for all things related to WW1 and WW2.
He knew I was a writer.
After reading the story two or three times I sensed that there was a real story crying out to be told. A one of heroism, courage and of the barbarity of life in the trenches during that time.
After gaining permission from the family, I have been working over the festive period, tinkering here and there, formatting, editing and adding some missing information.
This is now all complete and the Journal has been self-published on Amazon in the Kindle format under the title ‘From the Toon to the Trenches.’
The short story will be priced at 1.99p with all sales being donated to the British Legion.
For me, it as a wonderful read, sometimes shocking and occasionally humorous and I ask you all to have a look and share the word.
The link to buy from Amazon is:-
I am immensely proud to have been chosen to assist in the sharing of this forgotten Journal.
As always I wish you all happiness and I will update you soon with the progress of my work.
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