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On The Road

I’ve been pretty silent on here this year. Not because little has been happening but because so much has been going on, but much that has yet to achieve fruition. Copy edits, proposals, enough emails to destroy an entire rainforest

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The Blog Tour

So, the Blog Tour has found its way to my page. Unlike Bob Dylan’s never ending tour which only features Bob Dylan, the Blog Tour is kind of like Radio 4’s Chain Reaction except without the live audience and with

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Happy Hogmanay

End of the year, and all that. I have to say, 2013 has been fantastic. Vintage. Every year I write a list of all the things I want to achieve by the following December. Lose weight, study Japanese properly, things

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First Time Solo

Naming a book is, I think, much harder than naming a child. When new parents smile through emotional and physical exhaustion and say ‘he / she is called Tom / Natalie / Jemima / Gideon’ no one replies ‘really? That’s

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The Loneliness of the Umpteenth Draft.

One of the things I enjoy most about writing is collaboration. Writing, particularly novel writing, is a long, lonely and often mind-and-body-destroying process. For days on end it’s often just me, enough coffee to make a sloth do the Charleston

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Publish and Be Damned.

It’s been a busy few weeks for homing pigeons sent by editors and judges. In the negative column came: – The Dundee International Book Prize: shortlisted but not final listed. – From Glasgow To Saturn:  flash fiction about a fight

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