‘A unique voice rising in contemporary fiction’
Cyd Madsen, novelist and award-winning screenwriter
‘Profound tales in page-turning fashion’
John Whitbourn, Victor Gollancz award winner
Longlisted for the World Fantasy Award
More about my fiction? Find it here
‘Delightful: amusing, entertaining and often very moving … quintessentially English’
Garry Craig Powell, Rain Taxi
Nick Hallissey, Country Walking
Narrative non-fiction: I wander, I write. Come and peek inside my notebook – Not Quite Lost, Travels Without A Sense of Direction.
Sometimes I am a ghostwriter
I’ve collaborated on a number of books by the famous and notorious, including a dozen novels. Spines and covers must remain hidden because, well, you’re not meant to know. Millions of readers have enjoyed my words – and that’s no exaggeration because average sales were 500,000 copies each.
I’m an experienced speaker, tutor and writing coach. I teach creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London and have spoken at a range of writing and publishing events. I help writers on an individual consultancy basis and a recent client won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. I have a show on Surrey Hills Radio, So You Want To Be A Writer.
Also for writers
‘On my shortlist of indispensable writing books’
Lisa Cron, literary agent, UCLA writing instructor, author of Wired For Story
‘Buy Stephen King’s On Writing and Roz’s Nail Your Novel books. All else is a waste of time’
Ian Collings, writer, Shropshire
For advice on writing and publishing, see my blog, below
I write books slowly. You probably won’t see a new release from me before a year or two has passed (recent releases here). But I’ve always got creative adventures to share in my newsletter and I’m producing new work regularly in the online world, blogging, broadcasting, teaching and I love a chat on Facebook or Twitter. Here are my regular haunts.
More about my writing books here
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