Love to hate: evil lead characters

A great many popular lead characters in books are actually people with which you would never choose to engage in real life. The vampire Lestat was portrayed to some extent as a manipulator and a fiend, Ripley was detached and goal-oriented, there was no possible way that these people could actively take a part in... Continue Reading →

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Writing with historical accuracy: Dialogue.

I am currently writing a book based in Edwardian London. The characters come from various social backgrounds and the need for accuracy is eating away at my fingers as I write. This weekend just past, I attended the MCM Comic Con at London's Excel Centre and was lucky enough to have a brief chat with... Continue Reading →

Regarding Jim.

This morning I awoke to the news that the crime author, James Thompson, had passed away over the weekend. I had heard of Jim through my writing group here in Helsinki. He had moved here years ago from the US and carved out a successful career writing dark, gritty novels based around the career of... Continue Reading →

Mind melt

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to lose my job. I experienced many thoughts and emotions as  reult of this but one of the outstanding ones was "woo-hoo, I can now concentrate on my writing". This was, predictably, not to be. Although I managed to get some short stories written and a number of... Continue Reading →

Making the book into a short film

I had an idea, after making a book trailer, that I should develop the trailer into a short film in order to promote the book story a bit more but also just to have a good time spent with friends while making it. Having no idea whatsoever how to make a short film, I started... Continue Reading →

Book Trailer fun

Most of my posts, if not all of them, have been about my ill-conceived and badly carried out plans on how to produce a book and then go about marketing it; this post will be no exception. I previously posted a link to the book trailer I made to promote my book, The Dead Famous.... Continue Reading →

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