Review: Mime by Chrissey Harrison

Full disclosure – Chrissey is a member of my writing group. I supported her excellent Kickstarter for this novel (you can find a lot more info about the novel and Chrissey on the Kickstarter page.) I know how hard Chrissey has worked on this novel and it shows. It’s excellently plotted and the prose reallyContinue reading “Review: Mime by Chrissey Harrison”

Interview with Steven Max Russo author of The Dead Don’t Sleep, Thieves

Tell us about your book (what’s the sales pitch?) The Dead Don’t Sleep is a gritty, crime thriller about Frank Thompson, a recent widower and aging Vietnam veteran who is down from Maine visiting his nephew, Bill, and his family in New Jersey. While at a trap range, he and his nephew have a chanceContinue reading “Interview with Steven Max Russo author of The Dead Don’t Sleep, Thieves”

Writing about writing about writing Review 5

Part 5 of an intermittent series where I read or re-read the writing books on my shelf to see if they’re worth keeping. See previous part here Metaphors We Live By by Lakoff & Johnson. Keeping to the dull cover theme that runs through this series the first up was this book that blew myContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 5”

Discoverability Signal Boost

You’ve published a book and you want to get the word out. You want your book to be discovered by readers. You want your book to sell. There’s a lot of books out there. So you need a signal boost. If that’s you then mail me an interview for this here blog about your book.Continue reading “Discoverability Signal Boost”

Writing about writing about writing Review 4

4th in an intermittent series of reviewing my writing books, with an aim of reducing how many I have. The previous post is here The subtitle for this one should be: 3 books about sentences and one about flourishes. I’m going to confess that I’ve never been able to finish this book, and if itContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 4”

Writing about writing about writing Review 3

3rd in an intermittent series of reviewing my writing books, with an aim of reducing how many I have. (4th really but the on and off the shelves post didn’t include any reviews) Exercises In Style by Raymond Quineau This is an odd little book. On a crowded bus at midday, the narrator observes oneContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 3”

Half way through the year that feels like a decade

Well the first half of the year was pretty eventful.</understatement> I gave myself a challenge this year to try not buy any books and reduce the TBR. That’s been going pretty well, but mainly because I’ve not been to any bookshops or events for the last 4 months! So far this year I’ve read 79Continue reading “Half way through the year that feels like a decade”

Writing about writing about writing – on and off the shelves

I have a number of books spread over the shelves that are written by authors I have fiction books from. I don’t plan to put these to the test. I’ve previously read them and placed them on the shelves. Some of these are collected non-fiction or essays which may include writing advice. Some are writingContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing – on and off the shelves”

Writing about writing about writing Review 2

This is part of an ongoing series of posts. Part one is here and part two here Sticking with books that are at a word and sentence level, I’ve read (sometimes scanned) the following books for review this time round: The Complete Plain Words The edition I have is hardback, printed in 1986 bought fromContinue reading “Writing about writing about writing Review 2”

Real Writers

Imposter Syndrome – insidious isn’t it? I posted on Twitter that I wasn’t feeling like a ‘real writer’ so was pondering a post on imposter syndrome and got some nice advice from the lovely people of Twitter. More than one person sent me this: The lovely Frances Hardinge who I once had the pleasure ofContinue reading “Real Writers”