News

1st February 2021

The second part of that interview, and an extract from The Elevator, appears today: Sam Kates interview Part 2

Again, big thanks to Jane and E.M. for having me.

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18th January 2021

An interview with me and an extract from The Cleansing appears on two fellow writers’ blog today. It’s Part 1 – the second part will be along in a few weeks. Here’s the link: Sam Kates interview

Thank you, Jane and E.M. for hosting me.

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8th January 2021

A happy new year to one and all. Let’s hope, despite its inauspicious start (Oh, America, what are you doing to yourselves?), it’s a vast improvement on the year just gone.

Today, Milandra from my Earth Haven trilogy, has been interviewed on a fellow writer’s blog – thank you, Assaph, for hosting her! It’s here: Milandra speaks

My blog was due to resume today, but it will be back on Monday, 11th January instead. We’ve had an issue with upgrading our internet this week (all now resolved, thankfully and much to the joy of my daughters who can’t imagine a world without internet access) and it’s put me a little behind. See you then!

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23rd December 2020

I’ll be posting to my blog later today – the obligatory, and brief, Christmas post – but otherwise that’s all for 2020. And what a year it’s been – I imagine we’ll all be glad to see the back of it.

Nadolig Llawen!

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17th July 2020

It’s been a while since I last posted any news items. With all that’s been going on in the world, I haven’t felt a pressing need to talk about my work, but I’m trying to return as far as possible to normal, so here goes.

If you catch my blog posts, you’ll see I had a health scare in February. Touch wood, I’m well on the way to recovery from that.

What of work? I’ve been pressing on with producing my own audiobooks. After my first effort, the small collection of dark festive tales, went live in December, I decided—in order to be doubly sure I was competent before tackling a full-length work—to produce an audio version of the first book I ever published. Pond Life and Other Stories was uploaded to ACX on 1st April. Due to the pandemic, it took much longer than normal to go through the quality control process, but it passed without any changes having to be made and has gone live within the past week or so.

Links can be found on the ‘Books’ dropdown menu and then by clicking the ‘Short story collections’ option. (The Apple link isn’t yet available—to follow.) All the retail sites have a free sample of a few minutes in length so you can listen to my non-dulcet tones.

I’m now working on the audio version of the second Earth Haven book, The Beacon. It’s around four times longer than Pond Life and will take me quite a while to complete, but I’m going as fast as I can. My aim is to then produce the audio version of the final book in the Earth Haven trilogy, The Reckoning. This, too, will take me months.

I find the process of editing the audio tracks so time-consuming that the new novel I’ve started has had to be temporarily shelved. It’s a lengthy fantasy novel (tentatively titled Whitland) that’s itching to be written, but deserves my full attention. So until all three Earth Haven audiobooks are complete, that will remain on the back-burner.

That’s all for now. Stay safe, be kind.

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28th December 2019

The result of my first attempt at narrating my own audiobooks is now available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Links can be found on the ‘Books’ dropdown menu and then by clicking the ‘Short story collections’ option. All the retail sites have a free sample of around three minutes in length.