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How To Reignite Your Own Spark

How To Reignite Your Own Spark

Remember that sense of wonder you had as a kid? The feeling that everything was magical? That you could weave some of that magic and make it your own… No? Then you are not alone. There’s a thing that gets in the way called life. It smothers and even extinguishes that...

Sex, death and your soul…what it takes to write

Sex, death and your soul…what it takes to write

‘Are you working on anything at the moment?’ It’s one of those questions writers get asked all the time. And my truthful answer is, always. Because my way of working involves a lot of thinking and yet more thinking before I ever commit a word to the page. It’s the...

Why You Should Never Give Up

Why You Should Never Give Up

Today I got to hold my new book for the first time. Yes, it is like holding a baby. But this baby is more special than most. I know all new parents say that and I hope you’ll forgive the analogy as you read on…because my real offspring and this published one are...

Lockdown Life Hacks – Make Your Own Yeast

Lockdown Life Hacks – Make Your Own Yeast

Another Lockdown Survival Hack and today it’s make your own yeast, in case you want to join the legions of new bread bakers out there but can’t get your hands on the stuff. First, potato yeast using the water left over from boiling potatoes... Simply take a 325ml or a...

Beware Hemlock

Beware Hemlock

One of my favourite bits of writing my crime dictionary were the poison entries. Honestly, it’s such a great murder method right now. Apart from that, it’s also vital information for those of you who have taken to foraging in the wake of coronavirus. The pictures...

Lockdown Poetry – It Happens All The Time In Heaven

Lockdown Poetry – It Happens All The Time In Heaven

It’s the end of Week One in lockdown for the UK. Others have done it for longer. In spite of feeling cooped up and frightened, people have mostly behaved magnificently although, with everyone suddenly crammed together at home, it’s not surprising if things get a...