Category Archives: Advice for writers

Things I read on the internet

The Guardian asked writers for their ten rules for writing (part one and part two available here). I like lots of bit and pieces of advice and might take one rule from each author. But overall I liked this advice the best: Ian Rankin 1 Read lots. 2 Write lots. 3 Learn to be self-critical. […]

Second Polish interview

Here’s a link to the interview I did with Polish website Carpe Noctem. There’s also to be a competition to win some of my books in Polish coming up soon. And here’s the text for English readers: Even though “Bad Blood” is your latest book, it was the first one that has been published in […]

A penny for your thoughts

A friend linked me to the discussion that’s been going on in writerly circles about donation buttons, direct selling to your readers and whether it’s possible to make money from online publication. Here are the posts I’ve been reading: Steven Brust on begging for alms Bill Ward on patronage and an online audience Cory Doctorow […]

Interviews with Polish websites

A couple of weeks ago I did an essay piece and an interview with Polish website Crime in the Library. Essay is here Interview is here I’ve since also been interviewed by another Polish website called Carpe Noctem. I’ll publish the details when I have them. It’s great that Bad Blood (Wykreślone imię in Polish) […]

Reference works

In my home office I have several book shelves. The one closest to my desk is my reference works shelf. This is where I keep my standard reference works (those I often refer to) and specific works I have consulted while writing particular books. This is a short piece about the reference works I have. […]

Literary Geek quiz, from Facebook

A quiz about the books I read, like and recommend. Also some questions about what I dislike!

Classic children’s fiction

Another list of recommendations, this one is for authors of classic children’s fiction. Joan Aiken, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, its eleven sequels, the thirteen Arabel and Mortimer titles, and other novels Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women, its three sequels and other titles Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of A Little Princess, […]

Books of colour

Events in the blogosphere have inspired me to post another list of recommendations, this is for fiction by or about people of colour. Authors of colour Octavia Butler, science-fiction author of Wildseed and the Xenogenesis series Steven Barnes, science-fiction author of The Descent of Anansi, Dream Park, The Legacy of Heorot and other titles Rosa […]

Post-apocalyptic fiction

Seriously, what is it with Monica Hughes? Why can’t anyone remember what books she wrote? If you haven’t read them already go and find Devil On My Back and The Dreamcatcher. Monica Hughes, people! She deserves to be remembered. And to bulk out this entry a bit here are some more post-apocalyptic fiction recommendations since […]

Where do you get your ideas from?

The question “where do you get your ideas from?” is one writers dread. It’s a very popular first question at school visits and talks, and probably a natural one but it’s still extremely difficult to answer. Just googling for where do you get your ideas from? produces pages of authors agonising over this question. Neil […]