Hallowed Trees

Hallowed: something that is respected, admired, or considered to be holy. We got a Christmas card last year featuring the Sycamore Gap Tree on Hadrian’s Wall. Now there is a void in the landscape where it used to be. Dubbed the most photographed tree in the UK, it became famous after appearing in the 1991…Read More

Dual Timeline Stories

“Every why hath a wherefore.” – William Shakespeare. Dodging the Information Dump Writers sometimes take their readers back in time to promote a better understanding of the story. We use several techniques to achieve this goal, such as prologues, flashbacks, or dual timeline threads. These reveal background information through dramatized scenes rather than a character…Read More

Achilles’ Heel: The Art of Vulnerability

“Achilles, without his heel, you wouldn’t even know his name today.” – Stan Lee. Speculative fiction is full of heroes and villains who have superhuman powers. From sorcerers to warriors, their strength, speed, and skill dazzle us. But while these mighty figures might appear exciting, their appeal would dwindle without a flaw or weakness to…Read More


Antiheroes: Breaking Stereotypes

“I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them” – Sherlock Holmes, in the TV series Sherlock. In the realm of storytelling, heroes and villains often occupy opposite ends of the spectrum. But there is a captivating alternative: the antihero. Take Han Solo…Read More

grail quest journey of self-discovery

The Grail Quest: A Journey of Self-discovery

“The most extraordinary journey is the one you take to find yourself!” – Mehmet Murat ildan. The Essence of a Grail Quest Grail quests have been popular in literature for centuries. These stories often involve knights or heroes embarking on a quest to find the Holy Grail, but they are about much more than epic…Read More

Are prologues necessary

Are Prologues Necessary?

  “What is past is prologue.” – William Shakespeare What is a Prologue? Authors and filmmakers use prologues as introductions to a story. Prologues focus on events that occurred prior to the main narrative to provide background and context. J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, and George R. R. Martin all wrote…Read More

Graëlstorm Will Be Available as an Amazon Countdown Deal

Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk will be running a Kindle Countdown Deal in which my recently published novel, Graëlstorm, will be offered by Amazon at a promotional price of only £0.99/$0.99 from May 8, 2023, increasing incrementally to the full price on May 15, 2023. This offer is for one week only, so don’t miss out. Click…Read More

Creating Great Book Covers

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”  – Fred R. Barnard “Never judge a book by its cover,” we’re told. This may be sound advice, but it totally misjudges the jacket’s importance. Truth is, readers do it all the time, and a writer ignores this at their peril. A book’s cover consists of three related…Read More

My Road to Writing Fantasy

“Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life” – Stephen King Hitting the Road: My journey to writing fantasy began at a young age when a relative of mine gifted me a Rupert Bear annual for Christmas. Rupert is an anthropomorphized—or humanlike—young bear who lives with his parents in a house in a fictional…Read More

Available Today: Graëlstorm (Cathar Grail Quest Saga, Book Two)

I’m excited to announce the release of my new fantasy novel, Graëlstorm. A thrilling new twist on Grail myth, Graëlstorm is the sequel to Graëlfire and the second instalment of the Cathar Grail Quest Saga. About the Book: A unique kind of woman A cosmic feud A secret that threatens her existence Lena Dubois is…Read More

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