Beach Walks


So here we are … Christmas has been and gone, and we’re looking 2016 firmly in the eye.

How about you – any life-changing body-morphing liver-mending resolves made? Fortunately for my liver, my appreciation of alcohol is correlated to quality rather than quantity these days. The Chief Medical Officer and I are so in alignment, with no effort on my part. Must be getting old. Continue reading “Beach Walks”

Cheddar library and meeting Maria McCann

Our local library at Cheddar in Somerset, largely run by volunteers due to funding cuts, whistled up a wonderful surprise last week when the highly-regarded historical novelist Maria McCann came to talk to library-goers and fans. Maria’s novels have been picked by Richard and Judy, and short-listed for the Orange Prize.

Not only is Maria charming and candidly entertaining, she writes excellent polished and very well-researched novels. Continue reading “Cheddar library and meeting Maria McCann”

Get your Christmas shopping here!

Yep, the wait is over. SF/fantasy anthology On Another Plane, featuring the heart-stopping and heart-warming tribulations of astronaut Emily Harris in my story ‘Calypso Solo’, is now available from Amazon in paperback and ebook; also available for Nook and Kobo, as well as in print from Lulu.

Published by AudioArcadia October 2015
Published by AudioArcadia October 2015

Happy reading, and if you do buy your own copy before sending others to your loved ones for Christmas, please consider writing an Amazon review. The best reviews might just get the writer featured in a future story!

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“On Another Plane” – SF story published!

Published by AudioArcadia October 2015
Published by AudioArcadia October 2015

I’m excited. Very excited. Superlatively excited. Not that you would notice. What immensely significant event has occurred, you ask?

Only that my SF short story “Calypso Solo” has just been published by AudioArcadia in their anthology On Another Plane, edited by the wonderful Lindsay Fairgrieve.

(Small yay with exclamation mark allowable?) Continue reading ““On Another Plane” – SF story published!”

Surviving BristolCon

BristolCon, the annual SF and fantasy convention for the south-west, has warped through and swept me up in its wake. Off I tottered last Saturday (just on a single crutch, getting bolder now) to the Bristol Doubletree Hotel, transformed for the day into a galaxy far, far away. Rubbing shoulders with witches and fairies (sadly no Klingons and not a single Darth Vader anywhere), Continue reading “Surviving BristolCon”

SF Success!

It’s taken a while, but I’m very happy that I’m about to be published in the UK – in a book! – for the first time in the science-fiction genre.

My short SF story “Two’s Company”, retitled as “Calypso Solo”, has recently won a competition run by publishers Arcadia. Alongside other winning SF and fantasy stories, my story will be published in an anthology, simultaneously in paperback and as an ebook. Hopefully in time for lots of sales in the Christmas run-up!

Here’s a snippet from the beginning to whet your appetite… Continue reading “SF Success!”