You might think it’s a dog’s life being an author …
Meet Harvey, my adorable West Highland White Terrier, who often watches and listens to me wrestling with characters and plot, trying to turn ideas into fiction. He’s witnessed my struggles and my elation, never passing comment or judgement, even when I bare my soul to him.
I can’t offer you a treat for being a good listener, but I hope you’ll enjoy my Robservations on writing and life.
I wanted to be an actor. I didn’t know this until I was eleven and stepped onto the stage during a Drama class at school. But it wasn’t until we ...Read More
A year ago this week, the wonderful Carrie Fisher passed away. My earliest memory of her is Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, but it was her TV ...Read More
If you ask people what makes a great novel, they’ll probably tell you it's characters or plot, thrills and suspense, maybe an unexpected twist or surprise, maybe the way the ...Read More
When you think of healthy living, you don’t automatically imagine double chocolate muffins, right? Think again, as this is one of the fringe benefits of running. To most people running’s ...Read More
November 2017 Description When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong. But Detective Kay ...Read More
Sometimes, I wish there were fewer books out there. It’s not because I’m a slow reader. Far from it. I can zip through the pages like Mo Farah on his ...Read More
Earlier this week I had to think long and hard to remember the first crime novel I read. Author, Rachel Amphlett, who writes the Kay Hunter series, posed the question ...Read More
It’s late April at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The sun’s beating down on a line of restless children, patiently waiting to meet their heroes. But there’s an adult sandwiched ...Read More
One of the more humiliating experiences of my childhood was reading aloud in class. I’ve nothing against Shakespeare or Henry IV Part One, but at 15 I didn’t understand it ...Read More
When you go your own way there’s always a danger that no one will follow. Fortunately, the Blog Tour for No Bodies, which finished last week, showed a lot of ...Read More