Officially a New Pulp Writer

My author bio has appeared on the Pro Se website, so I’m officially a writer of New Pulp. Dave wrote most of it – I find it very hard to write about myself in the third person and I hadn’t given them enough info. It has my ‘professional author’ photo, which was taken a while ago. Sweet Goddess, did I really have such black hair? It isn’t that dark now, it’s faded to the shade known as pepper and salt, and I have a few wrinkles. I’m vain enough to want to stick with that photo for the moment!

In other news, just got another 5 star review on Amazon for The Dragon, Fly, my SF/fantasy/horror short story collection. Thank you, lovely reader, for being so kind. This is what keeps us writers going, helping us to push through blocks in inspiration, plots that won’t untangle and characters who refuse to be wrangled in the right direction. Knowing that my tales have pleased someone is a much welcome reward.

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Still Alive!

Back from the hospital after major surgery, a hysterectomy plus a few extra bits. One of the extras was a free tummy tuck on the NHS, which they did to make the rest of the procedure easier. I have an amazing scar across my stomach – it looks like I’ve been sawn in half or attacked by a shark! Why anyone would choose to do this just for cosmetic reasons is beyond me! Amazingly I was totally pain-free after surgery – I spent three days with an epidural that made me numb – and I’m now just on OTC painkillers, paracetamol and diclofenac. All of the staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital were wonderful – so friendly, caring and professional. My consultant visited me every day. Even the staff who delivered the meals and brought round drinks were great – always concerned that each patient had exactly what they ordered and ready to chat to cheer us all up. Obviously the meals weren’t up to gourmet standards, but given the budget for feeding us, they did well and I enjoyed what I ate.

I’m now at home, not doing much and resting. I can manage to climb the stairs and walk around a bit in the house. Won’t be driving for four to six weeks, so there’ll be much reading, TV watching and other relaxing stuff.

Just had a visit from two of my ex-colleagues from the lab with flowers, and a delivery of gourmet chocolate brownies in the mail. Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes and love.

Another Great Review

Just been blessed with another good review from the British Fantasy Society for Spook/Spirit/Stone.

These stories have lived for so long on my hard-drive, hidden and read by only a few. It’s strange and scary to let them out into the wild, to declare them a finished version that I can’t tinker with from time to time. It’s great that people like them and it’s really interesting to get different viewpoints on them. I’d never thought of Jerome as gruff, but that’s one of the weird tricks of fiction, that things that the author didn’t intend or plan sneak into the narrative.

There are some more Afton and Jerome stories – three short ones and two unfinished novellas. They’ll all appear on Kindle eventually, but I’m making no promises over when or how soon. As for a novel, I’m not sure I’m clever enough to write a full-length crime story, especially in first-person present tense, which these insisted they had to be in. I’d always thought of them as fragments of the detectives’ lives, each just long enough to suit the plot idea.

The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone is available from Amazon UK, Amazon US and also in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It’s priced at 77p/99 cents at the moment, so a real bargain.