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Top Ten Joys of Writing Character

Creating and writing character is the breath and blood of good stories. As Will Storr says in The Science of Storytelling, “It’s people, not events,that we’re naturally interested in. The plight of specific, flawed and fascinating individuals that make us cheer, weep and ram our heads into the sofa cushion. The surface events of the […]

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My Top Ten Inspirational Writing Haunts

From tumble-down manor houses to tropical islands, from ruined abbeys to capital cities, places have always been a big inspiration for my writing. Here are my top ten inspirational writing haunts with some of the book extracts they’ve inspired. Caldey Island I visited this little island off the cost of Wales with my parents when […]

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Free Audio Story: The Statue’s Curse

As it’s coming up to Halloween, here’s a free audio story for you to enjoy! Two churchmen fight to erase the memory of a local prophetess, with devastating consequences. This thirty-minute psychological ghost story draws on the legend of the famous English prophetess, Mother Shipton, and of the Petrifying Well, beside which she is said […]

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BBC Radio York interview for National Adoption Week

I was interviewed today on BBC Radio York for #NationalAdoptionWeek. We talked about the process of becoming an adoptive dad, the joys & challenges of adoption and how the experience inspired my new book Bea’s Witch: A ghostly coming-of-age story. What are your experiences of or questions about adoption?

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Have you ever had a brush with the supernatural? If so, what happened?

I was initially asked this question by Heather for a guest post on her blog All the Ups and Downs, but as we’re approaching Halloween, I thought I’d post it again here! I think, perhaps, the supernatural is all around us, threaded through reality; so much so that it’s actually very natural! I guess that’s […]

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Bea’s Witch Books Arrive

Look what arrived today! So exciting!

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Bea’s Witch Cover Reveal

ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 Cover reveal for Bea’s Witch! I’m really excited to share this with you. I hope you like it. Let me know what you think!

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Song: Horizon’s Broken

This song from Through the Uncrossbale Boundary is about grief and hope. It’s arranged and performed by the wonderful James Dey #FirebirdChronicles

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An extract from the Firebird Chronicles

The ribbons of cloud that twisted around the ship thickened, until slowly, the Black Horizon was consumed by fog. Rain churned the ocean. Despite this, the air was unnaturally quiet. The wind had died down and the sea was flat. The ship cut, almost noiselessly, through the water, its creaks and groans eerie in the […]

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Review: Firebird Chronicles

“A delightfully whimsical fantasy plot with more mature themes, like maintaining morality in difficult times and finding your purpose… You can read it on whatever level you’d like: whimsical fantasy, Christian literature, good old fashioned morality tale and so on. A lot of reviews made comparison to the Narnia series and I can definitely see […]