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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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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 […]

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A Review of the Nemesis Charm

“Daniel Ingram-Brown has a way of setting the scene so that the reader becomes immersed in the world of the characters… I was gripped. I found The Nemesis Charm had a darker feel compared with the first book, The Rise of the Shadow Stealers, where the two apprentices are finding their feet in their new […]

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An Extract from the Firebird Chronicles: The Venus Flower

An extract from the Firebird Chronicles: In the centre of the clearing, a colossal flower blossomed. It sat on the ground, its tulip-shaped bowl surrounded by Trillium buds. Its petals looked as soft as swan feathers, but it was four times the height of Felda. Around the flower, tiny birds hovered, their wings flashing green […]

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Rise of the Shadow Stealers Review

“I would highly recommend Rise of the Shadow Stealers to anyone, young or old.Scoop and Fletcher are encouraged by their tutors and villagers to go forth and create their own story. This is a positive message which lends itself perfectly to empowering children to be able to make their own life choices. This book will […]

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The Vampire Experiment: The Man In The Black Coat

This is the final monologue in a series of stories being released as separate blogs. They form an account of an experiment performed at Knaresborough castle for Fright Night, Halloween 2013. Investigators travelled around the castle grounds to discover ghosts, who waited, hungry to tell their stories. As you read the accounts, I invite you […]

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The Vampire Experiment: John Henley

This is the third in a series of monologues being released as separate blogs. They form an account of an experiment performed at Knaresborough castle for Fright Night, Halloween 2013. Investigators travelled around the castle grounds to discover ghosts, who waited, hungry to tell their stories. As you read the accounts, I invite you to […]

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The Vampire Experiment: Elizabeth’s Story

This is the second in a series of monologues being released as separate blogs. They form an account of an experiment performed at Knaresborough castle for Fright Night, Halloween 2013. Investigators travelled around the castle grounds to discover ghosts, who waited, hungry to tell their stories. As you read the accounts, I invite you to […]

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Illustrated postcards and interactive books!

I got lots of goodies in the post today!  Firstly, some postcards I ordered arrived. Each has an illustrated character from the Firebird Chronicles on the front (drawn by the lovely Sarah Johnson). On the back there’s a quote from that character, taken from the Nemesis Charm. I love how clean and simple they look! […]