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Why can’t fitness be instant, and a breeze?

I'm afraid my newsletter is a wee bit late this month. I put this down to having started a new job. Actually, I started it 5 days before lockdown in August. Talk about timing! It's three days a week in a women's wear store, and I'm embarrassed to admit it was a bit of...

Paper or popcorn?

At the moment I'm writing a Hennessey novella that, in its rough state, is sitting around 16 500 words. My plan is to use it as a promotional tool. It still needs a bit of tweaking and polishing but my thoughts have turned to the cover. Of course, the importance of an...

Dying Grass Moon release

I am very pleased to say that after a few miss-steps and tearing of hair DYING GRASS MOON has galloped into the big wide world. The official launch date was September 9, but the thing I had to remember was the rest of the world is hours if not a day behind New...

The lengths we go to.

With the release date of DYING GRASS MOON fast approaching I have been musing on the different methods writers use to help them reach the day when the work they have slaved over goes out into the wild. I am part of a group of crime-writing Aucklanders who get together...

Writers and wolves

Writing a book is a solitary experience. I’ve seen this written in the acknowledgements section of multitude novels. Yes, I read that stuff, and often flick to the back matter before I start reading, because for some obscure reason I like to see the author photo and...

Debunking a Hollywood myth

I have mentioned before and doubtless will again that I love research. Sometimes I include scenes while writing that I take for granted could have happened, although fact check the final draft to be on the safe side. That’s just as well, because there can be a few...

Traditional writing practice versus A.I.

Since my books are set in 1880s Idaho Territory, my protagonist’s adventures involve extensive research. I find this part of the writing process fascinating, although it can become the proverbial rabbit hole down which I not only lose days, but where I’m often struck...

Romance, Western, Thriller or Fantasy?

After a trip to the South Island a while back I caught a shuttle home from the airport. The only passenger, I sat up front with the driver. Around my age (mid fifties), she was super friendly and we chatted the whole ride, which, traffic dependent, usually takes about...

Fame and following

Do you have anything in common with a famous person, someone you admire? One writer I admire is Val McDermid. The only thing the fabulous Ms McDermid and I have in common is we walk to nut things out. I learned this a couple of years ago when in Christchurch for the...