Newsletters

You live where? Really?

I could spend hours looking at maps, the older the better, fascinated by the names of towns, rivers, mountain ranges and lakes. With regards to towns in the U.S. there is Pony, MT, Concrete, WA, Embarrass, MN, and Nowhere, CO. Some are clearly named after an industry,...

What’s in a name?

As the title of a book is important, so are the names of characters, particularly the protagonist. Hennessey Reed started life as Indigo Vane, though it's interesting how the subconscious works; when I Googled Indigo Vane it turns out there is a band with that name so...

In search of titles.

Each of my books started with a title that became a working title. One for Another was originally Cascading Wicked. It took a while, and my sister saying 'Cascading Wicked is cool, but what does it actually mean?'to even consider changing it. (It's easy to get...

The Wizadry of words

Someone recently commented that even though they consider themselves well read, they needed to look up several words they came across in Hennessey's latest adventure. It's not the first time a reader has said this.I get it. Works set in the era of One For Another and...

Merry New Year

As 2021 winds to a close, it is natural to reflect on the year that has been. I've decided that is a slippery slope as, of course, this past year has been such a strange one.I had great plans, but some of those plans fell by the wayside due mainly to border...

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...