Thursday, July 31, 2014

Where my ideas come from

I'm often asked where I get my ideas for stories, and my usual answer is a shrug of the shoulders and an uncomfortable glance at the ground. If I seem a little shifty on these occasions, it's because I am unable to provide a satisfactory answer. My best response is 'everywhere and nowhere, from observing life and making random connections between seemingly unconnected events'.

If somebody were to ask me today, however, I would have a very different response. From dreams.

This morning, I woke up at 5am with a fragment of a dream still in my mind, and I knew instantly it was a great idea for a novel. Obviously I don't want to give anything away in case anybody nicks it, but I sat up for the next hour to turn this sliver delivered up by my unconscious mind into an initial outline for a book that promises to be very dark indeed.

I almost didn't do it. I was so tired that the temptation was to go back to sleep. Fortunately, I had a notebook and pen by the side of my bed and scribbled down a few lines, which woke me up enough to get to the computer.

I do wonder what would have happened if that notebook wasn't there. Perhaps I would have gone back to bed and woken up in a few hours with no memory of the dream. I'm glad I didn't. It just goes to show that ideas can come to you anywhere at any time and from any source. So keep your notebook or voice recorder handy!

First review of Wannabes is in

It's always nerve-wracking, the wait for the first review of a new book. You obviously think your new novel is a work of genius, but alas others don't always concur. Fortunately, the first review of Wannabes is now in and it's a belter.

This is a double relief, as the fact I self-published this book made me nervous about the prospects of getting any reviews at all.

If any reviewers are reading this, feel free to contact me at for a review copy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Buy Apocalypse Cow, get Wannabes free

From now until the end of August 2014, I will be running a promotion to get two of my books for the price of one. Buy a copy of Apocalypse Cow in any format during this period, and you will receive a free ebook of my new novel, Wannabes.

To claim your ebook, send proof of purchase to, and I will email you a download code for your free book.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Winners of the Wannabes draw

Last night, I stripped down to my barbed-wire underpants, suspended a severed human finger from my nipple ring (left) and gyrated spastically over a list of names. The cracked fingernail scratched ominously upon the following individuals, marking them out as the next victims of my murder spree … sorry, I meant winners of a free Wannabes ebook.

Please email your home address, movement patterns (particularly when you are likely to be alone and inattentive in dark corners) and any weaknesses in your security systems to to claim your prize*. I will deliver it when you least expect it. I hope it brings you release. 

*I genuinely need your email address so I can privately send a download code to get it for free. You don't really need to send me your home address.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wannabes is now on sale

My second novel, Wannabes, is now available to buy as an ebook. To celebrate, I’m giving away twenty copies. In order to enter the random draw, please spread the news on your blog, Twitter or Facebook and send me an email at to let me know you have done so. I’ll draw the winners on July 28 and send a code for the free download.

The book (and sample chapters) is currently available on Amazon UK and US, as well as all the other country stores, and through iBooks. It is also available in all ebook formats through Smashwords. The price is $3 or the currency equivalent. You can get it for the Nook from Barnes and Noble and will soon be on sale through Kobo and other ebook stores.

If you are on Goodreads, you can add the book here.

Also, don't forget that the release date for Apocalypse Cow: World War Moo has been set as 9 June 2015. Put it in your calendar!


Celebrities are mobbing London's laser clinics as a deranged wannabe bumps off A-listers, believing he can absorb their powers and become famous by taping their tattoos to his body.

Washed-up pop star Jackie Thunder isn’t joining the stampede. Jackie figures that if he can get on the killer’s hit list, without the inconvenience of being murdered, he’ll gain the publicity needed to reignite his career.

But there’s more at stake than Jackie can possibly imagine. His desperate ploy for attention plunges him into the heart of a decades-old demonic plot to destroy great music through murder, mayhem and manipulation.

With humanity’s collective soul at stake, how far will Jackie go to reach the top?