Monday, 15 September 2014

Friday, 20 June 2014

I Love Blake Nelson (in a bookworm way)

OK, so 2012 was quite late discovering U.S Young Adult author Blake Nelson (the novel was 'Girl'), but since then he has remained one of my favourite writers. He writes the kind of books that when you've finished it you have to either read it all over again, or try and find one of his books you haven't read just to get more.

For me, he is a modern day J.D Salinger (gasp!). I love his cool complex characters, I love the stories they tell, and I love the American backdrop (when I was a teen I wanted the whole American thing. England seemed so boring in comparison). I also love how easy his work is to read. OK, it's Young Adult I know, but having read a fair few of Blake Nelson's books, I know adults can get just as much out of his stories as Y.A. (I am qualified to say this since I am now 40 and have been reading (and writing) books for a long time).
Anyway, enough gushing, I have just finished Chapter One of his new novel 'The Prince of Venice Beach' and already I'm excited.
OK, so I probably could have sold him much better than I have, but honestly, he's a brilliant writer and story teller, and I love him (in a bookworm way).
*'The Prince of Venice Beach' is out now in hardback *

Monday, 2 June 2014


When I was about 12 years old my parents bought me my first and only typewriter. It was a chunky thing with a blue protective cover and I loved it.
Yes, changing the ribbon was a hassle, and yes it was a bind when correcting, and anyone who writes will appreciate the importance of a flowing train of thought, but then this was the era when even PC's didn't exist.
However, now after years of using a PC and laptop, and before that, the good old fashioned pen and paper, I do wonder how it would feel to use a typewriter again.

I recently found an article by a Journalist giving 5 reasons to still use a typewriter and 3 of the reasons I definitely agreed with - To be cool (let's face it, the old ones are the best), No electricity needed (messing about with printers etc) Aesthetics (I do love the typed font).

But really, could I be bothered to change that ribbon, make those corrections, no spell check and no back up? And what about painstakingly editing a 90,000 plus word manuscript?
I think my love affair with the Typewriter is a romantic one. I am a victim of the 21st Century yet I love the idea of my literary idols bent over an Imperial smoking endless cigarettes tortured as they try to write the next classic novel, but I am honest enough to put my hand up and say it is not something I could do, but my characters...well that's a different matter entirely.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Jake Bugg - a man to quote?

Quote of the Day - Jake Bugg Q&A: The Guardian (July 2013) -
How often do you have sex?

"It can vary from place to place. Being on the road a lot, sometimes it's more than necessary in a week and the next week it might not be so much."
I can feel this quote creeping in somewhere in my new book.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Cornish Pasty anyone?

While out and about in sunny St Ives yesterday I dropped into Poppy Treffry's shop on Fore Street and fell in love with the above print - one, because we all love a Pasty, and second, because it kind of sums up for me those early days of visiting Cornwall as a child.
Anyway, we've been living in Cornwall for 5 years now, my kids were only 3 and 1 years old at the time so to them this beautiful County is all they have really known, and that includes the Cornish Pasty, which I'm happy to say as a family we have embraced whole heartedly!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

My Cool Allotment

Outside of my writing, most of you know I have a fairly stressful day job, and some times it gets to me more than others, so today I am off to look at a plot at my local allotment site with the aim of channelling some of that negative energy.
OK, so to prove to you that it's not me just getting old, I found this book - 'My Cool Allotment' and suddenly I feel ever so slightly hip!
Enjoy the day

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

My New Book

I've just finished writing my 3rd book.
It doesn't have a title yet, but there are a few I'm messing about with.
The picture above by Cornwall based artist Sophie Harding is a direct inspiration as is Jake Bugg.
What a combination hey?
Not sure what format it will take yet but it feels damn good to be writing again.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Friday, 11 April 2014

TFI Friday... well as my official last day off work after an awesome week with my family "up country", so why not indulge.
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