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Writing fantasy

My #Christmas just got better with the offer of a real job as a ghostwriter.

A lot of people are dubious about being a ghostwriter, but my view is I’ll get paid even if the book doesn’t do well, and I am trying to get in the Association of ghostwriters, and I need two people to vouch for my work.

This is the comment from my client about Sons of Baal, book 1 in my Science Fiction series – Thank you for bidding on my project. I have read some of your book and I like your style!

I am known for #scifi, but years ago, my book To Elfenmere got praised by a lady with a BA in Medieval Studies Book Cover 3


The Ardennes campaign

Many people are eager to hurl abuse at the US for going to war, but if you stop and look at the history behind the reason, most of the time it has been to cover up for a mess left by the French.

A case in mind is the Ardennes campaign that started yesterday, in 1944. The US forces had to mobilize in what become known as “The Battle of the Bulge” because the French said the Germans couldn’t drive tanks through the forests – tell that to the 90,000 US soldiers who lost their lives, and the families who still grieve.


Percy Fawcett

One of the great mysteries of the late 1920’s is the disappearance in the Amazon jungle of Sir Percy Fawcett. My book Did we see him? is a fictional story based on the most popular theories of the time.


Coming soon

I have plans to do a sequel called Did we see them? This has been in the WIP stage for some while, as I thought there would be no interest in my story – a Did we see themcommon flaw.


I’m writing a story (not a sequel) on the further adventures of Charles Palmerston called Akuji that will be set in Africa.

Zombies are here

Where are they now?

The big hoax

Three years ago, there was the largest publicity stunt in living memory – an ironic phrase.


Writers from everywhere were writing about the end of the world, the Mayan Calender stone and a zombie apocalypse – here we are three years on and still rolling.

What happened to all the writers who made a mint that year?
They’re no better off than me, one reason I never follow a trend.

Book cover image

Nobody sent me money when the panic was on about the end of the world -three years ago. It’s coming to the end of 2015, and we’ve moved on I guess all those rich folk from 2012 are looking for the next cash cow to milk.

The right choice

#amwriting #selfpub

In the last two years, I have constantly tried to second guess myself about a decision I made to turn down a contract to write for Horny Devil. I had many reasons running through my mind, not the least is I didn’t like their tenant where anything legal is good – I have boundaries and won’t cross them.

Sexual Explosions

Another reason is my friend Yezall says she made more from selling her work than she did from their sales, and she’s a good writer.

Why I know it was the right decision is because I checked the site today, despite access to the front page, there are no links to any section. Whether they were closed for practices considered highly dubious or because writers gave up on them is open to debate.

Ashton Gate, Bristol, 1984


Men of God

I didn’t realise the date was this recent, I thought I saw the Reverend in 1974 at Ashton Gate, in Bristol. Although the sermon didn’t radically change my life, it did calm my mind a little.

I can remember standing with my late father among the packed stadium, there was no room left to move as the 25,000 capacity was overflowing. British Rail put on special coaches to bring people from as far away as Exeter and Plymouth. Coaches filled the car park that usually housed soccer fans, it was truly a momentous occasion.

Winning isn’t everything

#indie #writer   

Being an award winner isn’t everything it’s made up to be. The big change it made in my life it made was to make me more insecure about the quality of my work.


Three years on, and I still struggle with my demons. The sales of my award-winning e-book Chronicles of Mark Johnson have not been forthcoming in the three years since the award from


On line writing jobs

#philosophy #finance #amwriting

A new philosophy

In the past, my philosophy was not to write about something that might damage my reputation as an award-winning writer, this meant turning down lucrative work writing reviews for things I hadn’t used or places I hadn’t visited.

I came to the conclusion that many online writing jobs are either scams or work worthy of my time and talent as a writer. However, the time has come to throw my talent out and try to get some money from writing.

My code of ethics wouldn’t allow me to lie to earn money, at the end of the day I need to look in the mirror and live with the knowledge I earned my wages.


All that is changing – my moral code has had me turn down a contract, and I think that will be the only offer I’ll get.

Last year, I turned down an offer from a lawyer in California to write false reviews. I’ve been offered work by many Asian to write items ranging from sex stories to articles about online gambling.

I decided next year to throw my ethics to the wind. I have never used sexual imagery to sell my e-books but next year I will be doing this.

One of the major issues I had to contend with is could I live with myself after doing these things until now the answer to the question is no. Next year, I won’t worry about that, all I’ll think about is the money in my pocket. The reason for the change is that I can earn three months wages with one article – I may be considered a bestseller by my friends, but all I earn is the pitiful sum of $7 a month (on a good month) with my writing at the moment.

Tarnished reputation

I used to be worried about my reputation and the harm writing these falsehoods could do to my work, but let’s be honest, I don’t have a reputation to get tarnished. I have one selling book out of forty-nine, not a good average by anyone’s standards.


My travels

If you have wondered where my stories come from, many come from my travels and places I wished to visit. Now, I can only travel in my mind. I have many pleasant memories of my days as a traveler, and I did get to fulfil one more thing on my bucket list, I don’t require large sums of money to enjoy myslef, I am a man of simple pleasures.

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