Sunday 24 January 2016

A Dangerous Pastime?

"Your very own library of 100 famous and classical talking books, all of them lovingly narrated to bring them to life. Black Beauty, Wuthering Heights, Treasure Island, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and many many more. No software, set-up or internet connection required. You can even listen to books in your car as you drive to work!"   

Monday 15 June 2015

Selling and Social Media

At a Writers Meeting in April 2014 author Mark Wayne  McGuinness said that he was "not a big advocate for social media as a way of selling books." It was "a very large time consumer for little pay-off". Do you agree? 

Sunday 14 June 2015

Neglect your blog at your peril!

Probably a gross exaggeration, but if you have a link to your friends why not use it? As for me, I've an article coming out shortly in the American journal "The Watsonian" - a brilliant read for anyone interested in the Doctor's doings.  

Tuesday 7 April 2015

Modern Writers

Today my husband offered to visit the library for some up-to-date books. I had begun to think my own style of writing was perhaps a little too formal for today's readers and hoped I could learn something before starting my next magnum opus! When he got there the only authors he could think of were Kinsella and McDermid. All Kinsella's books were out, so he brought home two of McDermid's. I was disgusted to see the title of one of them: 'Northanger Abbey'! Why is it that modern authors need to steal from real writers?Ms McDermid thanks Jane Austen, and says "I like to think there's a quantum universe somewhere where she is getting her own back reimagining (sic)Tony Hill and Carol Jordan"' [two of Ms McDermid's creations]. Myself, I like to think Miss Austen is doing something more worthwhile.      

Wednesday 13 August 2014

A Minute Mystery

Whistling has stopped, leaving me wondering why it began in the first place! 

Monday 11 August 2014

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Hurrah for one of my American Readers

'Lady Di'  said in a review that if The Sign of Fear were read carefully enough readers would discover how clever it is (!)