BBCs Big Read – next instalment 94-91

This is the next post reviewing books in the BBCs Big Read challenge that I participated in many years ago. For details of the overall challenge, see this post. 94. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of […]

Choosing Your Book Title

I’m terrible at coming up with titles, so I’m sure the same applies to some of my fellow writers. So I thought I’d share the process I went through to help me choose a title for the novel I’m writing. The first thing I did was to research current titles in my genre. Of course, […]

BBCs Big Read – next instalment 96- 95

This is the next post reviewing books in the BBCs Big Read challenge that I participated in many years ago. For details of the overall challenge, see this post. 96. Kane And Abel – Jeffrey Archer They had only one thing in common . . . William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of […]

Resource: 41 Stock Photo Websites

When you are a blogger or writer, you may find you have need for pictures or photographs to include in your work. You should always ensure you are entitled to use the images you choose. Don’t randomly select pictures off Google images, because chances are the image is under copyright. Generally, any image with a […]

The Elements of Steampunk

In my last post on Young Adult fiction, I mentioned the relatively new genre of Steampunk and thought it would be fun to talk about. Steampunk is a sub-genre of either science fiction or fantasy that incorporates steam-powered technology. It’s a kind of alternative history where the internal combustion engine was never invented, and so transport […]

The Birth of Young Adult Fantasy

When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Young Adult fiction. Books were either for children or for adults. I lived in a village which had a caravan library. The caravan did the rounds of local villages and spent two afternoons a week in our village. So if you wanted to borrow a […]