Times Past

Soft summer rains falls on warm grey roads. The black stains fade as the heat evaporates the water and the smell of softened tarmac dominates his senses. He wrinkles his nose, puzzled by why he is there. “Do you want a drink Peter?” He doesn’t know the woman who is talking to him. He doesn’tContinue reading “Times Past”

Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space

A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book purely for my grandchildren. Picking it up again in an idle moment I realised that it could be re-written and re-illustrated for a wider audience. So I did that, packaged up the new version and sent it to a couple agents. The response wasContinue reading “Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space”

Illusions Made From Paper

I have, most of my life, been puzzled by the imagined reality of money. Society started by trading food, goods and services. Then currency was invented. In the world today we don’t have very much real money, we operate almost entirely on promises. You may imagine that the statement you get from a bank guaranteesContinue reading “Illusions Made From Paper”

Three Impending Disasters

Early in 2019 I started to write Hope Island, it was completed that year and published in January 2020. It is set one hundred years in the future but it is not a dystopian fantasy. The premise was how three recognised impending disasters might shape our future. The first we are now experiencing, although soContinue reading “Three Impending Disasters”

Flights of Imagination

When I was a teenager I was told that I could have no idea what it felt like to be sixty, or even thirty. Now I’m far older and I am often told that I can’t possibly connect with the mindset of a younger generation. Frankly, I think both opinions are misjudged. We have imaginationAnyoneContinue reading “Flights of Imagination”

How do you start a novel?

I had heard from many different sources that there is a tendency to put a version of yourself front and centre of your first novel. I wanted to avoid this trap so decided to write from the perspective of a young woman. Writing is a form of escapism and jumping both gender and age wasContinue reading “How do you start a novel?”

Learning to be normal

Everyone human being is made slightly different. Given that there are now over seven billion of us that’s pretty remarkable. It’s also not surprising that some of us malfunction in minor ways. Knowing what someone else is feeling can be a major problem. When I was a childI thought everyone else had a sixth senseContinue reading “Learning to be normal”