A Prediction from 1937

This is an essay my father wrote in 1937 about the what he expected the world to be like in the year 2000. This was an exercise set by the Pelman Institute, London to help improve ones scientific mental training. I’ve included a transcript for easier reading. The World in AD 2000 – David JamesContinue reading “A Prediction from 1937”

Plots and storyboards

My first novel was planned meticulouslyI had no idea how ‘real’ authors developed their plots. Previously I had tried to write a novel with very little planning and my plot got confused – even the characters in my novel got confused. So I set about working out everything beforehand. This is probably an aspect ofContinue reading “Plots and storyboards”

Character Spiders

Spoiler alertThis character spider contains facts about characters in my second novel The Act of Falling that don’t appear in the text. If you know anything about personality disorders you would probably work them out anyway, but just thought I’d mention that. The size of the circleMy focus is on Emily Hampton, therefore she takesContinue reading “Character Spiders”

Why do you write?

The world is not waiting with bated breath for my fourth novel. So why am I writing one? I still don’t have a simple, single sentence answer to that question – but here are some of the excuses I’ve used when I don’t feel people want the full answer. I wanted to see if IContinue reading “Why do you write?”

Writing Across Genders

A man writing women’s fiction? I am a man writing women’s commercial fiction. I never set out to trespass into a genre that is usually written ‘by women’ and ‘for women’, it just happened. When I was a child we had flip books that showed us how bizarre gender stereotyping is. They don’t exist nowContinue reading “Writing Across Genders”