Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space

A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book 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 was quiet.Continue reading “Will and Ned’s Adventure in Space”

Is money real?

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened. I began to question, not for the first time, the value of money. In the world today we don’t have real money, we operate almost entirely on promises. You may imagine that the statement you get from aContinue reading “Is money real?”

3rd disaster – Carrington Event

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened. A repeat of the Carrington Event is overdue. In 1859 a huge geomagnetic storm hit the earth, caused by a solar coronal mass ejection (a storm on the sun’s surface). In the mid 19th century we didn’t haveContinue reading “3rd disaster – Carrington Event”

2nd disaster – Antarctic ice sheet

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has almost happened and the loss of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is a real and looming threat. I’m no expert on this, but I did read reputable scientific reports on the potential impact and level of threat. Large parts ofContinue reading “2nd disaster – Antarctic ice sheet”

1st disaster – a pandemic virus?

I wrote Hope Island in 2019 – already one of the three predicted events has come far to close to reality – and we’re not out of the woods yet. After a lot of research I decided a flea-born viral encephalitis was as likely as any to break out. A new form could be difficultContinue reading “1st disaster – a pandemic virus?”

Three looming disasters

I like a good dystopian novel as much as anyone else, but I also have faith in society surviving disasters and believe that most people are fundamentally good – but not all. In the summer of 2019 I was reading about some of the problems the world is facing. Then I started to speculate onContinue reading “Three looming disasters”

White Lies and Black Sheep

You can find this book on Amazon as an eBook or paperback. Not my first novel, but the first one I’m admitting to. Previous attempts are not tucked away in a drawer, they were ceremoniously burnt on the fire (nowadays of course I would recycle them). I understood that first novels are often a thinly veiledContinue reading “White Lies and Black Sheep”

Timing is everything

I spent seven months writing a book about the world 100 years after it has recovered from a pandemic virus, rising sea levels and massive solar storms and what happens? The same month I started sending my manuscript out to agents, we get a pandemic corona virus and a threat that the western Antarctic iceContinue reading “Timing is everything”

Do you write within a genre?

I didn’t set out to write in a particular genre. In fact I’m not sure where the plot for my first novel came from, but I am fascinated by the way most of us make decisions in our teens that inform and influence the rest of our life. I have heard, on more than oneContinue reading “Do you write within a genre?”