100 RPM

I’m delighted to be writing this blog post. 100 RPM (100 Short Stories Inspired By Music) is published. And here’s what it is. It’s available here. It’s the brainchild of Caroline Smailes (so it was always going to be brilliant!). It’s a short story anthology. Each of the stories are one hundred words of fewer […]

I Wanted to Be Friends With Thumbelina

It’s true. If you’d like to know a little more about that then I suggest you pop over to the brilliant Jen Campbell’s blog (the same Jen who I interviewed here a little while ago) to see her interviewing me and Caroline about super powers. Which was fun. Enjoy! And… if you leave a comment […]

A Free Book

Would you like to be in with a chance of winning a copy of Not So Perfect, my first short story collection? Exactly. Who wouldn’t, indeed! All you have to do is pop over to the brilliant Lies Ink and leave a comment before May 23rd. What are you waiting for?


Today is National Flash Fiction Day – a celebration of short fiction. Which is rather splendid, I reckon. There are a thousand and one ways it’s being celebrated (check out the site), but here’s what I’ve done for it. There’s a very short story of mine which originally appeared at Metazen and then in Not […]

On Caring For Awkward Characters

Back to booky things today. I’m over at the brilliant Edge today, talking about awkward characters. A big thanks to Bryony (whose book for teens you should probably check out) and Dave for having me on over there. Hope you find something useful from it.

What You Say When There’s Nothing To Say

A couple of hours ago I came off the phone to a friend I’d not seen in too long. He told me that someone we’d gone to school with died a couple of weeks ago. A heart attack. I don’t know anything else of the circumstances and probably shouldn’t as it’s none of my business. […]


Generally I don’t tend to re-read books. I’m not sure why but I suspect it’s because I’m usually really keen to read new ones and when reading time’s at a premium (I don’t read anywhere near as much as I’d like) it’s those new ones that take priority. But I am trying something different. When […]

Just a Short Story Writer

Today I’m over at the lovely A Salted, talking about how I make it as someone who only writes short stories, in a world where we’re told that the novel is king. A huge thank you to Sara for inviting me over there, and for everything she does (and she does a LOT) for the […]

Freaks eBook Special Offer

Hello, hello. I hope you’re all enjoying your week and this sunny weather we seem to be having. Really pleased to hear that amazon have included Freaks! in their special £2.99 or less eBook promotion. Which is a saving of 57% (or four quid to you or I) which is rather pleasing and, of course, offers […]

A Wilde Lion

You might remember a little while ago, to celebrate the launch of Freaks!, that we ran a little competition over on Twitter, where we asked what your ideal super powers would be. We had a wonderful response, with many brilliant (and often hilarious) suggestions but the one that won was this, from Karen Wilde  Omnipresence&shapeshifting […]