Biography

When I left school, I hoped to walk into a job with the military flying fighters or choppers, I didn’t care which, just so long as it flew. I didn’t end up making the cut. Looking back on it, and knowing now that I don’t take well to authority, I think the defence forces made the right decision for the both of us…

Podcast with moi

I can’t remember doing this podcast, which is a concern. I was either drunk or have Alzheimers. I do hope I haven’t slagged anyone off. Unless it’s one of the top three – Hitler, Stalin, Trump…

The Lost Second Book

It’s prophetic, right? The legion marches off into the desert never to be seen again, and maybe ends up fighting in China. And then I go and write a trilogy about this lost legion and the second book just, like, disappears…. Wow, it’s a plot for something else entirely, perhaps. Author writes novel only to have it swallowed by the mists of time. How can a book just, you know, vanish?

Blog series: How to Write

4. Send your empathy muscle to the gym.

Empathy is to the writer what a spirit level is to a builder. It’s very difficult to construct a story that won’t fall over without it; an essential tool of the trade

3. Character, and a little more about plot.

Character before plot? Plot before character? Chicken before egg? I’ve come down on the character side of the coin because I think it’s true that people remember characters more clearly and evocatively than they ever remember plot

2. Do you have a backbone?

Write out your book first in outline. Knowing the journey your characters will take – the beginning, the middle and the end – is too critical to ignore.

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Kingdom Come. The New Vin Cooper Thriller is Getting Closer

Hoping to get it on the ebook/print on demand shelves in time for Thanksgiving....

5. My own personal secret herbs and spices of how to write.

Is there a secret to this writing game? Maybe. Here’s mine. You’ve written your...

4. Send your empathy muscle to the gym.

Empathy is to the writer what a spirit level is to a builder. It’s very difficult to construct a story that won’t fall over without it; an essential tool of the trade

A good ‘ol Georgia home cookin’ – the Trial of Midnight Rider

In the history of filmmaking, there have been many deaths on set. But not a single film...

3. Character, and a little more about plot.

Character before plot? Plot before character? Chicken before egg? I’ve come down on the character side of the coin because I think it’s true that people remember characters more clearly and evocatively than they ever remember plot

2. Do you have a backbone?

Write out your book first in outline. Knowing the journey your characters will take – the beginning, the middle and the end – is too critical to ignore.

1. What’s your idea for your book? But first, what’s an idea?

Having an idea is fundamental to the writing process. Without one, trust me, all you’ll be doing is corralling a bunch of words on the page and hoping they lead somewhere cohesive. As they say, good luck with that.

Introduction: How to write your best selling book, by a best selling author.

Let’s assume you really do have a best selling book in you. I’m gonna help you write it with a series of posts aimed at the first time novelist. David Rollins.

KINGDOM COME – Sample Chapter

Secretary of State, Samantha Bernstein, early 60s, pencil thin, voice like a coffee grinder, her makeup applied so that it would last the whole day without too much maintenance, wearing down slowly layer-by-layer like an archaeological dig. “Mr President,” she announced, “you’re not going to believe this.”

KINGDOM COME – the back page blurb

The President’s chopper goes down over Syria. Extremists parade him on the Internet, battered and bruised but alive. They also have the man who carries the briefcase that contains the launch codes for the superpower’s thermonuclear ICBMs. And those missiles are still targeting US cities. Yes, it’s the RUSSIAN PRESIDENT that has been captured.