I just finished watching the third and final series of the British/French cop show, The Tunnel (a remake of the Danish/Swedish show, The Bridge), starring the excellent Stephen Dillane and Clémence Poésy. It got me thinking about fan service versus fan disservice, or what I’m going to refer to as fan-punching-in-face (just because it’s more… Continue reading Drawing the line between fan service and fan-punching-in-face: an examination of The Tunnel, Line of Duty, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars
The other week, my partner Katherine and I binge-watched Wayward Pines on Disney+. Being a fan of Lost, I love a story about a mysterious place where nothing is what it seems. And my next book, The Puddle Bumps, also has a mysterious town with a dark secret and a lot of weird shit going… Continue reading TV Review: Wayward Pines – the anti-Lost that’s great… for 5 episodes
Seems a shame to look back on the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who when the last episode that aired, her penultimate outing, stands as one of her weakest. Legend of the Sea Devils was a rushed mess. It's particularly sad given that the previous special, Eve of the Daleks, was bloody brilliant. Actually, though,… Continue reading My honest thoughts on the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies coming back, and Ncuti Gatwa as Doctor 14
The Table Read online entertainment magazine recently published a detailed interview with me, talking about the background of Million Eyes and Million Eyes II, how I developed my protagonists and antagonists for each of the books, and some of the main challenges I encountered when writing it. There's also a little bit of advice for… Continue reading Interview with The Table Read looks in depth at the background of Million Eyes
Just uploaded a video of me reading my flashiest of flash fiction stories, There's Something About Anne, to my YouTube channel. The story's only 81 words long, so won't take up much of your time if you fancy a watch! It's published in the 81 Word flash fiction anthology put together by Christopher Fielden. There… Continue reading A reading of my uber-short story “There’s Something About Anne”
I hope you all had a fab Christmas. Katherine and I hosted my family in our new house and it went without a hitch! (Lucky, really, considering 'without a hitch' has NOT been the theme for this year.) With the New Year approaching, I thought it was high time I gathered together all the rest… Continue reading Blog tour roundup: Million Eyes II is a “madcap romp through time” that’s “scarily plausible” – plus my speech from the launch
There's a reason I've titled the article this way, and it's not what you think. This isn't about who broke the heart of a madly-in-love dwarf actor playing a munchkin in 1939's The Wizard of Oz, leading said actor to dramatically hang himself on set. Because that never happened. No munchkin actor committed suicide while… Continue reading Who’s to blame for the munchkin suicide in The Wizard of Oz?
On Friday 19th November, I launched Million Eyes II: The Unraveller at Chandlers cafe and cocktail bar in Clanfield, Hampshire, very near mine and Katherine's new house. It was a wonderful success and another of the best nights of my life. This second launch almost didn't happen. Originally scheduled to take place at Waterstones like… Continue reading Launching Million Eyes II at Chandlers (and how brilliant it was)
Was Jesus really a god? What if the gospel stories are colourful and distorted reimaginings of what actually happened? This is one of the central ideas in Million Eyes II: The Unraveller, a book that also connects the dinosaurs, the Gunpowder Plot and the Bermuda Triangle in a weird, twisty, timey wimey adventure. Million Eyes… Continue reading Want to know who Jesus REALLY was? Million Eyes II: The Unraveller now available as a paperback!
These photos, taken by Galina Varese at Chez Maximka, are wonderful. She's found an image that could be the 'Hooded Man' in Million Eyes II, along with the Gunpowder Plotters and Jesus. She's very kindly let me showcase them here. I'm five days into the blog tour for Million Eyes II: The Unraveller, organised by… Continue reading Million Eyes II blog tour so far, plus book launch venue change reminder
Do you remember in Back to the Future, Part II, when Old Biff travels back in time and gives his younger self a sports almanac? A book that gives Young Biff knowledge of future sporting victories and allows him to make a fortune? Looks like a similar thing has happened in real life… One of… Continue reading Alleged time traveller Andrew Carlssin disappears – did he go ‘back to the future’?
Hi folks! So Million Eyes II: The Unraveller has been out a week and I just wanted to share how publication day went for me. I remember reading an article by Kristen Kieffer, author of Build Your Best Writing Life, about her own publication day. How it felt like any other day: after writing some… Continue reading My publication day reflections