On Writing the Dreaded Second Novel – An Interview
An interview with Ian Sutherland on writing Taking Up Serpents, his second thriller novel and how he overcame 'second novel syndrome'.
When Fiction Becomes Reality: Cutting Edge Thriller Predicts Webcam Spying Hack
How my cutting edge thriller predicted the webcam spying hack recently exposed by The Mail on Sunday!
Can Indie Authors Dispense with The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook?
I’d like to share the guest blog post I recently wrote for The Alliance of Independent Authors [ALLi]. It went[...]
Wattpad and the Unpublished Author Hell-Bent on Being Published – Part 2
The pros and cons of Wattpad for the yet-to-be-published author
Wattpad and the Unpublished Author Hell-Bent on Being Published – Part 1
For the unpublished author truly serious about publishing their first novel (the category I fall into at the time of[...]
My Jeffery Deaver Moment
I’ve just drafted a chapter that’s very visual and action packed with mini-cliffhangers in each section. I’m an avid fan of Jeffery Deaver, the absolute master of suspense writing, and, for me, I’ve always known writing this chapter was going to be 'My Jeffery Deaver Moment'.
The Indie Author’s Second Responsibility to Their Readers
The first responsibility any author has to their readers is obvious: write and publish a great book. That means it[...]
Lessons Indie Authors Can Learn From Single-Estate Winemakers
I just bought a bottle of wine solely based on its label. According to old guard wine connoisseurs I’ve just[...]
3 reasons why Stornoway is currently a focal point for UK crime fiction
Has Stornoway - most famous as the town displayed at the top of the BBC weather map (usually covered in[...]
5 Different Applications of Narrative Motif Using the Simple Example of ‘Coffee’
A classic writing device is to replay a high level concept, or narrative motif, in multiple ways throughout a novel. Such creative repetition can offer the humble novel richness and depth. It plays to theme. It can elevate a story to a higher plain. Authors strive for such thematic greatness. Not all achieve it.
How I created an authentic flawed hero for my novel while dodging cliches and stereotypes
Hackers in movies these days are ultra-cool. Everyone wants to be like them. Geek is now chic. But it's so unrealistic. How can someone who spends the majority of their time interacting via a computer develop such mature social skills. And even if they somehow did, a real hacker would never make the time needed to shop for the latest fashions, exfoliate their skin every morning, go to the hairdressers for a beard trim and, worst of all, put up with a fashion model for a long-term girlfriend.
IP Address Tracing is Not As Easy as Dan Brown Makes Out
Today, I've been reading Dan Brown's latest thriller, Inferno. In the early part of the book the bad guys, trying[...]
Is Ethical Hacking Actually Ethical or even Legal?
There are three main generally accepted categories of hacker, each represented by a hat of a different colour: white, grey and black.[...]