Category: Publishing

  • Reading and discussion at Cardiff Central Library Open Space Event

    Reading and discussion at Cardiff Central Library Open Space Event

    On December 15th 2016 from 5:45pm until 7:00pm I will be at Cardiff Central Library reading from and discussing two of my novels – Boys from the Backfields and Cheats and Liars. I might also discuss some of my other books and possibly talk a little bit about the publishing process. The two novels Boys […]

  • The BEBS Award for Best Ever Book

    The BEBS Award for Best Ever Book

    Well, I did it, I won the Best Ever Book Award. The BEBS is a very prestigious award made just once – I mean how could it be awarded more than once – it’s for the Best Ever Book after all. My latest book ‘To Me’ beat all other competition from all time, past, present […]

  • To Me – New Book coming soon

    To Me – New Book coming soon

    To Me is the title of my next book. It’s been written specifically for myself and it is dedicated To Me, but I don’t mind if others read it. I think everyone should have their own ‘To Me’ book. Luckily I have the experience and skills to publish my own. Using Print on Demand it […]

  • Books For Sale

    Books For Sale

    Signed copies of my novels now available from my website Click for more

  • Boys From the Backfields – the first chapter

    Boys From the Backfields – the first chapter

    The first chapter of my novel The Boys from the Backfields 2013  The door to my past opened easily, it was a surprise. I’d intended to confront Angel directly, but she was out when I arrived. Considering her profession, she should have changed the locks. I was hiding in the attic when she came back […]

  • First Review of Bums

    First Review of Bums

    I’m chuffed that my novel Bums has had its first review. Click here to read it on Wales Arts Review. Onward 🙂

  • Cheats and Liars – the first Chapter

    Cheats and Liars – the first Chapter

    Here’s the first chapter of my novel Cheats and Liars: O N E “Are you ready?” I’m in the kitchen snaffling a crumpet dripping with raspberry jam. Of course I’m not ready. I’m never ready. I am a work in progress. “Come on. You don’t want to be late for your own exhibition.” I gulp. […]

  • This is it

    Besides the work on other people’s books I do as a publisher I am working on at least three of four of my own. The second and third books in the DI Frank Lee trilogy – Beats and Bones – the first book Bums has already been published. These are two full-length novels. The second […]

  • Beats – the story

    It’s not often that I write about the writing process but this morning I discovered the central story of Beats, the novel I am writing and wanted to record the moment when it clicked together to make sense. Note: Beats is the second book in the trilogy of stories featuring DI Frank Lee. The first […]

  • Beats: Book 2 in the DI Frank Lee Trilogy

    It’s probably a mistake but I’m the sort of person who likes to show the process as well as the finished product – so here are the first 5000 words or so of the very early draft of the second book in the trilogy of crime fiction stories featuring DI Frank Lee. The characters in […]

  • BUMS – Limited Edition Hardback available now!!

    I had an unexpected arrival this morning. It was a cardboard box containing the first dozen copies of my new Novel ‘Bums’. This is the first consignment of what is a limited hardback edition of 200 books. It’s the first time I’ve published a hard-cover book and it’s turned out brilliantly. In the end it […]

  • BUMS – New novel is almost ready to publish

    Bums is my next novel – it is the first in a trilogy featuring Detective Inspector Frank Lee – the next two books are titled Beats and Bones and will be released next year. Bums will first be available as a limited edition hardback – that will be available by the end of September. The […]

  • a fat manuscript

    With a bit of luck today will mostly be about beginning the final proofreading and possible minor edits of my ‘Bums’ manuscript . . . I’ve printed it out as a galley proof on one side of A4. This is so that there is plenty of free space to scribble comments and edits. I much […]

  • Bums Cover again

    I don’t know whether this cover that’s emerged into the pixellated light is going to make it all the way to print or whether it will be completely rethought and redesigned. I think I need to leave it for a bit while the final proofreading of the text (81,900 words – 260 pages) takes place […]

  • bums cover – first look

  • a bit of a ramble about bums

    Not those sorts of bums, I’ve told you before, you and your dirty mind. You and your associations and preconceptions, your preconditioning and your naive acceptance of the cultural hegemony. No, the sort of bums I’m talking about are the sort of people who live on the edges of ‘normal’ society – the homeless, the […]

  • midsummer madness

    Have the seasons slipped? It doesn’t feel like it’s the middle of summer although I know it will be the longest day of the year on Sunday. To be fair it is a nice day today but I’m spending most of it sitting in front of computer screens working on book covers and suchlike. A […]

  • Wednesday Woes

    I’m Wednesday’s child and therefore reputedly full of woe. There is, in the bottom of a biscuit tin somewhere in my mother’s attic, a creased black and white photograph of me at around 3 years old and if the expression I’m wearing in it is a typical one then there’s something in those old nursery […]

  • Writers in Wales

    Writers in Modern Wales are undervalued and unfairly treated, just as writers have always been. ** This article first appeared in the New Welsh Review, Winter 1999/2000 ** (but it’s still relevant) “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” Dr Samuel Johnson “I’m just a Gower farm boy and I make bugger […]