Patreon launch!


Hi everyone,

It’s my birthday, which means it’s also launch day for my brand new Patreon page! Patreon is a platform that allows you to support creators in doing what they do best, by effectively giving them $1 (or more if you like!) now and then.

My Patreon currently works on a per-creation basis. I’ll be adding new free content at least once a month, at least for a while, and I hope to add about two pieces of paid content a month (until I can increase it to three; beyond that I’ll be switching to a pledge-per-month system so it doesn’t get silly for anyone). Everyone can see my free posts, but paid posts will be Patron exclusive.

Please go and check out the page – the free story is at least some indication of what you can expect from my writing – and tell your friends! I hope you’ll enjoy the content over there and, hopefully, renewed activity on this blog.

Thanks, and talk to you soon!


New release announced!


Hi, everyone!

Manifold Press have just made the official announcement of Call to Arms, an anthology set around World War II which will be coming out on the 1st of November this year. I’ve got two stories in it – and, for those of you who enjoyed my WWI contributions to A Pride of Poppies, there’s an opportunity to catch up with some familiar faces.


We’ve got seventeen stories from thirteen authors (lucky for us!) and if the quality of Manifold’s previous anthologies is any indication, it’ll be a real stunner. This time, all proceeds are going to the British Refugee Council, a very worthy charity. It’s available for pre-order now, so please do check it out!

Talk to you soon!

Coming soon…


Hi everyone,

The situation at home continues to be somewhat fraught, to say the least, so I’ve not been keeping up with this blog the way I’d have liked. Truth is, writing has been difficult in general lately, so even if I had been blogging regularly I’m not sure what I would have said.

BUT! I want to fix that. I’m hoping to start putting some short stories out on a more regular basis, and in order to try to motivate myself I’m setting up a Patreon account. I’m still sorting out some posts to queue so nobody’s signing up for a blank canvas, but I’m hoping to officially launch on October 7th (or 8th, depending on how busy I am on the 7th). I’ll share a link nearer the time, so keep an eye out!

I’ve put most of my previous projects on the back burner for now as I’m having trouble finding either the time or the attention span to write novels. So Patreon rewards will be largely short stories and behind-the-scenes insights. Right now, I’m also working on a longer-term project, building a fantasy world from scratch so I can play in that – and I’ll be sharing maps and such with my patrons first, until I have enough to start writing.

Once I’m creating consistently for Patreon (knowing people are paying for things makes it much harder to let them down), I hope I’ll fall into the sort of routine that will make it easier to post here more often, too. There will be a delay between some things getting to Patreon and making it onto this blog, however, I’m afraid – part of the reward system for signups over there!

Talk to you soon, readers, and thanks for sticking with me for this long!



Hi everyone,

Sorry for the radio silence – and I’m also sorry that I can’t promise it won’t happen again. Unfortunately, my life is going through a very hectic period, so I’ve barely had chance to write recently (though I did write 7000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo in April) and I have had no idea what to blog about.

Currently I’m working on short story submissions for Manifold Press’ two upcoming anthologies – No Holds Bard and Call to Arms – and continuing with A King’s Ransom. The latter is running long, the former is running short, and the one in the middle just really needs beta reading. Hopefully I’ll have some updates for you relatively soon, but I can make no promises!

Thanks for bearing with me, and hopefully I’ll talk to you soon!

A week of few words


Hi everyone,

I’ve written relatively little this week – 3861 words, mostly fanfiction – but I’ve been working pretty hard on some world-building for A King’s Ransom and working out some projects I want to get back to. Was I running this blog yet when I started writing The Cold Light of Day? I think I was. I always meant to get back to it, and then life got in the way, but I’m bringing it back into my rotation of WIPs.

I’m also going to set about learning the tricks of self-publishing, partly because those will be useful transferable skills and partly because it might allow me to put out new releases more often. We’ll see how that goes.

Talk to you soon!

Variable Word Count…


Hi everyone!

I’ve been beavering away on A King’s Ransom but my word count has been pretty low this week. I’ve been throwing myself into some world-building, because A King’s Ransom takes place in a sort of alternative Britain (branching off from our own reality in the Stuart era) so I’ve been working out some of the differences. It also involves rather a lot of royalty and, indeed, some studies of history, so it’s important for me to work out, for example, the chain of monarchs leading down to my protagonist’s family. It probably wasn’t necessary to trace it all the way back to Queen Anne, complete with both a timeline and a family tree, but there we go. It’s nice to have it. It’s definitely not going to be necessary to add all the spouses in, but I’m probably going to do that anyway. Oh well…

I’ve actually written about 3012 words this week, which is more than I thought!

Does anyone else get a little carried away with their world-building and end up spending a lot of time on little details that aren’t massively crucial to the plot? Is that a good or a bad thing? What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

Talk to you next year!

Just in time…


Hi everyone,

I am really bad at this regular blogging thing. Apologies. This is just going to be a flying visit because it’s been a mad week and I am exhausted.

In the last week I have written 4899 words, for a total of 29331 this year. My Thursday project was A King’s Ransom, of which I think I have now written the whole prologue! Other than that, I’ve been working on Sprawl – I have now reached chapter 12 of an estimated 22, but might switch to a different primary project (either A King’s Ransom or Father Didn’t Dance, in all likelihood) for a little while soon. We’ll see how I feel when I come to write tomorrow!

Talk to you all soon!