Real Life Research

Most people have heard of method actors – those actors who get so into their roles they live, eat and breathe them, to the point where they even walk around talking like their character, or working in the career the character has, so they can get the ‘inside’ view of who they are.  The attention…

A Writer’s Place of Work

Washing the dishes, going for a run, walking the dog, taking a bath, driving, playing Candy Crush, cooking dinner, first thing in the morning before I get out of bed and last thing at night before I fall asleep. What do these things have in common?  Well, aside from being integral parts of my life,…

The ‘What If’ Factor

I’ve been asked many times “How do you get the ideas for your stories?” In fact, I’ve probably answered that question on here already, but I was talking to someone recently and it reminded me of a conversation I had with my dad in the heady days when I believed I would become a best-selling…

What Hope for New Writing?

I was somewhat mystified when I watched Carnival Films’ version of ‘Dracula’ on TV recently. Most of us know the story of Dracula.  They know he personifies pure, irredeemable evil.  They know the protagonists; Johnathan, Mina, Van Helsing and others, risk life and soul to put an end to his wickedness. I was quite expecting…