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Dragon Dictation for Writers on the Mac

Dragon Dictation for Writers on the Mac

With a number of life challenges demanding my time over recent months, I have singularly failed to make sufficient progress on the first draft of Wargaming Campaigns, the book I have been promising to Pen & Sword for the last… ooh… four years! (A repeat performance, indeed, of my first…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Jessica Bell

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell is an award-winning author and writing and publishing coach. Having admired her incredibly diverse achievements from afar, I was delighted to finally meet Jessica at London Book Fair earlier this year. In addition to her novels and poetry collections, and her bestselling Writing in a Nutshell series, Jessica Bell has…

Damien Hirst in Venice: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable Part 2

Damien Hirst in Venice: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable Part 2

As promised, this is the follow-up to the previous gallery post about Damien Hirst’s Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable. This post features images from the second part, which is being held in the Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal. I want to acknowledge the lovely Joanna Penn who first…

Damien Hirst in Venice: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable Part 1

Damien Hirst in Venice: Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable Part 1

A departure for me: a photo gallery based on an art exhibition. But what an exhibition! I confess I have never been a fan of Damien Hirst, but his monumental – and I mean that most sincerely – Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable is a truly breathtaking outing…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JD Smith

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JD Smith

Jane Dixon-Smith, known as JD Smith in the writing world, inhabits a space that almost exactly mirrors my own. By day, she’s a highly successful graphic designer, specialising in book jacket design. But in her spare time, JD Smith puts her fingers on the keyboard and taps out splendid novels.…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Clare Flynn

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Clare Flynn

Many thanks to fellow south coast author Clare Flynn for agreeing to participate in my Author Insights series. I first met Clare online via the Alliance of Independent Authors (see link top right above) and subsequently discovered she now lives not far away in lovely Eastbourne, a place I know…

Author Insights: Six of the best with Pippa DaCosta

Author Insights: Six of the best with Pippa DaCosta

I’m delighted to welcome Pippa DaCosta to my online home. I first met Pippa at the London Book Fair earlier this year, where I was struck by her huge energy, enthusiasm, intelligence and good humour—she may not be very tall, but she is a towering talent, as her USA Today successes…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Keith Dixon

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Keith Dixon

The next willing victim of the series is crime writer Keith Dixon. Keith has worked as a proofreader, a copywriter, an editor and a creator of online content for training organizations. For a while he worked as an organizational psychologist, running training courses for a variety of well-known companies. A Yorkshireman by birth, Keith Dixon then lived in…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JJ Marsh

Author Insights: Six of the Best with JJ Marsh

This week, I welcome JJ Marsh to my little corner of the web. JJ Marsh is a founder member of Triskele Books, European correspondent for Words with JAM magazine, co-edits Swiss literary hub The Woolf and is a reviewer for Bookmuse. Jill grew up in Wales, Africa and the Middle East, where her curiosity for…

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Alison Morton

Author Insights: Six of the Best with Alison Morton

Welcome to Alison Morton, author of the acclaimed Roma Nova series. I first met Alison at an indie author festival in London, where she surprised everyone by revealing a stick the same length as a Roman gladius that she keeps for inspiration. As a martial artist, I got quite excited about this, which shows…

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