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Author Insights: Lauren Robinson, Author of The Boy Who Saw In Colours

Author Insights: Lauren Robinson, Author of The Boy Who Saw In Colours

I have been working with debut author Lauren Robinson since November 2019, helping her bring her story of a young boy sent to an elite school in Nazi Germany to life. In the process, I have designed three versions of the cover for her (Kindle, paperback and hardback), carried out…

Prostate Cancer: A Personal Journey

Last week, I was given a diagnosis of locally advanced prostate cancer. After getting over the initial shock, I decided that the best way to cope and also to share information that would encourage other men to get themselves checked, would be to make a video diary of my experience,…

Utrinque Paratus

Utrinque Paratus

I was prompted by a competition to write this short story. It didn’t win anything – in retrospect, it’s probably not story competition material, and I’m no expert in writing short fiction – but it means a lot to me for two reasons. Firstly, it was one of the few…

Author Insights: “Not Quite Lost” with Roz Morris

Author Insights: “Not Quite Lost” with Roz Morris

I’m delighted to welcome Roz Morris to the blog again, this time in a video interview about her new book Not Quite Lost, Travels Without A Sense of Direction which is published Monday, 2nd October 2017. Roz is one of the most popular guests I’ve ever invited here, and I…

Epic Fantasy Cover Illustration

Epic Fantasy Cover Illustration

I recently had an enquiry from an author who has written a fantasy novel, and was looking for fantasy cover illustration ideas. Epic fantasy is one of those genres where the audience has rather specific expectations of the kind of cover the book will have, so you either need to…

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…

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