Hotter than Hell

I’m writing this post from a hostel in Cartagena.

Temperatures hit 32°C (90°F) today which is just about the point where my pale skin begins to bubble. Fortunately, I’ve found shade (and cover from the dodgy street sellers) and figured it was about time I wrote a blog post with the latest news. Read more

How To Get Amazon Reviews For Your First Book

I REALIZE IT’S BEEN A WHILE since I wrote anything remotely related to authoring. Yeah. It’s a word.

So, I wanted to take a moment to explain what I do to get reviews for my books.

What triggered this particular post was reading the RTE best reads of the year by Sinead Crowley. Some of the listed books are probably wonderfully written (certainly if you judged by the glowing testimonials by critics) but it’s a little depressing to see that they’ve received so few reviews, especially in the much bigger US market. Read more

7 Surprising Truths About My Year of Sobriety

NEXT WEEK MARKS 12 MONTHS since I quit the booze. Again.

You’ve heard of yo-yo dieters? Well I guess my thirties has seen me operate at both ends of the drinking spectrum.

On the boozing extreme, I would have binged hard but limited the damage to weekends. How bad did it get? Well, blackouts were par for the course. I didn’t have a good handle on things. I drank to get drunk. Why? Escapism. Habit. Boredom. Confidence. Many reasons. Read more

Here’s What’s Comin’

Lifting the lid on what the next few months look like on my side.

Five brand new short stories.

My Mate Mark – A dark humour tale about a murderous doll.
Santa and Rudolph Save Christmas – One for the kids. Title says it all!
Shadow Stalker – A warped tale about guardian angels.
LYNK – The missing piece that connects us to an ancient advanced civilisation.
Sparky – A teenage superhero with nuclear powers. Read more

Alt Media Novel Ideas

I’VE ALWAYS HAD a fascination with the weird and wonderful.

Whether it was the X-files as a teen, ghosts and the paranormal as a young adult, or now – as a dork in his mid-thirties – keen subscriber to alternative media channels like David Icke, Max Igan or Richie Allen.

Whether you believe in what some may label ‘conspiracy theorists’, isn’t the point of this post. With my writer hat firmly in place, I recognise these influencers as a source of wonderful ideas that can provide fodder for short stories and novels.

Many examples litter history – concepts and objects considered outlandish in their day – conceived by imaginative creatives and which have since entered our reality. Talk about thinking outside the box. Read more