Monthly Archives: June 2010

Blaze of Silver Cover

Blaze of Silver

The powerful conclusion to the de Granville trilogy. Kamil has overcome his old hatred, and is ready to join ranks with the de Granvilles to save King Richard the Lionheart. But the Old Man of the Mountain has a long arm and an unforgiving memory; Kamil’s long ago betrayal of the assassin will not go unpunished. The fate of a king, the bonds of a friendship, and the depth of an enduring love will all be in jeopardy as the … Continue reading

the great book resting

Books are like Christmas turkeys in more respects than might immediately be apparent. They take some preparation; there’s always more stuffing (in my case historical research) than will neatly fit; and once you’ve finished, they need to rest. My latest work in progress, currently called The One, is now at the resting stage. Sometimes I look at it, careful not to disturb. It must relax before my final attack with the carving knife. If I tell you that once it comprised 92,000 words and has been shorn to 72,000, you’ll see I’m nifty with the carver. On school visits, readers never believe that the delete button is a writer’s best friend. Perhaps it’s one of those lessons, like avoiding harem trousers, that you have to learn for yourself.

Summer has come, and possibly gone, here in Glasgow. Abandon sun, all ye who enter here. I comfort myself that our weather is probably better for the skin.

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