Dragons and other (un)truths and legends

Fact or fiction. So often it seems that urban myths become widely accepted facts. It’s a growing phenomenon only bolstered by the prolific use and sharing capabilities of the internet. A little faux pas or a ground-breaking celebrity rumour can reach millions of people with one innocent (or not so innocent) click of a button. Whether it is intentional or …

10 awesome words to use in everyday conversation

As a writer I have a natural passion for words. I’ve also claimed, rather cheekily, to be a purveyor of fine words. Maybe a more accurate description is that I’m a word collector. Just like someone who collects stamps or Star Wars figurines, I find extreme pleasure in discovering unusual, underused or just interesting words. I then file that word …

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13 tips for writing and editing your first novel

I’ve earned a living as a professional writer for more years than I care to admit. I can pump out 1,000 words on almost any topic and edit them to a professional standard, well before the boss screams down the phone ‘one minute till deadline’. That might sound like a bit of a brag-fest, but it’s not meant to be. …

My Top 10 (Kick-butt) Women of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

In previous blog posts I have mentioned how I often get inspiration from my favourite films and TV shows. Since I focused on my top 10 male stars of fantasy and science-fiction last time, I thought it was only fair that this week I featured ‘kick-butt’ women. So here are my Top 10 women from fantasy and science-fiction. 1. Trinity, …

My Top 10 (Kick-butt) Men of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

When it comes to inspiration for characters in my fiction writing I often look to my favourite films and TV shows. From loveable larrikins to bad-guys-turned-good and comical side-kicks, here are my top 10 male stars of fantasy and science-fiction. Whether they are from the 70s, 80s, 90s or even more recent, these guys kick some serious butt on the …