• reading

    The Reading Experience

    I’ve always been an advocate for the printed (real) book and when there was hysteria about the ebook being the demise of the printed book, I couldn’t see it happening. The reason for this is the reading experience you have with a real book. There’s the smell of the ink and paper for a start. It evokes memories of a lifetime of reading, of being a child discovering stories for the first time. Then there are the printed words on the page that transform into ideas and images inside your brain. It’s magic! Of course, you can get the essence of a story in an ebook but it feels more…

  • Telling Your Story

    So you want to be a writer?

    In a room full of people I would say that around eighty per cent have at least one book in them. And secretly, many of them have the desire to write it. But should they? Each of us has a unique fingerprint and this means that we are essentially one of a kind. So telling a story should be different for everyone. But this doesn’t ring true if you look at what is on offer out in the world of literature. Many people write what they think the industry wants, which comes out as clichéd, risk averse and often boring. Having a good idea for a novel or an ‘interesting…