Welcome to my web site. Here you will find information about my books and the writing courses and workshops I facilitate around the country of Ireland. I have a life long love of writing and drama and I have worked with directors, theatre companies, actors and writers. I also read scripts, and offer editing and beta reading services. Strange to some but I love editing, and making a piece of writing the best it can be.
Workshops & Writing Courses
I teach a number of courses and workshops including a very popular memoir writing course that has yielded some great results. A collection of short memoirs called Down Memory Lane was produced and published last year with all proceeds going to the local Alzheimer Societies patient comfort care fund. I also teach short story workshops, novel writing classes, and do private one to one tuition. More information can be found on the Workshops & Writing Courses page.
My blog is where I share my love of all things creative. You will find book reviews, my view on theatre performances, radio, sculptures, workshops, meetings etc. I try to keep my blog updated as often as possible detailing events that I attend, books I’m working on, life as a writer, publishing details, and whatever rocks my boat. My latest blog posts are listed below so be sure to check them out and subscribe so you don’t miss out on what is going on.
A number of my books are complete and ready for publication. If anyone out there is interested in publishing them and providing royalties, I’ll always listen. If I self-publish they will be made available in both paperback and e-book formats from Amazon and all leading bookstores. For more information and to read the blurbs for each title please visit my books page.
So, I have 75,000 words approximately of a novel I label as mystery/crime/cozy. The synopsis needs to be about 500. A generalisation as different agencies or publishers may request a different number.
Where do I start? I've checked a variety of Internet sites with loads of helpful advice. A good practice is to determine the genre ...more
Writing goals are not New Year Resolutions which is why I am starting on 1st February.
In setting writing goals, I am following the footsteps of my good friend Amanda J Evans. Amanda is an awarding winner writer and you can read her blog here: https://amandajevans.com/
I have eleven writing goals so here goes:
1. Obtain ...more
After a long absence (not a good year) I am ready to write during the November rush when dozens or thousands of other writers are lifting pens, or poising fingers on keyboards.
NaNoWrMo is long established and a popular event. I plump for Flash NaNo.
It began in 2012 and starts on 1 November, demands one piece ...more
"Who the dickens 'Boz' could be
Puzzled many a learned elf,
Till time unveiled the mystery,
And 'Boz' appeared as Dickens's self."
Bentley's Miscellany March 1837
It was from my maternal grandmother I learned about the daily constitutional.
Nowadays, we have exercise, physical activity, wear wristbands that count steps and monitor heart rate. Our health programmed into our day as we ...more
Nung, Song, Sam
My novel, Dead Man Floating, was beta-read by a good friend who commented on the plot.
Following those comments I made significant changes. I removed a sub plot, losing 26,000 words, and edited the entire novel to remove any references to said plot. So far, so good.
I trialled altering point of view; included ...more