More gender switched classics ?>

More gender switched classics

I’m doing another post about gender switched classics. (I’ve decided to use that term to save having use all the terms possible – regendered, gender switched and gender swapped). I’ve realised I didn’t look properly, the author/editor  of  The Hound of the Baskervilles Retrained has quite a few other gender switched classics on the Smashwords website. Her name is Tara Loughead but she puts a feminine version of the author’s name on each gender switched classic. For example, War of…

Read More Read More

Review of Prejudice and Pride: A Translated Cover Version ?>

Review of Prejudice and Pride: A Translated Cover Version

Imagine my surprise when I came across an interview with the author Kate Harrad in The Guardian online. She has also produced a gender swapped version of Pride and Prejudice called Prejudice and Pride: A Translated Cover Version and what’s more, did it before me. In my arrogance, it hadn’t occurred to me that anyone else would have had the bright idea. That’ll teach me. So, naturally I had to buy a cover to see how it compared to mine….

Read More Read More

2018 Summer/Winter Smashwords Sale ?>

2018 Summer/Winter Smashwords Sale

The Smashwords web site is having its 2018 Summer/Winter Sale from 1 – 31 July. It’s called a Summer/Winter Sale because while it’s summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s winter in the summer hemisphere. Smashwords obviously likes to to make sure all their customers can benefit. My short story, “The Interview” is free instead of $0.99 (£0.75) and my novel, “Pride and Prejudice: The Other Way Round” is $1.00 (£0.76) instead of $2.00 (£1.52) for the duration of the sale.

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords ?>

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Draft Nanowrimo Novel on Smashwords

As you may know, Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place every November. People attempt and often succeed in writing a 50,000 word novel during that month. As you may also know, Smashwords, the self-publishing site has a special programme to promote Nanowrimo novels and gives the opportunity to publish your draft Nanowrimo novel on its site during November. Don’t do it. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Do It If You Want a Traditional Publisher. Because once your…

Read More Read More



Bit belated news – I’m happy to say that Twisted, my 100 word story (or drabble) has been accepted by 101 Fiction and has been published on their website – The idea is that the story is one hundred words and the title is one more = 101. Clever eh? The theme of the latest edition is unicorns. My story is near the bottom so persevere and you’ll find it. The unicorns themed edition was published on 4 March…

Read More Read More

Happy New Year ?>

Happy New Year

Yes, I know it’s rather late for a Happy New Year. In fact, I’ve just squeezed it in. But still. Happy New Year. I hope it’s as happy a new year for you as it is for me. I’ve had a short science fiction story, The Boom Show, published in the British Fantasy Society’s magazine, BFS Horizons for January 2018. This makes me very happy apart from one thing. Trying to be green, I decided to have paperless copies of…

Read More Read More

I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it! ?>

I won Nanowrimo 2017 and how I managed it!

Yes, I won the Nanowrimo writing challenge (again) this year. But, ahem, not without a certain amount of what some might call cheating. Oh all right then, what nearly every would call cheating. I cheated. I admit I did have cheating as part of my back up plan but I was fully intending not to do it. I had a number of technical difficulties during Nanowrimo. I also didn’t make life easy for myself by going on holiday for ten…

Read More Read More

Nanowrimo 2018 ?>

Nanowrimo 2018

Nanowrimo has rolled around again. And this year, I’m planning to try something new – the first of a series. It’s an urban fantasy about a young woman who is transformed into a dryad while holidaying in New England. I’m slightly nervous as I’ve never tried to write a series of novels before and all the technical stuff I’m reading about how to write a series is putting me off slightly but hey, it never hurts to try – right?…

Read More Read More

Dribs and Drabbles – my new free ebook! ?>

Dribs and Drabbles – my new free ebook!

I’ve just published Dribs and Drabbles, a free ebook. It’s a collection of short stories of varying lengths, from twitter fiction (140 characters) to drabbles (100 words) to flash fiction (less than 750 words) to a short story of nearly 2,000 words. The stories include Scrooge, a retelling of the classic A Christmas Carol, completely original tales such as, The City From The Sea, and Red and the Alien Wolf, a rebooted Red Riding Hood. Currently, it’s available on Smashwords, iBooks, Kobo…

Read More Read More