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…

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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.

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…

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Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels – Sherlock Holmes ?>

Gender Switch Classics or Classics Regendered novels – Sherlock Holmes

You know when you’ve had a brilliant idea and think you’re really clever, only to find out that others have had it as well? It seems to happen quite often in Hollywood with ” twin movies” such as Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached or Antz and A Bug’s Life. Well, it happened to me recently. While browsing at, I came across a couple of other authors who’ve done the same thing as me, retro-engineered a classic novel…

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Story Samples at ?>

Story Samples at

I was recently browsing through the books at and realised that many of the stories I was looking at didn’t allow the reader to download samples . Now, I can see why authors might feel like not doing that for a short story — the recommended 20% may seem rather a large amount or for a free story, hey — it’s free! But not to do it for novels that the reader is going to have to pay for, seems…

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Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course ?>

Editing Fiction – an Arvon Course

I’m just back from a week long Editing Fiction course run by the Arvon Foundation. I had the pleasure of spending my time in an old country house in the beautiful Devon countryside. I wish I could say the sun shone every day but it didn’t. There was no internet access or WiFi, which drove some of the other people on the course crazy but I found it refreshing to have no distractions from the outside world. I really enjoyed…

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My fan fiction ?>

My fan fiction

I realise I’ve never mentioned that I write fan fiction. I like  to read fan fiction as well. Some of the stuff I’ve read has been really clever. I especially like fan fiction  “crossovers”, where the characters from two different TV shows or books come together in a story. I think I like crossovers so much because in a way, it’s like alternate history (which I also love) and I never feel guilty reading them because clearly the author would…

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My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction ?>

My favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction

Here’s a list of my current favourite Pride and Prejudice fiction in no particular order. Assumptions and Actuality, L Meredith This is a parody and there are only four daughters. All the names of the characters have been changed. Bridget Jones’ Diary, Helen Fielding. Probably the most famous Pride and Prejudice fiction novel and a perennial favourite of mine. Conceit and Concealment, Abigail Reynolds. This imagines Pride and Prejudice taking place in an England where Napoleon Bonaparte succeeded in conquering…

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“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined” ?>

“Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined”

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined is by Stephanie Meyer, just in case you were wondering. I thought it might be a parody when I picked the book up or even a version of Midnight Sun, the Twilight from Edward Cullen’s point of view that famously she started writing but stopped because the first few chapters got leaked, but no. It does what it says on the tin, it is Twilight reimagined.  She has taken the story and changed the gender of…

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