Winter 2017Winter is always a great time of year for concentrated writing, perhaps more so this year with incessant rain and an almost complete absence of sun. Those of you in Europe have no doubt had the same experience, with record low levels of sun, high winds and floods. However, it’s an ill wind that […]
Today I drove west from Bridge of Cally, through some small villages including the world famous Dull, then found myself not lost, but not quite sure where I was — but when it looks like this, who cares. I didn’t get much written, but it was a spectacular place to stop and have a cuppa […]
Dark Minds… Coming Soon! I’m thrilled to say that my short story The Sydney Dahlia will be included in the first volume of the charity anthology, Dark Minds (ed. by Betsy Reavley) to be published in mid-December. Due to the amazing generosity of the authors, and the hard work of Betsy and her team at Bloodhound Books, there’ll […]
A guest post with a few characters from the Sydney underworld Hosting a guest post, and choosing who to invite today wasn’t easy. Getting the mix right took a while, and of course consideration had to be given to who would want to come and who might be pissed if left out. Carol was easy (she always […]
Latest Release:Meet Me at Harry’sDear Readers,I hope you enjoyed reading ‘Shadow House’ and ‘Flank Street’, and will go on to enjoy ‘Meet Me at Harry’s’. For those of you who are not familiar with Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, it is an iconic pie cart situated in the Sydney suburb of Woolloomooloo. (Woolloomooloo — what a […]
Yesterday, I closed another manuscript, a completed first draft that will now sit for a few weeks before re-writing and editing begins. It took me longer than expected to complete this one, partly because I was basing my expectations on Flank Street, which took weeks, not months to write, and needed little in the way […]
2015 – another full-on year!It’s been a busy year, both on and off the keyboard. A lot has been achieved, and as we roll into Christmas, with the house filled with the smell of cooking, and family about to arrive it’s time to take some time out to recharge. In the first few months, and before […]
I’m currently working on the third book of the “In The Sydney Underworld” series, and would like to invite you all to visit my website and sign up for an ARC, if interested.
The other two books in the series, Heather, and Flank Street were released in August 2014, and May 2015 respectively. Each book is stand-alone. They share locations and a few characters, and can be read in any order. Does that make it a series?
I didn’t set out to write about Micky, or Carol come to that.
The rain was falling steadily, running down the small, below ground-level window, which is the only source of natural light in the boiler-room where I write. For some obscure reason it reminded me of a rain-soaked street in Sydney, Australia; a street I’ve walked down many times, both wet and dry.
As I held that image in the back of my eyelids, a man appeared. Yellow streetlights reflected from the wet tarmac; he walked in the shadow of the plane trees, pulling his hood up against the unrelenting rain. He stopped, leaned against a tree, and waited.
Right at that moment, I knew what I had to do.