Where did I learn my history?

You may think a historical novelist ought to have a degree in history.  You might be surprised to learn that I have not.  Will you hold that against me? I do have History A-Level.  That is as far as my official study of the subject goes.  Is that what...

Can some stories be too short?

I have to say I am not a great fan of short stories, but writing some of them last year was an interesting exercise.  It made me work on cutting the waffle and focusing on the main points.  I do not think I have succeeded all that well.  The problem I find with most...

Where do writers get their ideas from?

You may think I should have written, ‘from where do writers get their ideas?’ but there you are. I think there are two kinds of writer: those who struggle to get ideas and those, like me, who get too many. Some people get an idea for a book and work on it in a focused...