I’ve started work on a new novel. Nothing breathtaking there I suppose, but I am trying something different. So far I have written three books. ‘After Alyson’ covered the trials and tribulations of Mark Garvey, an amorous Director of Social Services trying to rebuild his life in Devon after the ending of a relationship withContinue reading “Marrying the Past”
Football is a recurring theme in my writing. I make no apologies for this. For many it is the glue that binds their identity with their community, and for me personally many life milestones have been marked by attendance at football matches. The night my Dad died I watched Tranmere, he supported us, and afterContinue reading “Justice?”
Last week, with help from the lovely team at Red Door Press, my blog tour took place. I have reproduced below some of the reviews from the tour. That was pleasing, or this Or from Amazon Not often that Tranmere get praise from Liverpool supporters. The reviews from Tranmere supporters have also been good. ForContinue reading “Thanks folks”
Somebody asked me the other day why I write about religion. I don’t. If I have a theme I write about it is faith, and often misguided faith. In ‘After Alyson’, Mark Garvey places his faith in his ability to resolve his own problems, without addressing the fundamental dissatisfaction he has in life. In ‘Snatched’Continue reading “Faith not religion”
I haven’t used it to learn a new language or teach myself how to play trombone, nor have I gained tons of weight or taken to drinking a couple of bottles of vodka before lunch.
‘Oh, get over yourself Sindall! If you want joyless try working for Deliveroo for a day, or working in an ICU during COVID’. Bloody writers!
The following are intended as discussion points for groups to consider when exploring ‘Playing the Pools’ How would you describe how Reggie’s character develops across the story? What role the Reggie’s family play in the novel? What is Fred’s purpose in terms of the books overall narrative Laura and Cathy write two very different lettersContinue reading “Notes for Book Clubs – Playing the Pools”
As a writer I write about the stuff I know
When I first started writing I noticed that I would copy the style of what I had recently read.
There is a problem when you write fiction about real places, everybody else owns them Much of ‘Playing the Pools’ draws upon real places. The Halfway House, for example, is a real pub with its own clientele and history. Anybody who has ever wandered in for a cheeky pint will have their own perspective andContinue reading “Keeping it real”