“The Figure in the Carpet” – Henry James

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Photographs_of_Henry_James#/media/File:Henry_James_(2871171944)_(cropped).jpg Henry James (1843 - 1916) wrote his novella, "The Figure in the Carpet", in 1896. An American, who spent his early and later years in England, James wrote the well known novels "Washington Square" (1880), "Portrait of a Lady" (1881), and "The Turn of the Screw" (1898). "The Figure in the Carpet" was a… Continue reading “The Figure in the Carpet” – Henry James

How to avoid C. Spray – getting your names right.

My daughter asked me recently how I came up with the names for the characters in my books. Choosing them is actually something I really enjoy and I have several ways of doing it. Sometimes I just have it to hand and that's true of Stag in "New Beginnings on Vancouver Island". https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1913719383/    My hero was… Continue reading How to avoid C. Spray – getting your names right.

The Jolly Bauble – A Children’s Tale

Once upon a time there was a Christmas bauble that lived upstairs in the attic of a grandma’s old stone cottage. He was a very jolly bauble and spent most of the year in the big box of Christmas decorations with all his friends:  the tinsel, the candles, the coloured lights, the other baubles and… Continue reading The Jolly Bauble – A Children’s Tale

Eight things I’ve discovered while working on my WIP (Work in Progress).

That first cup of coffee, when I’m straightening my pencils, is the best of the day. My creative writing muse likes to start early and clock off at lunchtime. My characters trust me to keep their secrets. How foolish of them. My supporting characters are troublesome and always seeking the limelight I have writers’ OCD.… Continue reading Eight things I’ve discovered while working on my WIP (Work in Progress).