April 9, 2017
Here's the thing. I wasn't supposed to write all of the next Erimem book, Three Faces of Helena. I was only going to be writing a third of it. I was to do one of three linked novellas. However, when one of the other novellas fell through, the plans for the whole book changed. The final novella will now be an individual book published later in the year and my section formed the heart of an evolved take on Three Faces of Helena, which will be out at the end of this month or the start of May.
March 13, 2017
It's always nice when a new project gets announced... especially when it's one that means a lot to me.
I've written one of the stories in Big Finish's Doctor Who box-set The Churchill Years Volume 2, which will be available in February 2018. It looks like a cracking set of stories. You can see a bit more about them here at the Big Finish website.
My story, Human Conflict, is set in 1941 and has weapons, secrets and guilt all coming to the fore. If you're very good I'll tell you more about it closer to the time.
As for why it means a lot to me... obviously Doctor Who is my favourite TV show, but Churchill has been someone I have been fascinated with for years. It's not just his war-time leadership that interests me. He was the MP for my home town of Dundee for more than a decade and managed to fall out with more or less everybody there, including the local publisher... who I incidentally used to work for, and indeed still freelance for on occasion. So this feels quite personal for me and I had a hoot working on it, and I really enjoyed working with Script Editor Matt Fitton.
March 04, 2017
So, it's time for a new Doctor Who... everybody has their favourites and their opinions on this. Paul Bettany has always been somebody I would love to see as the Doctor in my fantasy world where budgets and schedules don't matter but right now I think it's time for a more diverse choice so my pick would be Hayley Atwell. (I found that pic on Facebook and if feels right - and major kudos to whoever Photoshopped it together.) She has the same kind of sparkle about her that David Tennant and Matt Smith have. She can do drama, she's funny and she's smart. I think she's perfect for it. Adrian Lester would be a good pick too. Whoever it is, the new Doctor needs to be somebody who can engage existing or lapsed fans, and attract new generations of kids... because there will be generations who say "That's MY Doctor." Whoever blags the gig... good luck, be brilliant.
February 22, 2017
So, what have I been up to lately? Well. I've been working on lots of new projects, some of which I'll be able to post up here in the next few months. However, something I can mention is that I've been writing some scripts for Commando. I'm having enormous fun with these scripts. It's always good to work on a brand I've enjoyed for so long. The last time I wrote for Commando was about three years ago when I was on staff there and then-editor Calum Laird let me write some text stories for them. I'm hugely fond of Commando and glad to be writing some scripts for them.
December 14, 2016
Not really written by me, this. For the most part it's a story written by the brilliant Simon Forward. However, it also contains a story credited to 'Authors Collective' for which I may or may not have contributed about a thousand words. I'm neither denying nor confirming, just flagging this up because The Xmas Files is free to download from the Candy Jar website. Not bad, eh? Merry Christmas, Brigadier.
December 11, 2016
For anyone feeling Christmassy, the Christmas Erimem book, All I Want For Christmas is available from Monday 12th December. It contains stories by the respected (and terrifying) horror author Daniel McGachey, Beth Jones, author of the forthcoming Erimem novella Churchill's Castle (which will be available at the end of December), Claire Bartlett and me. The stories are all Christmassy in one way or other and it's available through Amazon from Monday 12th.
December 2, 2016
Available soon from Candy Jar Books is Mind of Stone, my novel for the Lethbridge-Stewart series of novels featuring the Brigadier. It's a thriller with some science fiction overtones and, I hope, some good laughs as well. The Brigadier is a long-time favourite of mine. It's a pleasure to have written for him again.
November 25, 2016
Coming in January 2017, is Last Year, a novel in Badger Learning's Young Adult Reads range. Told in diary form it's the story of a teenage girl coming to terms with her mother's life-threatening illness and its repercussions. It's not a comedy but it's not as completely downbeat as it sounds either. It's a very honest look at illness and bereavement.
October 25, 2016
This year's Halloween play for Imagination Theatre is Behind the Masque. For various reasons I won't go into their version is, I believe, a variation on my script. My version will be performed on stage in 2017. The scripts of both my theatrical script and my original radio version are available in this book which can be picked up from Amazon.
August 21, 2016
I'm back with my favourite ex-pharaoh in a new novella for Erimem. Buccaneer is a swashbuckler in the stylee of Rafael Sabatini - or the old Errol Flynn pirate movies if you prefer. It has action and adventure... and it has a bit of snogging as well.
I'll be back in Erimem's universe in November, when I'll be contributing one of the stories in All I Want for Christmas, where I will be joined by the splendid Claire Bartlett, the brilliant Daniel McGachey (Scotland's 'Master of the Macabre' according to Imagination Theatre) and the fabulous Beth Jones. It's going to be a really good book.
August 19, 2016
Very pleased I can now talk about this... I've written one of the next run of novels based on Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart from Doctor Who. The Brig is a favourite character of mine, and I had the pleasure of writing for him in Big Finish's UNIT series. Writing for a younger, pre-UNIT version of him was fascinating. Lethbridge-Stewart: Mind of Stone will be available later this year from Candy Jar Books.
July 7, 2016
Tommy Donbavand is a writer and really good guy who is fighting against cancer. To give him a bit of a help while he's fighting the fight, Stuart Douglas and Paul Magrs have brought together a special anthology of original Doctor Who fiction in A Target for Tommy. It's got fiction by a lot of really talented writers like Paul Cornell, Steve Cole, Daniel Blythe, Una McCormack, Paul Magrs... and I sneaked in there as well when they weren't looking. My story, The Other Three Doctors... well, it's influenced by Doctor Who's tenth anniversary story, The Three Doctors. If you want to know more, please buy the book. More than 25 stories in one splendid volume. You can order it here for £10.99 (paperback) and £5.99 (ebook). It's a great book for a great cause. Buy the book, enjoy the stories and help out a good guy who's dealing with some tough times. It's win-win. Buy it, please.
May 25, 2016
The next batch of Badger Learning's Teen Reads series contains The First Martian written by me. It's a great range to be involved with. Anything that brings more people into reading books is really important and I'm really chuffed to have written one. The books are released in September of this year. More details here.
May 10, 2016
Later this year I'm going to be giving some workshops on creative writing. I'll be looking at the basics of writing - the foundations - in an initial set of workshops, but in a later series of workshops I'll be dealing with some more advanced aspects of writing. To prepare for that I've been looking at some scripts and stories that didn't go anywhere, working out why they they didn't work, where I went wrong with them and how they could be improved. It's a fascinating process to revisit failures with a more experienced eye. I've done an essay on each of these abandoned or rejected works, and they've collected with the original submissions in On The Shelf. This book isn't getting big publicity. It's available on Amazon but mostly it's to accompany the workshops I'm doing. A second volume will be released in early July. I'm really looking forward to these workshops.
March 15, 2016
To mark the launch of an ESA probe to search for signs of life on Mars, and also to commemorate the passing of a great music legend, there's a very short, very silly and very free Erimem story, Life on Mars on Mars over at Thebes Publishing.
February 09, 2016
I'm rather excited that I can let slip that I am writing this, The Forty Nine Steps, a sequel to John Buchan's classic The Thirty Nine Steps, for release in Summer 2016. I can't say more than that but... I'm having a ball with it. I have to admit I'm writing it with Robert Powell's Hannay in my head. I went to see his 1978 film version a couple of times when my sister worked at the local cinema. It's my favourite version but there hasn't been a bad film of the book yet.
John Buchan wrote many novels using Richard Hannay but thematically and in terms of story, my novel is pitched as a sequel to The Thirty Nine Steps.
This isn't the final cover, by the way.
January 21, 2016
The latest Erimem book is now available. Into The Unknown has fifteen stories and interludes in Erimem's new life in London. I wrote one of the short stories, Echoes, and all the interludes, which are all meant as little character moments. There are some great writers in this anthology, many of them new or relatively untried. The book is available from www.thebespublishing.com priced £8.99.
January 19, 2016
Now available, BAD BLOOD Book One: Thomas Lees is the first in a series of horror novellas which will form a huge sweeping story of vampires laying siege to the Earth. Bad Blood was created by Daniel McGachey and myself. Dan is one of the most talented writers around. Pick up one of his books if you don't already have them. I've also written the second and third books in the series, Rebecca and Grigor Corsini. I'll be returning to wrote more of it later. You can find more details at www.thebespublishing.com priced a mere £5.99.
October 6, 2015
I'm one of the writers on Angel of Mercy, the subscriber bonus story for subscribers to the Erimem novels available at www.thebespublishing.com. Very pleased to have worked with the excellent Claire Bartlett and Julianne Todd. By the way, if the cover looks bleak... it is...
September 1, 2015
The Beast of Stalingrad, a novella in the Erimem series, is now available from www.thebespublishing.com. And because you've all been very good, the novella has a little bonus at the back...
August 16, 2015
Very pleased that The Beast of Hyndford, a play in Imagination Theater's The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, written by myself, Claire Bartlett and John Patrick Lowrie, has won in the Audio Drama section at the Moondance International Film Festival.
June 20, 2015
The first Erimem novel, The Last Pharaoh, written by Claire Bartlett and myself has been released by Thebes Publishing and is available now as an ebook and in print from their website at www.thebespublishing.com priced £8.99.