Character Traits

As I’m over at fellow #darkstroke author, Joan Livingston’s blog today, I thought I’d share my thoughts about Kayleigh – a character central to the Glasshouse series – here, too … About Kayleigh. How can I try explain Kayleigh without trying to explain everyone around her? People are inextricably linked, which is the reason I…

Writing Matters

I was shivering behind a market stall just before Christmas, trying to cajole my numb fingers into string some festive fairy-lights over my display of novels. A tall woman strode over to me, with that patronizing smile I’ve seen on so many faces at events like these over the three years I’ve thought of myself…

Good Luck? Bad Luck? Who Knows?

A friend of mine who I met at Manchester University went to Japan after she graduated and hasn’t come back. I remember thinking, when she left, how strange it was that the (arguably) least confident member of our group (we met in a Halls of Residence, after which we shared a dilapidated Victorian house on…

It’s ok to not be ok.

There’s a massive discourse around the subject of mental health, right now. Section 17 is a short collection of poems that tell a poignant story of mental breakdown, and a recovery that definitely is not a cure. They are inspired by my experience of OCD, depression, and psychiatric care. This is my first venture into self-publishing, and my first venture into poetry. Available to download via Amazon, at https://amzn.to/3JezIHh and Barnes and Noble at https://bit.ly/41IPYHF.

Click to buy: https://mybook.to/skinandbone

The truth WILL out

Liam’s mother was murdered when he was a baby. His father is a recovering drug addict, who’s just going through the motions. His girlfriend is jealous, secretive, and not all she seems to be. And his uncle has been acquitted of terrible crimes, and is now a university professor with a dangerous obsession.

Liam is a palaeontology student, keen to prove what happened to the dinosaurs. But when his grandfather dies, Liam uncovers more than he bargained for.

Will he survive to find his answers?

“Addictive and utterly thrilling.” – Michelle Cook, author of Tipping Point.

Click to buy: https://mybook.to/underrated

Never underestimate a friend…

”I stand as close as I can to the Liver Building without looking proper weird and tip my head back. My eyes can’t focus properly, but I can make out a turquoise shape right at the top, so I mouth ‘iya to Bella. I’m a bit soft on the Liver Birds. They’re 300-odd feet up in the air, so they should be able to see everything, but they’re chained down…”

A story of the far-reaching effects of unrequited love and drug (ab)use, Underrated follows the lives of five lads who are just trying to make a better life for themselves. In Liverpool and on the south Devon coast, their lives entangle as they turn to cocaine.

While some people take drugs to escape their circumstances, others deal drugs to escape theirs. But is escape ever really an option?

“An inventive and provocative read” – Squeaky Joe, Amazon.

Click to buy: https://mybook.to/glasshousenovel

Boundaries can be fragile…

Psychiatrists, Drs Whittle and Grosvenor, have dedicated their lives to helping their patients, but their approach, and the complications it reveals, lead them into relationships that harm not only themselves.

As their lives entangle, both men find that doing no harm is not as cut-and-dried as they perceived.

Can the patients in their care really trust them? Or are more sinister motives at work?

Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game in which no one is infallible!

“A total page turner” – Eleanor Graham, Amazon.

Click to buy: https://mybook.to/devolution

Know your enemies? Know your friends?

A small Devon town in the late 1990s. Everyone knows everything about everyone else. Don’t they?

Cath is dead, but how and why isn’t clear-cut to her best friend, Kayleigh. As she searches for answers, Kayleigh is drawn deeper into Cath’s hidden world.

The (D)Evolution of Us questions where a story really begins, and whether the world in our heads is more real than reality.

“Fantastic writing – a must-read” – William F Aicher, author of A Confession, and Every Bullet has a Silver Lining.

Click to buy: https://mybook.to/darkparis

Contains my short story, The Submission.

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