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April 27, 2018

Me and Mini-Me – a small adventure in L.A.

In the early part of 2012 I stayed with the late Verne Troyer for a week, putting together a long pitch for his autobiography, which we all hoped would lift the lid on an extraordinary, inspirational and often chequered life and career in the movie business.What a week that was…..At the time […]
December 2, 2017

Why I became an author… (Why DID I become an author?)

I’m often asked why I decided to become an author? The answer I give is that I didn’t decide – it kind-of chose me. I didn’t engineer the situation. It happened by accident, and before I knew it I was attempting to fill 350 pages with words of varying quality. Then my […]
October 2, 2017

Who spooks the ghost?

I’m a ghostwriter and not a ‘ghost writer’. I don’t write about ghosts, unless they’re the ghosts of people’s memories (which is a different thing altogether). But as it’s Hallowe’en, maybe I should share a ghost story. A true one too – because it happened to me.The setting was an old farmhouse […]
September 18, 2017

The singer or the song?

I’m a big re-reader of most things, particularly cereal packets and shampoo bottle labels (depending where I’m sitting), and recently I decided to take another trip into Bruce Chatwin’s 1987 ‘classic’ The Songlines. I first read this for a university module a couple of years after it came out. Aged 22, I […]
September 7, 2017

It was 20 Years ago…er, a few days back…

I’m not a novelist (or a Royalist or, God save us, both) but I’m somewhat surprised there seems to be no new fiction recording or reflecting on the extraordinary events of late August/early September 1997. Yes, there was something dramatic happening with a Mercedes and a gilded couple in a tunnel in […]
April 18, 2016

Broken and Betrayed – Sunday Times Bestseller list

For the past 18 months I’ve been working with Jayne Senior on her book, ‘Broken and Betrayed’, the account of her role in the Rotherham child abuse scandal. Jayne initially contacted me to see if I could help with her account of the role she played in the events that led to […]
March 8, 2016

If you want to get ahead, go outside!

It’s a given that writers lead lives of constant and thrilling adventure. The walk downstairs to the kettle is fraught with stomach-churning anticipation; the trip to the spare room to make sure the paint is drying nicely is never less than mind-spinning. And yet, there are times when we must take a […]
August 20, 2015

Ghostwriting catch up

Note to self: I must, must must update this more regularly!!The last few months have been the busiest I’ve ever experienced – two books written, right from scratch, and on the most diverse themes. One is centred around the Rotherham child abuse scandal and is the most harrowing, hard-hitting book I’ve ever […]
March 25, 2015

Goodbye, East End – An Evacuee’s Story

I’ve been working on a lovely story by author David Merron, whose experiences as a wartime evacuee from London are to be published as ‘Goodbye, East End’. David came from a close-knit Jewish community in the Aldgate area of the city and when he was evacuated to the countryside his world changed […]