Selecting something different

March 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

I have a question for readers. How often do you try new genres? Do you ever think, ‘I’ve never read a book like that before. I’ll give it a go’ or do you tend to stick to genres you know you love? There are certain genres I know I’m likely to love when I read them. Definitely romance. Science fiction. Fantasy. Historical fiction. Young adult books of difference subgenres. But I must confess I usually stay within the same confines. Sometimes it’s for reasons of self-preservation. For example, I steer clear of horror because I know they will disturb me […]

All in the Family

March 20, 2016 at 10:34 am

Yesterday I had the honour of hosting the book launch for my father’s latest book at my house. My dad has been writing books and getting them published for a lot longer than I have. He’s been writing seriously since 1985 and has published numerous books. Most are biographies of prominent British Christians, such as John Wesley, William Booth, and in his most recent book, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. You can check this book out here. He has so many book now available under his name that he had no problem filling the large trestle table I had laid out for […]

Finding new fans

March 13, 2016 at 12:50 pm

One of the most gratifying things about being an author is meeting someone who loves your books. There’s nothing like the feeling of someone sending you a message or coming to you excitedly with a copy of your work and saying, ‘I really loved this! Thanks so much for writing it! When’s your next book out?’ I was fortunate to see this happen to a fellow author this week. On Thursday evening I went to an event at my favourite bookstore, Little Gnome. The event was called ‘Wynnum UpLate’. Most shops in Wynnum (a suburb in Brisbane) close in the […]

And the winner is …

March 5, 2016 at 9:07 am

For the last month I’ve been running a competition for all you reviewers out there. During the month of February, I said that anyone who left a new review of The Heir, the first book in the Verindon trilogy, on Amazon US, would go in the draw to win an autographed set of the full trilogy. I’m pleased to announce that the winner is Cecily Thew Paterson. Congratulations, Cecily! Thank you so much to all of you who made the effort to review The Heir on Amazon US. While I didn’t quite make my target of 25 reviews, I’ve moved […]