Bloody Scotland

I had the nicest time at the Bloody Scotland crime fiction festival. Got to meet some lovely people, including my Air BnB hosts (who entertained me spectacularly, especially on the last night when we sampled quite a lot of GnT!) and the three lovely authors – Shona Maclean, Elaine Thomson and Kaite Welsh – who […]

Cardiff Book Festival

I’m delighted to be able to announce that I’ll be appearing at Cardiff Book Festival on the 24th of September with fellow Crime Cymru Author, Rosie Claverton. We’ll be talking about investigative duos and their popularity or otherwise. The thing  is, ever since Holmes and Watson, the detective double-act has captured readers’ imaginations but, these […]

Making hay while the sun shines

Haymaking’s been going on recently and, in a field near us, the small bales you can see in the photo (top left) were being carted. Unfortunately for the nostalgia-value, it was all done in batches of 8 with a grab on front of the tractor, but still, it took me back to haymaking when I […]

A tragic Rebecca-related death

This photo (with thanks to Dylan Moore) shows Holy Trinity church in Newcastle Emlyn. Though the church isn’t actually mentioned in None So Blind, it does have a link to the Rebecca Riots. There’s a memorial in the churchyard to a Trooper John Kearns whose epitaph runs like this: ‘He fell not in the battle […]

What’s there and what’s not

‘I loved your book,’ somebody said to me the other day. ‘It’d make a great TV series!’ And it would. Because, to be honest, pretty much any crime novel would. It’s no coincidence that many of the best-loved TV crime dramas are novel adaptations. The trouble is, as I point out to people, that historical […]

Writing What I Didn’t Know

  Write what you know. That’s the advice quoted at writers ad nauseam. But I’ve never been very good at taking advice. Admittedly, there are a couple of strands in None So Blind which I might reasonably be expected to know something about: It’s set in the Teifi Valley. I grew up there. Most of […]