C.T. Phipps Guest Blog – To Kill your Darlings

This is a first for my blog. I have C.T. Phipps (author of Cthulhu Armageddon and a bunch of other novels) over to talk about murder. To Kill your Darlings   By. C.T. Phipps   You need to kill your characters. This is something which I discovered while writing Cthulhu Armageddon and has come with … Read more

Raising Your Book

I’ve seen a few things on twitter and facebook recently about the author cycle of woe. For those of you who don’t know it’s an author thing where you start off loving the thing you’re creating, then hate it, then love, then hate it, then… it just goes on for a bit. I’m pretty sure … Read more


Someone recently asked me where my stories come from. I immediately replied with “from my misspent childhood.”. No one laughed. I quickly thought about coming up with a real answer and didn’t think simply saying “my imagination” would cut it. I thought about all the things that have inspired me and affected the direction my … Read more

Designing Jezzet – What Came First, Chicken or Egg?

A few folk have asked me whether I designed the characters to fit the story or the story to fit the characters; in the case of The Heresy Within (THW) it was very much the latter. The world of The Ties that Bind was forming nicely and I had already written a full novel set in … Read more

The Science of Swearing

New blog. First post. Thought I’d go with something that’s near and dear to my heart, swearing. I’m a big fan of swearing both in real life and in my books. Nary a chapter goes by in the whole The Ties that Bind trilogy where one character, or often many, let loose with a torrent … Read more

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