5 June 2024

We all know (of) the writer’s greatest fear:  the blank page.  And my blank page was beating the crap out of me the last few days.  A week ago, Book One of the Felicity Street Annals was launched, and suddenly, I found myself with precious little to do.  And while I actually have a wee…

1 April 2024

As a fiction writer, I get to indulge in many… erm, indulgences.  Fiction is magical, and there are several private pleasures when creating something out of thin air. The first pleasure is character building.  To create a character, give them a name, a birthday, and define their looks, mannerisms, and styles… It is great fun,…

The Felicity Street Annals - Book 1: First Day
17 March 2024

“It’s like ‘It’, minus the supernatural but with a hint of ‘50 Shades’ thrown in.” – review comment Welcome to Felicity Street. Felicity Street is a short road – only about five blocks long – in Buxton Park, an impoverished suburb dating from the war era located just to the west of Johannesburg.  In 2024,…

20 January 2019

I was at a book fair in late 2018, a beautiful spring-bordering-on-summer day.  I put up my banner, made my table all nice and pretty, put up an umbrella for shade, put some scatter cushions down for comfortable seating, and arranged my books – The original paperback for Discovering Leigh – in what I hoped…

The Pleasure of Writing Wrongly.
9 December 2018

English is not my first language. While I have completely anglicised, my mother tongue is Afrikaans.  Out of my three serious relationships, my first two were with Afrikaans girls.  I only changed my home language to English once I moved in with Andrea. Having said that, I could speak conversational English from when I was…

15 November 2018

Every creative knows ‘The fear of the blank page’.  Whether you’re a writer, a painter, a sketch artist, a composer—or anyone of the countless creatives—you will know how intimidating a blank canvas can be. I know this fear very well – when there is something bubbling up and expelling it is non-negotiable.  But how, exactly? …

The Case For The Alpha Male
28 October 2018

Disclaimer: The following blog explores fictional characters and is not to be seen or interpreted as a psychological analysis of anything in real life. If the shoe fits, though… To begin, I would like to introduce the idea of “opposites”.  The opposite of “north pole” is “south pole”, but let’s face it, there is no…