Three Sheets to the Wind

The Whittlesey Wordsmiths have been at it again! We’ve produced our third general anthology, our fifth book if you include our two Christmas specials last year. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BCSVV7S5/ Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1916892647/ Enjoy!Read more

Shuttlers Paperback

For those who haven’t seen it yet, “Shuttlers” is now available as a paperback. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B8RJ5Y22/ If you live close enough to me, I’ll even sign it for you!Read more

Writer’s Retreat

Two weeks ago, I arrived at a five-day writer’s retreat in Devon, England. My writing coach Annalisa Parent of The Writing Gym and Date With the Muse, organised everything. Eight of us took part in total: Annalisa, her assistant, and six writers, including me. I won’t go into too many details, but we were looked after by the owners of Knapp House, where we stayed, being fed and looked after in a way that made writing so much easier. We spent the mornings in exercises designed to improve our creativity and teach us…Read more

Updated Bio

I’ve just updated my bio to include a humorous version: Stephen was utterly sane until he was born to totally normal parents. Having been precipitated into this insane world without his permission, he decided that the only logical response was to become crazy. He hid the craziness successfully while at school. However, when he started working, he came to believe he could speak to machines. The only possible solution was to train to be a software developer. After more than three decades of this, he completely lost his mind and decided to become…Read more

Paranormal City Paperback is available!

Paranormal City For those who haven’t heard yet, Paranormal City is now available as a paperback: US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1951768426/ UK:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1951768426/ Be sure to use the correct link because the publisher charges for sending it abroad if you’re ordering from abroad. And it doesn’t matter if you’re on Unlimited or not.Read more

Creativity

Some years ago, I watched a program on daytime TV called The Wright Stuff (Channel 5, UK), which aired between 9:15 and 11:10, Monday to Friday. It was a discussion program with Matthew Wright, the host, and a panel of three guests who talked about what was in the news. It’s since been replaced by Jeremy Vine. One of the topics that morning was whether toys like Lego, selling kits to make specific models, were stifling creativity. I didn’t have much Lego when I was young, but I did own several Meccano kits.…Read more

Paranormal City is out!

Paranormal City is now out for Kindle. The paperback version will be out in a few days, depending on how quickly Ingram Spark gets it ready. We've also started auditioning voice actors for the audiobook version. I'm fascinated by the way the voice of the narrator can change the feel of the story. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PZHGRQWRead more

Creativity and Inspiration

I’ve been a creative person for much of my life, but it’s only recently that I’ve begun to think about what exactly that means. First of all, what is creativity? If you ask a hundred people, you’ll very probably get a hundred different answers, each of which is in complete contrast to the other ninety-nine. It’s not that everybody’s wrong, either. It’s just that, like beauty, creativity’s in the eye of the beholder. Having said that, here’s my take on the subject. First of all, we never create anything out of whole cloth.…Read more

Paranormal City – Due Out Soon!

My first anthology is being published in a couple of weeks. Welcome to the city! There’s hospitality for all here, be you vampire, demon, walking dead, or one of the werepeople. We’ve something for everyone, no matter what your needs or tastes. Listen to some of the tales of those who live here. They’ll tell you this is the greatest city in the world. Oh, and mundanes are also welcome. Just try to fit in. A Devil’s dozen of tales from Paranormal City for your delight… and terror. You can pre-order it here.…Read more