Sunday, 6 May 2018

Latest articles in Writing Magazine

Beginners: Beware the Jibber-Jabber

My latest article in the June issue of Writing Magazine deals with the over-use of technical jargon and pseudo-science in books, also prevalent in certain films and tv series.

Quite simply, there comes a point where a prolonged spouting of information which the writer feels they must impart to the reader/viewer no matter what, becomes too much. This usually pops up in sci-fi-related films, or where technical hardware is involved. This leads to overloading us with non-moving info that, while probably of interest to some fans, leaves me (and, I suspect, others, stone cold).

Note my use of 'non-moving'; if what's written doesn't move the story forward, it's not doing its job. Some technical/science information is necessary, I grant you, but more than about five seconds of it can make the viewer-reader switch off and start skimming.


The New Author Profile this month is on ROZ WATKINS, author of 'The Devil's Dice' (HQ/Harper Collins).

Inspired by the sight of her dog carrying what appeared to be a human spine in its mouth, and wondering what it would be like to stumble on a dead body, is, as Roz says, 'not normal'... but that's where it all began.

Whatever it takes, is what I say.

When a dead lawyer is found in a cave with his initials carved in the wall, it poses a problem: because the carvings have been there for over a century. This sets DI Meg Walton off on a journey of discovery, not least because her own family has secrets that refuse to be buried.

For more information about Roz, see:


Review of 'A Secret Worth Killing For' by Simon Berthon

Anne-Marie Gallagher, a former lawyer, has risen to the dizzy height of UK Minister of State for Security. She’s done well and is now a face to be reckoned with, possibly a future leader.

Maire Anne McCartney grew up in a house of secrets in the 1990s. She had a lover and a brother, both members of a team of vicious IRA killers known as the ‘Gang of Four’. When her lover, Joseph, suggests he and Martin, her brother, want her to get close to a British Special Branch officer, and ‘do whatever it takes’ to get him to a location so he can be 'interrogated', she recalls sharing in Martin’s pleasure when the IRA blew up Margaret Thatcher’s hotel in Brighton, and agrees. The SB officer dies.

The problem is, Anne-Marie Gallagher, UK Minister of State, and Maire Anne McCartney, are one and the same person...
Read my full review on the SHOTS Magazine website.