Welcome to my website. Here you’ll find details of my work, my
upcoming signings, readings and other appearances, and lots of
background information about me and the inspiration for my
books. You can also read my Blog Tour details as well as the
showcasing of fellow authors’ works. (click here)
I hope you enjoy your visit!
As a departure from writing novels, short stories and plays, I have embarked upon a work of non-fiction which examines the enormous changes that have occurred over the last seventy two years of my extremely varied existence. It is almost incomprehensible to remember that many of my generation grew up in houses that were incredibly basic and freezing cold in winter with frost on the inside of window panes. Mostly, central heating did not exist and the first task in the morning was invariably to attempt to rekindle the dying embers of the previous evening’s coal fire, or relight it altogether. Similarly, it was often the norm to have to crank start the early primitive cars with starting handle – not very funny with a bellyful of porridge – none of the luxury of simply turning keys to ignite the engines ! We have gone from this to an age largely controlled by technology where computers and smart phones almost rule the world and people communicate with, or through, these as opposed to directly with each other.
Systematically, the ‘people factor’ is being replaced by ‘devices’. Youngsters growing up today live with their hi-tech ‘toys’ and are somewhat lacking in intercommunicating skills with ‘real people’. This is quite frightening and beggars the question as to where we go from here.
During my quite amazing lifetime, I have always regarded communication with others as ‘the stuff of life’ and, throughout the book, there will be anecdotal episodes and stories involving people, injected into the the overall changes as I have perceived them. As such the book will be also be semi-autobiographical. It is both cathartic and therapeutic and, if nothing else, it will serve as a personal legacy, in many places full of humour and impertinent observations – all of which I am thoroughly enjoying writing !
Just to remind everyone – details of my most successful novels appear in the ‘Publications’ (novels) section of this website.
I have recently written and submitted a short story entitled ‘If It Shines’ which concerns a failed seaside business enterprise. More details will follow.
Following the publication of my successful novels (and in my advancing years – I am now in my seventies) – I now intend to concentrate more upon writing short stories – for which there is considerable demand. I will publish some of these upon this website in due course.
Taking it more easy !
I would like to wish all of my readers and followers the happiest New Year for 2017 in the hope that it might be less turbulent than the explosive 2016 – and that the human race might actually learn to live in peace and harmony – to improve the world from some of the horrendous global disasters that this year has so painfully shown.
Having traveled around much of the world, it has long been on my ‘Bucket list’ to visit the top of mainland Britain (not including Orkney and Shetland). I finally managed to get to John O’Groats – thankfully on beautiful sunny day where the islands of Orkney were clearly visible – a wondrous site !
Yesterday, I cut the ribbon, gave a short speech and opened a new furniture store in Tywyn, Wales. I also signed earlier hardback copies of my novel ‘Cry Of The Machi’ as well as promoting my other novels.
I hope that all of my relations, friends, and readers of my books had an excellent Christmas – and I now wish everybody a happy and prosperous New Year – in 2016.
An excellent feature article (by Julie McNicholls Vale) on ‘Rogue And Royal’ has just been published in the Meirionnydd edition of the ‘Cambrian News’.
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‘Rogue And Royal’ has been entered for the BookViral Award 2015. This is a $3000 promotions award through BookViral and will be awarded in June 2016. Consideration is given to the views of readers when compiling the shortlists and BookViral asks Authors whose books have been entered to encourage their readers, fans and followers to register their vote.
To vote for Rogue and Royal in the 2015 BookViral Book Awards readers need to go to my spotlight page – link : http://bookviral.com/rogue/4590505258.
At the bottom of the page on the left hand side is a box with the words – “Vote for Rogue and Royal in the 2015 BookViral Book Awards by clicking on the logo below. The logo is a quill and pen and all readers have to do is click on it to be taken to the voting form.” (It is a short form which asks them to rate elements of the book and leave comments. Every time a form is completed the votes are added to the spotlight page counter so the number of readers who have voted can be seen).