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How long will it be before anyone can write a contemporary novel again without having to reflect the impact of the coronavirus? Continue reading →
How do self-published authors sell their books? Mike Stanhope thinks he has an answer, but in the new mystery thriller ‘The Concrete Ceiling’ it rebounds on him in ways he never expected, with alarming consequences. Continue reading →
If you’re wondering what happened to The Concrete Ceiling, the next novel in the Mike Stanhope Mysteries series, blame Brexit! I’ve been so absorbed by what’s happening in the UK that everything else seems to have been neglected. But fear not – it’ll be out in March. Continue reading →
Why have media interviewers so consistently failed to press politicians on the more outrageous or logically untenable arguments in the Brexit debate? Politicians may have let us down by placing dogma or party considerations ahead of the common good, but the media is not blameless in letting this happen. Continue reading →
It seems to me that there is absolutely no defensible argument to justify the implementation Brexit against the apparent wish of a majority of the current population – or to deny that population the opportunity to test public opinion in a confirmatory referendum. Continue reading →
The Britain which is approaching the Brexit date is not the same Britain as the one responsible for the two-year-old referendum vote. What possible reason could there be for denying the true democracy of asking its citizens in a second referendum what they want NOW? Continue reading →
Reports assuming that Brexit will happen are arguably just as manipulative as those suggesting it might not – but the phrase “if Brexit goes ahead” has acquired the status of a taboo. Continue reading →
Can a mystery novel work if it’s set against unresolved real-world events like the US presidential election or Britain’s tortured Brexit process? Never Going to Happen (released on Kindle in March 2018) aims to prove that it can. Continue reading →
Should we approve of everything done by the leading character in a novel? Should he or she be a “hero” in the traditional sense, or should such characters exhibit normal human flaws such as occasional bad judgement and indecision? Continue reading →
Self-publishing? Three or four years ago I knew nothing. Since then I feel I’ve made a lot of the right moves … but where are the books sales to prove it? I have good reviews and a steady trickle of sales and “reads”, but I still have a mountain to climb to achieve real visibility. Continue reading →