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Jan.31.2014
I’ve been pulling together some pictures that give the flavour of the book. I thought I would share them with you here:   Paul Weneger in the 1913 film, The Student of Prague. Weneger was the inspiration behind my character Paul Berenger. The Student of Prague was directed by a Danish...
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Jan.28.2014
The Dark Palace is published on Thursday. It’s my, let’s see now, eighth published novel. So you would think that I would be used to the whole publication experience by now. And in a way, I am. But still, I can’t help being nervous about it all. Especially as, for once, I’m having a book-...
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Jan.22.2014
It’s weird being asked to write articles and do interviews about my novel The Dark Palace. It’s seems a lifetime ago since I wrote it. (Well, it was all of six months ago.) Weird, because when you’re writing a novel, you’re deeply immersed in it. You hear the characters talk in your head. You...
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Jan.12.2014
I used to make trailers for every one of my books, but then I stopped. All of a sudden, I wasn't really sure they did any good. I even worried that a bad trailer might harm a book's chances. Also making them is incredibly time-consuming, so I thought I would be better off concentrating on...
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Jan.09.2014
You can see the trailer for my new book here. April, 1914. Against his better judgement, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn is attending the premiere of the new motion picture by notorious Austrian film-maker Konrad Waechter. But the glamorous event is interrupted by the piercing screams of a young...
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Nov.15.2013
Where do you get your ideas from? I find most of them in a tin box under the floorboards. I heard something rattling one day, pulled up the floorboard and there it was. The ideas for my first 5 novels were inside, scrabbling around, trying to get out. I released them and put the box back. Next time...
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Oct.21.2013
First to declare an interest: My wife has sung with Noel Gallagher. The choir she sings with backed him on a tour recently. She said he was the consummate professional. He did the gig then got into his car and drove home. So just as she was, rather belatedly, getting into the rock’n’roll...
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Oct.18.2013
I decided to try something new (for me) with my latest book. (The Dark Palace, out in January 2014.) I decided not to have chapter headings. I love chapter headings. Which may be why all of the books I have written so far have them. But somehow I felt that they weren’t right for this particular...
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Oct.16.2013
The copy-edits are done. Ahead of time. In the end, there wasn't much to sweat about. Turns out that the copy editor doesn't like sentence fragments. Like this. I don't over use them. But I do use them. From time to time. For effect. I do other things copy editors don't like. Knowing they won't...
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Oct.10.2013
Let me start by saying I have always been lucky in my copy editors. (I know it could be different because I have heard some real horror stories.) Despite this, I will confess to finding the whole copy-editing process stressful. For that reason, I delay the moment of opening the file for as long...
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Aug.25.2013
A couple of days ago I got an email from someone offering to pay me money to write blog posts for commercial products. The blog posts would appear on my blog, here, so effectively I would be being paid to endorse stuff ‘within my vertical’, as the email sender put it. I can only guess what ‘...
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Aug.21.2013
According to recent research carried out at University College London, the way a musician appears – the visual impression they make - may be more important than how they sound. Subjects were asked to rate musicians taking part in competitions based on (a) a silent video of their performance, (b)...
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Aug.20.2013
I think it’s fair to say that I was quick to embrace the possibilities of the internet for promoting my books. I first took up blogging in 2005, ahead of the publication of my first novel, Taking Comfort. In those days, my blog was called ‘Roger’s Plog’ – plog being an unashamed combination of...
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Aug.19.2013
I was going to call this post ‘Some Thoughts on Writing a Book that People Don’t Like’, but I thought that would be overstating it. It was prompted by a comment a friend posted about my book Summon Up The Blood on Facebook. In essence, he said that he enjoyed the book but there were aspects of...
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Jan.17.2013
I’m currently researching my next novel, the third in the Silas Quinn series. In fact, I’m reaching the stage where I’m thinking about putting the history books to one side and doing some actual writing. The first thing I will have to do is turn the rather loose outline I submitted to my...
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