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We’ve lost another literary great

June 6, 2016

I remember going to the Lyric theatre in Belfast to see Equus. What a spectacle, a drama that has stayed with me for over forty years. RIP Peter Shaffer. Coincidentally, he was on vacation in South-West Ireland when he passed away, so he had a taste of paradise before he died.


Fiction becomes fact

April 25, 2016

I wrote a scene set in a drone bar three years ago in my mystery thriller Sandman. Had to explain how the drones delivered the drinks to the right table. By coincidence, the pop-up bar I wrote about was at a technology fair held on a university campus. It’s a real buzz when your fiction becomes reality.

My Dark Secret

April 17, 2016

I harbour a dark secret. It’s my way of rating a book. I read a lot, one hell of a lot, but occasionally I will give up on a book. I don’t like doing it and rationalize it by saying that I’ve reached an age where my time is better spent in other ways than persevering with a book I don’t really like.

What motivates me to bring the guillotine down on a book? It’s very simple, if during the story I tempted to turn to the last few pages to discover how it turns out, then I stick with it. No giving in to temptation. No early reveal. But if a story fails to create temptation, then it’s the chop for that story.

Harsh, but it works for me. Admittedly, I do read a lot of thrillers and mysteries which lend themselves to end of book resolutions. One interesting phenomenon that I’ve noticed over the last year of so is the high proportion of books I failed to finish having Girl in their title. Perhaps it’s not that all that odd, as it sometimes seems every new title has the word inserted.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was one notable exception in a collection of disappointing reads.

My Legal Eagle Review

March 7, 2016

I was saddened to hear of the death of Supreme Court Judge, Adrian Hardiman. His sudden death at home has deprived Ireland of an astute and compassionate man.

Judge Hardiman was kind enough to write a two page review of my non-fiction book Defamed! He commented that the book would do more to bring about libel reform in Ireland than twenty years of canvassing.

My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Read an E-book Week Discounts

March 7, 2016

Just to let you know that my books are 50% discounted at Smashwords for Read an E-Book week March 6 through March 12. Enjoy.

Good luck to all the Oscar hopefuls

February 28, 2016

Oscar night has finally rolled around. An evening of unrestrained commercialism and inflated self-esteem that makes Hollywood what it is. Good luck to all the nominees. I’ll be rooting for Revenant and DiCaprio. Was not a huge fan of DiCaprio’s until I saw his performance in Django Unchained. It really blew me away. Can’t understand the plaudits heaped on Brooklyn, which I considered a pretty mediocre movie. Room is a much better story. But then, what do I know?

Save a goody bag for me.

Boycott of the Oscars

January 21, 2016

I have a lot of sympathy for the many African-American actors who feel that the Oscars do not reflect the diversity of America arts; Samuel L. Jackson’s performance in The Hateful Eight deserved a nomination at least. But is a boycott of the ceremony the best way to express their frustration? Their actions may result in positive discrimination and an African-American winner in 2017 will feel politics rather than talent was the primary deciding factor in their achievement. Equally, a nominated white actor may miss out even if his/her performance was miles better than the other nominees.

The boycott risks creating more problems than the one it is attempting to solve.