Reclaiming Saddleworth Moor from Ian Brady

  This is the lay-by where Ian Brady and Myra Hindley parked before carrying out horrifying murders on children in the 60s. I went to Saddleworth Moor recently and couldn’t help but think of the dark history of the place. Ian Brady died yesterday without revealing the location in which he buried Keith Bennett. Maybe […]

How to Succeed by NOT being a Team Player

I’m unusual in that I don’t support a team, football or otherwise. I can’t say I feel any particular loyalty to my home town either really. Neither am I permanently allied to a political party. I don’t feel much of a kinship with a country (I’m British but I don’t feel that Britain is superior […]

Will You Let Him In?

GET PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER ‘MR. MAD’ FREE FOR A SHORT TIME ONLY. CLICK BELOW. A year ago, Redman was a police detective, now he’s an in-patient on a psychiatric ward. When a fellow patient falls to his death from the hospital roof, Redman’s cop instincts re-awaken. People say the old guy took his own life. Redman […]

This Gun Shot Andy Warhol

I saw this Andy Warhol creation at Tate Liverpool a while back. I liked it even without knowing anything about it but what I didn’t realise was that the gun depicted is very similar to the one used, on June 3 1968, to shoot him. On June 3, 1968, radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas shot Warhol […]

Better Together? Why Vince Gilligan is no Lone Gunman.

I’m addicted to Better Caul Saul. Before that I was addicted to Breaking Bad. And it’s all Vince Gilligan’s fault. Actually it’s not all his fault. Gilligan is the first to credit the team of writers, performers, directors and producers around him. Maybe that’s why the writers’ room for these shows are reportedly the happiest of all […]

Road Trip to Self Discovery

Robert Pirsig died this week. I loved his novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance so much that I named a character after him in my own book Ghost Road. The book is based on an actual trip taken by Pirsig and his young son Chris. The account is made even more poignant by […]

Getting Stuff Done by NOT making Decisions

  I read that, while he was President, Barack Obama had a habit of never wearing anything but blue and grey suits. It got me thinking about how important habits are in our lives and how I might be able to use the power of habit to get my book written and achieve world domination. I’m working […]

Which Desk Should You Choose For Success (And Which Guarantees Failure?)

This is my desk. I only recently got this set-up so I don’t know yet whether it will help my writing process or not. Of all the aspects of writing probably one of the most banal is the issue of where you sit when you write. And yet maybe it makes all the difference. Personally, […]

What’s so scary about phobias?

  I have three phobias; needles, blood and social. Today I was in a situation involving all three of these irrational fears. I had to go into hospital to have a deep-rooted tooth removed. This involved having several injections in the gum, blood coming from the wound while all the time having to do chit […]

Why don’t I love the new Star Wars films?

Which is the better film; Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Star Wars: Rogue One? Which is the better film Star Wars: A New Hope or Star Wars: A Phantom Menace? A really hard one now… which is the better film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi or Star Wars: Attack of the Clones?