Saturday, 30 November 2013

Tonights sunset over Crewe's Queen's Park

Dan, one of the characters in my novel 'Touched', talks about how he 'hunts light'. His hobby is photography, as is mine - when I have time that is. The last few years as I've tried to juggle building up a business, doing consulting work, writing for work and writing for pleasure so that time has been limited but, this evening, I did some light hunting of my own. I suspected with the broken cloud cover that there would be a great sunset and, for once, my timing was just right.

See what you think.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Every cover tells a story

I remember attending an author night at my local library a couple of years ago when the author in question (a well known female author) had quite a long grumble at her publishers for the decisions they had made about her book covers. They insisted on giving her 'chic-lit' covers that she said - quite rightly - put off potential male readers of her work.
It struck a cord with me then and it does even more now. I know I have messed up with one of my covers, the one for 'Touched'. It gives entirely the wrong impression of what the book is about and I am pretty certain has put off readers from certain groups.
I should know this. It's all about decision making, heuristics, mental-shortcuts etc. A large chunk of my PhD was on this.
Anyway, with the talents of Mick Walters on board I'm going to go for a re-branding. Watch this space...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Some Autumnal Images

Thought these might brighten up my blog - particularly as writing time lately has been rather restricted! The first is Queen's Park in Crewe, proof I guess that Crewe can be pretty. The second is Manchester after a thunder storm a few Saturday's back and the last is....a blue VW!