My List: Compound Words

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I keep a list of compound words. Not that I don’t have better things to do. Not that I remember to look at the list. Not that it’s faster to navigate than the online unabridged. I tell myself it’s because I love words, but fascination can’t be the whole explanation, can it? My character, Fina Fitzgibbons, would think […]

Sixteen Ways To Destroy Writer’s Block

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Back in the day, I used to think there was no such thing as writer’s block, but now I know better. Although there are  degrees to writer’s block, it is real, insidious, a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And it hurts. It arrives unannounced, when we least expect and for no apparent reason, maybe years after a long-forgotten incident—the […]

Mum Your Dubber

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One of my characters who has a bit of a brogue says mum’s the word. I’ve heard the phrase many times; it’s probably considered a cliché by some tight-assed trumpeters. You know the folks I mean, in love with rules that must not be broken, into complete sentences, and not really reading books so much as […]

Inside the Mind of an Author

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an author, read Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler. She gets into the socks of an artist and wiggles her toes. The book is about Jeremy Pauling, who at thirty-eight has never left home. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but as I recall, Jeremy lives on […]

A Pacy Thriller, A Likeable Maverick


   … One client                             … One secret                                                 …One betrayal     Tom Claver’s debut novel, Hider/Seeker, is a pacy thriller about a likeable maverick who bites off more than he can chew when he comes to the rescue of a wealthy battered wife.                        She needed to disappear, he knew how.   Harry […]