As a writer, I value all reviews and appreciate the time that a reader has taken, first to read my book and then to spend time writing, then posting a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub or anywhere else. So, what do you do with a great review? Here are a few thoughts.
1. Say thank you. 2. Mention it and copy and paste it to your social media, with a link to... READ MORE
Do you have a website? How often are you asked this? Do you ever ask it of others? A contact in America recently asked if she could stock my books in, supposedly 4 shops. I sent her all of my info and asked her for her website, she didn’t have one and said she has physical shops. Really.
Many people now regard having a website as... READ MORE.
Kanye West (https://www.kanyewest.com/), says, “We came into a broken world and we are the clean-up crew.
We all go through some form of brokenness at some point in our lives and we will all respond differently. Death is the obvious brokenness and we will all face it, ultimately our own, but prior to that, the death of those that we know. Some struggle to recover from grief, but as Christians, as the clean-up crew, we can do whatever we can do to support. READ MORE
I spent over 30 years of my life working in charity (and still do some). I was a Youth Worker and one of the founders of a great youth charity in Stroud, Gloucestershire. As a result of my work, many years ago, the charity’s Patron suggested that he should nominate me for an OBE. As the Patron was a Lord, I knew that there would be a good chance of success, but I turned him down, saying, “I don’t need that.” READ MORE
Amongst other things, I am an author and a film producer. I use those skills to communicate a message, a story, or share some information. You will not be at all surprised to hear then, that I love watching films and that one of my favourite scenes is from, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Towards the end of the film, Indiana (the hero) has to step off of a cliff edge into a ravine. He has to take a huge step off faith... READ MORE
We all leave something behind when we die and this is referred to as our LEGACY. Some of us may have received comments about the LEGACY that we leave behind, especially if you are perceived as doing something great. Edward Jenner left his LEGACY of the Smallpox vaccination, which has helped to create the Covid vaccine. Christopher Wren and Isambard Kingdom Brunel left historic landmarks of architecture and engineering. Just over 30 years ago myself and a friend set up a local youth charity, called ‘The Door’. I grew... READ MORE
It’s the start of the second week of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month , so today I woke early, fully intending to crack on with my target. So far, for me, it’s been quite fun and motivational, knowing that I am part of something bigger than myself. Though I also realise that for some, it has been a struggle, so the purpose of this blog is to hopefully encourage those that may be in that place. Don’t get me wrong, I start every day with a struggle. I live with a life-limiting illness... READ MORE
When Jesus told Peter to, “Get out of the boat”, he didn’t hesitate. He didn’t stop to over-think the situation or over-analyse, he just did it. So why are we so hesitant to step out of our own comfort zone? Why do we not put ourselves forward more often? Why do we convince ourselves that we simply aren’t good enough? In my career in charity, I climbed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and I quietly, inwardly questioned, “How did that happen?” As a teenager... READ MORE
In 1597, Sir Francis Bacon published his work, Meditationes Sacrae. In it he first used the phrase, “Knowledge is power” and the world believed him. Throughout the centuries since, people have craved knowledge and more knowledge. “I have two degrees”, quips the first person. “I have three”, brags another. A farmer eavesdropped as they passed him, then, commented, “Yet, you are ignorant, rude and have no common sense. You ignored me and my sign and... READ MORE