The secret lives of characters

Characters in books are real people. They are born from the mind of an author who observes the people around them. Their inner writer, the always vigilant note taker, keeps an eye out for interesting personalities, quirks, idiosyncrasies, habits, sayings, mannerisms and everything in between. Writers may copy and paste an entire real life personality…

My Undead 2013

Bloggers have a habit of starting the new year with a recap of the previous one – where they’ve been, achievements fulfilled, goals for the year ahead, high-five moments and all that jazz. I guess I could bang on about the gorgeous UK summer or which of my posts I’m most proud of, but as…

Does winter make people angry?

This year good ole Blighty was blessed with a hot summer that eased gracefully into autumn. Leaves transformed into a kaleidoscope of lush golds and vivid reds. The aroma of fireworks and frosty mornings carried on the crisp breeze. Sounds delightful doesn’t it? The changing season ushers in an atmosphere of anticipation of what winter…

Should movies be faithful to the book?

Unless you’ve been living in a dark cave on Mars for the last few months you’ll probably have heard/seen all the hullabaloo about the big screen summer blockbuster World War Z. Before you read any further I’ll state right now this is not going to be one of those posts where I drone on and…

Zombies don’t write!

After all the horrendous things zombies are accused of, writing shouldn’t be one of them, right? Sure, their constant craving for human flesh can be a huge buzzkill, and when gathering in vast numbers their collective groan is far from a choir of perfection. But what they lack in basic communication, cleanliness and manners, they…

Caution: Zombie Moron Alert!

For those of you who are worried about the impending doom of the zombie apocalypse, I have big news for you. It’s not the zombies you need to worry about, but the morons. Every day I see them massing on the streets, staring blankly at nothing at all, shuffling into on coming traffic and performing…