More about the place

Because I'm writing about a fictitious town, Pitkirtly, I have had to invent its geography and town plan from nothing - or almost nothing. It has similarities to Culross, which I know slightly, but I don't want it to be the same as Culross. So for instance I don't want it to have a railway line …

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Themes – why do we have them?

Sometimes the theme of a novel is not immediately obvious - or is even completely different from the one the writer has in mind. As part of an effort to be a real writer I have been giving some thought to my themes. These are not great big unmanageable themes of life, death, good and …

Strange characters

The central characters in my mystery novels are Christopher, a redundant archivist and Amaryllis, a semi-retired spy. They are both in their forties and, while Christopher has to work in various part-time jobs for a living, Amaryllis is still drawn back into her former life from time to time, as if reluctant to let go …