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 …

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writing about the seasons

As a coastal town, Pitkirtly bears the brunt of quite a lot of weather, although perhaps not as much as if it was on the North Sea itself. Instead it's quite a way inside the Firth of Forth, past the Forth Bridges and with a harbour that's partly sheltered. The weather plays a large part …

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 …