• Jerries bombing in daylight!

    It was coming to the end of his lunch break. Guy had persuaded his fellow workers to join him outside the hanger as the sun was shining. They were always a bit more buoyant after a break and a sandwich and were having a quick game of footie with an old ball that Tommy had found. It felt good to run around for a bit. The foreman appeared at the door and Guy looked at his watch; there were a few minutes to go until they had to clock back in. But then he heard aircraft overhead. It was deafening; must have been really close. Jerries! Can’t be. Suddenly there…

  • Research for Fiction?

    Even though fiction is made up it might still be factual in terms of the places the story takes place in and perhaps the way certain characters behave. Often the experiences of the characters are based on the experiences of real people who have been in similar situations. I read Joanna Trollope’s book: The Soldiers Wife and I know the author spent quite a bit of time with soldiers and their wives so that she understood the intricacies of their lives before she wrote the book. As a result it is a very interesting insight into the challenges these people face as well as being a good story. Before I…

  • How do you research ideas for your non-fiction book?

    Okay, so you want to write a non-ficton book and you know you need to do some research first, but how do you go about it? First of all look at what genre you are going to write in You may already know which genre you want to write in, but it is worth having a look at how Amazon categorise books. This table on the right shows all the different genres on Amazon at the time of writing, and how many books are in each one so you can see how popular your field is: In some ways this shows you how accepted your type of book might be.…