Black Orchestra

On Novels and Film Scripts

  I have written 4 novels and I’m working on no. 5. I’m also attempting to turn my best selling book, The Black Orchestra, into a film script. When I start a novel I build an outline of 60 chapters, and when I start writing I aim for 1,500 words in each chapter. 60 x […]

Short Stories for a Song

Ian Rose, a web developer and science fiction writer in Portland, Oregon and some friends have launched http://quarterreads.com a new venture to bring short story and poetry writers and readers together. The idea is simplicity itself: Writers submit their stories – up to 2,000 words max – for inclusion on the website. Readers can browse […]

midi

Ever Decreasing Circles

Recently I discovered a composer/sound engineer working in my town and asked him to create a musical track for video trailers for my books. He did a great job. But when I saw the equipment and the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software he was using I just had to get my hands on it. It’s […]

Kerry Baby Grave

The Kerry Babies – How a Murder Squad Lost the Plot

In 1983 the body of a newborn baby boy was discovered on a beach in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry. The baby had been stabbed several times. A fertiliser bag was found nearby. The police began a search for the mother and quickly identified a potential suspect in Joanne Hayes, a young unmarried woman living on a […]

von Manstein

WW2 – A Famous German General

While writing my WW2 books, I had to come up with names for various characters, Gestapo men, members of the SS and so on. It was important to give these Nazis appropriate names. My editor objected to the name Stein that I had selected for one of the characters in the second book. She said […]