One of the coolest things EVER was when I saw 28 Days Later in the cinema. Back when I was in boarding school, our headmistress, the legendary Mrs Peggy Given took us to see Gandhi. This was a big deal. We never got taken to the actual cinema. Anyhow, like a typical bunch of teenagers, we all … Continue reading Alternate Endings
Cassandra by Evelyn De Morgan (1898, London); Cassandra in front of the burning city of Troy at the peak of her insanity. [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons When people ask - What is your book about? - I give the short version. My book is a reimagining of the story of prophetess Cassandra of Troy. My … Continue reading Who was Cassandra of Troy?
Me with a cool perm and a trendy Mango t-shirt circa 1982 Someone asked me why I had set my book Cassandra in the 1980s. It was a no-brainer really, first of all, I was a teenager in the 1980's so I figured I could pull that off. Secondly, Cassandra can predict the future. I could have … Continue reading The REAL 1980s
One of the things that surprised me when I delved into Greek mythology was that the gods were not very nice. Zeus is the kingpin of the Olympian gods. There are lots of derogatory words for women who have sex with many men. There is no male equivalent. Womaniser or player carry a far bit … Continue reading Zeus is a slut
In some versions of the Cassandra of Troy's story, Apollo's snakes lick her ears clean so she can hear the future, so of course, I had to include a snake in my book! I love snakes. I know not everyone shares my feelings. I have a healthy respect for snakes, in particular, the aggressive and … Continue reading Eastern Brown (Pseudonaja textilis)
Writing a book is like collecting pebbles and muck that might look like ideas and jamming them together into a coherent narrative. It takes lots of ideas to make a complete book. The ideas can come from anywhere, anytime and be a complete surprise - and change the whole direction of the book. One of … Continue reading The Weather Prophets