Writing Location II: An Excerpt from Click, Double-Click

If I were a loner, disgruntled, disaffected, malcontent, camouflaged in my army surplus fatigues, interested in guns and the internet, and with a massive chip on my shoulder, I would choose to carry out my mass shooting on a university campus.   These places are so vulnerable – not like an airport, where policemen stand on… Read More Writing Location II: An Excerpt from Click, Double-Click

Spill (some stories) by Giles Ward, an excerpt from ‘The Diagnosis’

The Diagnosis ‘I’ve got an appointment with the Doctor,’ I say. Her piggy eyes don’t raise a smile. ‘Uh-huh,’ she replies and refers to her keyboard. Tap tap tippity tap. ‘5.30’ ‘Uh-huh.’ Tap tap tippity tap. I’m not late. I know I’m not late because I hate being late: Especially for my appointment. ‘Name?’ She knows… Read More Spill (some stories) by Giles Ward, an excerpt from ‘The Diagnosis’

Writing Location I: James Calum Campbell Shares His Thoughts

In fiction, painting a picture of the environment of the novel is half the battle. As NaNoWriMo comes to a close, James Calum Campbell joins the Impress Blog as a guest blogger to talk about writing landscape in his novels.  A friend asked me if Dr Alastair Cameron-Strange was ever coming back to the UK,… Read More Writing Location I: James Calum Campbell Shares His Thoughts

Spill (some stories) by Giles Ward, an excerpt from ‘If People Feel What People See’

If People Feel What People See What do people who see me, feel for me? It might be meaningless sympathy, blatant antagonism or, my preferred, carefully considered antipathy. I’m long beyond caring. My feet are numb from the standing. My backbone long-fused into a dried out knotted rope of bone. I’d snap if you forced… Read More Spill (some stories) by Giles Ward, an excerpt from ‘If People Feel What People See’

Spill (some stories) by Giles Ward, an excerpt from ‘Thaw’

Thaw Look at those simpering faces – those blank-eyed, hollow-headed masks: Row after row of them; each and every one a Polaroid snap from the casebook of my life. I’ve never liked bringing the various bit-part characters of my life together. And I certainly don’t like seeing them all in one place now. They just… Read More Spill (some stories) by Giles Ward, an excerpt from ‘Thaw’

Trailblazer Tuesday – Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

In celebration of Book Week Scotland, this week’s Trailblazer Tuesday pick is Ian Rankin’s new John Rebus novel Even Dogs in the Wild. Published this month, it has taken the Original Fiction number 1 in the bookseller and has so far sold over 15,000 copies, although its exposure this week is likely to see these… Read More Trailblazer Tuesday – Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin