LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 7 – Location, location, location…

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While Oldham is still in lockdown, other parts of the UK are loosening their grip. The British Museum opened yesterday and seeing the inside of my beloved London bolthole tugged at my heartstrings. I used to spend a lot of time in London. But since March I haven’t been there and I don’t think I […]

LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 4 – Where are my Characters?

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Thank you for visiting Day 4 of LockdownTown. If you were looking for Day 2 and 3, don’t bother. Like many COVID19 lockdown days, they’ve evaporated into the gap between ‘I don’t know what day it is’ and ‘sitting frowning at the world’. It’s never a good way to start a story, but I woke […]

LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 1

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I’ve been in lockdown in Oldham since 26th March 2020. I’ve been working from home and barely going out of the house because I am terrified of getting COVID19. It’s been difficult. I love being at home but there are things I miss. Things that haunt my dreams and my daydreams. Today’s particular sadness was […]

It’s time to face the data – Jacqueline Ward in The Bookseller

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I’ve written an article for The Bookseller about writing and Big Data, and where to start. I’ve been looking at the problem of promoting work as an author for five years now and I’ve come up with an answer – a data strategy. In the changing landscape of the literary world you need to be […]

DS Jan Pearce Series now on Audible – get the whole series free…

Posted Posted in Books, Crime writing, Fiction, Manchester, Oldham, Uncategorized

I’ve been working with the wonderful Laura Brydon to bring the DS Jan Pearce series to Audible. I searched for a narrator for a long time because I wanted to make sure that Jan’s voice was realistic and true to her character. When I heard Laura’s audition of Jan and Bessie I knew she would […]

It’s Christmas and here is a free short story for you…

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Readers are the most important people in publishing and I want to say a huge thank you by giving you a short story. Many readers have contacted me asking me for more of Ria and Janice from How to Play Dead. I’ve chosen a heart warming Christmas story from Ria and SafeMe – I hope you love it.