Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Writing - Wise words and a launch

Well it has all come as a bit of a rush in the end but here it is ready for Christmas - the 7th book in the Patrick Steele series.

The latest Steele novel is available as an ebook from Smashwords on,

also from Completelynovel.com in paperback for £3.99 on

and from Amazon for Kindle on,

Please feel free to click on the links or paste them into your browser to see the new book.


It also seems appropriate when launching a new book to include some wise words about writing from a great author - F Scott Fitzgerald. I have lifted these directly from writing colleague Caleb Pirtle III although not in their entirety. 

What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.

Action is character.

All fine prose is based on the verbs carrying the sentences.

All life is just a progression toward, and then a recession from one phrase: I love you.

All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art.

Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own jokes.

My whole theory of writing I can sump up in one sentence. An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.

As I said earlier it isn't a complete list of what F Scott Fitzgerald said but gives a taste of how close he actually seemed to have experienced what indie and self-published authors experience today.

God Bless