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Over the next few days, I'm going to be posting some excerpts from my latest book, TIME TO SHINE, plus some photos of Exeter, the wonderful historic city in which it's set.

Published by Malcolm Down Publishing
it's a psychological mystery, the first in the Evie Adams series.
Buy now for only £5.99.

And do get in touch If you'd like to book me to speak on the topic
'Your Time to Shine - finding and using your gifts'.

  Events & Meet The Author

  • Book Launch: second edition of Time to Shine will be published 26th June 2015
  • Meet The Author, commissioned by The Reader magazine, tells about my writing life.
  • Here's one of my contributions to ACW's More Than Writers blog, The Five P's of Writing.
  • Speaking on Woman to Woman, Premier Radio
    "Thank you. I have just listened to your radio interview, which was very interesting and moving too. Apart from your writing, you also obviously have been given a gift for public speaking as you seemed very at ease being interviewed and you spoke so fluently and clearly about your work and life."  Anne Booth
  • Speaking at Monday Lunch Club 26th January, 2015
  • Interview for journalist Jeremy Craddock in Devon Life.


Scroll down to access numerous articles on all the above categories, including articles on Public Speaking in the Marketing section of Writing & Publishing A Book 

Inspirational Ideas about Launching, Marketing and Promoting a Book

As Chairman of a national writers' association, I've had the privilege of meeting with some notable authors, publishers and speakers.  This year it was Author and broadcaster,Sheridan Voysey, with whom I shared a platform.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.  
Last year it was Tom Wright whom I interviewed.  Also known as N T Wright, he is the author of more than thirty books, some of them scholarly, some of a more popular ilk. When did he start writing, I asked him?  Where does he write?  How does he get his ideas.  TO HEAR HIS ANSWERS, CLICK THE BUTTON ON THE RIGHT.

My Latest Book

Time To Shine

Available in paperback from my books page, Amazon, Eden and Waterstones
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An Interview with Tom Wright

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