World Book Day – Like the Other 364 Days

Today is World Book Day, a day when we should celebrate books and many children will dress up as characters from favourite books. For me, World Book Day, is not that different to many other days of the year. My life is full of books. I have written before about the significant impact of movies/films…

End the Movie-isation of World Book Day

Today is World Book Day. For last year’s World Book Day, I wrote about how we should focus on supporting independent authors rather than constantly turning to the well known authors. My post this year makes a similar appeal and builds on the problems with World Book Day that tend to stem from primary schools…

First Draft of My Third Novel Completed

Yesterday I completed the the first draft of my third novel (name to be revealed at another time). I had aimed to be at this stage at the end of January 2021, but thanks to COVID-19 and holidays being cancelled, I got more writing done during the summer than planned. I first started writing it…

Delighted with another 5-Star review for “Tokyo 20/20 Vision”

Delighted with another 5 star review for Tokyo 20/20 Vision, which is averaging 4.7 (out of 5.0) on Amazon. Here is the review: “I’m not a fiction lover normally, but as I’m familiar with things Japanese after having lived there for a long time, I picked this one up. The author has a fantastic grasp…

Ebook “Tokyo 20/20 Vision” Free Today

When I started writing Tokyo 20/20 Vision, the concept of having it based around the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the title were fixed. I wanted to get the book out before the Olympics themselves. Even in January this year, as the book was published, it was hard to imagine the way the new coronavirus COVID-19…

Social Media and Promoting Academic Work

Generally these days I keep my academic work and hobbies separate on most social media. There is an overlap for my WordPress site. But on Facebook, I have a Facebook page for my academic-related things and my normal account for the usual social Facebook posts. On Twitter, I have one account for my academic-related things,…

Paperbacks are special

The other day “Paperback Writer” by the Beatles came on on my phone. As far as I know, there’s no “eBook Writer” out there. And, as much as I love reading novels as an eBook (I still prefer printed for reading academic materials), there’s still something special about paperbacks. I don’t know what it is;…

World Book Day – Support Independent Authors

Today is World Book Day. Rather appropriately I will be spending at least some of the day working on my next novel. Although I have had academic books published by companies (and I would also encourage people to buy and read more academic books on World Book Day), my novels (Hijacking Japan and Tokyo 20/20…

Writing novels – finding time and setting challenges

One question that I often get asked is, ‘why do you write novels?’, often followed up by ‘how do you find the time to write novels?’. The answer to these questions is part of the same process in some respects. As far as I remember, I started writing my first novel, Hijacking Japan, following a…

COVID-19 and Tokyo 20/20 Vision

One of the problems of setting a book in the future is that you never know what is going to happen. With the on-going issues surrounding COVID-19 and that this is likely to remain in the public memory for some time, I thought it now looked odd if the blurb for “Tokyo 20/20 Vision” had…