Does Being a Writer Affect How I Read or Watch Movies?

Does Being a Writer Affect How I Read or Watch Movies?

I was recently asked if being a writer affects the way I watch a movie. My answer is in this episode of my author podcast.

On being a writer, and the affect this has on my consumption of films and TV dramas.
Recorded in January 2023
If you have a question for me, please pop it in a comment or drop me a line and let me know. I’ll answer it as best as I can.

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More ebook bargains on Kobo

More ebook bargains on Kobo

Kobo are having a January sale, offering a discount on ebooks – lots of genres included.

Running from Jan 19-30, 2023, the discount on offer is a whopping 25%, and it includes two of the Devonshire Mysteries,  Valley of Lies and Murder Between the Tides.

The offer is available in Canada, the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

NB to get the discount, use coupon code 25JAN

Here are some handy links to see all the books on special offer:

Australia: kobo.com/au/en/p/25-off-jan-sale

New Zealand: kobo.com/nz/en/p/25-off-jan-sale

Canada: kobo.com/ca/en/p/25-off-jan-sale

UK: kobo.com/gb/en/p/25-off-jan-sale

USA: kobo.com/us/en/p/25-off-jan-sale

I hope you find an ebook bargain that you’ll enjoy reading.

A New Year Walk on Hound Tor – The Landscape of Dartmoor and the Devonshire Mysteries

A New Year Walk on Hound Tor – The Landscape of Dartmoor and the Devonshire Mysteries

Readers sometimes tell me that my photos of Devon help them to imagine the setting for Dan and Alan’s adventures on and around Dartmoor, so I hope this set will be of interest.

In the fourth novel of the Devonshire Mysteries, Accomplice to Murder, Dan, Alan and a glamorous figure from Dan’s past visit Hound Tor. Don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers, but below, you can see the hawthorn tree that’s mentioned in the book.

In real life, it was a fresh and sunny day, and the quality of the light gave a real depth to this intriguing and wild place. Whether you read the books or not, I hope you like the pictures.

Sue and Lottie heading uphill, the tor on the horizon.

Getting closer.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

At last I’m getting back to work, so the featured photos should be rolling out regularly, usually every week.

I took these on a Boxing Day trip to Teignmouth. It was a gloriously sunny day although there was a chill breeze. It was certainly bracing and a great way to blow the cobwebs away after all the eating and drinking of the day before. The light, to coin a phrase, was fantastic.

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable time over the holiday season, and a huge Happy New Year from Sue, Lottie and me.

We’re going to need a bigger boat.

There’s something fishy here.

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Happy Christmas, Season’s Greetings and  Generally Festive Goodwill to All

Happy Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Generally Festive Goodwill to All

It’s that time of year when many of us give ourselves over to the festive spirit, and I’m looking forward to sharing some time with family and eating lots of seasonal treats.

If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t heard from me for a while, it’s because I have been away from my keyboard for about a month. Unfortunately, I have a trapped nerve in my neck, and it’s made it distinctly uncomfortable to sit at my desk. Even now, I am dictating this so that I can stand up and move around. I’ve been given some exercises by a physiotherapist, and they seem to be working. At any rate, I am slowly getting better, so I should be fighting fit very soon.

I’m looking forward to getting back to work on the next Devonshire mystery, and I hope to resume the sending out of newsletters early in the New Year. I have lots of plans and ideas about ways that I can deliver more content for you all. As well as the newsletters, I will, of course, keep taking and sharing the photos that so many of you enjoy.

Thank you one and all for your encouragement and support. It really does mean a huge amount to me that you have chosen to invest your time in reading my work, and I am privileged to have such a lovely bunch of friendly and helpful readers. It’s amazing to me that the characters and stories I’ve dreamed up are alive in the minds of readers all around the world. It seems miraculous that readers who may be separated by thousands of miles can come together in an imaginary realm. Some of you may have strolled to The Wild Boar in Embervale for a pint of ale, while others may have travelled to far-flung planets or distant futures. Others may have dared to encounter the Darkeningstone and journeyed across millennia to a time when the spirits were very much alive in the minds of our ancestors. All these worlds began life as a hastily typed sentence or two or a scribble on a pad of paper. Stephen King put it well when he said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”

For your company on this journey through the world of words, I thank you. I’m grateful too, for all the lovely emails, comments and messages I have received; I valued each each and every one of them.

It only remains for me to wish you a happy and safe holiday season and a wonderful New Year, but I couldn’t sign off without sharing a few seasonal photos, so you’ll see those below.

All the best to you and yours, from Sue, Lottie and me.

The village hunkering down for winter.

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