From R.L. To Peter, Paul and Mary: The Inspiration

The inspiration behind The Reputation of Booya Carthy – and the welcome question that I have been asked most since its release – came from various different sources. It kind of grew from the fledgling idea that I wanted to write a music-based novel. I was going to do the old ‘rock star’ story: aContinue reading “From R.L. To Peter, Paul and Mary: The Inspiration”

A Missing Chapter (*with spoilers*)

I wasn’t as hard as I imagined it would be to cut some chapters and chunks from The Reputation of Booya Carthy – mostly because it was well explained what I would lose, or gain, by not keeping them; more often than not to keep the pace of the novel moving. The occasional passage took a littleContinue reading “A Missing Chapter (*with spoilers*)”

For The Love Of Good Music: Local And Live 2015 – Uniting A Town

In a world where there is so little given for free, except for the odd cup of tea if you collect enough storecard points (and thanks, but I’ll have coffee please, if that’s okay; and a piece of this tasty-looking cake – never mind paying for a good slice o’ cake), something pretty unique, prettyContinue reading “For The Love Of Good Music: Local And Live 2015 – Uniting A Town”

What Qualifies You To Be A Writer?

A friend recently asked me: How do you introduce yourself to people? I thought for a moment, and then asked: What do you mean? She said: When you introduce yourself to someone, do you say, “I’m a writer”? Chewing my lips for a moment longer, staring at a table, I said that I most probably would say:Continue reading “What Qualifies You To Be A Writer?”

The British Music Scene: Alive And Well . . . And Kicking Butt

The British music scene is in a pretty happy place right now. New artists like Hozier, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Lucy Rose are achieving massive international acclaim, and rightly so. Blur returned with a triumphant new album, less than a year after Damon Albarn released his incredible debut solo LP, ‘Everyday Robots‘, both including someContinue reading “The British Music Scene: Alive And Well . . . And Kicking Butt”

Folks With Their Copies Of Boo

I’m loving seeing folks with their copies of Boo. Please do keep sharing. (If anyone uploads one whilst photobombing a stranger you get a biscuit) Posted by Phillip Drown I’m loving seeing folks with their copies of Boo. Please do keep sharing. (If anyone uploads one whilst photobombing a stranger you get a biscuit) PostedContinue reading “Folks With Their Copies Of Boo”

A (made up) People Person: Getting Into Character

Someone Else’s Shoes Character is probably the most important aspect of any convincing story – both the people who drive your story and the tone which you choose to tell your tale: the passages between the characters’ actions and dialogue when you become the chauffer. Bob Dylan said, “I’ll know my song well before I start singing.” AndContinue reading “A (made up) People Person: Getting Into Character”

The Writing Process: How I Did it . . . And Like To Do it

I’d heard it said that when your book first arrives in the post you won’t be able to stop yourself from staring lovingly at the cover for hours. “That will never be me,” said I, not being of emotional or vainglorious mind. After approximately an hour of doing just that, I finally checked the interior. Even then,Continue reading “The Writing Process: How I Did it . . . And Like To Do it”