The Quisling Orchid released!

My third book, entitled The Quisling Orchid, has finally made it to Amazon and iBooks! If I could describe the book in a single word, then I would say ‘epic’. It spans the years between World War II and the 1970s and is the story of a love affair between a young woman and a blind Jewish girl during the Nazi invasion of Norway. Though the affair remains a secret, the repercussions are felt by one family some thirty years later…


I first had the idea about six years ago while taking a short work break in Norway. I spent some time at the Resistance Museum in Oslo and I think it was there that I fell in love with the country and the people. Norway was abandoned by the allies during World War II, which meant that the country had to defend itself against a full-blown Nazi invasion. They fought against overwhelming odds with courage, ingenuity and a sort of ‘quiet resistance’ that the Germans had no defence against. It was very much the little country that could.

Anyway, I was inspired; so after a few years of research, and two other books in between, I finally sat down to write it. That was about eighteen months ago. I’ve had a lot of help and support from friends and family, so as well as the people of Norway, I’d like to dedicate this book to them.

The book is quite graphic in its depiction of sex and violence, so it definitely falls outside the YA genre; stear clear if you’re not eighteen plus. Aside from that, it should appeal to anyone who likes a good wodge of historical fiction.

For the first few weeks I’m pricing at the £1.49 mark, so grab it while it’s cheap.



Alan Moore gives some helpful advice to writers…

In my opinion, both Watchmen and V for Vendetta are outstanding pieces of work, so any advice this chap gives is well worth listening to.

The article from Digital Spy makes a huge deal of his advice to self-publish, but for me, the standout piece of advice was to keep writing: rework until you are completely happy with what you’ve done, and when you get down to it, you’re the only person who will know for sure when it’s right.

But on the topic of the publishing industry, he had this to say:

As far as publishing goes, my first tip is publishing today is a complete mess. I know brilliant authors who cannot get published… Most of the book publishers don’t want to take a chance on publishing fiction when they can publish an autobiography of The Stig or something like that… The best way these days is publish yourself, it’s become easier and easier.

I certainly agree that publishing is easy; the problem is selling what you’ve published.

Watch the video, and if you’re in one of those ‘what the hell’s it all for’ kind of a rut then watch it again.