Scratching my Head


What fiction authors do! They scratch their head. They do it when they write a plot and when they are finished and revising the plot, and when the revisions are finished and it is to be published and then, finally when it is to be sold. That’s when the scratching really begins! Marketing is theContinue reading “Scratching my Head”

Berlin Life 3. Gay times reveal our fears. Part 1


Berlin Life Series. The Viktoria-Luise-Platz. Excerpt from my forthcoming Berlin Diary OK – weather is fine. Time for an old man to find out what is going on in the world. Round the corner is, according to the city guide books, the centre of the European gay scene. As a man who has only knowinglyContinue reading “Berlin Life 3. Gay times reveal our fears. Part 1”

Coming of age in modern Downton Abbey


The full story is available via Amazon, with all the twists, turns, love, mendacity, betrayal and sin and error, every romantic thriller should encompass.
Someone Tell Me What Is Going On – Millie Backhouse shouts as her life descends into confusion.
She sorts it out, of course.

The Trouser Role


It’s great fun to write sonnets according to Shakespeare’s rules. AB AB, CD CD, EF EF, GG
10 syllables to the line with a turning point after line 12.
Try it for a brain workout.
Many are disgusted by Strauss’s opening. A woman plays a lad making love to his cousin, and the lesbian interpretation has to surface.

Book launch – Raunchy Goddesses.


Still Waters Run Deep Goddesses or 49 ½ shades of charcoal, is the full title. It is my challenge to 50 Shades. This isn’t about a woman who does things in the bedroom or dungeon, with which she can’t identify. It’s about a woman who realises her sexuality has been too long in the cupboardContinue reading “Book launch – Raunchy Goddesses.”

Someone Tell Me! – Day 1


During C-19 lockdown, I decided to post chapters of my 5* novel Someone Tell Me What Is Going On, as a free read. I’ve now re-posted the first 9 chapters so that they are in the correct order. If you are interested in the whole novel, go to Clive La Pensée on Amazon or clickContinue reading “Someone Tell Me! – Day 1”

The Other Half – Days 8 and 9


Here are the next two chapters from my 5* novel, Someone Tell Me What Is Going On. Day 10 is imminent. Can’t wait? Then get the complete novel, free through Kindle Unlimited. Day 8. Interludes for more gossip. Monday. Not even out of bed yet and a text from Vera. I always put my phoneContinue reading “The Other Half – Days 8 and 9”