People often ask me why I’m a little obsessed with Turkey. Yes, I’m back there again in my new novel, The Emerald Tablet. Can’t stay away. This place – and the people who live there – has a great deal to do with it. Bodrum. Thanks to our beautiful friends, Bahadir Berkaya and Chris Drum, …

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Now I know what an elephant feels like. After a very long gestation, the birth of my new novel is just two weeks away. Straddling the politics and history of Egypt, Israel, and Turkey, and set in one of the most turbulent periods of the 20th century, The Emerald Tablet is quite a ride! If …

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First sign that you should maybe pack it in for the day? When, rather than working on the plot for your next novel, you start arranging your Han Solo figurine in improbable locations. Witness for the prosecution – the tape dispenser. And, yes. That’s the tape dispenser that did the Kessel Run in less than …

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Multiple problems, to be honest. So, you’re writing along, minding your own business, when out of nowhere, the opportunity to describe … er, how to put this?… an intimate scene pops up (no pun intended). Being a ‘no holds barred’ kinda person, I dive in, literarily speaking (no typo – literarily is the word I …

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… He was almost there. Everything was prepared. One final effort and the mountain would be conquered. He would retreat into the ancient sanctuary and heft shut the entrance behind him. Finding blessed peace at last, he would drop down into the dust, lay the stone in his lap, and await oblivion. As long as …

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Yes, that would be brand new copies of my last two novels, ‘The Honourable Thief’, and ‘The Water Diviner’, in the free little library I wrote about last week. So it’s now home to two of my books. Milton Street, Elwood. Too much? Too self-serving? So sue me if I want to share my work …

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