Sometimes I need to be quiet. I have spent a lot of the past two years talking about books, writing, myself, blah blah blah. It's time to give you and me a rest from me. It's like the old system of crop rotation where farmers left a field fallow every few years to give it a change to recover, and - apparently - for earthworms to grow.

So I won't be doing any public events or mainstream media in 2018 (unless something truly spectacular comes along). I will still be on social media, though  (, and on this website.

There are many other wonderful writers out there with things to say as well as words that should be read. If you want a suggestion, try the novel Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Wow. It taught me a different way to tell a story, and here I thought this old dog already knew all the tricks...

 Right, I'm off to grow some worms and write a new novel. Happy New Year!