Modesty Blaize

Sir Dirk on Book and Film

For a long time he was the quintessential British film star, but it’s likely a sizeable portion of the population has now never seen a Dirk Bogarde film. Or Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde, to give him his full name. His heyday as an actor ended over four decades ago, and in later […]

Creating Strong Female Characters

The old rule of thumb is that you should have your females talking about something other than men. I’ve never had a problem with this; if anything, it’s been hard to make them talk about men at all. I enjoy writing strong women. Many of the main characters in my books have been like June […]