Archive | March, 2015

Of Pizzas And Apocalypses

23 Mar

Of all the food I eat, pizza would be the item that I’d miss the most if I were forced to live in a post-apocalyptic world. I know this for a fact because when I’ve been working offshore or in some remote location for weeks, or even months, at a time, deprived of all but the most basic food (and sometimes not even that), it’s always pizza I find myself craving. If I’m away long enough, I’ll even find myself dreaming about it. That’s how much I miss it. After all, there’s nothing in the world like kicking back with a cold beer and a slice or two, especially with friends.

Now, for many people these days, pizza is what you get from Dominos, or worse Pizza Hut, but that’s not the type of pizza I like. I especially don’t like the mass-produced deep-pan pizza that’s more base than topping and tastes like cardboard warmed up. I know this will be sacrilegious to some people out there, but I prefer mine in the traditional Neapolitan style.

I first encountered these pizzas, with their wafer thin bases, cooked in traditional stone pizza ovens, while staying in a small hotel in northern Italy. Later, when back in Glasgow, in my native Scotland, I was amazed to find that if I sought out just the right little family owned restaurant, I could get it there, too. This shouldn’t have surprised me, after all, Glasgow has a large Italian community which brought us some fantastic ice-cream, deep-fried everything and many, many restaurants, but it did, because the only place I’d ever had pizza before in my home city was in a chain pizza restaurant that favoured something closer to the Chicago style, but even then it wasn’t close.

Now, it might have taken me some twenty years since I first tasted a true Neapolitan-style pizza, but a few weeks ago, I finally decided that, in case civilisation ever came to a sudden, and unexpected, end, I should sit down and work out how to make such pizzas myself (after all, someone has to keep the knowledge alive – even in a world filled with flesh-eating zombies, it’s important that someone still knows how to make good pizza!).

Neopolitan_PizzaSo armed with Google, some search words and some blind faith in my own cooking abilities, I set out to see what I could do, and the result was … passable at best! However, I could see it was a step in the right direction. So, after I’d eaten the first attempt (bad as it was, I still couldn’t face wasting pizza!), I tried again, this time using exactly the right sort of flour the recipe called for (rather than whatever half-used bag I’d found lurking in the back of my food cupboard). This time, it worked so perfectly that even my girlfriend was impressed (okay, I’ll admit it, it took a bit it longer than two attempts, but you’ll have to forgive me for using some artistic licence here to make me look better!).

Now, this has resulted in two problems. The first is that I can now have my favourite pizza whenever I want it, and I’m going to have to try very hard to ration myself, so I don’t balloon up like a … well, a balloon. The second is that when it comes to pizza night in our house, I’m now left with the cooking duties (damn – but it’s a burden I’m willing to shoulder if it means never having to eat supermarket pizza ever again!).

Of course, this is a small price to pay for perfect pizza on tap, and one I’m willing to take, but there’s another issue, too. What if the zombies rise tomorrow? If that happens, I’m going to be left ever-searching whatever post-apocalyptic hell-hole I find myself in searching for the ingredients to make the pizza I’ll no doubt be craving, just like Woodie Harrelson’s Tallahassee and his endless search for Twinkies in the movie Zombieland.

But wait, maybe I could even carve myself out a niche in this post-apocalyptic world as an itinerant pizza-maker, wandering from community to community, bartering my skills for guns, bullets and any other supplies I might need. After all, I’m sure I won’t be the only survivor who’ll be dreaming of pizza once the world has come to an end, and maybe they’d pay anything to get their hands on it again. In this respect, I might find myself following in the footsteps of the last human in the Universe, Arthur Dent, who, after many twists and turns, carves a niche for himself as a sandwich-maker on the planet of Lamuella (for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about – shame on you, now go away and don’t come back until you’ve read all six books in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy trilogy!).

So there you have it: Pizza-making turns out to be an important post-apocalyptic survival skill, not just for preserving my own sanity (after all, I couldn’t face living in a world where pizza would never be made again), but also for giving me a role that would allow me create something I could trade with others to obtain whatever I wanted – as long as I can get my hands on a regular supply of the ingredients, that is!

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

Using Karpman’s Drama Triangle To Help Develop Realistic Characters In When Writing Fiction (And When Living Your Life!)

20 Mar

Character development is always problematic when writing. This is because it’s very easy for your characters to slip into unrealistic stereotypes. For example, it’s tempting to make the heroes too perfect, the damsels (whether male or female) too much in distress, and the villains too full of megalomaniacal cackling and evil moustache-twirling.

In reality, for characters to work, they need to be realistic, and to do that they need to have at least a sprinkle of each of these characteristics in them. Heroes need to have their moments of doubt when they need to be reassured by someone else, and they need to be willing to make difficult and unpalatable decisions when they have to. Characters who are otherwise there to be rescued need to stand up for themselves every now and then, and the villains need to appear vulnerable from time to time, or occasionally do the right thing (even if it is for the wrong reason!).

Getting the exact balance right, and switching a character between these three stereotypes at just the right moment can be exceedingly tricky. However, if you can pull it off you’ll have characters that people love, and love to hate (depending on your intentions). And most importantly, you’ll have created characters that people can relate to, and so care about.

Karpman's Drama Triangle

Karpman’s Drama Triangle

So, how can you get this balance right? Well, it might be that you’re one of the lucky few who are naturally brilliant at building realistic characters, but if you’re not (and that’s surely most writers, including myself), you can turn to Karpman’s Drama Triangle for help.

Now at this point, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, what on Earth is Karpman’s Drama Triangle? And I don’t blame you for this, as I was in that position once myself, but bear with me. Karpman’s Drama Triangle is probably the single most important psychological and social model for human interactions, ranging from those between family members to international relations. Don’t get put off by the word model because it’s an exceedingly simple concept, with far-reaching implications.

A drama triangle is formed by three characters: The persecutor, the victim and the rescuer. Each of these characters has a very clearly defined role, which are analogous to the villain, the damsel in distress and the hero. A first this seem really straight-forward, with the rescuer riding in to save the victim from the persecutor, and you would imagine that the role everyone would aspire to would be the rescuer (or, for the more psychopathic amongst us, the persecutor).

This, however, is wrong. In reality, the role everyone wants to play is the victim. This is because this is the role that means they get to blame all their failures on an external persecutor (rather than taking responsibility for them themselves), while relying on a rescuer to meet all their emotional (and possibly physical) needs, all without actually doing anything or even admitting they want or need help from someone else in the first place.

This has an amazing implication: in any social interaction, people will cycle through all three different roles as they each try to manipulate the others around them so that they themselves can occupy the role of the victim. Thus, the persecutor does something bad to the victim, and then turns round them and says ‘look what you made me do?’, neatly turning themselves the victim, despite their actions. As a result, within social interactions, you get a constant rotation between a person being a victim and being a persecutor. That’ll be something many people will have experienced in their daily lives, and so it’s something that’ll make characters realistic when you have them do this in a book.

The role of the rescuer is less obvious, and less intuitive, but once it’s pointed out to you, you’ll start seeing it everywhere, and you’ll start wanting to use it in your characters. You’d have thought that what the rescuer wants to do is save the victim, but this is not the case at all. Remember, everyone wants to be the victim, so what the rescuer is really trying to do is make the victim fail, so they can turn round and say to everyone else ‘well I did my best, and look what happened – poor little me’. From this, they get an ego-boost, increased social status (from apparently being willing to help others), and still get to play the victim, all without actually having to do anything in the first place!

Of course, if the victim’s smart, they’ll then turn the former rescuer into a persecutor by pointing out exactly what has just happened, rather than letting them become the victim. Thus, we get a constant shifting between all three positions, and since this is what happens in real life, that’s what you need to capture for your characters in your book.

If you want to see this type of social interaction in operation, one of the best things you can do is watch the sit-com Everybody Loves Raymond. In almost every episode (and sometimes in a single line of dialogue from the wonderfully monstrous Marie), you can clearly see the characters shifting between the three positions as they all try to end up in the most-prized role: that of the victim. Such is the social manipulations going on there, no one gets to play the victim for long, and is soon usurped by another character, who is then usurped by another, who’s then replaced by the first again, and so on. It’s both fascinating and educational to watch, as well-being very amusing, and can be summed by this quote from the transactional analyst Claude Steiner:

‘… the Victim is not really as helpless as he feels, the Rescuer is not really helping, and the Persecutor does not really have a valid complaint’.

Now, this is where it becomes really interesting: this might be what happens in most social interaction, and how you need to portray characters to make them come alive in your readers’ minds, but this is no way to actually lead your life. This is because being part of a drama triangle, with all its associated social manipulation, is both highly stressful and psychologically damaging to you, and those around you.

Why do we do it then? Because it’s what everyone else does, and we get penalised if we don’t play by the unspoken rules of the game. We learn it as kids from our relatives, refine it in our teenage years, use it in our work and social lives, and then, when the time comes, pass it onto our own kids, and it’s so ingrained in our psyches and social interactions that most of the time we play it without even knowing we’re doing so, even though it might be making us, and our loved one, deeply unhappy.

Yet, there is an alternative, and one that, if we follow it, can result in a much less stressful and happier life. It’s not easy to do, and you may find that people you formerly thought of as friends will turn against simply you because you’re refusing to play the game any more, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try do it. After all, if they were real friends, they’d support what you’re trying to do rather than punish you for it.

The Empowerment Dynamic

The Empowerment Dynamic

So what is this alternative? It’s called The Empowerment Dynamic (yes, it’s a bit hippy-drippy, but strip it back to the basic concepts and it’s an extremely powerful tool for improving your life, and the lives of those around you). It’s still a triangle, and people still move between the different roles, but this time the three characters are the challenger (which takes the position of the persecutor), the creator (who takes the place of the victim) and the coach (who takes the place of the rescuer). In each role, the aim is to take responsibility for your own actions rather than blame them on others, and respond accordingly based on the needs of the others you’re interacting with (instead of, as is the case of the drama triangle, your own).

Of these, the role of coach is probably the hardest to achieve, because it’s the one that is most different from how we usually interact with others in our everyday lives. While the rescuer aims to provide help that they think the victim needs (and in a way that’ll guarantee the victim will fail), the aim of the coach is to provide the help the creator actually needs, in the form they need it, and with absolutely no judgement or expectation that it’ll be followed. This gives the creator the freedom to assess whether it’s really is right for them, and to implement it in the way they want without being limited by a fear of letting the coach (who is often a person in a role of responsibility in their lives) down. In this way, help is only ever offered with the permission of the creator, and never unilaterally by the coach (as would be the case with the rescuer-victim dynamic in a drama triangle). If you can’t see how this could possibly work, give it a go next time you find yourself in the role of a rescuer in a drama triangle, and if you get it right, you’ll most likely be surprised by the results (although I should warn you that while many people will welcome the change, others may react badly to the fact that you’re refusing to play the game they’re expecting you to play!).

Where does all this leave you, the writer? Well, knowing about and using Karpman’s Drama Triangle is a great way to build brilliant characters that will really come alive in you readers’ minds, and it might reflect the reality most of us encounter so frequently that we don’t even notice it’s happening most of the time, but it’s no way to actually lead your life, especially if you want your life to be full of creativity. So write about characters in drama triangles, just don’t live your life that way, or a least try your best not to.

And if those around want to keep playing the game, and try to punish you for stepping away, then follow this simple maxim:

If the people in your life won’t let you change in the way you want to, then change the people in your life!

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

Of Zombies And Science

16 Mar

I’ve written before about the use of zombies in education, but in this post I want to consider how zombies are used in Science. You might not think it, but zombies are regularly used by scientists as part of their research. This is primarily in two main fields.

The first is in epidemiology, or the study of how diseases spread. A zombie disease is a nice, simple disease. Unlike real diseases, no one is immune to it, infection is by a very easily trackable route (by biting), no one gets better, the symptoms are nice and clear and it spreads directly from human to human. This makes it much easier to model how it will spread. But, you might ask, how does this help with anything in the real world? Well, when trying to solve things, scientists like to start simple, and once they get that working, build up to the more complex. This means that once you get a model working to map the spread of a zombie disease, you can then go back to it and add in the additional complexity needed for you to do the same thing with a real disease.

The second area is, in some ways, more interesting. This was highlighted in this recent interview in New Scientist magazine with Dr Matthieu Guitton, an associate professor from Laval University in Canada, and it’s studying how humans behave in real-life disasters. This is something that’s difficult to study because to would be completely unethical to study real people as their world falls apart around them. So how to you get round this? By studying what people do in virtual disasters. In the case of Dr Guitton, the virtual disaster he uses is the zombie apocalypse MMORPG (Massively Multiple Online Role-playing Game) DayZ. Here, Dr Guitton can watch exactly how people react in specific situations, and then interview them afterwards to find out why they did what they did, like shooting their friend in the leg so that the zombies eat them while they get away. What’s the conclusion of this research? Well, it’s quite simple. The better prepared and the better rehearsed you are, the better you will be able to cope with a disaster if you ever find yourself in one. I’m not too sure if that means you can count your time playing Day Z as important life skills development, but it’s certainly a good excuse!

So, zombies might not be real (not yet, at any rate), but, as these studies show, that doesn’t mean they can’t still play an important role in scientific research, and I’m sure there’s many other areas of science where zombies could be just as useful. All it takes is a little imagination on the part of the scientists involved.

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

‘The Outbreak’ Has Been Selected As A Finalist In Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards For 2014

13 Mar

The Outbreak, the second book in my For Those In Peril series of post-apocalyptic survival novels, has been selected as a finalist in the horror category of Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2014.

Obviously, I’m delighted by this, but it does put some pressure on the third book in the series, which I’m currently working on and which will be called The Island At The End Of The World, as this second time I’ve been selected as a finalist in this category (the first book in the series, For Those In Peril On The Sea, was a finalist in the 2013 competition).

For those interested in all things zombie, there’s actually quite a strong undead contingent on the finalists list this year, with Christy J. Leppanen’s rather interesting and unique Bulletin of ZOMBIE Research, and Kevin Wayne Williams intriguingly titled Everything I know About Zombies, I learned In Kindergarten also making the list, and I’d recommend checking both of them out when you have the time.

For those who are interested, the winners in Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for 2014 will be announced on the 26th of June 2015, so I’ll be keeping all my fingers crossed until then (which may make editing the next book in the series a little difficult!).

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

It’s Never Too Late To Make A Change Your Life

11 Mar

Over the last few months, those who regularly visit this blog will have noticed that my posting rate has dropped quite dramatically. There’s various reasons for this, but primarily this is because I’ve been tied up in my day job rather a lot, leaving me little time to blog. This will hopefully change in the near future, as I’ve set aside the whole of April for editing the third book in my For Those In Peril series (called The Island At The End Of The World), and that will lead to me, once again, re-immersing myself in all things zombie.

However, while I’ve been away from the blogosphere, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about life, and how I ended up where I am today. Even five years ago, I had little idea that by 2015 I’d be a published novelist, and blogging was something I knew almost nothing about. This has brought me round to thinking about life and making changes in it.

My path through life has been rather non-linear, and there have been many times that I never thought I’d end up where I wanted to be – if I even knew where that was at the time. Looking back, though, I can see that all the twists and turns have led me to exactly where I would’ve wanted to end up, or at least I would have if I’d known it was possible.

It would be easy to look back and say that I’ve been lucky, and to some extent I have, but I’ve also made a lot of my own luck simply by accepting one simple premise: It’s never too late to change something in your like that’s making you unhappy. This might be getting out of a bad or dysfunctional relationship, quitting a job that’s sapping away your soul, moving to a better place to live, or even just fulfilling an long-unfulfilled dream.

When you are young, you’re always told that the decisions you make are forever; that if you don’t work hard at school and do well in your exams, then your life will effectively be ruined. I know why parents and teachers tell children this, and I know it’s meant to be a form of encouragement, but I don’t think they really think it through. After all, what happens if you tell a child this, and then they, for what ever reason, fail their exams? You’ve effectively told them that if this happens then their life is over, and it’s likely they’ll end up fulfilling that destiny.

However, is it really the end of the world? Well, quite frankly, no. Life is remarkably forgiving. If you screw up, it’ll give you a second chance. And a third one. And possibly even a fourth and a fifth. But there’s a caveat. You need to be open to the possibility of change, to the fact that it is within your power to do something about your situation. Life is forgiving, but only if you actively interact with it. You need to seize the opportunities life offers you, and not just let it passively pass you by.

And this, I think, lies at the heart of my present view of life (and it’s one I wished I’d had when I was much, much younger). If you’re not happy with something, you shouldn’t just live with it. Instead, you should sit down and work out how you can change your life until you are where you want to be. I’m not saying this is easy. Nor am I saying that it’s quick. All I’m saying is that it’s within everyone’s power to change their lives for the better, if only their willing to actively identify what the problem is and then work out a plan to change it.

Of course, it’s always much easier to say this than it is to do it. Then again, nothing good in life is necessarily easy, but it’s always worth making the effort so that you end up in a better place.

This is essentially how I ended up as a novelist. Writing is something I’ve always wanted to do, but my English teachers at school gave me such a hard time (because of being dyslexic) that it put me off ever trying to make it as a writer. I still wrote stuff, but I didn’t have the confidence to show it to anyone, let alone submit to anywhere. Instead, I threw myself into being a marine biologist. I’m not complaining about this, as it has taken me to some pretty amazing places, but it always ate away at me that I’d never given writing a proper go.

Then as I approached my fortieth birthday, I did the usual amount of contemplating and soul-searching, and I realised that there were only two major regrets I had in my life. One was that I’d never given stand up comedy a go, and the other was that I’d never followed my childhood dream of becoming a writer. Of the two, the one that ate away at me most was the writing. It annoyed me that I’d let the attitude of my English teachers take away my dream.

Then I realised I could spend a lot of time being angry at something which had happened half a life time ago, or I could use the same time and energy to do something about it. So I sat down and started to write. At first I was pretty awful, but the more I wrote, the better I got, and the more I realised that I might yet end up as the writer I’d always wanted to be. More importantly, I was much happier with my life for simply having given it a go.

So what about the second regret? Well, that took me a little longer to sort out, but in November of last year, I took to the stage of a comedy club for the first time and finally did it. It was scary, I have little memory of whether anyone actually laughed, but I did it. Why did I do it? Because I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t give it a go. Yes, I’m forty-three, and that’s a pretty late start for trying your hand at stand up comedy for the first time (everyone else on stage on that particular night was much, much younger than me), but as the title of this article says, it’s never too late to make a change in your life, and changing it will almost always be for the better – even if it’s just a matter of being able to say that you tried something you’d always wanted to do. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? You find out you don’t like it after all, and even if that happens, at least you won’t spend the rest of your life regretting never having tried it.

If there’s one bit of wisdom I’ve learned over the years, it’s that life’s simply too short to spend it being unhappy, especially when there’s something you can do about it. And no matter what your situation, there’s always something you can do about it.

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.

Pi Day, And Other Weird And Wonderful Celebrations

9 Mar

Our calendars these days are getting very crowded. Every possible date has been claimed by some organisation or other to try to gain publicity or, worse, sell us something. Some claim whole weeks, or months, or occasionally entire years. It seems that there’s now an ever-growing industry which is devoted to nothing more than linking a specific cause or activity with a specific date on our arbitrary assignation days on our annual journey around the sun to a specific combination of words and/or numbers.

Personally, I blame Google. I’m sure that it wasn’t until they started producing their daily pictograph to enliven their home page that we started to get this explosion of dedicated days. Or maybe they’ve always been there, and it wasn’t until Google started publicising them that they edged their way far enough into my consciousness to start annoying me.

I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way, because there’s an increasing number of weird and wonderful celebrations tied to specific dates (some more spuriously than others) that kick against the corporate nature of the western world (as there is little potential for profit in them), and that at the same time amuse. And one of these days is coming up this week (at least if you follow the standard US designation for writing down dates, rather than the proper one used by everyone else).

You see, this coming Saturday is Pi Day (and no that’s not a typo, it’s really meant to be Pi and not Pie), a day dedicated to the promotion of all things mathematical. Why this Saturday? Well, it’s the 14th day of the third month, and in the US that is written as 3.14, which, as I’m sure you all will be aware – some more dimly than others depending on how long ago it was since you left school, is the first three digits of the mathematical constant known as Pi (the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter). This year’s celebration of Pi day is particularly special as, if you glance at your watch at exactly the right time, it will read 3/14/15 9:26:54 (or 3.141592654, which is Pi to nine decimal places!). If you’re looking out for it, whatever you do, don’t blink because it’ll be another century before that particular opportunity rolls around again.

Of course, as I said before, Pi day only works if you write down days in the standard US format and not the correct one, as we do here in the UK (where the day comes before the month). So elsewhere in the world, we celebrate Pi Approximation Day on the 22nd of July, or 22/7. Why this day? It’s the closest approximation you can get to Pi expressed as a fraction.

Now, mathematics isn’t for everyone, but what about waiting a few months and marking the End of the World Day. This is celebrated on the 8th of May, and given that the world has not come to an end, you might wonder why it’s celebrated on that day. Well, it comes from one of my favourite books, written by one of my literary heroes: The Day of the Triffids. In an off-handed way, the narrator of The Day of the Triffids, Bill Masen, mentions that this was the date the world came to an end, and so that’s the one which is celebrated.

Shortly after the End of the World day, there’s, on the 25th of May, Towel Day. What, you may well ask, is so interesting about a day dedicated to laundry? Well, it has little to do with towels themselves, but rather what they represent in one particular world, that of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, as created by Douglas Adams. One of the most important things when hitchhiking around the galaxy is to always know where your towel is, and so fans of Douglas Adams mark his place in the world, and his sad passing much too young in 2001, by celebrating Towel Day by carrying a towel with them where ever they go on that particular day.

After Towel Day, there’s a long wait for the next interesting day (at least in my opinion!). That comes on the 19th of September, which is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. ITLAPD started off as an in-joke between two friends that has grown to become a parody of the whole day-naming industry. It has also become embraced by others who like to fight for rationality in life and education, as it has become an official holiday for members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

There you we have it. Five days of celebration you have probably never heard of before, but all of which represent something worth celebrating – unlike International Newspaper Carriers Day (I’m not making this up, honest), which is part of National Newspaper Week (really, I promise I’m not making this up), which was officially designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 (I’ll repeat once, more, I’m not making this up – it’s nice to know that at the height of the cold war, the supposed leader of the free world was thinking about all things associated with newspaper delivery!). So when Saturday finally rolls around, remember to wish your nearest and dearest happy Pi Day, and then watch their eyes glaze over as you explain what on Earth you’re talking about.

From the author of For Those In Peril On The Sea, a tale of post-apocalyptic survival in a world where zombie-like infected rule the land and all the last few human survivors can do is stay on their boats and try to survive. Now available in print and as a Kindle ebook. Click here or visit to find out more. To download a preview of the first three chapters, click here.

To read the Foreword Clarion Review of For Those In Peril On The Sea (where it scored five stars out of five) click here.