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NEW RELEASE for July… CafeLit 10

Featured, in this ‘best of’ anthology, is my short story, entitled ‘A Bolt from the Blue.’

Foreword by Gill James (Editor)
This time we asked those writers who were published
on the CaféLit web site in 2020 to choose the stories.
Writers could select one story for each time they
appeared in a particular month from that same
We have a volume of about 45,000 words which
is even more than we had last year. This produces a
respectable book that has a nice spine and still retails
at a reasonable price.
There is a pleasing balance as ever: we have funny
stories and darker stories, very short ones and ones
that almost reach our maximum of 3,000 words. As
each story is assigned a drink we have a variety of
drinks. A novelty this year: people have begun to add
in snacks.
A few stories, but not too many, have touched on
the pandemic and it is quite right that they should
have done so. CaféLit stories often reflect the time
we live in.
We hope you enjoy our little stories with your
afternoon or mid-morning cuppa.

To purchase this book click on the  link:


2020 Release

This was a dreadful year, one full of emotion. In a strange way, though, I feel it has been a revelation. With my son, daughter in law, and toddling grandaughter moving back to being local, and my daughter leaving home to set one up of her own, well, I’ve been graced. The countryside has taken on a new meaning, flourishing under Covid. Friendships being missed by all, but also cemented in a way. What better motivation did I need then, to put pen to paper and record the moments that had me laugh, cry and sympathise with others. Yes, a bit of a departure, but judging by the reactions I’ve been getting, it has plucked at the heartstrings of many. It has lightened the day, and enhanced our inner strengths, such that we can get through the pandemic and come out the other side… better people.  To purchase follow the link.


Authors Biography

Frankly, I don’t know how I came around to writing books. My teachers at school all said I could do better. Mr Radley (Maths) dropped me in the proverbial, my sixth form report reading: “Mark and his recently acquired girlfriend’s attendance to my lesson is spasmodic!” Fortunately, Mrs Bullock, (English), extracted every last drop of mental substance from me and fired up what has turned out to be a creative bent.

Successively, as a corporal in the Air Force Police on detachment to USAF Greenham Common, I remember being pelted both verbally and physically by its peace women. The stress of this bizarre experience being the catalyst to me putting pen to paper. However, this was only in the form of a diary… which I kept to myself!

 Thereafter, I progressed my working life and strangely, my writing, once working for the Scout Association. A peculiar and challenging job, I found its eccentricities fascinating and felt compelled to share my thoughts again with a weekly blog.

Subsequently, in 2016, in a bid to stretch the literary sinews and after much persuasion from family and friends, I self- published my first book. Since then, my style and the genre to which I prescribe, has evolved. Comfortably now, I can describe it as ‘quirky fiction.’ I have written and self published four books to date, each furthering my ability, until with my latest offering; “Four-Play,” I find myself on the bandwagon of looking for a literary agent and, or, a publisher. Wish me luck!