Welcome to the blog, which I’ll do my best to update every week. Sometimes I’ll post one of my newspaper columns – now largely featuring the vexed questions of married life, getting older and coping with lockdown – and sometimes it’ll be news and views on my writing, or writing in general. I’m also aware that a few people who read my books would like to write their own books, so from time to time I’ll write some ‘advice’ posts as well…
Mark Richards

I’m in Tiers

“I may be a bit dim,” I said. My wife smiled. “No, darling. No-one could possibly say that. Lots of people climb over gates onto railway lines.” It’s a good job I’m a patient man… “…As I understand it, we can go for a walk with them. But we’re not allowed to knock on their […]


Bill the Bogeyman

Let me start with an apology. If you’re forced to self-isolate, it’s my fault. If Boris comes round and bricks you up in your house… Yep, that would be me. The Government is now relying on me for data. I’m part of the Covid-19 testing programme. What could possibly go wrong? My wife got the […]


The Hunter Gatherer

“I’m going into the garden,” I announced. My wife raised her eyebrows. She did that inverted commas thing with her fingers. The one she knows annoys me so much. “More ‘creative thinking,’ dear? Don’t forget your glass of red wine.” “I’m going to bring the harvest in,” I said, reaching for a basket. It’s a […]


Shades in the Rain

It’s quite alarming how quickly you lose your fitness. Well, it is at my age. It’s not a long, lingering goodbye. There’s none of that, ‘This is not goodbye, just au revoir’ nonsense. “Right, mate. That’s it. I’m off. See ya. Bye.” And it’s gone. Over the hills and far away. And you’re too knackered […]


The Algorithm

As a writer your life is controlled by a Single Deity. It dictates your mood, your income, your happiness. It’s a benevolent God that smiles on you. Or a vengeful God that flicks you casually into the outer darkness. It’s the Amazon Algorithm. It’s all knowing. All powerful. Remorselessly accurate. ‘Don’t sell your book to […]