A Boat For My Potplants

My nautical project took me to glorious places, metaphorically speaking. There were parties on board. There was The World's Smallest Pirate Radio Station. Of course there were plants. And one day even a gorilla.
The boat also became my 'Writer's Retreat'. I decided to become an author, writing my debut novel aboard the boat. The book, called MUDDY WATER, was naturally set in Wivenhoe. Amazingly, several local people paid good money to have their names appearing in the book, and a lot of cash was raised for worthy charities - the RNLI, MIND, The Samaritans, and The Royal British Legion.
Now, my next multi-singular selling novel, FLORIDA KEY, is in 'production', due for publication in October 2017.
I'm sure to be visiting writers' block along the way, as well as euphoria, self-doubt and inspiration.
See how my book goes through all the stages - from initial concept to final print. I'll take you with me on my personal journey as I work on the words, on the cover, on the marketing, and on the publishing.
Maybe it will inspire you too to have a go at bringing out THE BOOK IN YOU. Everyone has a story in them, just waiting to be told, and after all, if I can do it, anyone can.
(Click on the tabs below to see more about the Writer's Retreat In France, the old Boat For My Potplants, Tallulah the Motorhome, Alfonso the Car, and Jane the Woman. And to find out more about MUDDY WATER the novel, click the cover to be transported to its Facebook page)

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Virtual Tour Guide

Welcome to the first YouTube Virtual Tour Guide of The Boat For My Potplants, thanks to chief film-director Oliver Watson, my 17-year-old son. BAFTA nominations for Best Director and Best Actor will surely be flooding in quicker than we can say '...and CUT!'


  1. Looking forward to the mediterranean cruise on it later this year! You crazy peeps.

  2. hey Neil, Easy to remember which side is which: P O S H. This comes from the East India Co days when you wanted to travel out on the coolest side of the ship. You went out port and returned starboard. And that missing bit of timber in your 'saloon' is your dining table!! What a .......g know-all! Anyway, we look forward to her launch and sailing up/down river with you. love J