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)

Old Hymer Motorhome, 1978

Here is our Hymer Mobil, bought by us in March 2013. I found it on the 'Preloved' website, and it was being sold by the widow of the owner who had owned and kept it garaged in South London for the previous 28 years. Before that it had one previous owner in Germany since its manufacture in 1978. It cost us the princely sum of £3,200, which is no secret as that fact was disclosed to viewers when it was featured by Andy Harris on The Motorhome Channel in April 2014.


  1. Hi Neil

    I work for a TV production company called October Films. We're making a new documentary series about caravan and motorhomes, and I'd love to talk to you about your project. Do you think you could email me your contact details to becky.kent@octoberfilms.co.uk, or call me on 0207 284 6868?

    Many thanks!
    Becky Kent

  2. Dear Neil,
    I am writing you fromm Serbia. I have found one Blitz here in Serbia and it looks good for me.
    I would like to buy it. Could you contact me on my mail dinozivkovic@gmail.com.
    I have some questions about your impressions and experiences.

    Best Regards
    Sorry for my bad english!