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I love Bristol. It’s a sprawling city (the south-west’s biggest by a long way), but it’s got a definite vibe that’s difficult to resist. The famous graffiti (popularised by Banksy – and no, before you ask, it’s not me or any of my family members) covers many of the buildings, giving it a real edgy atmosphere.

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re already published or just starting out – sending your precious book to a literary agent or publisher is always nail-biting, and the wait can be a killer.

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I’m not a natural athlete. Generally speaking, a quick jog up a flight of stairs will leave me out of breath. So, when the opportunity came up to sign myself up for Macmillan Cancer Support’s Might Hike, I thought…well, why not!

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I had some exciting news recently. The third Dr Ribero book (The Case of the Hidden Daemon) is going to be released a lot earlier than I thought it would be. Try four months, to be precise.

It was great to hear (especially as it coincides with Halloween, mwah-ha-ha). However, it squeezes the deadline for the fourth book. And my word, the fourth book is taking me some time to write!

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Some mythical creatures sure know how to hog the limelight; such as the unicorn and the centaur. However, there are a wealth of other weird and wonderful entities out there, hidden away in little-known folklore tales across the world. From blood-sucking beasts (that aren’t vampires) to noisy underground spirits, here’s a look at some of the oddest mythical beings – some of them benevolent, others definitely from the wrong side of the tracks.