Welcome to Inscribe Media
Welcome to the website of Inscribe Media Ltd, a company founded by John Dean and Frances Griss, freelance journalists working in the North East of England. Backed by three decades of experience, they have run their own company for seventeen years.
Inscribe Media offers writing for newspapers, magazines, company newsletters, leaflets and publicity displays.
The company offers photography, design, editing and printing services, some carried out in-house and some contracted out to reliable and good quality businesses with whom we have worked for many years.
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Internet love is not all it’s cracked up to be – Myra King on her novel Cyber Rules
Internet love is not all it’s cracked up to be – Myra King on her novel Cyber Rules
Cyber Rules, an e-novel by Australian writer Myra King published by Inscribe Media, tells the story of Anthea Stevenson, a farmer’s wife, midlife-challenged and living in isolated rural Australia.
For many years, she has harboured a dark secret. Now caught up on the addictive side of the Internet, she holds another secret, one which ultimately may prove to be far more deadly.
Here, Myra talks about the inspiration behind the novel, the growing concern about domestic abuse and the perils of internet dating
About twelve years ago when my husband (now ex) accidentally deleted my almost-completed manuscript, I found I cared a lot more about my novel, Cyber Rules, than I’d realised.
Yes, he did empty the ‘Trash’ as well, and, no, I didn’t have it properly saved. Luckily I did have it on hard copy. Back then I was just starting out with computers, a bit like Anthea, one of the characters in Cyber Rules.
I write what I know and I try to write without bias. The characters are who they are and I make no apology for them. And yes, there is swearing and sex and violence, but never gratuitous. But there is also friendship, intrigue and love.
It’s a glimpse into the life of a woman suffering extreme domestic abuse, and how it not only impacts her and what she does, but the others in her life as well.
Writing is such a solitary pursuit, but in the end we writers want to share our work and move our readers. Whether it be with humour, pathos or suspense, or even to make them squirm a little, as long as we reach them in some way.
Like most writers, I need to write. It’s not an escape, it’s a necessity and a different reality, especially when the writing is flowing well.
One must hold the reader’s interest with pace and most importantly, voice. Voice goes way beyond dialogue. It’s that indefinable quality of character, which gives the story its authenticity.
There are similarities between me and the main character Anthea Stevenson. Back then I was new to the Internet and learning the ways and whims of the computer age.
Chatrooms were a big deal and it wasn’t long before I thought that all too common writers’ question: What if? Twelve years later, the dangers have become more obvious.”
Myra King lives along the coast of South Australia with her husband, David, and their rescue greyhound, Sparky. Her poems and short stories have been published in print, and online, in many literary magazines and anthologies. She has won the UK Global and been shortlisted for the US Glass Woman Prize and the Scarlett Stiletto - SINC AUS.
Myra has a short story collection, City Paddock, published by Ginninderra Press and an upcoming YA novel, The Journey Of Velvet Brown, to be published in July 2015 also by G.P.
Recent highlights were a commendation in the 2015 Tabor Creative Writing Awards and a Pushcart nomination by Boston Literary Magazine.
The book can be purchased at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cyber-Rules-ebook/dp/B007Y67772
If you don’t have a Kindle, there is a free Kindle reading app for your PC at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html
Harry’s Torment author Michael Beck talks about writing
Harry’s Torment, an enovel published by Inscribe Media, is set in the fictional east coast port of Thirlston and is centred on the heroin trade.
Unlike some other crime novels, this is not a ‘who done it’ as we very soon discover identity of the local drugs baron. We see how the officers try to piece together various bits of information in their pursuit of him and how he attempts to stay one step ahead of them.
This takes place alongside a personal feud between two senior customs officials and this impacts upon one of the officers in particular as he is used as a pawn in their struggle. His close working relationships with a local detective inspector also causes problems and pressures for both parties as the story comes to a dramatic conclusion.
Here, Mike talks about the inspiration behind the novel
Where did the idea for Harry’s Torment come from?
When I decided to try and write a novel I looked around for something I knew and having taken early retirement from Customs & Excise after 38 years, the answer was staring me in the face and, ultimately, Harry's Torment was born.
The initial idea was a fairly simple one of an officer spotting something that everyone else had missed and making a big heroin seizure but I felt that that didn’t give me a lot of scope. I then began to think how individual characters could be used and the idea of major conflict between senior personnel and its impact on those further down the scale as they tried to do their job was born.
Where do your characters spring from?
Over the years I have obviously seen many different people at work, not only in HMC&E but in outside industry and the public sector in general.
What I did was to take various personal traits, mould them to suit my purpose and exaggerate them as needed to create the final characters.
What is the best thing about writing?
When an idea begins to take shape beyond the initial rather vague story outline and the words begin to appear on the screen it gives me an incredible ‘buzz’ and a feeling of personal achievement.
What is the most difficult thing about writing?
I am ashamed to say that it is accepting the requirement of the discipline of sitting down and actually writing something. It is easy when your head is full of ideas but when you begin to struggle and other priorities or problems arise then that is when I really struggle.
Who is your favourite writer?
I would find it difficult to separate Ian Rankin and Gerald Seymour. They both construct very clever plots and create believable characters that I can often relate to.
What are you working on now?
I am currently 53,000 words into an as yet un-named novel that deals with the radicalisation of a ‘mister average’ who becomes involved with an extreme left wing, anti-capitalist movement. The hero (or anti-hero) is desperate to discover why his younger brother became involved with this movement and what led to his suicide whilst in prison. The novel traces the slow but steady way that he is gradually drawn into the group.
What can you see from the window of the place in which you write?
A large lime tree and the back gardens of houses as well as my own garden.
Harry’s Torment is available on
Taxi driver who creates thrilling tales in between fares
Taxi driver Roger Barnes is the author of two thrillers, White Gold and Lost Souls, enovels published by Inscribe Media. His latest book, Snow Birds, is due out soon.,
Here, Roger talks about the inspiration behind the novel.
I’m frequently asked why I started to write. Well, at the time I was working away so most evenings were free and I thought why not? Then the question became what about?
I’ve always been against game poaching, it’s so cruel and barbaric in my opinion, and something I knew a little about so decided to write a story about stopping it. It was a worthwhile subject; and ‘White Gold’ was born. That’s slang for Ivory, like ‘Black Gold’ is for oil.
I spent some years in the Army and decided to use my experiences there as a starting point, and for the characters I would need to develop.
I’m a taxi driver now so a fair amount of my day is spent sitting round doing nothing and while some of my colleagues study ‘page 3’ while others read the Racing Post I get out my laptop and happily peck away.
Also, I get to meet interesting people and often get knowledgeable answers to the oddball questions I regularly ask.
When I’m asked which authors I read, then it’s Fredrick Forsyth, Stephen Leather and Chris Ryan because they have fantastic story lines, ‘real’ characters and are both thoroughly researched; this and where the action is taking place are vital if the story is to be relevant and believed.
My second novel ‘Lost Souls’ is about people trafficking and in this I introduced a new character, a very politically incorrect police officer who does it his way, and regularly gets results. I’ve just finished my third in the series using the same characters, this about a terrorist attack on London, Berlin and New York using cocaine laced with anthrax, fortunately thwarted before it became the first chemical attack on these cities.
The final question I’m often asked is where I write. As I said, a lot is on the rank, the rest in a small bedroom we’ve turned in to a study. It’s at the back of the house overlooking our garden which rightly is my wife’s pride and joy. From where I sit I can see and hear a waterfall feeding into a Koi pond giving the garden an ambiance of tranquillity which I find wonderfully helpful when I’m trying to write a complex or violent action sequence or a softer aspect of the novel.
White Gold by Roger Barnes can be purchased at http://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Gold-ebook/dp/B006FH0598/
Lost Souls by Roger Barnes is at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Souls-ebook/dp/B00E458SC4/ref=sr_1_1?
Details of Snow Birds will be announced at www.inscrobemedia.,co.uk
A Bit about Cyber Rules
- Myra King
- author Michael Beck talks about writing
Taxi Driver who creates thrilling tales in between fares
Creative writing course at Kirkudbright Galleries
I am delighted that the dates for the next creative writing course at Kirkudbright Galleries have been announced.
Writing Course with Author John Dean - October 18-December 6
Kirkudbright Galleries, Kirkudbright, Dumfries and Galloway
The course will examine ways in which prose writers, be it those creating short stories or novels, can trigger a reaction in their reader. The eight-week course will guide participants through a number of thought-provoking writing exercises, to enhance their skills as writers. Beginner writers are welcomed on this course.
Every Friday for eight weeks | 10:30am – 12:30pm
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Authors given chance to write a Halloween ghost story in a haunted castle
Buittle Castle and best-selling novelist John Dean have teamed up to run a workshop on how to write a ghost story in the spooky surroundings of the Medieval Tower House near Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway.
The event, which will take place between 3-8pm on Halloween, Thursday October 31, 2019, will help writers to tap into their reader’s inner fears to conjure up a truly spine-chilling ghost story.
During the workshop, they will be wondering if the castle’s ghostly dog makes an appearance in the main hall where it has been reported on several occasions.
The workshop will help the writers to explore a sense of place in their writing by taking advantage of the unique surroundings of the castle, which today offers B and B accommodation and is a venue for weddings and other functions.
The site itself can be traced back to Iron Age farmers and the Romans may also have used Buittle to disembark in their conquest of Scotland.
In the 13th Century, Buittle Castle belonged to Allan, Lord of Galloway and it has a long connection with the Baliol family and the kings of Scotland.
James Cavendish, co-owner of the Castle, said: “The workshop is something new for the castle and its rich atmosphere lends itself perfectly to ghost stories.”
John Dean, who is best known as a crime novelist and lives near Castle Douglas, has been running creative writing workshops through his company Inscribe Media Limited for twenty years.
He said: “The ghost story is one of the oldest literary genres and gives the writer the opportunity to play on the fears of the reader to create truly powerful pieces of work.
“Key to success is creating atmosphere and having the opportunity to run a workshop on Halloween amid the unique surroundings of Buittle Castle, with all its history, should prove to be a truly memorable experience.”
The workshop costs £55, including a meat or vegetarian lasagne supper, and for more information, or to book a place, you can contact John Dean at email@example.com or 07889 554931
More information on the castle can be obtained at Buittle Castle
Best-selling author announces 2020 writing workshop dates
Best-selling crime novelist John Dean has announced the 2020 dates for weekend writing workshops at his home near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.
John, author of 18 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, is the creator of the popular DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series.
He will run two courses, based around sense of place and the mechanics of storytelling, from his 19th Century home set in rolling countryside on the weekends of July 4/5 and August 22/23, 2020.
The workshop will be suitable for writers of all prose genres and will be ideal for either individuals, including those planning to holiday in the area, or writing groups.
John said: “This will be the third year that we have run these workshops and the feedback has been very positive.
“The opportunity to stand back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on writing is clearly something that appeals to writers.
“The workshops have inspired some very creative work and, at a time when more and more publishing opportunities are opening up, the writers taking part have appreciated advice on how to impress a publisher or agent with their work.”
The cost is £95 per person, including catering, and you can find out more by emailing Inscribe Media Limited, of which John is a director, on firstname.lastname@example.org
The course is non-residential but advice can be offered on local B and Bs/hotels.
Seeking inspiration for ‘The Novel’
Author Michael Beck, who is based in the North East of England, tells the story behind the writing of his debut crime novel Harry’s Torment, published by Inscribe Media
When I took early retirement from HM Customs & Excise, I decided to finally write ‘The Novel’. What to write about?
The answer came from 38 years of watching people, not only in the department but in other organisations and businesses that I had seen, and sometimes, interacted with.
They were then put into a mental blender and the major characters in the book took form and inhabited the fictitious east coast port of Thirlston.
The resulting crime novel is not a whodunnit as we very soon know who the heroin baron is; the question is whether he will be caught.
We are introduced to Harry Williams, the senior Customs Officer responsible for all the anti-smuggling teams based in Thirlston, and who had been given a free reign to manage his district as he saw fit.
Life for Harry changes dramatically when Helen McGuigan is appointed as his boss and he meets his match as a manipulator and a user of other people.
Very quickly, the conflict between them impacts upon Harry’s working relationship with other people, especially one of his team leaders, Colin Daley. The novel charts the work of Colin and his team, the local police and the activities of the local heroin ‘baron’ who operates on a number of levels in the town.
Colin increasingly becomes a pawn in the struggles between his managers as he strives to deal with a number of smuggling offences, culminating with a seizure of heroin and his attempts to discover who was behind the consignment of drugs.
The novel finishes dramatically as several threads that have run throughout the story are finally pulled together with some surprises for the reader.
Media company moves to Dumfries and Galloway
Inscribe Media Limited has marked its twenty-first year in business by relocating to Dumfries and Galloway.
Having been based in the North East of England for twenty years, it has moved to premises near Castle Douglas.
The business, which employs two people, experienced journalists and company directors John Dean and Frances Griss, carries out work including:
John Dean, an award-winning journalist with thirty-eight years’ experience, said: “We are delighted to have moved to this beautiful part of the country and are looking forward to working with businesses in the area.”
Frances Griss, a journalist and Public Relations and Communications specialist for more than thirty years, said: “This is a stunning part of the world and we hope to help local businesses celebrate its vibrant economy.”
You can contact the company at:
Mobile: 07889 554931.
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by Myra King.
The novel tells the story of a farmer’s wife in isolated rural Australia. Caught up on the addictive side of the Internet, she holds a secret which may prove to be deadly. .
An anthology of short stories taken from the early years of the Global Short Competition.
Haghir the Dragon Finder
by John Dean
A comic fantasy for older children.
Haghir and his hopeless comrades are dragon slayers seeking a new challenge.
A selection of some of the finest writing from Australian authors who have entered the Global Short Story Competition.
by Roger Barnes
A thriller by first-time author Roger Barnes taking the reader into a world of intrigue and danger set amid the poachers of Africa.
by Roger Barnes.
When young women start to go missing in Africa, the kidnappers warn not to investigate but the police do and the women’s hideously mutilated bodies are returned. After that the investigations are stopped and a continuing flow of traumatised victims are returned alive, having being used in the most brutal and degrading ways.
It becomes apparent that not only British women are being abducted, so a small International Strike Force is assembled to rescue them and ensure it is stopped, permanently.
Roger is a taxi driver in Darlington and a member of Darlington-based Inkerman Writers.
by Michael Beck.
Hrry’s Torment is set in the fictional east coast port of Thirlston and is centred on the heroin trade.
Unlike some other crime novels this is not a ‘who done it’ as we very soon discover identity of the local drugs baron. We see how the officers try to piece together various bits of information in their pursuit of him and how he attempts to stay one step ahead of them.
by Roger Barnes.
After a number of high profile drug related deaths from pure cocaine supplied through London clubs to their patrons from the Financial Sector, Political Elite and ‘A’ list Celebrities the authorities realise something out of the ordinary is happening and must take action.
A team set up to investigate and deal with the threat immediately realise it relates to a planned terrorist attack using biological weapons. The situation becomes increasingly more complex when it’s later found that similar attacks are also planned for New York and Berlin.
The final resolution is hampered by the indecisive action of Politicians, who while they themselves are being targeted are more concerned about their own image then the welfare of the citizens that elected them.
The ebook can be purchased from Amazon here
Making a Difference
by Michael Beck.
The ebook can be purchased from Amazon here
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