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7 JULY 2014; GERALDINE EVANS

Next stop in the Writing Process Blog Tour

Crime fiction author, Jayne-Marie Barker (www.jaynemariebarker.blogspot.co.uk) invited me to participate in an interesting blog tour on writing. Jayne-Marie, who featured on this Blog Hop on her own blog last week, has written a first crime thriller series with the unique Inspector Allen, but she’s working on a new series now, featuring DI Rachel Bennett. Newly promoted to the rank of DI, Rachel has her work cut out leading a new team, dealing with a husband whose profession puts him in a dangerous place, not to mention the cases she must handle, and the mysterious deaths she must solve. Jayne-Marie’s first novel is completed but it hasn’t hit the bookshelves yet. Books two and three in the series are under construction. She’s also working on the outline for book two in more detail. Busy lady!

Like many authors, Jayne-Marie feels her writing is an obsession. I understand where she’s coming from, because if writing wasn’t an obsession how many authors would continue in the face of poverty pay and years of rejections? Only obsession can cut it. Jayne-Marie is an interesting new entrant on the crime shelves. I hope you’ll look out for her books Distant Shadows and Beneath the Daisies.

Now, back to ‘me, me, me’! -To tell you something about myself, I’m Geraldine Evans, a trad-turned-indie author of the 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn procedural series amongst others. After having eighteen novels published in the usual way (Macmillan, St Martin’s Press, Worldwide, Hale, Severn House), in the autumn of 2010, I took the indie plunge and became entirely responsible for the publication process of my work.

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In order of publication (but can be read as stand-alones), my Rafferty & Llewellyn series consists of the following: Dead Before Morning, Down Among the Dead Men, Death Line, The Hanging Tree, Absolute Poison, Dying For You, Bad Blood, Love Lies Bleeding, Blood on the Bones, A Thrust to the Vitals, Death Dues, All the Lonely People, Death Dance, Deadly Reunion and Kith and Kill. My other procedural series is. Casey & Catt: Up in Flames and A Killing Karma.

I’m also the author of the biographical historical novel: Reluctant Queen, about Mary Rose Tudor, the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII, a suspense-thriller: The Egg Factory, and several other fiction and non-fiction books, some under pen-names.BANNER BLACK REL QN EBOOK WITH IMAGE PLUS ALL TEXT 1500W x 300 H

To carry on this great tour, please find my four question responses below.

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What are you working on?
I’m working on the 16th novel in my Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series. Asking For It involves yet more murder and family mayhem for my Detective Joe Rafferty. I’ve also just started the research for another long biographical historical, my second, this time set in England’s Plantagenet era.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?
They’re fun! To write and, I hope, to read. There’s no relentless concentration on just the hunt for a murderer. With his selectively law-abiding family, my detective, Joe Rafferty can rarely give his entire mind to the latest investigation. He’s not always lucky enough to avoid bending the law himself. I think of my Rafferty books with the tag line:

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As a policeman, his family is Rafferty’s curse. Most of them think – if they must have a copper in the family – he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.

It’s not that his close family members are major law-breakers. But they are inclined to bend what they regard as the ‘little’ laws—laws unimportant in the great scheme of things. Like Ma Rafferty’s dodgy ‘bargains’, for instance. Only, sometimes, these bargains are stacked halfway to the ceiling of the spare room. In Rafferty’s mind, she’s practically the neighbourhood fence and he spends half his time waiting for the knock on the door.cropped-all-latest-covers-24-june-2014-mk1-together-in-powerpnt-presentation14-tiny-for-wordpress-header1.jpg

His Ma, who’s a past master at getting her own way, is not averse to using emotional blackmail to make Rafferty feel guilty when he upbraids her (mothers’ use of emotional blackmail: worthy of a blog post on its own!). ‘It’s only trying to eke out my pension that I’m doing,’ she’ll tell him. ‘Sure and amn’t I a poor widow with a roof to keep over my head and food to put on the table? Would you have me starve?’

Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do because I enjoy it. The sub-plot mayhem provides another strand to take me away from the main murder thread when plotting problems paralyze my brain. Concentrating for a while on problems in the sub-plot generally helps me find a solution in the actual murder investigation.

My books are set in Essex in England. The expression ‘Essex Man’ (and ‘Girl’) is a derogatory term used by the middle-classes for those they consider their moral, social and educational inferiors. And with their dodgy deals, lack of further education, bingo and ‘bargain’ buys, the Rafferty family in many ways epitomise the breed. But I wanted to write about ‘real’ people and not add to the world’s collection of crime novels about staid, morally upright, middle-class detectives. I wanted to throw a few fireworks in there. Joe Rafferty spends his life, as the saying goes, between a rock and a hard place. Besides, I thought I’d enjoy creating a policeman caught in a permanently family created dilemma. And you know what? I was right!

And when you consider that, historically, the police force was always the career of the working-classes, I believe, in my DI Joe Rafferty, I’m spot on.

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How does your writing process work?
My writing process differs greatly, depending on whether I’m writing another Rafferty & Llewellyn, Casey & Catt mystery or a biographical historical novel. With the latter, I find it essential to have a clear, year on year timeline of the events in my character’s life and the world at large.

But, for my Rafferty novels, I’ve always been very much a ‘seat of pants’ writer. I still strive, periodically, to force myself to make a plan for these, but even when I manage it, the plan rarely amounts to much. Anyway, plans make the writing such a dull plod through a ‘do this and then do that’ list that, if I didn’t end up ignoring it, it would suck all the life from my writing and the fun from the work. DEATH DANCE RED YLW AMAZON Selfpub-72dpi-1500x2000-2

My Rafferty books have a lot of humour in them and require me to let my brain have plenty of freedom. I don’t like feeling ‘caged-in’ by some rigid outline. Yes, I know you can write against the outline if that’s the way the characters demand to go. But then, what’s the point in writing the blessed outline in the first place, if you’re just going to ignore it?

So, with, often, just a single idea in my head, I tend to dive in and trust to native wit and ingenuity to get me out of any plotting scrapes in my crime novels. I’ve managed it eighteen times so far (including one stand-alone and the two books in my Casey & Catt series), so I remain optimistic that the seat of my pants won’t get singed.KITH AND KILL2 RED YLW AMAZON selfpub-72dpi-1500x2000-14

On with the tour
UPDATE: Stroke of luck! the lovely and talented crime author Leigh Russell, has agreed to be one of the two authors to follow me on this Author Process Blog Hop. She’ll post, answering  the same four questions, on her own blog on Monday 14 July 2014 (here’s the link to   Leigh’swebsite: http://www.leighrussell.co.uk/. And here’s the link to her blog: http://leighrussell.blogspot.co.uk/)

Leigh is the highly successful author of the Geraldine Steel series. She is a No 1 Best Seller on Amazon’s Kindle and her awards include the following:

Cut Short was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood DaggerAward 2010. Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People’s Book Prize 2014. And now the Geraldine Steel series and Ian Peterson spin off series have been optioned by Avalon Television Ltd to be made into a TV series. How exciting! Congratulations on that, Leigh!

Leigh’s other books include: Fatal Act, Stop Dead, Death Bed, Cold Sacrifice, Road , Dead End and Cut Short.

Leigh’s next novel is the second DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation, entitled Race to Death, to be published September 2014 (available for pre-order). But the digital edition is available now.

Here are some buy links:

AMAZON UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Race-Death-Ian-Peterson-novel-ebook/dp/B00J75NBJ6/pocketessentials,

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/race-to-death,

APPLE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/race-to-death/id846772351?mt=11

 

I’m afraid I have a confession to make here. I’ve asked various authors to take part in the tour, but, so far, I’ve had no takers (holidays, other commitments, the usual stuff in busy lives). But I hope to update this post before the end of the week with news of the next authors on the tour. Watch this space!

GERALDINE EVANS’S LINKS:

Author Website: http://geraldineevansbooks.com
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LAST DATES ON MY BLOG TOUR

Well, I’ve come to an end to my Blog Tour. It’s been a lot of work, but I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been exciting checking for new comments each day and I’ve had some lovely ones – people really can be very kind and generous. Anyway, here are the last few dates and hosts on my tour. Check them out!

My ‘Made it’ Moment with host Jenny Milchman
http://www.jennymilchman.com/blog/?p=1257

‘Sink or Swim’ Interview with host Stacy Juba
http://stacyjuba.com/blog/2011/02/25/sink-or-swim-6-meet-detective-inspector-joseph-aloysius-rafferty-from-deadly-reunion/

Interview with host Marilyn Meredith.
http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/2011/02/meet-geraldine-evans-and-learn-about.html

I want to thank all seventeen of my hosts. They’ve been absolutely amazing! And to think they have guest bloggers all the time. They must be awesome at organisation. I take my hat off to each and every one of you. Thank you ladies and gent. You’re all welcome on my blog at any time.

Oh. I nearly forgot. This is not part of my tour, but something I did separately and that just happens to have coincided with the last day of the tour. Anyway, here’s an interview I did for Sylvia Massara of The Lit Chick Show! This one’s the Real McCoy, with an introduction and everything, so you can ignore the previous interview I put up for this.

MORE STOPS ON MY BLOG TOUR

Ten Tips for Writers with host Nancy J Cohen
http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/tips-for-writers/

Third excerpt of Deadly Reunion with host Debbi Mack
http://midlistlife.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/excerpt-from-deadly-reunion-a-guest-post/

An interview with host Wendy Gager
http://wsgager.blogspot.com/2011/02/mitch-malone-mondays-geraldine-evans.html

Fourth excerpt of Deadly Reunion with host Peg Herring
http://itsamysterytomepegherring.blogspot.com/

Fifth excerpt of Deadly Reunion with host Chris Redding
http://chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com/2011/02/excerptuesday-geraldine-evans.html

How to put a video book trailer together with host Marian Allen
http://www.marianallen.com/2011/02/a-deadly-reunion-with-geraldine-evans

An interview with host Kaye George
http://travelswithkaye.blogspot.com/2011/02/guest-blogger-geraldine-evans.html

What a lot! Sorry – I should have been putting these up every day. Trouble is, I’ve been getting deeply involved in writing my next book as well as correcting the formatting of Death Line which I’ve had converted from an Amstrad disk preparatory to putting it up as another ebook, so, as you can imagine, my head’s been pretty full.

TEN TIPS FOR WRITERS BLOG TOUR POST

Why not visit Nancy J Cohen’s blog and read my Ten Tips for Writers. You never know, you might learn something fresh! This is the latest stop on my Blog Tour:  http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/tips-for-writers/

INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS VERSTRATE

Here’s the latest post on my Blog Tour. The Blog Host is Chris Verstraete and the post covers various topics: Ten Tips for Writers, plus What I Learned from series book numbers 1-14 in my Rafferty crime series, plus excerpt of Deadly Reunion. Thank you, Chris, you’re a star.

Here’s a few of the latest interviews of me, plus a couple of excellent reviews.

This in a video interview I did for The Lit Chick Show. This is my first attempt at doing a video interview – well the first one that I actually put up on youtube! In the previous attempts to capture this video, my mind went blank as I tried to find what I wanted to say. In the next effort, my head kept almost disappearing off the side of the screen. And then, my husband unaccountably forgot how to speak, and in the next he had a coughing fit. This one is the best of a bad job! See what you think. Laugh at my husband’s attempts at doing a posh, literary accent. I did.

Here are a couple of lovely reader reviews on amazon. Add your own if you have liked any of my novels. Don’t bother if you haven’t!
Five Star Review of Dead Before Morning ebook, first in my Rafferty crime series, on amazon – link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Before-Morning-Rafferty-Llewellyn-crime/dp/B004EYUHN8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294335777&sr=1-1
 Five Star Review of Down Among the Dead Men ebook, second in my Rafferty crime series, on amazon – link :  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Down-Among-Rafferty-Llewellyn-crime/dp/B0042P53NS/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294335777&sr=1-3
I was interviewed by Beth Hull (Nebula Contact) on http://bethhull.com/2010/12.03/nifty-author.geraldine-evans
I was interviewed by Jean Henry Mead for Mysterious People: http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/Geraldine-Evans
 My interview with Rebecca Dahlke http://www.allmysteryenewsletter.com/  will feature on 8 January 2011.
I’m currently in the process of organising a blog tour for the month of February, to coincide with the publication of my eighteenth novel and fourteenth Rafferty & Llewellyn, Deadly Reunion.
 This is taking up quite a bit of my time as it’s quite complicated, coordinating all the gig dates and making sure I’m not repetitive with the content, so I hope you’ll forgive me if my posts here aren’t as frequent as before. I will post a list of the gigs and the links as soon as I know them all, both here and on my website (http://www.geraldineevans.com/ ). I’m quite excited about this. It’s my first blog tour and I’m terrified I’ll make an administrative hash of it and never get invited on anyone’s blog ever again! Keep your fingers crossed for me.

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The Author

Geraldine Evans is a British writer of police procedurals that contain a lot of humour and family drama Her15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series features DI Joe Rafferty, a London-Irish, working-class, lapsed Catholic, who comes from a family who think - if he must be a policeman - he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. Her 2-strong Casey & Catt series features DCI 'Will' Casey, a serious-minded, responsible policeman, whose 'the Sixties never died', irresponsible, drug-taking, hippie parents, pose particular problems of the embarrassing kind.

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