Been working a little on my new Rafferty crime novel this morning. Don’t usually work on Sundays, but I’ve been struggling to set up a humorous sub-plot for this one. I’ve now got one that I think has legs and managed to add eight pages – though not typsescript pages, alas! Shorthand notebook pages only, so it will type up much shorter. But it’s a start.
The main plot is going pretty good. Still waiting for the witty one-liners to surface. But they’ll come. They always do. All it takes is thinking about the book and the characters. Still can’t quite make my mind up about the murderer. I have two prospects. Must plump for one or the other. Hmm. Anyone out there working on a new book? Post a comment about how you’re getting on. I’d be interested to hear.
It’s lovely and sunny here (Norfolk, England), so will be going out the garden later to do some more pruning. Place looks like that neighbour’s house who has the rusted car on bricks surrounded by weeds, at the moment, just minus the car. Haven’t had time and my hubby’s been too poorly to do it. We’d get a gardener in to sort it out but funds are too low at the moment to indulge in such a luxury. Waiting for my royalties and several advances. You know the feeling. A Regular paycheck would be nice. Sometimes, anyway. Though having to do the job that comes with it aint so attractive…
Hope to go down to London next month to stay with George’s son, Mark. He lives in a swish flat in Earl’s Court, which I have yet to see, so I’m looking forward to that. Even though I’m a Londoner, I haven’t been to The Smoke for a few years as my family have all left the capital and are spread far and wide.
Must go. The pruning shears are calling. Till next time.
My first guest blogger this month is crime author, Sheila Quigley. She needs little introduction. I’m sure many of you will be familiar with the work of this best-selling author. Sheila has been busy this month fulfilling signing engagements for her latest novel, Thorn In My Side. This novel is a new departure for Sheila and we will learn more about this in her blog. Suffice to say, it’s the start of a new series, with new characters and a new setting (not to mention a new publisher!). Meet DI Mike Yorke, and learn how he met Smiler, and what brings the two of them to Holy Island on the northeast coast of England – and the mysteries and terror they find there. ‘Sometimes brutal, sometimes scary, sometimes funny. Always entertaining! Quigley delivers a storming debut to her brand new series with Thorn In My Side.’Matt Hilton, author of the Joe Hunter thrillers.
Who would you say is your favourite of all your character creations?
Smiler in the new series. He’s had a heart breaking childhood, and now just when he thinks he’s emerging from the dark, he is plunged right back in.
If you were starting out now is there anything you’d do differently? Hmm, hindsight, is easy. There are one or two things but in the very begining authors are such trusting innocent creatures. I know that what I am about to do now I could never have done 8 years ago.
What do you think of the ebook phenomenon? It’s here to stay. Though I don’t think the paper book will ever go away, certainly not in the near future.
You’re a busy lady, with talks and signings – do you try to fit some writing in even on the craziest days?
Yes, if I didn’t I’d go stark raving mad. Are there any writers who really inspired you?
Stephen King. Do you have any other creative talent apart from writing?
A lot of my author friends are also very good at art. Me, I was blessed, cursed with the ability to draw maps to perfection, even from a very young age, they were so good that a teacher once accused me of tracing, She stood over me while I did it again and was so amazed, she said nothing, just walked away. Guess in a former life I must have been a map maker! Do you have a secret hankering to try your hand at a different genre?
Horror, not the vampire or zombie kind though, they’ve now been done to death.
What do you do to celebrate the publication of a new book? I mean just something for you and your family, rather than a public celebration.
Usually a Launch party but been so busy, we’ve not had time. Planning on a big one next year. You’re invited Geraldine.
Thanks, Sheila. I’ll look forward to it.
Your latest novel is a new departure for you. Can you tell us something about it? And what was it that made you try something new?
A lot of authors have more than one series going. I confess to needing a change. Thorn In My Side. is more of a thriller than the Seahills series, One reviewer said that there are now more murders in Houghton Le Spring than there are in Midsomer, so I thought I’d move the action to Holy Island, though it does have a cop. DI Mike Yorke. Who along with a bunch of rag taggle street people sets out to save the world from the grip of the families who have ruled for ever, and are planning to cull the human race. Working on a new Seahills murder mystery at the moment, Stand By Me. There are so many would-be authors out there – if there was one piece of advice you’d give them, what would it be?
Never give up.
Thank you, Sheila. I’m sure your many fans will be interested in reading what you have to say and discovering something about your latest book, Thorn In My Side. To learn more about Sheila and her books, visit her website: http://www.theseahills.co.uk/
Coming Soon to my Blog!Bestselling crime author, Sheila Quigley, will be guesting on my blog in October. Sheila, with Thorn In My Side, is making a new departure with a new series, new characters and new setting. More in my next posting.
Ever have one of those days when everything you touch goes wrong? I’ve had three of them on the trot. I tried to download some music to put on my third video. Would the music go in the shopping cart? Would it heck! Every time I tried, I got thrown off the site. Turned out it was a problem with the Java script and their techie was able to do a small alteration to the programming to set things right.
Then I tried to add exact amazon links to the individual books on my website. I had trouble with this, as well. I had these individual links once, but then I changed my website software and they disappeared; though I didn’t realize this for ages. And then when I tried to do the links I found I’d forgotten how to do it… Anyway, I have finally discovered that I shouldn’t copy and paste all of amazon’s code for a book, but only the bit from http to the end of my individual reference. Of course, there’s no mention of this on amazon associates’ website.
Before that I sent a signed contract to America for converting my ebook for use on iPad, iPhone, etc (it’s already up on kindle), only to discover when I emailed them several weeks later after not hearing anything, that they hadn’t received my letter. Then I tried to scan the contract. Would my scanner work? No, it would not. So I downloaded various drivers from the net. It still wouldn’t work. So then I thought I’d photograph the darn thing, which I did. Would the email with attachments send? You guessed it. The computer just kept telling me that due to ‘technical problems’ my email hadn’t gone. So it was back to snail mail for a second attempt.
Anyway, I’ve got my website book links properly set up now. The music is on my video and ready to upload once Dead Before Morning is converted from its Amstrad disc, edited and proofread. And the American contract is in the post.
I’m glad this week’s nearly over. Next week must be better. Mustn’t it?
This is my first venture into having guest bloggers, so I thought I’d start at the top. Hopefully, it won’t be a case of working my way down…
You probably want a bit of variety? Right? So next month (October), you’re getting it. I have two guest blogs scheduled. The first is British author, Sheila Quigley, who will tell us about her new novel, Thorn in my Side. This is a new departure for Sheila, with whole new characters. You’re going to love it. Watch this space.
Also guest blogging next month, is American suspense author, Chris Redding. You’ll learn more about Chris, more about her latest book, and hopefullly post a few comments, so we can get feedback.
I’m really looking forward to hosting these two fellow crime writers. I hope youll give them a warm welcome.
Down Among the Dead Men, my first ebook, is now up for sale on kindle. This book, the second in the Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series, was originally published in hardback by Macmillan in 1994. It’s so exciting. It took a few weeks getting it ready as Kimberly ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, the lady who masterminded this, was a hard taskmaster and seemed to expect me to proofread it three times. Three! My print publishers have never expected more than one proofread. Anyway, I thought two was plenty, so two it got. If you go to amazon and click on ‘books’ and then ‘kindle books’ and type my name, you’ll see it. It’s a bargain at £2.23. I really love the cover. The book is also shortly to be available as an epub for ipads, B & N, etc.
Just heard that Deadly Reunion, my next Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novel will be published in hardback in February 2011.
And the paperback of Death Dance is coming out in March 2011.
Also, Soundings Audio are to bring out three more of my Rafferty books: Blood on the Bones, A Thrust to the Vitals and Death Dance. These will be out sometime in 2011/2012.
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