This was in the Times today about taxi drivers in Birmingham. I feel that my research was accurate, I’m sorry to say.-
Taxi scandal: criminal culture in the Birmingham cab trade
Let’s be wise and spread the word to save others falling prey to criminal subculture.
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After a stormy start the sun is shining on my novel. I am very happy to have had some valuable coverage on The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Chris has been most generous to include me as his guest author. Authors, join me on this sociable book site? See my inclusion over the bank holiday, below-
Chris has made it easier for me to raise awareness of actual crime happening on the UK’s streets. Let’s disrupt the predatory grooming of young women by empowering them to spot the signs. I appreciate your help. See what I mean in local paper this weekend-
Readers, try downloading a book that Chris is promoting?
An extract from the Mystery Thriller Week-
Let me tell you, being a writer can be terrifying. All I know is that I couldn’t write stuff that didn’t matter. So without giving too much away, my debut novel is about grooming and sexual exploitation. It is written using alternating chapters from the POV of protagonist and those who control her. As the story progresses, we hear more from those who genuinely care for her, though. The alternating voices allowed for some troughs as opposed to the heightening, teenage tension. Using contrasting perspective was interesting.
I was made aware of this in a book a read called ‘Amity & Sorrow.’ This is where Peggy Riley used alternating voices from the three main characters along with contrasting timelines! She explained, there were 2 POVs in 3rd. That involved 3 timelines – 2 forward, 1 backward. Her intelligent fiction was based on the Waco Siege. I found this compelling novel from Little Brown & Co. works well. The historical fiction is about escaping cult life and was an inspiration. I highly recommend it.
False expectation leads to rude awakening for my character, Grace. She seeks the whole ‘good life’ package, instead she’s tagged with an AKA that is undeserved. The intolerable injustice of her story is traumatic; on a journey through coming-of-age she deters others following along that slippery path. I give fair warning to readers that there is a rape scene.
We owe it to the reader to be authentic and hopeful in fiction. Getting the balance is the thing! Right?
Basically, Grace learns the hard way from her experience. That is what a protagonist’s job is, I believe. Then, I found her character profile develop adding layers as she matured. I guess a distinguishable character profile is really useful for crime writing in general…
No spoilers here. The bringing of the 74,000 words together was tricky. Outlining might have helped! The answer, this time was to chunk it into 50,000 word slots and line those up with chapter details. Was there an easier way, I wonder to order a runaway manuscript?
Lastly, I was wondering whether ‘happy ever after’ endings work, now days?
Did they ever?
You can still read all about it here:
We talked a bit more about plotting and planning. Then we discussed resolutions and POV in more detail. Go here for more empowering books, especially for students.
TRUTH OR DARE?
Hello there. Thanks for popping by.
You may well be wondering why I wrote about such a difficult topic as sexual exploitation.
Well, it wasn’t easy.
Unfortunately, it’s in the news all the time here in the UK and it forever loomed large on may radar. I made fiction based upon research indicating that permutations of Grace’s story are drenching our society and that across Europe. Grooming has been a guilty secret hidden for tens of years.
My thriller/suspense aspires to tip off students to the dangers of falling prey to gangs.
I suppose my protagonist plays the ultimate game of truth or dare. As a safe person, it was terrifying going down to the underworld with my protagonist. How else could I have revealed the shocking exploits of perpetrators, otherwise?
Romans 5:3-4 tells us
..because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Is that what Rayne Hall meant when discussing Managing Tension with peeks and troughs, earlier in the Week? See Mystery Triller Author Hour.
Grace went ahead naively travelling to the UK thinking her life would be sorted. She finds out that she made herself vulnerable but got embroiled in the world, too late. Admittedly, bad things happened, but really, it is never too late to brush herself off and find contentment. My story is about having faith.
Come along to see how I held my protagonist’s hand while she went on a traumatic journey. I will discuss the need for sticking to a character profile.
The time is for the US.
UK time is 3-4 in the afternoon.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks.” Matthew 7:7
Today I was able to thank my writers’ club for sticking by me. This amazing small group listened to excerpts from ‘What If I Go?’ carefully feeding back the truth. That helped with making edits and kept me believing in the project.
So, I offered my thanks for their incredible inspiration to remain focused:) It was lovely to eat cake with these friends.
Trusting that a tasty slice of similar blessing comes your way in the days ahead.
‘Love, hope, fear, faith – these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character.’ Is a famous Robert Browning quote.
Read four chapters of “What If I Go?” for free on Amazon. Just click preview. Find out about Grace who wanted all of the above except fear, on visiting the UK. An empowering read that’s not for the faint hearted.
Have faith, please read on.
I’m so gtrateful to Kathi at Solstice Publishing and her team for putting my 74,000 words into ebook.
From tomorrow What If I Go? will be available to download.
Feedback on the Arc so far –
One reader found the story compelling. Another said it was a potentially good book with a decent storyline and interesting characters. Watch this space!
Where would authors be without such avid readers? Any more for any more?
New Adult reviewers and bloggers are welcome to a free Arc of ‘What If I Go?’ if they enjoy suspense. Then please don’t hesitate to get back to me.