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?
New Adult Suspense Novel
Tell your friends about this tip off for students to stay safe from gangs.
Thanks, happy Sunday!
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?
My date isn’t until Tuesday 21st at ten but there’s plenty of other excellent authors from next week! Connect with us. Listen up and ask away.
Join me to discuss the process of writing a thriller from inspiration to hard slog -The highs and lows of reining in 74,000 words to resemble a novel manuscript, based upon truth.
I look forward to making a connection with you and your readers and attempt to avoid spoilers! Trusting that a few avid readers will purchase a download.
Blurb from What If I Go?
“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.
I have taken on board the fact that I not only post frequently,but also reblog a great deal. It is tough not to share the great posts written by the bloggers I follow, and I want to continue doing …
Source: New Series – Blogger Daily – Posts from the writers I follow
I do hope this is me on my release day of student ebook at the end of January! Other writers might like this opportunity?
Not that I’m keen. Haha! Only 1 week to go.
As we countdown to the end of the month it is imminent that New Adult ‘What If I Go?’ becomes published. Thanks to Solstice Publishing for including my ebook in their Summer Solstice list.
I’ve sent the Arc’s out and there are readers consuming the 74,000 words, as we speak…
Think about downloading it for a Chinese New Year’s Gift?
Thanks for reading. Will post link to purchase asap.