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2017 is drawing to a close and I reflect on a year that seems to have flown by.
With the help of Indie Authors World my publishing has been prolific.
THE LECI LEGACY arrived in 2017 to complete THE LUCY TRILOGY. Had someone said that my fist attempt at writing, CALL MAMA would grow arms and legs and become a trilogy, I would not have believed them . However, it did, and developed into a three-part crime thriller that took me by surprise. The characters became alive to me, I cared about them and wanted my readers to feel an affinity with them, caring about Lucy's plight, engaging with her fraught mother, willing Tony and Carole to solve the mysterious happenings both here and in USA and to ensure the villains got their just reward. I moved CALL MAMA from my original publisher to join my 2017 books in order to have ease of access. My compilation of short stories, A TALE OR TWO AND A FEW MORE was given a make over and also joined Indie Authors family.
Also published in 2017 was A CASE FOR JULIE, a cosy crime novella about a village sleuth. This will be followed in 2018 by A BREAK FOR JULIE and A LETTER FOR JULIE, thus completing a novella trilogy.
My big plan for 2018 is to pick up on the detective in the Lucy trilogy, Tony Harvey and write a full length novel about his life 'BEFORE LUCY'.
2017 also saw me involved in leading a creative workshop in Bellshill Cultural centre; organising a local author event in Summerlee Heritage centre to mark Book Week Scotland, where twelve local writers gathered together to share their work and meet the public.
I attended a talk in Airdrie library to listen and learn from Lin Anderson, a crime writer whose books I enjoy. Later, I was at Motherwell library where Val McDermid gave an inspiring talk.
My future events so far for 2018 will involve a talk at Chryston cultural centre and a possible, similar event in Oban.
Whatever you do, be it writing or reading, I wish you every success in your 2018 ventures.
The mark of a good author I think, is if a character becomes real for the reader; if the reader can visualise, emphasise and relate to a character the story becomes more interesting.
Today, I had an e-mail from one of my characters! A real live person with the same name as one of the character's in #Call Mama contacted me, inquisitive as to how I had come to choose her name. Purely a coincidence, but quite a thrill to hear from her.
Anyone else had such a meeting?
Have you ever taken medication that has done more harm than good? Then join the many people who suffer from side effects of so called cures.
I know that's it's an impossible job for doctors to know every side effect of every pill, but how frustrating is it to return to a doctor and relate side effects, only to be told, 'yes, that is one of the effects of that particular medication'. ��
Anyway, what has all this to do with writing? The effects of recent meds have lost me over a month of writing time: no concentration, tiredness coughs etc etc. The stories were there in my head, desperate to see the light of day, but confined to wait for the fog to clear.
Now, I'm happy to report that, so far, the replacement meds have had no adverse effect and I have taken up the pen, well, mouse actually, and returned to polish off ' A Case For Julie' and have begun a follow up, 'Julie Takes a Break', both novellas, a kind of Miss Marples storyline.
Delighted to announce that I have finished writing a Novella: A Case For Julie.
Now the hard work comes! Proofreading/Editing/ e-book conversion/ cover design/ printing etc etc.
Thank goodness for Indie Authors World and Kim and Sinclair MacLeod, publishers par excellence.
Watch this space.
Do coffee and crime go together? They will, at Blether café, Sinclair Drive, Glasgow on Tuesday 23rd May as part of south side fringe festival. I'm part of the panel of crime writers invited to take part in this book event. Join me and Barbara Lawther and Sinclair MacLeod for an interesting evening of crime chat as you drink your coffee.