April 29, 2018 · 7:51 pm
Should start by stating that the panel was about Psychopaths in Literature, not a panel of psychopaths. Though…
Tonight I am back from a weekend of Llandeilo Litfest – it was a blast! My first ever experience of being on a panel and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a great hour.
The panel was led by Thorne Moore, writer of psychological crime novels, many of which are based here in Wales. She did a great job of asking pertinent questions that set the rest of us off into interesting discussions.
My fellow panellists were John Nicholl and John Thompson. Now John N is an ex-police officer, and John T is a barrister, which left me feeling a little out of place – I’ve never worked in any of the law enforcement or legal occupations. I’m an office bod who specialises in system design (Excel and Access mostly), so least qualified there.
What I enjoyed was that the three of us didn’t always agree which makes for lively conversation, all good-natured. It was also lovely to get some really good audience participation going with an open floor and some back and forth.
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It was also great to see some old friends and make new ones. People that I’ve connected to on the internet, I finally got to meet in real life. New people that I met for the first time too. All the writers were lovely people and everyone willing to lend a hand at all points, writers are just about the most supportive group of people I have ever met. Then there were people who I know through Swansea and District Writers’ Circle, lovely to see everyone again. Had some great chats at the Book Fair and managed to sell a few volumes too.
Thanks to all who made it a great weekend.
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May 1, 2017 · 6:50 pm
Last time I blogged I may have mentioned being a happy bunny because I got a three book deal. Well, now I can actually give a few more details.
I’ve agreed to publish Locked Up, Locked In and Locked Down with Bloodhound Books, I know this is going to happen because I (a) have a contract and (b) I’m actually on their website!
Locked Up should be printed in Autumn this year, and I can’t wait. Locked In is written and will follow in due course.
Locked Down, is the third in the series. This hasn’t been written yet. I have a bit of a story to tell about this book. I planned it a year ago, but when I spoke to my agent I had this idea and an idea for another thriller, something quite different. The advice was that without selling the first two of Locked, I was best starting the other book. I did, I’m over 70k words in. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing it and I will go back and finish it because it’s a great book, but right now I have a contract for Locked Down and that’s the one I have to concentrate on.
So I started writing Locked Down on April 11th and I’m 20k in so far. The book isn’t going the way that I thought it would. Which isn’t a bad thing, this version is much more interesting than the first draft I started. That’s the thing I had started Locked Down, but I wasn’t that keen on it. So when I got the contract. I started again. Didn’t like that version either.
So I threw the plot in the bin and just started writing. The book doesn’t start quite where I thought it would start. It doesn’t even start with the person I thought it would. Now it has started it’s flowing nicely. Have a moment earlier on this weekend when I realised I’d written to a crux moment when a clue needed to be revealed. The problem was – I had no idea what the clue was going to me.
That meant I put the writing aside.
Then I went to the Llandeilo LitFest listened to a panel of female crime writers, and then some very dark poetry. It was an interesting day, and well worth the journey.
A day away from the laptop and writing and I came back with a clear idea of what had to happen next and have been writing it since.
I guess that’s all I have to say. Sometimes you have to ditch what doesn’t work, start over, and even take time away from writing in order to actually be able to write. Worked for me.
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