A fresh approach to crime fiction

Great to be 20

After sitting there with 18 reviews for a while, No Accident reached the magic 20 this week. I’m told this means that Amazon may now promote the book, bringing it to the attention of more readers, which is great.

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I must say I’ve been staggered at the response I’ve had from readers. Never in my dreams did I expect so many people to enjoy the story. It’s also been great to discuss the book with readers at talks I’ve given.

So, thank you to everyone who bought a copy, and especially to those who took time to write a review.

‘Books aren’t written they’re rewritten’

As this quote from Michael Crichton suggests, you’re unlikely to get it right first time. I remind myself of this when I’m struggling with the first draft and a scene or dialogue doesn’t quite work. Sometimes it’s a character I’m still getting to know. In the first draft of No Accident, I couldn’t find a way for Kent to solve the murder. Fortunately, all became clear in the rewrites.

This advice is also helpful when I’m revising and editing.

I used to hate editing and revising. Unlike telling the story for the first time, which is exciting, editing is much more mundane. It’s more analytical than creative. It focuses in on words and sentences as well as plot and flow. It can seem tedious, especially when you’re still not happy with the results.

But now I see it as a way of polishing the rough stone. Once that first draft is complete, I can review the story in its entirety. It’s amazing how discrepancies, weaknesses in the plot, overblown descriptions and poor dialogue leap out on the first read through. I like to print the first draft and then read it from cover to cover, scribbling notes on every page.

Then it’s down to the serious business of revision on the computer.

It’s the first job of the day during the week, starting at about 8.30 and running till 13.30. This week, I’ve performed some surgery on a few sections and chapters in No Bodies, including a chase scene through the streets of Glastonbury. Yes, Kent Fisher leaves his beloved South Downs for one day in pursuit of missing women. I rewrote that, based on research during our holiday there in September.

wells-houseI chose Glastonbury because I loved the town the first time I drove into it. With a mix of the traditional and the new age, it’s a vibrant, colourful town with a rich history – oh, and a small outdoor concert up the road. Then there’s the magnificent Tor overlooking the abbey and the town.

I’m about halfway through the first edit and rewrite of No Bodies, and hoping to finish this before Christmas.

Sue Shepherd’s Blog party

I had to take a break on Wednesday to go to this party, hosted by author Sue Shepherd. Guests had to bring two items and answer a number of questions before mixing and mingling with other authors and fictional characters that popped along to enjoy the party, which ran last week and this. I enjoyed discovering some authors and their books and had a few laughs along the way.

Thanks to Sue for a great idea and delivery.

One week to go

Only one week to go till I launch Fisher’s Fables on an unsuspecting public.

fables1If all goes well and I can master the process, it will be released on Amazon Kindle on 26th November.

It will be free for the weekend, so if you fancy a good chuckle with something a little different, this could be just what you need.

Getting personal

I’ve also spent some time updating my website, hopefully making it more interesting for visitors. The main change is to the About Me page, where I’ve added some dodgy photos of me from school and beyond, and a lot more personal details and history. If you’ve read No Accident, you might get a slight insight into some of Kent Fisher’s attitudes and values.

I’d be interested to know what you think so please let me know.

I’ve also added some detail to the book pages for No Accident and Fisher’s Fables. Again, let me know if it helps.

Tomorrow

I’ll be at the Eastbourne Book Festival, held at the Under Ground theatre, hoping to meet some of the other authors in the town and listen to some readings.

If you like books, why not come along between 14.00-18-00.

I’ll report back next week.

In the meantime, don’t miss out, sign up.

Please let me know what you think