A fresh approach to crime fiction

Friday Feedback

Untidy deskWith no thought for my personal safety or wellbeing, I threw myself into ‘the task I least wanted to tackle’ this week.

For six months now, I’ve collected tips and information on anything and everything to with writing, filing them away on the computer. Had I collected some tips on organisation, I might have read my collection of documents sooner, rather than leaving them to clutter up my hard drive.

While wading through these documents, I began to find useful tips that set me thinking, generating ideas, replenishing some of my lost enthusiasm. I had to stop and make more notes, which wasn’t quite the idea, but …

Does anyone else find this?

When I turned my attention to the paper equivalent, I uncovered an old folder and notebook full of handwritten notes about No Accident. I found plot ideas, notes and reminders about research, and a snatch of dialogue between Carolyn, the Coroner’s Officer, and Kent, intended for Chapter One of No Accident. They’re at the accident scene, standing beside the coffin containing the mutilated remains of the victim.

 “Trust me, Kent, you don’t want to look. It’s not a pretty sight.”

“No, I’d like to take a look,” I say.

She shakes her head. “You really don’t, believe me.”

“The trouble is, when people tell me not to do something, I want to do it more.”

She laughs. “Strict parents?”

“No, I was an insufferable child.”

No AccidentI can’t believe I never used this in the book. I can only imagine the note lay buried among all the others, waiting to be read and sorted at some future date.


No such problem with Fisher’s Fables, which has received three wonderful 5-star reviews in the short time since it went live on Amazon. Originally a blog, it developed a life of its own along the way and contains some of the funniest scenes I’ve ever had the pleasure of writing. Editing it was pure joy!

Fisher's FablesWhile everyone loves a chuckle, humour’s not the easiest thing to sell or place, even on Amazon, which has more categories than you can shake a stick at. But, it’s out there.

If you enjoy a good chuckle and like to see egos bruised, then it’s only 99p on Amazon at the moment.


Authors are great people, always willing to share and help fellow writers, as I discovered recently at the Eastbourne Book Festival.

Clare FlynnThis week, I was privileged to share a couple of hours (and a rather nice cookie or two) with Clare Flynn, who writes historical sagas and romance, self-publishing her books as an independent author. Over the years, she’s built a trusted team, including an editor, cover designer and readers to feed back on the stories.

The advice she gave me will be a big help if I self-publish No Bodies, my second Kent Fisher murder mystery. While I haven’t made a final decision, I like the idea of working with a cover designer from the start to create something that reflects the story and the South Downs setting.

Should I take this route, it’ll be a bit different from the first book. As well as an editor, I’ll need some beta readers to give honest feedback on the story. I’ll probably start looking on my mailing list …

Please let me know what you think