Writer’s Doubt

I’m in the middle of the first round of self-edits for my fourth novel and, despite people telling me it gets easier, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I’m in the middle of the first round of self-edits for my fourth novel and, despite people telling me it gets easier, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Sure, the process has changed in the way that I write (I did the first draft in a month instead of the usual three (ish) and I’m happy with that, but I still hold the same doubts and worries and wondering if I can do it again.

My two previous books have been pretty successful and so there’s a pressure on to better, or at least equal, them, and I struggle with that niggling away at the back of my brain. Constantly. I don’t want to let down those readers who are looking forward to the next in the series and have become invested in Paterson & Clocks as people.

Last night, as I sat glued to the screen, cutting bits out there, tightening sentences here, it suddenly dawned on me that I was probably overthinking things. When I started my first book, I wrote it for myself. It was the kind of book I wanted to read. I wanted my characters to reflect real life, to show real policemen under pressure, they swear, they dig each other out, they make inappropriate quips, they fight amongst themselves, they bitch, all the things that the more mainstream authors tend to omit, and villains who do some truly awful things.

Whether that will harm me in the long term remains to be seen but I decided that that was what I was going to keep on doing-write the kind of book I wanted to read. It’s all I know how to do.

And whilst I was procrastinating instead of writing (let’s call it research-it makes me feel better) I came across an article about the author of ‘The Danish Girl’ and his struggles to write.

The struggle continues…

Book #3 returns

Book #3 has returned from the editor. There’s a fair bit to check over and she has cut a considerable number of words but from what I’ve seen so far, the book is all the stronger for it.

I’ve always found it somewhat daunting when it comes back because you send it in thinking you’ve done a pretty decent job of self-editing and then when I go through her edits side-by-side with my submission document, I feel pretty silly. I’m just grateful that I have another set of highly-trained eyes going over it and cutting out all the unnecessary crap that I thought, first time around, was brilliant and necessary! What do I know?

Soon as I’m done, back it goes to have a cover and blurb attached and with a bit of luck and a following wind (plus getting it fitted into Joffe’s schedule) it will be released sometime early/mid November.

 

Book 3 is in!

Book 3 in the continuing saga of Paterson and Clocks is finished and has been submitted to Joffe for their consideration. Although I have a contract, I’m not taking anything for granted. They could always say no. Or do it again…

Hopefully, I’ll hear soon and I’ll post here with their answer.

New Book News!!!

Well, the day is coming and it’s coming soon! Quicker than I thought too.

I have recently been given confirmation that my second book in the Paterson & Clocks crime thriller series is to be released on the 30th of this month. That’s just two days away!! I found out two days before I was due to travel away to my son’s wedding and have been unable to update anything – blog, Twitter, Facebook. I promised myself (and my wife) that I wouldn’t use any form of social media whilst I was away and that was something I wholeheartedly agreed to. But now I’m back.

So, the new book is called ‘The Lost Children’ and is a dark tale in many ways. I will be honest and say that I have no idea how this will be accepted overall but I do know that it will cause a knee-jerk response in many readers and that knee-jerk will undoubtedly be based on gut reaction and personal prejudices but not the story itself.

Although it is a crime thriller, the story at the heart of it is very real and based on true events, past and present. One advance reader has already written to me to let me know that it had them in tears and for that to happen in a crime thriller, well…I knew I’d told the story properly.

Anyhoo, don’t forget – it’s out on Thursday the 30th of August 2018

Escape

 

Book #2 News

Hmmmm….. Book 2 was due out at the end of July but that has now been pushed back until the end of August. No worries. These things happen. But I was hoping to keep some momentum going with this one and hoped that it would help boost Their Last Words which recently dropped out of the Top 100 Bestsellers on Kindle.

On the plus side, it would seem that of the reviews that have been left, the majority have been very encouraging and are looking forward to Book 2 so with a bit of luck and a following wind, they will be keeping an eye out for it. Hopefully, I won’t have lost too much traction….

There’s a lot to do though. Title and cover are the biggest things to sort out and honestly, I don’t have a clue what to call this!