Late last month I set myself the task of writing the first draft of my fourth book to feature Paterson & Clocks in a month. Yep. 31 days. And, I did it. Let me tell you a bit about it.

Normally when I write a book it takes roughly three months for the first draft to be done.  Once I’ve completed it, I will usually take a break for a week and then pick it up again. From there, I will tweak it about, re-structure it, alter, add or delete words, sentences and even paragraphs (I have been known to throw out a whole chapter) in the pursuit of a better, stronger, story. This second phase can take up to three months and so, from start to finish, a book normally takes me six months. By then, I’m sick of the sight of it. Literally.

Somehow, and I have no idea how, I got it into my head that I was being lazy. If I wrote 1500 words a day, I considered that a bloody good day’s work. Really? I’m retired and I retired early so I could write. I can do better than that.

I needed to rethink my working day and so I set myself the task of writing 3000 words a day for 31 days. I didn’t always succeed and I did sneak a few ‘rest’ days in there (I buggered off to Croatia for a week), but I did end up with a 75,000-word story. It’s bare bones though and having read through some it, I’ve cringed more than once. But, it is a draft and I have to keep reminding myself that a draft is a long way from the finished product. What I have now will morph into something that is, at its heart, the same story, but will feel a whole lot different when I’m done.

And, in keeping with my new ‘can-do’ attitude, I’m going to get it edited and ready for submission in two months. Yep. By Christmas this year, book 4 will be submitted for editing and will hopefully be out in January 2019.

We shall see (I’m also editing book #3 don’t forget)

 

 

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.

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

 

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!