Cover Reveal – Before It’s Too Late

I love a good cover reveal and today I’m very excited to be able to share the brand spanking new cover for my next title, Before It’s Too Late, which will be published by Legend Press on the 1st of July 2015!

This novel marks a new direction for me and introduces Detective Inspector Will Jackman. I hope you enjoy spending time with Jackman as much as I did. Here is that all important taster blurb:

 

‘I concentrated hard, desperately listening for something familiar, the sound of life. I heard nothing. Just my own breaths and the wind, whistling through branches above… The thought made me shiver. I am buried alive.’
Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone.
Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor. Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected.
But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out. Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it’s too late?

 

London & The Magic of Camden Market

One of the reasons I absolutely love visiting London is because it is a place full of nooks and crannies filled with little gems. Even if we haven’t experienced them in person we’ve all seen photos of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, a red London bus, a black cab. But there is so much more to the big city.

Sometimes it’s just nice to wander aimlessly around an area and see what little gems you find along the way. The picture above isn’t a church as it originally appears, but a block of apartments. And the one below is the entrance to a group of residential houses just up the road from Highgate Cemetery. All in the heart of the city.

These are just some of the wonders I experienced en route to Camden Market the other Sunday. Now I’ve been to markets both here and abroad. I love the fresh produce in the farmer’s market in our local town, and the colourful variety of goods available in the French markets. But my first visit to Camden Market gave me a truly unique experience. Continue reading

Just Another Phase…

We’ve been busy decorating daughter’s bedroom recently. It seems to me that the life of a child is played out in phases, in her case characterized by the décor of her room. When she was young it was a Winnie the Pooh room. When old enough to express a preference we moved into a pink Disney Princess theme. Several years on, she was fascinated by the ocean, so we switched to blue and accessorised with all things under the sea. Now that she is a teenager we have moved on again and I’m sure that her purple walls will soon be covered with posters from her beloved Kerrang magazine.

As I stroked the brush across the walls, it struck me that navigating the creative world of writing feels quite similar in many ways. When I discovered fiction writing, all those years ago, I started with a few short stories. Then I dipped my toe in the water and decided to write a novel which eventually became An Unfamiliar Murder. I had a bit of a paddle with The Truth Will Out, still unsure of whether it would actually work. With my latest, I plunged myself right in at the deep end and immersed myself in it. However, since starting my fourth, I feel I’ve lost my way a little.

I think this is largely due to the ‘lifestyle phase’. Work and family commitments have been such recently that I haven’t had much time to think about my writing. For me, so much of the story, the character development and the plotlines, are churned over time and time again in my head before anything ever reaches the page. I have copious notebooks with bits scribbled in that I may or may not use at some stage. But unless I have time to develop those ideas, they will never reach the page.

I should be frustrated, yet I don’t really feel that way. I’ve had a great summer in the sunshine, spent time with my daughter, enjoyed a family holiday, done jobs around the house and caught up with work. So I guess I’m also in a different phase of my writing life, when perhaps I just need to sit back and let life wash over me for a while. I’m sure sooner or later there’ll be a gap that a character or a storyline can pop into for consideration. I certainly hope so.

Do you experience different phases in your writing life? How do you manage the demands of a busy lifestyle with your work? I’d love to hear your views.

Release Day Interview with P P Wong, Author of The Life Of A Banana

Today I’m joining in the celebrations as fellow Legend Press author, PP Wong, releases her debut novel entitled The Life Of A Banana. And she is joining us on the blog to tell us a little more about it!

Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?

A British Chinese orphan faces racial bullying while dealing with her dysfunctional family as she questions what it means to be an ethnic minority in London. Continue reading