Work in Progress

Two contemporary novels featuring muted family tensions over a recent drama.

The first, working title: SPEECHLESS

Speechless by Rosalind Minett

When the young daughter of a comfortably placed family stops speaking, everything is up for examination within the family. Nothing is taken for granted any more. What does it take for such a fortunate family to be torn apart — and can the relationships recover?

The first draft of this novel was ranking no.13 (out of c. 5,000) when Harper Collins discontinued their writers’ site, Authonomy.

The second: COMPLETED… almost!

Working title: UNCOMMON RELATIONS

Male twins unexpectedly meet each other in their twenties having been separated and adopted in infancy. Thrilled, Terry rushes to tell his shadowy wife, Gudrun, but her schedule and, later, unspoken difficulties prevent him. Gradually, both realise there are awkward secrets between them.

Terry wants to search out the birth family; his upwardly mobile twin, Gerry, prefers to leave further stones unturned. Terry persists.

The Pandora’s Box, once opened, plunges him into increasingly bizarre situations. Is prosaic Terry actually more quirky than imagined, or a mere parody of his successful twin? Can he work through the chaos he’s now engendered and emerge with some kind of honour? And what has Gudrun been up to?