Protected: Uncommon Relations – Part 4

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WHY WRITE A PREQUEL?

Isn’t the main work enough without writing a prequel? For most novels, yes, the story satisfies its purpose so why write a prequel? Why? Because for other novels, a seemingly minor …

Natural and Supernatural in fiction – a buzz at 0.99

The compelling aspect when reading supernatural plots is that odd things happen within a context of ordinary, natural life. If the whole world is ghostly, there is nothing scary or unsettling …

INTRIGUING AND COMPELLING

A psychological mystery, a domestic drama and… FREE ON KINDLE TODAY Reviews “…The portrayal of the characters and their development is outstanding, and I was completely invested in Terry and his …

It’s quite like wartime…

It seems odd, now, that I wrote my trilogy, A Relative Invasion, during years when we were so free: free to go where we wanted, free to say what we wanted, …

I read Rosalind Minett’s INTRUSION … and it was beautiful.

Recent review on this reader website My little review (also on Amazon and Goodreads) ***** I enjoyed that the word ‘umpteen’ appeared in the first chapter, reminding me of how older …

Drama within or drama without?

This decade readers demand instant drama from novels. A murder, a chase, a shocking incident on the first page. These are options external to the characters who the reader must identify …

INSIDE THE HEAD OF A CHARACTER

Pierre Acobas is an English teacher and photographer. I found this image on Unsplash. I found it arresting although he seems more interested in necks than foreheads. Getting inside peoples’ heads …

Including a Child’s Voice

When you include a child in your novel … When you include a child in your novel write his or her voice as carefully as you do your adults’ dialogue. I’ve …

FORTHCOMING NOVEL

Here is the UNCOMMON RELATIONS – updated news My forthcoming novel now comes in two parts. Here are its two covers. What is the novel about? It’s a hefty secrets and …

Homed – a Crime Short

The Tall One said, ‘Here’s his bag. Any problems, Enid, ring me.’ He looked down. ‘Bye, Wilf, you’ll be fine. High five?’ He held up a hand with his fingers spread. I didn’t bite them, though they’re a good size. The front door closed behind him, leaving me in this new sleeping place. 
It smells of soap, long-ago cats, piss of Young not so long past, and sugar. My shoes are off, bag taken away. 
The female says, ‘Come and make yourself comfortable, dear. It’s nearly dinner-time. Hungry?’
I nod. I want to eat.

Conversations with novel characters

Characters conversing? Isn’t this a great idea, interviews with characters from historical novels? Author Helen Hollick created such an interesting blog a while ago. My character, young Billy, hero of my …

Writing short story collections

DECEMBER 2018 Curious Men Now the men are done and dusted. Their public emergence, 7th December, has gone well.  If you’re wondering whether Harriet did intrude on the men’s book; ssshhh. …

Rosalind Minett