Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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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 families. The book uncovers some disturbing family situations and even more disturbing individual decisions and these are both honestly and sensitively handled, making them […]

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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, buy what we wanted, free to arrange our daily routine as we liked, with children or with children cared for by teachers and playschemes. […]

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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 with. Yes, how terrible to witness a murder, or struggle to discover the perpetrator. But what about the drama inside? Whereas ACTION and INCIDENT […]

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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 is a sure way of capturing the involvement of the reader in a tale, whether fiction or non-fiction. The best biographies manage to do […]

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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 lies narrative and your advice to the main character might be: “Be careful what you wish for!” At 28, Terry fantasises a life more […]

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Short story

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.

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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 A Relative Invasion trilogy managed his interview with some honesty and aplomb, helped along by chocolate biscuits and orange. This is what Billy had […]

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Rosalind Minett