Tuesday, October 26, 2021
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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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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