The ideas for my books are all based on some truth, with a large helping of fiction to make the stories zing. The Crossing is based in two time periods; present and World War Two. Crossing between the time zones makes for an exciting, action-filled adventure with a good sprinkling of romance throughout the chapters.
My latest novel, The Assassins’ Village (November 2010 winner of a professional review on Authonomy, which is run by Harper Collins), is a murder-mystery thriller, written in an Agatha Christie style. This is set in Cyprus, in a small village of gossiping, nosey villagers – again some truth plays a large part in the story.
So far, both books and the next planned book, I have all written in the third person POV. Although for my next book Children of a Plantation, I may write in the first person for the main character only. I think this might make for a different kind of read. We’ll see!
My writing day was at one time quite disciplined. I would spend the morning writing and plan on a minimum of 1,000 words, 2,000 - 3000 words would be a glorious day! The last few months have gone haywire. We had a month-long vacation and I am finding it difficult to get back into the routine – maybe next week after I’ve caught up.
My future writing plans are already in hand. As I’ve said 6,000 or so words are already written down in my writing pad. When not writing, I tend to spend quite a lot of time going over the plot, characters, and storyline in my head. I find this helps enormously and it is surprising how much you can sort out by the time you come to get writing again. I’ve spent the last year learning to ‘point’ old stone-walls, and it is amazing how therapeutic physical work is in helping you to get your mind and thoughts in gear.
I love writing; I love the whole process from beginning to end. The only part - the hardest part - is once the book is in the public domain – then the marketing and hopefully sales take over! But no matter, to see my book cover on Amazon or on a bookshelf in a high street book shop, then I realise it is a small price to have to pay! Thanks once again, Tim for inviting me here. Happy reading everybody, and I sincerely hope you enjoy my books if you buy a copy. You can contact me at my Website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.