Monday, 26 May 2014
Blog Tour and writing processes
Many thanks to Adrian Magson for asking me to take part in this blog tour. It's something I've never been a part of before, and other than my gratitude to him for the invite, I'm also really pleased he explained to me exactly what I had to do.
Adrian is the author of 16 spy and crime thrillers, short fiction anthologies and writes book reviews for Shots magazine. In addition, he also writes a column for Writing Magazine which I had the pleasure of appearing in last April. Adrian Magson
What am I currently working on?
Remember, Remember is the second book in the Nina Foster series and is due to go to print on Tuesday 27th May 2014. It has been intense finishing the editing straight after completing Never Forget but worth the hard work. I am thinking of starting another police procedural series, but have to confess, I've done no more than think about it. I'm certainly not leaving Nina Foster behind. She's here to stay.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
As a serving police officer who investigates murders for a living, my books have an authenticity about them. Everything that happens in the books could happen in real life, and if I was working on an actual murder, the working practices and procedures I use in my job as a detective constable, are the same as the ones I write about in my books.
Why do I write what I do?
Murder investigations are fascinating and people are intrigued about the work of police officers. I wanted to write accurate crime fiction with believable police characters, and most importantly of all, I was desperate to show the team work involved. It's not about one lone detective doing everything, but a team of dozens and every murder investigation will involve in excess of two hundred police officers and police civilian employees to bring it to a successful conclusion.
How does your writing process work?
I have to make myself sit down and get on with it. Working full-time and often unpredictable hours means that I write when I find the time. It's never been a case of setting a target for a number of words or writing on particular days of the week or times of the day.
Once I have the first draft, I ask my husband to read it. He's good at spotting errors and will say if something doesn't read quite right. It's then a matter of taking a deep breath and sending it to my publishers to wait for the editing to begin...
Next week Caroline Mitchell is taking over. She is the author of the fantastic Paranormal Intruder, a true life story of paranormal activity in a family's home.
You can catch up with her on her blog here.