21 August 2016. The second draft of my latest novel is complete. I am now busy fine tuning, and editing the prose. I've chosen a title and am thinking of using one of my pseudonyms. Only when I am completely happy with the result will I offer the book to a suitable agent and or publisher. Stay tuned for further updates on the book's progress.
10 March 2016. Since my last entry in this news blog, I've stepped up my concentration on my latest novel, and glad to say, all the chapters and scenes have been worded. I say worded because, this is just the first draft, and it might change. It will certainly be expanded, and fine tuned. But at least I can see the way forward. The first two thirds I'm fairly happy with. The last third does need more work and thought, and the title is still to be decided. Hopefully, by the time of my next blog entry, I should be close to completing it. Now there's a target, I don't normally set. Until then, happy writing and reading to one and all.
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31 January 2016. How time flies. Where did the last six months go? My latest offering, a crime thriller is developing fast, and should be published at some stage this year. The sooner the better for me, as I intend to return to writing short stories and poetry for a while. But stay tuned for a novel that will set your heart racing, with an ending that even surprises and unnerves me. Bye for now. Must get this novel finished.
23 June 2015. I don't set targets, especially during the early stages of writing a novel. It's a long journey. Even though I have an outline of the story, I prefer to relax and allow the story to develop naturally. However, I am happy with the way my latest offering, a mystery crime thriller is progressing. I have completed a draft of the first eight chapters (32,000 words). Already, I have uncovered some new exciting twists to include. Some new suspects to consider. The story-line continues to improve as I write. And yet, experience tells me, there will be some restructuring to undertake before I am completely happy with the finished product. But, for me, that all adds to the fun of writing.
05 April 2015. Deeply involved writing my crime thriller. A rough outline of the story is as follows:
A detective is confronted with a murder case, which he solves with relative ease. But there has been another murder. A brutal and sadistic murder, the likes of which Britain has not seen since the times of 'Jack The Ripper,' and it has sent shock-waves of terror reverberating throughout the country. The killer has covered his tracks completely, and even plays a game of cat and mouse with the detective, and goads and taunts the man Britain's CID has trusted to bring him to justice. The detective is struggling, and it is not just because of a lack of evidence. This crime has come at the worst time of the detective's illustrious career. For throughout the detective's investigations, he has one weakness hampering and distracting him, and only he and the brutal killer knows what it is. What the killer does at the end of the story is shockingly unthinkable, and it's a curse, which will torture and plague the detective for the rest of his miserable life.
07 March 2015. My crime story is developing well. The first five chapters are complete. Or at least, a 1st draft of the first five chapters is. I have also completed a rough outline of the rest of the plot. And yet, there is still room for additions, and twists. So, it's just a matter of filling in the gaps, and continuing to keep on writing, writing, and writing. I am encouraged to keep plodding away, by the current popularity of the crime genre, and the way the story is developing. This being my first crime novel, was as I've mentioned previously, daunting at first. But gradually, as my confidence has grown, I have become excited at the prospect of publishing a crime novel, which I believe, will have you shaking and hanging onto your seat, and stunned, be the dramatic and hopefully, unforeseen ending.
02 February 2015. Well, that's the festive season out of the way. If I didn't already, I wish everyone a happy new year.
Writing has been put on hold for a while, due to moving and renovating. Now, with more free time available, I'm back at my computer to continue writing my crime story.
I have also been remiss as regards to my social media sites. So, with more spare time now, I will remedy this very soon.
12 Nov 2014. Happy with the beginning draft of my crime story. Getting quite excited at the prospects of reading the finished draft, and its sensational ending. But, I must get back to the keyboard, and write some more.
30 Oct 2014. I am well on with writing my crime story. It's a daunting task, and quite a challenge for me, especially when I'm writing murder scenes, which incorporate such horrendous and sordid details. I probably won't write another crime story, but, hopefully, when finished, it will be a good read for lovers of crime stories.
15 Sep 2014. 99 Cents Book Sale. For this week only, all my books will be 99 cents each. Take a look at View My Books at Smashwords
14 Sep 2014. I'm busy writing my next novel, "The Devil Strikes at Night." Yes, you guessed it. It's a murder story, which is a challenge for me. But, no worries, the story is moving along quite nicely.
09 Aug 2014. Published "The Urban Soldier" as an e-book at "The Urban Soldier at Smashwords
27 July 2014. Very busy writing the basics for 2 new novels, and editing "The Urban Soldier", which I have decided to publish as an e-book.
04 July 2014. "Atmospheric" my award winning poetry, available from Smashwords.
20 June 2014. "Penelopes Wedding" available from Smashwords
"Penelopes Wedding" is a novella of approximately 13,000 words. It is a lighthearted story about a father who suspects the man his daughter is about to marry is not as nice as he seems, and the pranks her father gets up to to prevent it, knows no bounds.
I may write a couple more novellas and then publish them. But first, I have other novels which I need to think about writing.
24 April 2014. "Lost in Transit" published at "Smashwords."
07 March 2014. Just returned from a lengthy visit to Australia, where I spent time with family and friends, and took a holiday in the South Pacific. Writing has been on hold for a while. So, it's back to my writing desk to explore all the ideas that I have thought of during this time.
27 December 2013. "Fast Track Your Novel". released at "Smashwords." Save years learning the tricks of the trade! "Fast Track Your Novel" is a book for novel writers of all abilities. Check it out at Smashwords
24 August 2013. View my latest Smashwords Interview by clicking the following link: Smashwords
22 August 2013. The Prime Ministers Rival, a suspense thriller, Twilight, short stories, and Atmospheric, a book of my award winning poetry have been published at Smashwords. View samples of these books by clicking the following link: Smashwords
I have several books currently in the planning stage. For additional details please visit my Novels Page.
All my future book releases will be available in E-Book Format and the Interactive Mobile Fiction process.
I will be participating in poetry and short story competitions in numerous countries where possible.
I am assessing the viability of publishing my own works.
In addition to writing, I provide a selection of services, including: Ghostwriting, Editing, Proofreading, Story plotting and General writing, and general assistance and advice.