I have some exciting writing news that, to be perfectly honest, I'm chuffed to bits with. As of last week, when I signed the contract, I became a writer for The Book Folks.
Although the bulk of my published work is horror, I got some great feedback on my novellas Drive and Polly, both of which were dark thrillers. To that end, as long-time readers of the blog will know, I've spent the last few years working on mainstream thriller novels and going through every writers nightmare of submission and rejection (and rejection, trust me, absolutely does not get any easier whether it's the first, the tenth or the fiftieth).
But now my books have a home and I couldn't be happier.
JENNY WAS A FRIEND OF MINE will be published in early 2022. Here's the tag-line I put together as part of the submission package.
Forced to confront a dark secret she’s spent fifteen years trying to bury, Beth discovers that sometimes, the past is murder.
Set in Seagrave, a British seaside town that feels very much like Great Yarmouth and is, indeed, just down the coast from Lowestoft, the novel is told in two timelines and was great fun to write. I started it just before the pandemic and it (the story and the town) became a lovely place for me to visit, to get away from reality for a while and ended up at 208k words in first draft (the fourth draft, which Erik at The Book Folks accepted, was 95k words). Plotted out with my good friend David during a walk one Friday evening, it took a few twists and turns in its progress from idea to finished tale and features tension and suspense, some scary parts, some funny bits and a few sad moments too. I'm really proud of it and very pleased it will start my career with The Book Folks.
JENNY will be followed by:
and a fourth novel, which isn't even planned yet.
A huge thanks to everyone who has helped me get to this point, who's either supported me, listened to me (like poor Dude, who endured countless lockdown walks over the fields, listening patiently as I worked through ideas for JENNY and gave me a few of his own), offered advice or read my stuff and liked it enough to tell me. And, of course, David for those brainstorming sessions and the Friday Night Walks with Pippa.
Once I have more details on the books and their publication dates, I'll let you know all about them.