Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The First Louise Miller book: Dirty Little Secret

When a horror story about a phone box library whose books sucked the souls of the reader into their pages wasn't working, I looked at how to rewrite it. I had a character I loved, (Louise Miller - then she was a book blogger); a perfect location (the phone box atop a beauty spot) and a bizarre medical affliction (sleep paralysis).

But the story wasn't working at all, certainly not helped by the fact I had gotten the idea and just dived right in, feet first, no care for possible riptide, or rocks below the surface. And I'd gotten into trouble around the 60K word mark. I had no idea where to take the story next.

So I looked at what I had, and what could possibly be inside the phone box and a body was the most intriguing thing I could think of. This led to Louise becoming a police detective returning to her hometown of Ossett, West Yorkshire (my hometown). I wrote an outline, charting the story with numerous bullet-points and before I knew it, I had a complete story ready to go.

Louise Miller returns to Ossett, a newly trained detective constable who has to fight the sexism and misogyny of small town policing as she investigates the body of a young girl found crammed inside a public phone box.

But as she investigates, uncovering a wealth of small town secrets, she learns that some secrets should stay hidden. Including hers...

Dirty Little Secret is out now.

Buy from Waterstone | Buy from Amazon | Buy from Hobeck (signed)

Other links:

Interview with Hobeck Books

Interview with Sam Brownley of UK Crime Book Club

Interview with Donna Morfett of Donna's Interviews, Reviews and Giveaways


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Yesterday's Author Takeover


I had a great time taking over Donna's Facebook group for the day yesterday. I posted a little background into my writing history, extracts from the first three Louise Miller novels, posted a short horror story, as well as my current TBR pile and a playlist of music that Louise Miller listens to.

I finished off with an AMA and there were some great questions; a couple really threw me a curve ball as well. You can still check it out by visiting the page here

Thanks again to Donna for inviting me and letting me loose in her group. I'm looking forward to our live interview on PUBLICATION DAY!!! May 31st, when Dirty Little Secret is released into the wild.

After that will be an author chat with Lynda Checkley in her book review group on June 7th.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Author Takeover Day - Saturday 21st May

 This Saturday I'll be taking over the Facebook group of Donna's Interviews, Reviews and Giveaways.

I'll start with a few posts about how I moved from writing Grindhouse horror screenplays to becoming a published crime fiction author, followed by readings from all three of my books. To finish off there'll be an AMA, so get your questions in now.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Reading Morse

Before I talk briefly about what I'm currently reading (spoiler - it's Morse!) I thought it best to give you a small update on the writing. 

With the final dissertation completed and submitted, I can now relax and get on with writing the third Louise Miller book, CUT AND SHUT.

I'd gotten around 80 pages in and had to put it aside while I concentrated on getting the uni work finished while at the same time getting to grips with a new schedule due to working a full time job in order to help cover the rising costs of bills.

As well as bringing in a little extra scratch, I get time to sit down and read during my lunch break, and I've been reading the Colin Dexter Morse novels which my wife got me for Christmas. I'm now into the third of fourteen books and find them a little tough to read. Enjoyable, but tough. The language is very different to modern crime fiction (having being written in the 70's) - lots of big words and phrases I have to decipher with the aid of Google.

People smile ingenuously; thoughts are pallid multitudes that drift along senseless waters; faces are comprised of a lean acetic. The language is best described as "gentlemanly", written of a time before conversation had devolved into slang and colloquial phrase. I have to admit, it has been a struggle and several times I thought I'd be best served putting these aside and finishing the Lin Anderson Rhona MacLeod series, but I'm sticking with them, determined to get through all fourteen books.

The stories are interesting and after I've gotten through the initial "Oh, I can't read this..." block which is around page 50, I'm rip-roaring along, enjoying the twists and turns of the story and seeing if I can figure out the crime if not before Morse, then at least before his put upon sergeant Lewis figures it all out.

If you haven't tried them, I suggest giving them a go. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET - Pre-orders now live!


All the techno-gribblies have been accomplished and my publisher tells me that DIRTY LITTLE SECRET in both digital and paperback forms, is now available to pre-order.

For those wanting a SIGNED copy of the book, please order direct from Hobeck Books and follow the notes on their website on how to get a signed copy.

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET is available from the following:

You can also order it from your local bookstore by giving them the ISBN number: 978-1913793692

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