Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Book Finds: October 2016

I have a veritable smorgasbord of books for you this month! It cannot possibly have escaped your attention, but at the start of September, I was at Bloody Scotland as one of twelve new writers that were featured. I thought that this month, I would showcase all of the other Spotlighters' books for you. I'll give you their blurb and then there will be links to as many of them as I can at the end.

So, in alphabetic order, my fellow Spotlighters and their books:

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Time to re-engage my brain

Time to start editing...
Well, it's finally back! I sent the manuscript for "Poisonous Minds" to my editor, back at the end of July. Initial dates for it coming back were September, but, for one reason and another, it got delayed and finally came back last Monday.

This book is one I've really struggled with. I started writing it back in 2013. Over the years, in between other projects, I did several major edits before it went out to beta-readers at the start of this year. Feedback from the beta-readers was both helpful and contradictory! The female beta-readers loved the male character in the book and hated the main female character; the male beta-readers were a bit 'meh' about the male character and adored the female character. Everyone loved the older female character (phew - something they all agreed on!) and there was mixed feedback over some aspects of the plot.

So... taking their comments into consideration, along with my gut feelings about it, "Poisonous Minds" got another major edit, back in June. It's now October and my head is so far from that manuscript, it feels half like someone else wrote it. My editor has come back with some spot-on analysis and some very helpful suggestions about it all. Now I need to re-read it, get my brain engaged and sort it out! Here's hoping that this round of edits isn't too traumatic. Keep you posted.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Meet the author: Mac Logan

Over the next few months, I'm going to do a series of interviews with authors that I know. I'm delighted that first up is Mac Logan. I met Mac at the first Crime Writers' Association lunch that I went to, earlier this year and he kindly agreed to be my first victim interview.
Picture of Mac Logan
Mac Logan

When did you first start writing?
As far back as I can remember. There are poems, songs and snippets going back to the early 1970's. I still have hand-written originals.

What made you start?
It's as natural as breathing to me. I simply do it. Blogging, ekphrasis (collaboration with other art forms), poetry, prose, novels, business books, it's all the same to me … I love the work.

What was the first full-length novel you ever wrote?
The Angels’ Share which metamorphosed into Angels Cut.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

What a difference a year makes

Just over a year ago, I left my job. I worked in a university department, teaching physiology to medical students. The job was well paid, had a good pension... it was also killing me. No, seriously. I had a stress-aggravated arrhythmia that resulted in my heart pounding in an uncontrolled fashion that didn't effectively pump blood around my body. Episodes of it could be as short as a few seconds or as long as over an hour. On two occasions, my heart just stopped beating completely for several seconds. Believe me, that is a terrifying experience.

One day in late October 2014, during a lecture, my heart rate and rhythm decided to strut their own stuff and I collapsed.