What do you love to read? Become familiar with the genre you’re writing and absorb as much as you can. Chances are you’re already then familiar with the market. If you’re writing a genre you wouldn’t normally read, hold fire and read as much as you can before you start, or you may come unstuck.
You know you’ve a formidable marinade in there somewhere, but what on earth’s your genre?
As a writer, to daydream is crucial. Take a notebook and paper wherever you go and always keep it close to hand. Notebooks will become your best friends, especially if you have that lightning bolt idea, or you had no friends to begin with.
The book you’ll see blurbs for scattered around here and on my Facebook called Romanse Macabre is sort of in limbo-land right now while I get it fixed up.
So… Jack Knife and The Book of Mass Destruction
My new book, another in the Sisters Noire series, is currently entitled “Jack Knife and The Book of Mass Destruction”. It centres around a fraudster called Selena, who is rescued from a life of drugs and crime by the enigmatic anarchist Onkel in Neo-Victorian London’s underbelly. As payment she is given a list of politicians from whom she must covertly collect intel, but every time she gets close one is murdered and she is implicated. Instead of running, Selena decides to take the killer – a deranged figure dressed as a Plague Doktor, head on. In a race against time, Selena joins forces with mysterious amnesiac Jack Knife. They set about discovering Jack’s past and solving the murders, which seem to revolve around a book that could spell the fall of mankind.
WARNING, VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT DESCRIPTIONS/SITUATIONS!
In which I jabber on about a story I haven’t written yet and do a shoddy read-through of the opening. All without smiling. Contains swearing and sex and stuff.
I could obviously do with working on my diction and presentation, but here’s my first stab at reading something, which should give you an a little idea of the kinda stuff I write (admittedly this is one of the bleaker sections!). This is a first step so please be kind! Constructive criticism very welcome.
I’m going to be bothering people soon to exchange links with me. Basically links to relevant content are good, so I think it’d be a worthwhile exercise for everyone. Drop me a message here if you’re interested and any of your content/ideas/book releases/whatever is always welcome here on my blog and over on my Facebook (obviously within reason). Cheers!