It’s day five of 2015 – the date, in my mind at least, when the New Year really starts.
…It’s the day many of us return to work.
…The day we all get back into a routine.
…The day my bin (at last!) gets emptied.
It’s also the day I start my new crime novel, and I’m feeling pretty excited about it.
For many different reasons, it’s been months since I did any serious writing and I’ve been starting to get withdrawal symptoms. Not a great thing for any writer. However, that’s all behind me now, and I’m raring to go again.
I know my main character, Detective Inspector Alan Drummond, pretty well since he has been rattling around in my head for the past two years. I also know his background, growing up as he did in the tough back streets of Glasgow. Drummond never intentionally seeks out trouble, but he doesn’t hide from it either. Nor was he afraid in those early days of using his fists when a friend needed someone to fight in his corner.
He was still a bit of a maverick when he joined the Force, and his inability to follow orders caused constant friction with his superiors.
On one final warning to tow the line, Drummond is transferred from Glasgow to Inverness, where he initially feels like a fish out of water – but then he meets Laura, a beautiful red-head, from a wealthy Highland farming family, who totally captivates him.
Despite the objections of Laura’s parents, she moves in with Drummond. To the outside world they appear blissfully happy together – and then one day Laura disappears. It’s the beginning of a nightmare for Drummond …
There’s a bit more to it than that, of course, and bodies turn up in some unexpected places, but at this stage I’m not giving away too much other than saying I can’t wait to get started on it.
Over the coming months I’ll be blogging about my progress. So if you’re interested in my process of plotting and writing a crime novel, then watch this space!