Plotting the Novel from the End!

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I’m almost 30,000 words into Book Six in my Loveday Ross Cornish mysteries series. It’s been progressing slowly and steadily, which is great considering the different approach I’m trying with this novel. My cast of characters came first, as always, and I’ve fleshed the new ones out with a CV and backstory. I even write a little potted history and description of places my characters visit. This is also the first time I’ve plotted my ending first. I took advice …

Flying the Flag for Cornwall

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You know me, any excuse to wax lyrical about Cornwall. The fact that the county has just been voted the UK’s favourite holiday destination for the SEVENTH time by the British Travel Awards is a definite reason to once again celebrate this gorgeous corner of England. If you’ve never been there, or (like me) are a regular visitor and suffering withdrawal symptoms because you’re not actually there at the moment, then here are a few images to wet your appetite. …

Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition – The Shortlist

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Six of the Best! If you’re a fan of crime fiction, short stories and great, exciting new authors, then you are in for a treat here. I’m delighted to introduce you to the finalists in the Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition. Six brilliant tales, each of them different, each of them excellent. They have been chosen from more than a hundred entries and you can read them all on the link above. Voting closes on August 21, so there’s still …

Recent Great Read – And Justice There Is None by Deborah Crombie

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Recently read – And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie Genre: Crime – Police Procedural I’m a fan of Deborah Crombie and have read most of the books in her Gemma James / Duncan Kincaid crime series, but somehow I missed this one. It was a treat to find. Dawn Attwood, the pregnant, beautiful wife of wealthy London antiques dealer, Karl, is slain in the drive of their fashionable Notting Hill home. Suspicion falls on her husband, or could …

Fancy hanging around with a sexy, rugged detective?

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This post is a complete indulgence for me. I mean, how hard could it be for an author to write about a fictional character she loves – even if it isn’t one she created herself? This is how I feel about Pauline Rowson’s brilliant DI Andy Horton. Life has damaged him, and he’s been dealt more than a few rough and unfair blows, not least from the snooty ex-wife, Catherine. Andy is a tough cop with a deeply ingrained sense …

Poldark Review – Episode Four

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There was a bit of Poldark bashing on Facebook last week, mainly criticising the lack of romantic build up between Ross and Demelza before their wedding, but in the books there was no great romance at that stage in the story. Ross had his wicked way with his kitchen maid, and he married her because he felt it was the right thing to do. When asked if he loves her, he says ‘we get on’. The earlier series indulged in …

Back Where It All Began

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You might just have noticed that I am totally in love with Poldark. It was the original TV series with the wonderful Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees that inspired my passion for Cornwall. So when I began writing fiction about five  years ago, there was no question of where my novels would be set. It had to be beautiful Cornwall. The mine scenes in the new Poldark series are set around the Botallack area. If you go there on your …

Poldark Review – Episode Three

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Well it was all happening in Episode Three, wasn’t it? Firstly, Ross became local hero when he re-opened the family mine, Wheal Leisure, providing jobs for all. …And then Elizabeth and Francis’s baby son was born. …And then Ross and Demelza got up close and personal. …And now they are married! WOW! …And, as it all that wasn’t enough, we had the pleasure of seeing the first Captain Poldark, Robin Ellis, in the same scene as our Aidan (Turner). For my …

A Cornish Obsession – Chapter One

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If you read yesterday’s post then you will know that this is the second of a two-part post celebrating the fact that A Cornish Obsession is to be published by Ulverscroft in their Large Print Linford Mystery imprint. It’s my eighth book with this publisher. The previous post featured the Prologue. In today’s post you can read Chapter One. A Cornish Obsession  Picture the scene – It’s a wintery December night and Jago Tilley is trudging back to his cottage …

A Cornish Obsession – The Prologue

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This is part one of a two-day post. It’s quite long because I’m celebrating the fact that A Cornish Obsession is to be published by Ulverscroft in their Large Print Linford Mystery imprint. It’s my eighth book with this publisher. You can read the Prologue here, and Chapter One tomorrow… A Cornish Obsession Picture the scene – It’s a wintery December night and Jago Tilley is trudging back to his cottage in Marazion – unaware that he will be dead …