A New Detective

Rena George Crime Fiction, Writing 4 Comments

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 …

Chocoholics Gather Round!

Rena George Book Promotion, Cornwall, Seasonal, The Loveday Mysteries 4 Comments

It’s official. Chocolate is good for you!   And in the run up to Christmas when the supermarket shelves are glistening with festive tins, boxes, bars and bags of the lovely stuff, you might also want to know that eating chocolate could also stop you getting fat. I know! How good is that? According to scientists from a Columbian university medical centre, tests on laboratory mice revealed that one particular type of antioxidant in cocoa prevented them from gaining excess …

Christmas, Murder – and a Cornish Obsession!

Rena George Cornwall, Crime Fiction, The Loveday Mysteries 6 Comments

 *Available here for a limited time at the introductory download price of 77p.   This lovely house in Marazion is where we stay when we go to Cornwall. Right next to it is the little cottage where Loveday Ross, the main character in my Cornish mystery series, lives. You won’t be able to see it because it only exists in my books, but it’s there all right. There are rabbits on the lawn, and the cottage looks out over a …

Giving 10,000 Words The Chop – Ouch!!

Rena George Book Promotion, The Loveday Mysteries, Writing 2 Comments

Happy Halloween! Today I’m celebrating the loss of 10,000 words. They have been axed from a second version of my soon to be published new book, A Cornish Obsession. And it was a haunting experience! I say ‘celebrate’ because it was a huge task to undertake, and somewhat emotional getting rid of those words, phrases, sentences – and in some cases whole chapters – without losing the context of the plot. But they’ve gone now, and this version of the …

Promoting the Novel

Rena George Book Promotion, The Loveday Mysteries 4 Comments

Well, that’s the book finished, the editing has been done, and it’s now all in the hands of the lovely Wendy, my proofreader. It took her only minutes to discover a whole heap of formatting issues that I would never have spotted on my own. A mix of manual line breaks and paragraph marks A mix of three dots for ellipses and ellipses characters A mix of straight and curly quotes A mix of spaced hyphens and spaced en dashes …

And now for the editing bit …

Rena George Cornwall, The Loveday Mysteries, Writing 2 Comments

This week I’m giving a sneak preview of the gorgeous cover for my soon to be published new Kindle novel, A Cornish Obsession. I love it, and I hope that you will. The artist who designs all my covers is absolutely brilliant, but I think he has excelled himself this time. Thank you, Craig. My original plan was to keep my head down and get on with the final edits of this latest book in my Cornish Crime Series, but …

Keeping Track of Your Novel

Rena George Crime Fiction, Editing your work 2 Comments

I love my lists – shopping list, to do list, planting list for the garden. I even leave little messages to myself all over the house because if I didn’t do this then nothing would get done. I suppose you could say I am a compulsive organiser. I like to plan my novels too, so that I have at least a fair idea of where the plot is heading, and how it’s going to get there. That is until my …

Getting Into Character

Rena George Characters' Names, Crime Fiction 10 Comments

I’ve just murdered one of my characters. I hadn’t planned to, but when his body turned up at the ferry terminal in Truro, I just kind of went with it. I always feel a tad guilty when my characters take over like that, especially when they do things I hadn’t even thought of. After all, it’s my book, my characters. I’m in charge. But, am I? Is any author truly in control of their characters? Do we even want to …

A Christmas novel? …well, maybe next year.

Rena George Cornwall, Cosy Crime, Crime Fiction 2 Comments

It’s some time since I produced a writerly blog post, so just in case you thought I had laid my pen aside forever, and reached for my knitting instead, well…err…no. I’ve actually been quite industrious, which makes my current dilemma all the more frustrating. Way back at the beginning of the year I had everything planned out. I would write a sequel to Danger at Mellin Cove – my first Pocket Novel and now in large print in libraries – …

And Now For The Good News…

Rena George Crime Fiction, Pocket Novels, Short Story Markets, The People's Friend 2 Comments

I have news, and I can’t wait to share it. The Large Print publishers, Ulverscroft, have just accepted my crime novel, A Cornish Revenge, for publication in their Linford Mystery imprint. Several of my books have previously been taken up by this lovely publisher, but this is the first one that didn’t start life as a pocket novel. It’s also the first that is not a romance. My previous Large Print novel, Another Chance, which was only published on August …