A Little Absence and a Very Special List

before-its-too-lateI’ve been absent from the blog awhile as I edit Before It’s Too Late in readiness for its publication in June. I’ve said before how I find editing a very intense time: poring over the book, making sure it all hangs together, that the characters are believable, the plot works; reading and re-reading individual sentences, polishing the text to make sure it is the very best that I can do.

I’m grateful to my writerly friends who have been supplying some interesting posts in my absence. Gerard Bianco gave us a lovely interview last week on short story writing and will be visiting again soon to share some of the settings for his work. There’s also some very exciting new releases coming up that I look forward to sharing with you from Mel Sherratt, SJI Holliday, Angela Marsons and R F Hunt.

Janes cake

However, today I’ve crawled out of the editing den to share some lovely news. The Truth Will Out has been included in the W H Smith list, ‘Most Underrated Crime Books as Voted by You’. I’m both stunned and humbled that the novel has been included in this list amongst some very esteemed company and would like to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who nominated it. Writing books has always felt like quite a precarious pastime to me. Each time I finish one I worry and whittle that it won’t be good enough. I never really know whether I’ll have the energy to start another… until I do. News like this makes it all feel so very special and worthwhile. Heartfelt thanks.

I’m heading back to the editing den now, but hope to be able to share more details on Before It’s Too Late with you soon.

Have a great week, all.

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