Hello all, I'm new to SheWrites and this group. Meg told me to introduce myself via this discussion, so here goes -
I'm WIPing on my debut novel (Blue Daisies) which is the first in a series of psychological thrillers based on a young forensic psychologist named Blue Finchett. Blue Daisies introduces Blue (the character) in her student days, but she takes a minor role in the story. Set in Liverpool, UK, the later novels will find Blue working for the London Met Police and trying to help police profile some crimes around the Cambridgeshire Fenland area. My topics move around from stalking, honour / revenge killings and later a copycat killer with a domestic theme.
The last of the series I have planned will place Blue in Sydney, Australia, as that's where I've emigrated to.
I'm working on the self-editing of the first taster novel, then am moving onto beta / CP thoughts, but will try to find the funds for a professional editor. I'm also umming and ahhing over what route to publication I will take. Because I'm living in Aus, yet the series is pretty much UK based, I'm thinking the indie / ebook route may be better suited this time around.
Thanks for the encouraging words Jackie.
I was thoroughly a plotter way back with my first File 13 novels (still in the drawer), but find over time I'm easing up, becoming more fluid and pansterish as I go. The series happened by accident - I started on the main novel - that one you just have to write, you know? Then I decided I needed to write a prequel, to offer as a taster of my of my work - it was written during a NaNo camp, now there's another novella in my mind, and others. The main novel grew so large in theme that I've only recently decided to split it into two books.
I am still contemplating the query trad route because there are publishers here who tie in with the big UK ones. I've just this week realised that I was in too much of a rush to finally publish something I've been working on (in my mind) for so many years, and that the point is to create the best I can. So I'm re-assessing plans.
Hello, and welcome to all new members!
Congrats on your book. :)
Hi Meg. Lovely to be part of this group! I am just finishing the final edits on 'Jigsaw Pieces' a rewrite of my now out of print YA novel 'Jigsaw'. I have my publishing rights back, so am going to upload as an ebook. IT has been rewritten for the adult market, and a good friend who is a graphic designed has done an AMAZING cover, which I may post on my page.
Having had 11 novels published by the 'normal' route, it is a BIG change to be going solo - and having to do all the publicity germane to getting the book out there and known. If anyone has a blog, and cares to host me, I'd be happy to tell the story of the book - and of its new incarnation. The original was long listed for the Carnegie. Not sure about this version!! Good luck to all of us, and thanks for reading this!! carol (The Brit)
I'm was excited to find SheWrites. This is the first group I've joined and my first post.
By way of introduction, my first novel is complete, and I am mid-way through the second in a four book Urban Fantasy series focused on a group of twelve people whose destinies are linked together. Led by one woman, with the help of a group of angels living among us and their Nephilim warriors, the Twelve are the key to the ultimate battle between good over evil, as they set out to find and defeat the Fallen cast out Heaven. The books are heavily character driven, and each book has a strong romantic thread.
I think of myself as an accidental writer. If anyone would have told me a couple years ago that I would write a novel, I would have told them they were nuts and reminded them that writing was not my strong suit. Honestly, if I wasn't so in love with my characters and the story, I don't know if I could put in the 20-30 hours a week on top of my full-time job.
Urban Fantasy (adult & young adult) and Paranormal Romance are the two genres that I've enjoyed reading the most over the last few years. My primary goal when I set out was to write a series of books that I wanted to read.
I'm just trying to learn everything I can about the process, since my goal is have this work see the light of day either through the traditional route or through indie publishing.
Thanks for the opportunity to share!
The Fantasy series sound really interesting, all the various components of sub plots and characters and how they weave together into a final main plot. The romantic thread sounds like an added plus that will help draw readers in and keep them connected. I can't wait to read them when they are published they sound like a really good read! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your kind words, Carrie. Will keep you in the loop as I get closer :-)
Thanks, Jackie. My twin 15 year old nieces were two of my test readers and they loved it. Of course, I didn't add the 'romantic' parts to their copy, and I've already told them they need to wait until they are 18 to read book 2!
Jackie, I wish you all the success in your writing endeavors!
I just started to work on my first novel, which will be a memoir to my 2 months working and living in Belgium. Two months that feels like a lifetime. A wide spectre of emotions from embaressment, disapontments, sexual harassment and total breaking down to finding a strenght to fight back. Without everything that happened I wouldn't be the person I am today. I've been keeping this experience for a while now. And since this idea keeps coming back to me I think I ought to tell the story.
Zane, at the very least it will be therapeutic! And the more you share your story, the less negative emotional impact it will have on your life. I think this is an important story to tell and I'd definitely read it. How much have you written?
In the next couple days/week I hope to be wrapping up part two in my YA series, Annabelle's Story. I was hoping there was another writer out there who could "beta read" for me. I'd be more than happy to provide feedback on your novel in response. Let me know if you're interested and I can provide more details! Thanks so much!