listening to some fab blues music with my dearest one and just had a great idea for the next part of the Daffodils trilogy. These characters just won\’t leave me alone!
Month: March 2014
I\’ve finished the first draft of \’Peace Lily\’.
Today I wrote over 5000 words to meet a personal deadline. I\’m knackered!
I had a brief moment of celebration and now I\’m back on the wrack while I wait for my beta readers\’ verdicts.
Shan\’t have any nails by the end of the weekend….
Oh, but it did feel good to write those two magic words:
After a few glitches, largely due to my technology paranoia, I hope I have now got the new editions for both Daffodils and The Twisted Vine in their correct proportions in paperback on Createspace, Amazon\’s sister site for physical books. Hopefully, once the proofs are approved (ouch!) I can put them up on Kindle for purchase and do a giveaway on Goodreads, which other authors tell me, is where the action is these days.
Meanwhile I can get on with the exciting bit, finishing Peace Lily and then going straight on to Speedwell, which will complete the trilogy.
Writing a book is hard. It\’s long. It\’s a lot of work.
It is also the best fun I know.
Tonight, in a flash, I suddenly knew how to finish Peace Lily and why I\’d chosen that name.
Not long to go now……….
My first talk about writing
#Winchester Writer\'s Festival
I\’m going. Nails bitten, cashflow dented but I\’ve booked.
I\’m going to meet #Lindsay Ashford, whose latest book \’The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen\’ is a bestseller. And yes, I\’ve bought it and will make sure I\’ve finished reading it before I meet its author!
I\’m also meeting a Literary Agent, #Jenny Savill of Andrew Nurnberg Associates. I shall take the first chapter of \’Peace Lily\’ along to show them and in my bag will be stuffed paperback copies of Daffodils and The Twisted Vine.
This feels very daring for a self published author – to dare to enter the hallowed halls of Traditional Publishing.
But I\’m curious.
Why you must read Alex Martin’s The Twisted Vine at #www.IndieAuthorLand.com
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The Twisted Vine is an unusual book. The research is genuine, based on my own experiences of picking grapes in France in the 1980′s. I met some wonderful people on my travels, but none quite so alarming as the charming, flawed Armand, whom Roxanne meets by chance.
Travel. Romantic Suspense.
Roxanne Rudge thought life was going okay. She had a decent, if boring job, and a nice boyfriend. Except he turned out not to be nice at all. So, after this discovery, she escapes to France for a summer of grape-picking. Roxanne loves to clash colours with her clothes and her spiky red hair is unconventional. She’s a good singer and wants to learn to play the keyboard. Life hasn’t been kind, her mother died of cancer when she was thirteen and she had to look after her Dad, whose drinking made him lose his job and his friends. This trip to France is the first time she’s broken away to do her own thing. What she didn’t expect was to get embroiled in murder, betrayal and to fall in love.
Well, I did escape a disastrous marriage by going grape-picking but, luckily for me, I didn’t meet a creep like Armand. Can’t stay in tune when I sing, either. I think I love France a lot more than Roxanne does.
Have you written any other books?
Yep, Daffodils is completely different! It’s a tender love story set in World War One and shows how the war crept up on the working class life of a young couple, just starting out in life. They each serve at the Front in different ways. The impact of this global conflict on everybody in Europe was far reaching, especially for the role of women, and Daffodils aims to bring this out. Ultimately, though it’s a love story, and promises hope for the future, however uncertain. I’m working on a sequel at the moment, which I hope will be book two of a trilogy.
I’ve wanted to write since I could read, aged seven but life got in the way. Now I’m loving indulging this passion. Professionally, I’m a therapist in a private practice.