Friday, 24 April 2015

Writing - Nearing the end of a story

I am nearing the completion of my 8th Steele novel and that is quite exciting and a little nerve wracking.

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Grace and Favour

The title from the beginning has been Grace and Favour and this close to the end I have no intention of changing it. Titles are important simply because they distinguish one book from another, anything else is as imaginative as the author requires, or as relevant to the contents as needs be. Let me explain.

Grace and Favour homes in the UK are usually owned by the Royal family or the State and given rent free to officials of the government or ministries, for example 10 Downing Street. Of course the properties owned by the monarch may also be given to members of the Royal family. Now that is fine but the name may have come from the writings of Machiavelli who referred to advisors who were ministers per grazia e concessione, which has been translated as through grace and favour, rather than any skills or abilities they may have held. For me this smacks of capitalistic favouritism that has no longer any place in the modern world. To a minor degree this story links to times gone by when such favouritism was de riguer. So as the author the title is relevant to the story.

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Then there is choosing a book cover one example which can be seen above. In the case of my last two covers Castled  and Earth plc I created the covers from photographs I took. This is a strategy that I've adopted because it is easier to create a cover that fits the criteria insisted upon by online publishers who seem particularly insistent in not standardising their requirements. It also makes for a cleaner image when the reprinting for paperbacks is carried out. I shall be going out and about snapping away with my camera over the next few days.

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Then there is editing and the least said about that the better. Suffice it to say that I have established a process which works quite well for me.

Finally, there is getting the book out there which is an aspect that I have struggled with but keep trying. To that end see below.

My 10 books as of December 2014

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.

God Bless