Thursday, 21 May 2015

Writing - On tenterhooks

I am becoming quite excited as I've received an email yesterday from my online publisher saying that the proof copies of Grace and Favour will be with me in a couple of days.

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Always wanted to know what they looked like? There you go! We can all probably describe how we feel when 'on tenterhooks'. It's that butterflies in the tummy, expectation, adrenaline fuelled feeling of a pleasurable occurrence. It is even more exciting when the expectation is fulfilled a day early.

Here is the proof copy. Getting the story from your mind, on to the page and then out for consumption is rather like giving birth - not that I eat many babies! Well I can't eat a whole one.

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As the process is so significant then it is little wonder that the nay sayers who carp and criticise get short shrift. Imagine complaining to Michaelangelo that the Sistine chapel roof is a little dull! It isn't - trust me! Or perhaps to have Dickens spinning in his grave because you think Great Expectations is dour and drab. Writers put a part of themselves in between the covers of the books they produce and as such should be treated with a degree of respect. Obviously, these copies are intended for criticism and improvement, and I'm fortunate that I have two friends whom I trust to proof read them. The day they become available is going to be very close to June 1st. I think.
To whet your appetite here is all of my portfolio.

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.


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