I used to say I didn’t have to do research for my novels. They were all based on personal experience- places I had been, people I knew, situations that I was familiar with or news from the papers or TV. However, this book is different. My characters are travelling to places I have never seen, along routes I have never travelled. How accurate do I have to be?
In order to make it as realistic as possible I have been using a route planner on the computer. It tells me the route, the mileage, how long the journey takes and the service stations along the way. That was my first piece of research.
Then I wanted to know how much a house would cost in Italy – so I Googled some. If I had been a genuine purchaser I would have had a terrific choice ( if money was no object!)
There are documents I need to know about and dates I need to check but, at last, the computer is more than a word processor and a very useful tool for research.
New Years Eve tonight and I refuse to make a resolution. Yesterday we had our belated family get together and it worked very well with our daughter in-law feeding ten of us in their newly furbished living room. I cannot get used to the way this generation have the TV on all the time, even if they are not watching it, but I suppose it is like the way we use the wireless.
Having just discovered that someone follows ninety blogs I am concerned that I haven’t yet reached many, but then I would have no time for writing books. The next novel is taking shape and I am actually doing a little research this time. I haven’t decided which form of self publishing I will use. I am quite happy with the other six books so I don’t feel inclined to change. I write the story and hand it over to the designer and printer to produce, with input from me on the cover pictures, which we find on line. I am up to 5000 words and suppose, if I was pushed, I’d say finishing this would be a resolution but it doesn’t have to happen in 2018.
Booking a summer holiday for the two of us, with the dog, in a Cotswold cottage, has given me something else to look forward to. It might be self-catering but we usually end up having plenty of meals out . If I disappear for a while it means I’m creating elsewhere. Happy New Year.
Looking back at my blogs I realised it was the creative ones that people liked. I’m afraid they will be thin on the ground for the next few months as I have started a new book.
It is only because I have not been shopping, exercising, recording, visiting or reading that I have found time to start writing again. Suddenly a new story springs to life. New characters emerge, new plot lines manifest themselves. It might turn out to be unsuitable for publication but I’m there, with the family from the ‘Lane’ books and writing the fourth book in the series. If my computer stops playing silly b…..s I’ll be done by this time next year. I write in a notebook first and then copy onto the screen. It gives me the first opportunity to edit.
So, just when I thought I would have to learn more about mobile phones and photographs I’m back scribbling – and loving it. Roll on 2018.
I know I shouldn’t be surprised but I am. I have just had an order from the wholesaler for a copy of Never Run Away, a book I wrote a few years back. Could this be the start of something new? I didn’t even offer them the last book as it seemed a waste of time, with it being on amazon and having little content that appealed locally. I was hoping to tap into the chicklit craze but that seems to have died down and I don’t write about vampires. My talks introduce readers to all my stories but there may be a long wait for the next one. I have a working title and about three pages written so far.
Would you believe it? Someone asked me if I was writing another book. I didn’t think I was until she put the idea in my head. Then the thoughts started buzzing. I have a character called Rose in the Lane trilogy who had retired to Wales. Something tells me she won’t stay there!
I am unsure whether to start posting my next story here on wordpress or on my website.
I believe there are other places I could send it but I would like to reward those followers I have already. I’ll just experiment and see if it will connect or if I have to type it out again.The Perfect House