I thought that I should probably put a little bit about my actual writing up on my blog for my readers.
I am published in the Tales for Canterbury anthology, which is to raise money for the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of this wonder endeavour to raise money. The Anthology is made up of 34 short stories, from writers that are not only New Zealand based, but some of which are well known around the world. If you would like to buy a copy, then please visit Tales for Canterbury at Random Static to place your order. You will be getting an incredible collection of entertaining stories, as well as donating to an amazing cause.
In my other writing I am currently unpublished, however, I don’t plan on staying unpublished for much longer. *fingers crossed* I predominantly write thrillers, but I also write across a few different genres. At this stage in my writing life, I have written two glitz thrillers, an adventure thriller, a young adult urban-fantasy thriller – the first book of a trilogy, and a few other thrillers that are still a work in progress. I have also started writing a dramatic novel, but that is in some serious need of more research in order for me to finish it.
I am currently wrapping up the second novel of the urban fantasy trilogy – which I expect to finish soonish, if possible. There is only approximately 5000 words to go, however I appeared to be stumbling around with the ending a little. For more information on this Trilogy, please visit my website. The brief synopsis on these books is still a work in progress, but I hope you will get the general drift.
I am currently in the middle of the final edits of one of my novels, The Mediterranean Source, with the intention of submitting to publishers in October this year. This one one of those books that has been sitting on my ‘to-do’ list for a very long time, and I have been putting it off. But since I finished it years ago, I now feel that it is probably time that I actually put it out there and see what sort of rejection I get. I think that I am now ready to deal with it.
So far the editing is going really well. It’s a good tightening of the prose, and tidying up some of the characters. I would prefer not to have to ever edit this book again, since this is about the 5th time I have scraped through it. Needless to say, it was already clean. Now I’m just in the final polish.
The next novel that will be getting a very serious edit and possible re-write will be Never Enough. I gave this draft manuscript to my beta-readers years ago, and much of the feedback came back the same. More depth required. This is one of those manuscripts that will no doubt need to pulled apart piece by piece, studied, gap-filled, and adjusted for better reading. Ah, the process of writing. You have to love it, or you will cry. Once I have done this, I plan to release it to my wonderful critique partners for their input.
Also, if you would like to know what else I am working on that seems to be in my ‘on-holds’ basket, then you will find them here. All these books are standard thrillers, and I haven’t yet decided if they are going to cross over into the ‘romantic thriller’ genre yet. They possibly could? But you will just have to wait and see.
I have recently printed out all of my partial manuscripts that I would like to finish up one of these days. I intend to start reading through some of these soon (probably with the aid of my trusty kindle), and start putting plans in place to complete them.
After that? Well, who knows what the future has in store. No doubt there will be many more books to come.