It’s a week later than promised but there’s a good reason for that, but first, I’d like to thank everyone for their kind condolences via email and messages, they were very much appreciated.
Back to all things books, I’m delighted to say that the audio version of Terms of Affection is now available. Narrated by the very talented Perdita Lawton, and produced by Lee Beddow, it really is a delight to listen to. I kept forgetting to proof it against the manuscript! As always if you are happy to leave an honest review please shout for a free code.
Here’s a sample for you:
In other news, I have written the opening chapters of both the next Meredith & Hodge and Bearing Witness, I don’t have titles for either yet. They sit on my laptop as M&H12 & BW4. At the moment it’s the Bearing Witness ladies who are holding my attention, not least because one of the characters shares many of the same traits as my dad. This was not by accident. At dad’s wake a group of his friends said I should write a book about him, and I know I couldn’t do that for all sorts of reasons. Instead, I promised them there would be a character in the next book that they would recognise, if only in part. It won’t be the first time I’ve ‘borrowed’ from dad. I have often used his expressions or mannerisms in the stories. The one that amused him most, was in One Secret Too Many.
Those of you who have read it, will remember Meredith was suspected of murder, and had to confront the Russian in London. Peggy became his getaway driver and undercover accomplice. She lost concentration while speaking (probably arguing) with Meredith in the back, and veered towards the wrong side of the road. An oncoming driver blasted her with his horn, and Peggy’s retort was that ‘he could have got a bus through there with Concorde strapped to the side’. As a driver of chemical tankers, my dad was never very patient with people who couldn’t manoeuvre a standard sized vehicle – me included.
It’s very early days, but I will keep you posted when it’s available for pre-order, and will share a snippet of the opening chapters in the next newsletter.
That’s it for now, I have writing to do.
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