Friday, 14 December 2012

Seven Daze

Forced by the hand of  Jackie I've been asked to explain the book / WIP that I have been working on recently. Here goes...

What is the working title of your book? 

Seven Daze

Where did the idea for your book come from? 

I had the idea of writing about a contract killer, but things progressed and a very different book came out.

What genre does your book fall under? 

Crime Fiction

Which actors would you choose to play characters in a movie rendition? 

I haven't thought about that, but Ray Winstone should be involved somewhere.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? 

A failed assassin has seven days to repay his former boss ten grand.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? 


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It was written in three stages over the course of a year - it probably took 200 hours in total to do the first draft, with at least twice that amount of time editing since.

Who or what inspired you to write this book (story)? 

I wanted to write a crime novel from the side of the villain and not the police. As I say, a slightly different book emerged but it's still from the other side. What I wanted to capture was the effect of a life of crime on someone. The despair and hopelessness as opposed to the glamour that is sometimes seen (especially from programmes like The Hustle)

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Some of the crimes in the book involve the Banking community getting their long deserved comeuppance.

That's all for now on Seven Daze. Hopefully, early next year, they'll be more news about it. Have a good Christmas if I don't find anything to moan about before then.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012


So, as expected, the Nanowrimo experiment was an abject failure for me. About three thousand words was all I managed, and it wasn't even on one story. It doesn't really matter though, as instead of Nanowrimo I did a bit of Nanoedimo or editing as it's usually known. Seven Daze is in the process of having what I hope is its final edit. Obviously I've given it many final edits before, but this one's it. To find out why I'm editing it again, keep tuned after christmas...

Also, having done a bit of thinking about writing, and it being close to new year's resolutions and all that, I've made the following decisions for the coming year...

1. First of all, next year I'm rewriting the novella Inspector Cliche as a full length novel.

2. I'm going to stop making lists.

3. This blog will continue to gather tumbleweed as I'll spend less time on it. However, I'm going to set up a proper writing site with proper writing and not just random old man moans.

4. Give up smoking.

5. After Inspector Cliche, I'm going to re-write the book formerly known as Spies, Lies and Pies (now called The Spy With Ezcema)

6. Restart smoking.

Haven't had any pictures for a while, so here's a pic of our cat looking like it's hogging the remote control. Happy xmas all.