Just when I thought the paperback version of Closing In was a bit of a daydream, it landed on my doormat this week. Hopefully, the glitch with Amazon will be fixed soon, my publishers are ‘on the case’, so for those who have been asking about the paperback, you should soon be able to order it.
Meanwhile, back in the ebook world, I’m delighted that the digital version is doing well and thank everyone for their support.
I’ve been invited by Celia J Anderson, my lovely Romaniac pal, to take part in this blog hop. You can read about Celia’s main character from Sweet Proposal here.
I thought I would let my main character from Closing In answer the questions herself.
What is your name and are you real or fictious?
I have had two names. My birth name was Helen Matthews but I had to change my name by deed poll. I chose Ellen Newman. I wanted something that was close enough to my original name to make it easier, so I came up with Ellen. As for my surname – Paul Newman has always been one of my Hollywood idols and also because it symbolised the reinvention of myself. I was a new man – man as in humans. I thought I was being quite clever, but it turned out not to be the case.
When and where is your story set?
My story is contempoary, set on the south coast of the UK, in a small seaside village called Felpham.
What should we know about you?
I don’t want to give too much away as I’m hiding from someone but what you need to know about me is that it has taken great courage for me to make this life changing decision, to reinvent myself, and start anew. My escape and reinvention took many months to plan and although I was frightened, I knew it had to be done. However, I have come to realise that I can’t run forever.
What is the main conflict? What messes up your life?
My main conflict is whether to run or to face up to my past. A classic case of Flight, Fight, Freeze or Fawn.
What messes up my life – is having to face up to things I never wanted to.
Officially known as Publication Day, unofficially known as ‘Happy Dance Day’ – of which I shall be doing a lot.
I am delighted that my second novel with HarperImpulse is released today in digital format, with paperback to follow shortly.
Thank you for all your support; as always, very much appreciated.
Helen has had to leave everything she’s ever known behind; her home, her family, even her own name.
Now, returning to the UK as Ellen Newman, she moves to a small coastal village, working as a nanny for Donovan, a criminal psychologist. Attractive, caring and protective, this single father and his sweet daughter are a world away from Ellen’s brutal past. She thinks she’s escaped. She thinks she’s safe.
But something’s wrong.
Strange incidents begin to plague her new family, and their house of calm is about to become one of suspicion and fear. Who can be trusted? Who is the target? Who is closing in?
I’m delighted to be able to announce that my second novel, Closing In, is to be published by HarperImpluse, and will be released on 15 May. Initially, in digital format but paperback to follow soon afterwards.
I’ve prepared a book trailer to show you the cover and give you an idea what Closing In is about. So, if you have less than a minute to spare, I’d love you to take a look.
I have been invited by ChocLit author and Romaniac pal, Laura E James, to take part in a blog hop where we answer a few questions about our writing process. Laura posted last week; it’s fascinating to see how everyone works. You can go to her blog by clicking HERE.
In the meantime, here’s how I do it …
1. What am I working on?
I am currently working on my third full length novel called, Where It All Began. The premises or theme, if you like, of the story is what mothers do for the love of their child; it looks at the extremes of that love and the reasoning behind their actions, both good and bad. There is, of course, some romance and a bit of a mystery.
2. How does my writing differ from others in that genre?
Ooh, a tough question. First of all what genre am I writing in? Romance. Suspense. Mystery. Crime. Women’s fiction. Yes, to all of those, I suppose. When I was writing my second novel, Closing In, which is currently with my publisher, I was often asked the genre. My reply was that it’s a mixture of romance and crime, so I coined the term ‘crimance’. Where It All Began has those elements too, so I’m carrying on in the same genre of ‘crimance’. How does it differ? I can only say is that I write it my way, with my voice.
3. Why do I write what I do?
That’s a more easy question. I love reading thrillers, whether they are police procedural, suspense or mystery, I really enjoy that sort of story. Equally, I enjoy reading about relationships; all that love and stuff! Combining the two is what I get the most pleasure and satisfaction out of when I’m writing.
4. How does my writing process work?
My process has developed over time. These days I like to come up with a theme or a premise first. Once I’ve got that then I can start creating scenarios, mysteries, conflict. The characters seem to come along simultaneously. Sometimes, especially at the early planning stages, there is such a mish-mash of ideas going on in my head that I’m sure if you look at my thoughts, they would resemble an old fashioned jumble sale circa. 1975, about 10 minutes after the doors have opened, where everything is a complete mess, items tossed around, discarded, picked back up again, put in the wrong place and every now and then you find a gem of a buy for 10p. By the time the sale is over, you’ve come away with some great items and some not so great ones. In the safety of your own home you can sort through and decide what to keep and what to put back in for the next jumble sale. Well, that’s my writing process.
Next week, I’m passing the baton onto my fellow Harper Impulse author, Teresa Morgan who blogs as The Wittering Woman and this is what she says about herself.
I was born and bred in Surrey, but since 1998 I have lived in sunny Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset. I live with my two sons – trying very hard to hold onto my Surrey accent!
I am at my happiest baking cakes, putting proper home cooked dinners on the table (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good romance, or sitting at my PC emptying the thoughts from my head onto the screen.
I love writing contemporary romance, creating heroes readers will fall in love with. Men who in reality, let’s face it, just don’t exist. I love creating stories with a touch of escapism.