Books

PROGRESS REPORTS

This is where I will let you know about my books as they encounter the various stages.

Currently, I have completed a women’s fiction novel entitled, ON TURTLE BEACH, an ideal holiday novel being what I hope is one of its attractions.

To give you a flavour:

Struggling artist, Lucy, and her successful sister, Rhea, go on holiday together to Dalyan in Turkey to try to heal their relationship, and so fulfil their father’s dying wish. But they soon realise that Lucy’s passionate nature and Rhea’s restraint means it’s difficult to find common ground. Lucy wants to bond, but Rhea would rather read her novel. When Lucy tries to get Rhea to talk about their childhood and why their relationship suddenly deteriorated, Rhea refuses to discuss it and Lucy becomes suspicious she is hiding something. Tensions soon escalate, and against the backdrop of the turtle beach, Lucy is forced to come up with a plan to get her sister to open up. Can Lucy discover what family secrets her sister is hiding, the revealing of which threatens to destroy them both?

It was tough going to finish it, as I knew what was going to have to happen afterwards – trying to get it ‘out there’. I expect the first novel is a massive learning curve for many of us, and in such a range of conflicting ways, with many things helping and just as many things not helping. I’ve already discussed quite a few of these aspects in this blog and will keep you posted. In the meantime I’m very happy with the present outcome.

So after going with the flow, as the Taoists advocate, and managing to keep afloat…

swimming at sea

I finally got there…

So what now?

I’m working on two other novels on quite different themes (one set in the retail world of the 90s, the other concerning mid-life changes) though still focused on human nature and the evolving self – it’s important to keep on writing and developing.

I can’t talk about writing without mentioning reading.

Writers I enjoy are quite varied, and I read more now than ever before. And somehow, like some kind of unconscious osmosis, it all feeds back into the practice of writing.

Favourite writers include:

  • Stephen King for suspense, characterisation, blend of realism with fantasy and the supernatural and his obvious love of writing
  • Margaret Atwood for her female characters and unique writing voice
  • Ian McEwan for psychological intensity
  • Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal is a true favourite for its structure, and tone of the first person narrator