I have had very encouraging comments and support from readers of my first published book, ‘Farholm’ and full of enthusiasm and excitement I began to edit my next novel for publication… and suddenly I have become anxious about it. ‘The Stalking of Rosa Czekov’ is one of my favourite books that I’ve written – yes, I do prefer some more than others – but suddenly as I edit the dramatic ending I feel as if I have committed what I consider a cardinal sin in a writer. I think I am too fond of my characters…
What should I do? Oh no! Help! Heavens! Good grief!
Hang on, stay calm, don’t panic Jonesy, have faith.
I must read my work dispassionately, remain cool and clinical, prune away the dead wood but have confidence in my work. I hope I have put several twists in the tail and will trick my readers, lead them along a seemingly innocent and harmless path, then leap out of the metaphorical bushes and shout ‘BOO!’
Right, back to work; publication date, June!