Update on ‘Flipside’

I mentioned a little while ago that I had a hiccup with my proposed next book, ‘Flipside’… the hiccup which actually was a fairly major bout of writing-indigestion… I have lost half of the book! Don’t worry, I have it all as a hard copy, but somehow the files with the last half of the book had got corrupted!

This means that I’ll have to rewrite, literally the last half of ‘Flipside’… a fairly drastic edit! I’ve just started looking at it, although I have a couple of projects before I begin the task, and I actually was very pleased with it. It was only the second of my ‘proper’ books, and although there are things I’ll have to work on, it does read quite well, if I’m not being immodest here.

I think you will enjoy it, it is very different from my other books. It is set in Oldham in the 1990’s and the main character is Jaz, a woman whose unknown father is Indian; she has been brought up in a white family and a the start of the book has no interest in finding out about her Indian heritage. I don’t know if you believe in love at first sight, I do, and this is what happens to Jaz in the first chapter of the book. The man she falls in love with is an ex-soldier who suffers from the debilitating effects of what he experienced in Ireland and Bosnia.  Post traumatic stress disorder was well-recognized then, but many men were not helped or properly supported and had to somehow get to grips with life in ‘civvy-street’ on their own. David, Jaz’s new love, has many of the classic traits of PTSD, nightmares, depression, aggression… but she sees another side, the loving and gentle man. A series of dreadful murders are taking place in Oldham… is it possible that Jaz is wrong about David, could he really be responsible for the ghastly murders?

You will have to wait until the summer to find out if Jaz is at risk from the man she loves… I have a lot of work to do before then!

flipside cover pic


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