As I mentioned yesterday I have created a web-site to try and promote my books… I guess it will take a while for me to decide whether I have set it up as I like it, and whether it looks OK… as part of it I have a blog which will not replace my blog here, this is a whole separate and different place! But I thought it was important for anyone visiting my site to find out something about the books I hope they will want to read, and something about me as a writer.
I wrote an introductory, welcome post, and here is what I said:
Welcome to my place!
I have always been a writer, but for much of my life other things have interfered… studies, work, bringing up children… but however busy I have been, I have squeezed in some writing somewhere, early in the morning or late at night. Now I am free to write full time, so it is still early in the morning and late at night, but it is also every available hour during the day! Over the years I wrote ten novels, none of which found publishers despite my efforts. I am an ordinary person with no connections to editors, publishers, other writers, and people in the media; as with many writers I received a depressing number of rejections. This did not stop me writing however!
In 2012 I self-published my first book with Kindle Direct Publishing; Farholm was a novel I had written some years ago, so I worked hard to edit and polish it ready to launch on Amazon. In order to try to promote my book, I started a blog, loiselsden.com, and I created a Facebook page. I contacted the local press and was given a write up in the Weston mercury, and was interviewed on BBC Radio Somerset… and Farholm was a great success! I had a lot of very positive feedback, and also some helpful criticisms. Because I published my book myself, I was my own editor and proof-reader, and I did make some mistakes, I admit!
Learning from my experience publishing Farholm, I published The Stalking of Rosa Czekov three months later. It was a book I had completed some time ago, and was quite different from Farholm. It was given a great reception from my readers, and once again I had a lot of really helpful praise and suggestions, and kindly criticism too. I was beginning to refine my way of editing, and becoming much more ruthless, the delete button was given plenty of exercise!
I published Loving Judah in November 2012, night vision in March 2013 and then I decided to look at my first ‘proper’ novel that I had written in the early nineties, Flipside. Flipside was written in the early stages of modern technology, no mobile phones for most people, and not the same universal internet access. I faced a dilemma; should I try to update the story, giving the characters all the technology that we take for granted now – but too much of the plot hinged on people not being able to keep in contact or reach each other on anything other than a land-line. Flipside stayed set in the early 90’s; this meant I had to research such things as the music the characters might have listened to, the fashion they wore, the cartoon designs on the children’s pyjamas. Flipside became my most popular and well-received book yet and I was thrilled, and touched by comments people gave me.
In November 2013 I undertook a writing challenge; the National Novel Writing Month asks its participants to write 50,000 words in November as a novel or part of a novel. I had spent the past two years editing my already written stories and writing my blog; I had written nothing new and I felt a little daunted. I had a few ideas floating around as to what I might write, but nothing very concrete. On November 1st 2013 I sat down to start the NaNoWriMo challenge, and wrote: “My name is Thomas Radwinter; I’m just really ordinary, and nobody would really notice me… I’m about five foot ten… well, maybe five foot nine, reddy-brown hair, and hazel eyes.”
That was the first line of my latest novel, Radwinter. I completed my 50,000 words by November 19th, and by the end of the month I had written 73,000 words. I was amazed! My novel is a genealogical mystery, and it sprang from my own interest in family history research, and an idea I had of four brothers trying to find their ancestry. Radwinter was published through Kindle Direct Publishing on February 14th 2014 and without being boastful, or immodest, I have to say it is the best thing I have written.
My next novel will be out in the summer, and it is a novel I wrote several years ago, The Double Act. When you start to read it you might think it is a romance, but in fact there is a dark current running beneath the surface.