In The Plotting Shed

In The Plotting Shed
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Building a book

The long road to finishing a book is can be a tortuous, slow one. I'm on The Rose Trail still and spent the weekend chatting with my editor, my son Tom, as he read the first draft and I paced and made notes while he voiced his thoughts.
The upside is he thinks it's the strongest first draft I've ever written and has come up with some great ideas for twists and layered complexity, which, after all, is what the second draft is all about. 
So, it's back to the drawing board for me and on such a wet, stormy day, it's not such a bad idea.
Meanwhile, here are some pictures I've been playing around with for the cover - not that I'm procrastinating or anything.



 I would love some feedback on these as to which appeals most for this ghost story set in dual time, modern day and the English Civil War.



Saturday, 25 June 2016

My turn for an author interview with #Judith Barrow, book blogger extraordinaire


Judith Barrow


I had a lot of fun the other day, chatting with my lovely friend and fellow author, Judith Barrow. Judith writes gritty sagas (see below) and is the instigator and founder of The Tenby Book Fair. She is also a creative writing tutor and I'm privileged to enjoy regular writing workshops with Judith and an equally gifted writer, Thorne Moore, on a regular basis. We share whatever we are working on by reading it out loud and critiquing each others' work - much to the amusement of the other diners in the cafe where we meet. We tend to get a bit loud. Luckily we also share a dark sense of humour and the time flies by as we exchange jokes and our work.
I always know when my work-in-progress is on track when a quiet hush descends from the nearby tables when I'm reading my stuff out. Happy days.

Anyway, here's our chat:

https://judithbarrowblog.com/2016/06/23/today-with-alex-martin/

Judith Barrows books include:

Changing Patterns
Pattern of Shadows
Living in the Shadows

Monday, 13 June 2016


http://Alex_Martin.getresponsepages.com

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