Talk by a Crime Writer

Last night I went to a talk at our local library given as part of our local Book Festival. The Manchester born crime writer, Rachel Abbott answered questions from the engaging Marie Basting followe…

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Talk by a Crime Writer

Last night I went to a talk at our local library given as part of our local Book Festival. The Manchester born crime writer, Rachel Abbott answered questions from the engaging Marie Basting followed by questions from the audience.

Due to Marie’s relaxed, encompassing humour, Rachel’s warm, interesting and honest responses, plus hospitable library and festival staff, it was a massively enjoyable evening. And I learnt something too!

Crime writers are generally happy people because they expect the worst and when something good happens it’s a bonus.

As opposed to Romance writers who expect the best and life often doesn’t come up with the goods.

Made me wonder what Picture book writers are generally like, and Middle Grade and Young Adult writers. Then there is Fantasy and Mystery, Historical….

Interesting too because I’ve been talking with my husband about this subject over the last few days. He heard an interview on the radio about Negative people being generally happier than Positive, echoing what Rachel said. Guess which is which between us.


Digressing slightly there. Authors often wonder whether festival talks are worth it for book sales, finding new readers, for the time and effort spent. Well, it made me want to read crime/mystery novels and I don’t usually. A point of note, Rachel’s stories are about what people do in a dilemma, the choices they make and crimes they may therefore commit. They aren’t focused on the detective solving the murder. And this makes them more attractive to me. As Rachel said, a detective generally solves the crime, coming from the other angle, you never know what will happen.

If I hadn’t been to last night’s event, I wouldn’t have known this and wouldn’t have been tempted to buy one of her books, which I did, her latest, ‘Kill Me Again.’

Twisty and complex, apparently.

Another interesting point, Rachel is self-published. She is the number one independent author on Amazon Kindle and fourteenth in the Amazon chart of all authors. She writes full time and has an Agent who deals with translations. Germany is a good market to get into as Germans read a great deal. And Marketing is the key. Get yourself a plan. As a control freak, this works for her.

A great evening. Another reason we need our libraries and local book festivals.

Mystery Review on Amazon!!

meeting-cotyJust had a mystery review on Amazon of ‘Meeting Coty’ Goes to show that the unexpected can happen when we least expect it. Note to self to remember this.

5.0 out of 5 starsA beautifully crafted period novel
By Amazon Customer on 27 Oct. 2016
Format: Paperback

I loved this book!
From the first page the reader is plunged into Tessa’s totally believable world. The novel is full of the apprehensions of the times, coupled with Tessa’s emotionally difficult decision making which could alter the family dynamics forever should she choose to follow her dreams.
Can she take that risk?
The setting, historical references, descriptions of family politics and the fleetingness of life in this era all read like a period feature film, such are the book’s many coloured layers.
Tessa’s decision making is as relevant now as it was then. We feel for her every step of the way; she could be me or you. A wonderful book with intertwined characters and a storyline that has you urging Tess on at every stage.
Miss Estevez is obviously in love with her many well rounded and observed characters.This certainly shines through the prose, which in itself, is
effortless and what makes this book so enjoyable to read.
An absolute pleasure.

Bringing The Orishas Home

dsc07281Bringing the Orishas Home.

I loved this August’s Key2Cuba holiday, incorporating body work with the dances of the Cuban Orishas, so much I want a reminder of it every day. Dancing the different Orishas made me feel strong and reminded me of the warrior I am and I want a daily reminder of that…so I spent the weekend painting our stairs in the colours of Oya. A holiday as good as Kerry Ribchester’s awakens parts other dance holidays cannot reach and earned its place in our home. How can a holiday be better than this?
P.S. Shango is already in the kitchen!

And what next I wonder….

Branwell Bronte’s great masterpiece

I’ve read a piece about the Bronte sisters this morning. This is the year we’re celebrating Charlotte Bronte, though have to say, thought we’d hear more about her and her sisters with new productions and documentaries, but Shakespeare does seem to have taken over. Anyway, digressing, I then read a piece about Branwell Bronte, the artist brother who never reached his potential and who turned to drink and the odd smoke of something or other.
Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre, Emily, Wuthering Heights and Anne, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Branwell? Branwell wrote Ilkley Moor Baht’at.
That great Yorkshire song was written by the ‘failed’ Bronte.
Well done Branwell, your work is alive and kicking.

Agent Jane likes it!

Agent Jane emailed about an hour ago…

Dear Ruth,

I read THE PERFUME MAKER on Sunday and I think it’s much much better. You’ve made Tessa a more sympathetic character, someone the reader roots for and can empathise with and thus the whole story is much more compulsive. You evoke the period and I liked the contrasts between Paris, London and Spain etc. I think it’s ready to go to publishers now.

Whoop, whoop, relief and whoop whoop!

Editing again

So, The Perfume Maker is almost ready for Agent Jane. On check lists now. Just going through chapter numbers, final check on Tessa, the lead character…and could that possibly be it? Dare I let it be it?