The Next Big Thing!

I’ve been tagged in The Next Big Thing by fellow writer David Ebsworth ( and main blog on Goodreads: whose first novel, The Jacobites’ Apprentice, was nominated UK Indie Editor’s Choice for the Historical Novel Society Indie Review.

I’m instructed by Dave to tell you all about my next book by answering these questions and then I tag other authors about their Next Big Thing. So here I go!

What is the working title of your next book? Broken Reeds is my second thriller and it’s in draft form.  I hope to finish it by spring next year, then I shall get it professionally edited before starting on the publishing game.

Where did the idea come from for the book? 

I live in Norwich and often roam the marshes along the river Yare.  They are beautiful and wild, with many birds and plants you won’t see elsewhere.So I thought, why not make this the setting for another thriller? My main character lives a lonely life in a rundown cottage in the woodland next to the fen.

What genre does your book fall under?  It’s a mystery connected to the main character, and includes young romance (aka Romeo/Juliet), families with teenage problems, bullying and murder.  Oh and a few philosophical ideas thrown in for good measure!

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A good character actress for the old woman living rough. Angelina Jolie and possibly Nicolas Cage for the Romeo/Juliet couple.  

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Deep in a fenland village the lives of bag lady Jo and young Tyler become inextricably entwined through bullying, murder and the mystery of their births.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Probably self published – but I’ll try agencies first.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Read Chapter One

Began it in 2011, but I’ve taken most of this year out to publicise my self published thriller Ruin of the Soul, set in the Welsh mountains and recommended by Katie Fforde as ‘brooding, mysterious and intriguing,’ Gyles Brandreth ‘ she can write – and she can tell a story. And how!’ and Geraldine Evans ‘genuine characters and a great sense of place.’

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Call After Midnight by Tess Gerritson, Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davies, Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille

Who or What inspired you to write this book? People I have known through my time as foster parent and from voluntary work with older people. I suppose I have a suspicious and inquiring nature, an overactive imagination and a desire for justice for the underdog!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Pitfalls and joys of young romance today, dealings between stroppy teenagers and their outdated parents, the beauty and wildlife of Norfolk marshland.

Here’s a lovely author I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing! …..

Rebeccah Giltrow at

My thanks to David Ebsworth for tagging me 

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