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Exciting News!

Exciting News!

About a month ago, I told you about an exciting project that I’d been working on. That project, Murder Under My Nose, has finally got a release date! And it’s soon!

Published by Senserial Publishing, Murder Under My Nose will be released in twelve parts from the end of September on their website before being made available to buy on Kindle from Amazon.

For those of you don’t fancy reading it piecemeal, the release date for the Kindle version is currently set at 22nd December – right in time for Christmas. But for those of you who want to read it week by week as intended, the first instalment will be available to read on 29th September. And the best part is you can read it from the comfort of your own computer screen.

Needless to say, I can’t tell you more than that at the moment, but if you want to stay absolutely up-to-date with all the latest news on Murder Under My Nose and the other serialised novels produced by Senserial, you can find their blog here.

Stay tuned!

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Murder Under My Nose: A Brief Run Down

Imagine waking up in a police cell.

Your head is throbbing, your mind is wandering.

And all you can hear is the relentless drumming of droplets of water falling from a leaky tap into a cold basin.

This is how I start my latest project, Murder Under My Nose.

I have already spoken about this project in previous posts, but I am very aware that I haven’t actually said very much on what it’s all about.

Well today is the day when I reveal a little bit about what to expect…

MJ’s life is a sad tale.

Her life was set. She was due to head off to university and finally start sculpting her place in the world when her mother was stabbed to death by her father and MJ was left to bring up her younger sister, Grace.

Forced into a life of prostitution and back-alley dealings, MJ has struggled through life to make sure that Grace had the opportunities that their mother’s death took from them.

But when Grace herself is found dead, MJ is made the chief suspect and her life begins to unravel…

But the circumstances of Grace’s death are far too curious for MJ to give up so easily and she must look to her past to find the answers she needs.

Is her father back to finish what he started?

Is someone trying to replicate her mother’s murder?

Or is Grace’s killer hiding in plain sight…?

… Right under her nose…

 

Breaking Some Rules with Murder Under My Nose

‘Shall we begin?’

He isn’t speaking to me.

He is addressing Detective Constable Elizabeth Hunter who has so far stood quietly in the corner of the room, scrutinising my every move. With a clip of her heel, she steps out, gives a grateful nod to Drake and, after she has left, takes her seat next Benson. With professional distance, she stares coldly at me across the table.

I feel uncomfortable and force myself to look away.

I stare at anything. At the indistinct, wooden-panelled walls. At the mottled green carpet. At the prepared tape recorder sat on the table in front of me. At the light above us…

No. I don’t look at the light. That will only make things worse.

Benson clears his throat again.

‘I’ve read the reports,’ he says slowly, gesturing to his notes. ‘They tell quite a story.’ He forces a smile across the table. ‘I’m sorry for your loss.’

I nod my understanding.

He isn’t sincere.

We both know it.

‘Thank you,’ I whisper.

Hunter winces. The skin in her neck flickers as she tenses her muscles and she slowly exhales as she tries to control her feelings.

She can’t have been doing this for long to be so affected by it. She can’t have seen a dead body before, particularly not one left in that state. She is angry – she can’t understand how someone can be so cruel as to do that to another human being. Her anger is clouding her judgement; but her judgement is the best weapon she has…

I can understand it. I spend my life with people without morals and I understand that no guilt tripping or pleading to their better judgement will ever change the way they are.

People without feeling can’t be corrupted. That’s what Brosco says.

Benson drops his smile.

‘So, why don’t you tell me what happened?’

I shrug. ‘I already told the other officer.’

‘You need to tell me…’

‘Why?’

‘For the record.’

I laugh. ‘So you can hang me out to dry, you mean?’

Benson’s eyes narrow on me. ‘Have you done something that warrants me doing that?’

In my last post, I announced the latest project that I have been working on, a serialised novel called Murder Under My Nose. Since then, I have had a fair amount of interest from some of my regular readers who want to know what kind of story is it, what they can expect from reading it etc.

So, to start with, I thought I would talk a little bit about my writing style for this project.

Every so often, you get given a project (or maybe you create one for yourself) where you find yourself in the great situation of being able to test out a few things, try some new techniques or generally explore your abilities as a writer.

Now, by and large, these opportunities normally present themselves in short fiction stories or in works that you start writing but never really finish or never get published but, for me, I decided to adopt a new technique for a full length novel and have a play around with how I do things.

I should mention quite early on that this was not entirely a decision that came about out of the blue – I would never naturally be so courageous with a project that I have been hired to write – but the nature of the project itself did lend itself to a little bit of experimentation.

The aim is, and always has been, to publish this story on a new publishing website called Senserial. Now, unlike many of the publishing sites out there, Senserial harks back to good old, traditional days when stories were published in serialised form in newspapers and magazines. As such, the rules that I had to write this novel with were already slightly different to those that I would normally use.

In the first instance, the novel was to be divided into twelve parts – each part representing an episode of the novel. One by one, these episodes will be uploaded on the Sensorial site until finally the complete story is available to read.

It’s a great idea and one that got me very excited when I was offered the job of writing Murder Under My Nose. But it did mean I had to adapt a little bit. I wasn’t now writing novels of thirty odd chapters that were between two and three thousand words in length, I was writing twelve chapters of between five and six thousand words in length.

What’s more, in order to keep people wanting to wait for the next episode, I was given the instructions to end each of those chapters with some sort of cliff hanger or unanswered question.

Needless to say, I relished the challenge this presented but it also gave me a little more licence to do things that I would normally do.

If you’ve read the passage above, you will already have noticed that I decided to dispense with my usual go-to style of writing in the third person past and, instead, opted to write in the first person present. Whilst this might seem a little bizarre to some readers (and writers in fact) the result is actually very pleasing for the story I want to tell.

Better yet, the moment I started writing in this way, I suddenly had a clear idea of precisely what story I wanted to tell. The decision to write in the first person present actually allowed me to develop my main character, MJ – or Mary Jane, in ways that I would never have dreamed to had I written it in third person. In fact, without giving too much away, the fact the story is written in first person is, in many ways, instrumental to the plot.

But what is the plot Nick?

What is it all about?

Well, I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for next the post for that one. In the mean time, check out the Senserial website. You never know, you might something that interests you somewhere in there.

Exciting Project Announcement

I’ve been a little quiet on the work front for a little while – for two main reasons.

  1. After the elation of finishing the latest drafts of The Bluebell Informant and The Court of Obsessions, I found that I had completely wiped myself out and needed to take a break from the world of Detective Sergeant Giles. The plan still is to do one (or maybe two) more drafts of The Bluebell Informant before moving on to editing The Court of Obsessions. At the same time, I will be starting work on the third Giles story, The Anonymous Jury, something that I am looking forward to with great anticipation – but not just yet.
  2. I have been working on another project that – finally – I can start talking about on this blog…

And this one has me very excited.

A few months back I was approached to apply for what I thought was a ghost writing job. The brief was quite simple – to produce a twelve-part serialised story.

A crime-mystery thriller.

Naturally, I was intrigued and applied for the position. A few days later, I found out I got the job and, to my complete and utter surprise, I was informed by my client that I was not only being paid for my work but the work would also be released in my own name…

At this point, I expected the brief to get a little more detailed and was fully expecting to spend the next few months working within quite tight and strict storylines. However, to my surprise yet again, I was told that outside of the name of the story, I was to be given relatively free reign.

The story itself had been started by another writer who, for one reason or another, had to drop out of the project. But even after that my client was still happy for me to take what I wanted out of the previously storyline. So – with my usual mixture of dark and brooding emotion – a set out to write the story, not entirely sure of where it would take me, but knowing – unlike most stories that I write – that it will definitely be published at the end of it all…

So, for the next few posts, I will be discussing this new and (previously unmentioned) project. The characters. The situations. My style of writing it…

Oh. And I almost forgot.

The name of this new project…

Murder Under My Nose

Stay tuned!