THE WATCHER officially launched yesterday and made the Top 500 of the UK Crime Thriller category, so a big thanks to all of you who bought or pre-ordered a copy. I also had a fab launch day on FaceBook, chatting with my fellow Crooked Cat authors and everyone else who was kind enough to pop along and say hi, and we had some interesting discussions, and giveaways with fun prizes.
Today, after all the excitement of launch day has died down, I've decided to begin work on my next crime thriller which has been marinating in my head for a while now. I’ve been creating a loose plan of the story structure, which is generally how I tend to work, which I plan to go back and fill in as I get more of a feel for the plot and characters.
Something I find extremely useful, to help me get to know my characters is to conduct character interviews, where I mentally sit them down as if they were real people and make them answer questions.
I’ll be posting some character interviews I’ve done for the fictional characters I created for THE WATCHER, over the coming week, if you’re interested in taking a peek at those.
As for what I’m working on next, I can confirm, Detective Inspector Jack Grayson, who features in my first novel, will make an appearance in my next book too, along with his partner and right hand woman, Inspector Gita Naseem.
The working title of my next piece is THE BOTS, though that may well change, I tend to discard titles if a new, more appropriate one strikes me. I’m not going to give too much away right now but I will be posting snippets up on this log if you’d like a little preview of what it’s all about, so stayed tuned.
I can say that the killer in my new novel is rather different from my antagonist in THE WATCHER, as this killer actually wants to stop! As well, unlike the last, there are no bodies for Grayson to uncover, at least, not at first.
The plot involves themes of virtual reality, sex dolls, psychosis, possession, identity, and obsession, so quite the mix there I suppose.
The story starts in Central London, on DI Grayson’s patch, when the first victim goes missing. What starts out as a hunt for a missing girls, Joanna Donovan, quickly spirals into the hunt for a serial killer as Grayson uncovers some vital clues that link Joanna’s disappearance to the disappearance of several other girls.
Of course, in my new novel, you can expect lots of plot twists, just like in THE WATCHER, as I really enjoy planning then writing those. Suspense is something I enjoy, both as a reader and as a writer so you can be sure I’ll try to deliver that.
The story isn’t just set in London this time though, as the hunt spreads over England, and places such as Oxford, Chichester and Essex will feature quite heavily too.
If you are reading THE WATCHER, and you enjoy it, I’d love it if you’d leave me a review on Amazon or GoodReads, or both when you’re finished, providing you can find the time. I love to get feedback on my work, as most writers do, and if you do read something I’ve written, I’ll be eternally grateful to you.
Time is the most precious thing we have, after all, so if you spend any of yours reading my work I feel truly honoured and grateful.
And if you love crime fiction and need something new for your Kindle or e-reader and you haven’t bought THE WATCHER yet, you can check it out here on Amazon at getbook.at/thewatcher