“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.” —George Orwell
The next guest on Storytime With Desiree will be Lucy English. Lucy is the author of the Penny Wade Mysteries, which are set in Boston and center on a social worker who solves crime. Girl Ghosted, the third book in the series, is our topic of discussion.
Book details are below.
I’ll be chatting with Lucy on Wednesday, August 23rd, at 3 PM EST.
Heartbreak isn’t the only thing she has to survive. Online dating seems the perfect distraction for Boston social worker Penny Wade as she tries to forget her painful past. After a string of disastrous first dates, she finally meets a man and tumbles into love. But digital dating turns deadly when a killer scans profiles to select his targets. Penny must unravel the secrets lurking behind the men she meets before she’s “ghosted” for good. She never thought falling in love would mean fleeing from death…
I’m an intuitive, dreamer and doer. I never slow down until I sleep. My expectations of myself are unrealistic (write three books per year, raise two boys, and have a successful day-career), but I can’t resist the relentless pursuit because I love all the things I do in my life passionately.
I chose to self-publish because I love the democracy of it. Technology has given us so many avenues to share creativity that may never have made it out into the world in the past. My approach to life is that I’ll work my hardest to put good work into the world. I know it won’t be perfect, but I need to push past the vulnerability involved because I have one lifetime and when I die I want to be able to say “I tried really hard to make contributions that were good for the world.”
Technology allows all of us to put our best thoughts and creations out to connect and share with others without gatekeepers. I’ve found fantastic editors who totally get the mission behind what I write. I cherish my ability to keep my work close to my heart and to connect with readers. I also like being able to keep prices low because this is more about celebrating the heroism of social service professionals than about profit.
So I started doing Game of Thrones recaps. I’ll be doing more of these kinds of recaps and more film reviews in general. Read my latest one here. And subscribe to me on Medium for more.
The outline for the new novel is done. I wrote and sent new beats to my editor and we just met to discuss them. We both feel really good about the story, so I’m all set to begin drafting. I’m attempting more challenging things in this narrative so I haven’t sent a hard deadline for this draft to be done. I already know that it won’t go nearly as quickly as my last one did and that’s OK. Just gonna take my time and get through it scene by scene.
More on that later.
In the meantime, check out my latest podcast episode with comedic crime author Peter Brampton.
Author Peter Bartram and I had a blast chatting over (virtual) tea about his hilarious mystery, Murder in the Morning Edition. It was particularly interesting to hear Peter talk about his own experience as a career journalist and how he channeled that experience into the Colin Crampton series.
The three biggest takeaways from my chat with Peter:
1. He was himself a reporter for an evening newspaper.
2. He was once threatened by a criminal he was doing a story on!
3. Even though we’re an ocean apart, we both live near a Brighton.
Listen to the episode below!
Welcome to Brighton, England – where they do like to murder beside the seaside…
Don’t you just hate it when you get the afternoon off – and then find yourself chasing a train robber with his loot?
Join ace crime reporter Colin Crampton and his feisty Australian girlfriend, Shirley Goldsmith, as they embark on a new adventure.
It all starts when Colin spends a lazy afternoon by the beach with Shirley. But when a daring robbery takes place before their very eyes, Colin reckons he’s on the trail of a big story.
But nothing about the robbery is what it seems. And before long Colin and Shirley are drawn deeper into danger.
Colin encounters a motorcycle rocker with bad teeth, a dyslexic tattooist, and a seller of novelty toilet roll holders as he chases down his story.
Murder in the Morning Edition is the first part of a mystery adventure trilogy which continues in Murder in the Afternoon Extra and Murder in the Night Final.
“By the end of page one, I knew I liked Colin Crampton and author Peter Bartram’s breezy writing style.” Over My Dead Body
“A romp of a read! Very funny and very British.” The Book Trail
Find Peter here:
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