I’ve just realised I haven’t updated this diary since January and I feel guilty. I’ve just been reading something about writer’s guilt; guilt that you’re not keeping up with your writing output; guilt that you’re not constantly arranging events and guilt that you might be neglecting your duty...which is your writing.
I’m a guilt ridden sort of person, a worrier by nature, and I’m not sure whether this is a good trait in a writer. Okay, it means I sit down dutifully to write every day and I always meet deadlines but the piece I was reading suggests that writers need to be kind to themselves and relax a bit. Now that’s a tricky one because I love writing. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do (although writing has probably made me pretty unemployable in any other field because no employer is going to put up with someone who daydreams about plots and characters all day and thinking up clever ways to murder people!) This means that I’m constantly ‘on duty’ and on the lookout for ideas. Brilliantly constructed sentences often flit through my head when I’m doing something else – the trick is to remember them when you sit down at your computer: not always easy but that’s where notebooks come in. So next time I feel guilty about knocking off early to have a coffee with friends or a cuddle with my new granddaughter, I can try to convince myself I’m still working. But I think a tiny glimmer of our old friend guilt will always be there.
February saw the publication of THE HOUSE OF EYES and it’s been really well received. From all the people who’ve already emailed me saying how much they loved it, the consensus of opinion seems to be that it’s one of the creepiest of my books – which is hardly surprising with its sinister theme stretching back to thirteenth century Sicily. Buy it here
I’ve just finished the third draft of 2017’s Wesley Peterson mystery. The working title is The Mermaid’s Scream and it centres around a reclusive author. That’s all I can say for the moment but watch this space for further details. IF YOU GO TO http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201528081552 YOU CAN BID TO HAVE YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK IN AID OF CLIC SARGENT, THE CHILDREN’S CANCER CHARITY – a really good cause. Who will win? The auction ends on Sunday 6th March!