How soon do you share the secret of your next book?
You cannot imagine how wonderful it is to be writing fairly regularly again. I hesitated over the word ‘wonderful.’ Should I have said fulfilling, satisfying, rewarding ~ even therapeutic or a HUGE RELIEF! After eighteen months abstention (predominantly to settle into our new life here in Fife) I am over half way through writing my next novel now and the ideas are flowing. I have made a few false starts over these months but the seeds of this book have laid dormant, waiting for the right conditions to germinate and grow.
Writing my current book, however, is a totally different experience to all the novels I’ve completed in the past where I have involved friends, family and experts in various fields of history from the outset. For my second novel ‘Ancasta’ I even had a fishing lesson!
Why is this different? Because I have shared my ideas with no one as yet. It is a secret burning within and I’m so excited about it. It is like an unborn child.
What I can say is that it is not part of my historical fiction series, which will disappoint many of my readers I know. It is also not memoir but it is a mystery ~ in fact several mysteries. The location? I’m not ready to share that as yet either.
When the time comes I am going to try to find five beta readers, but I don’t think I want these to be friends or family, as I have done in the past. I would love them to be discerning readers and writers.
If you’d like to offer to be a beta reader then please drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. You would be one of the first people I’d share my secret with. Would you like me to reciprocate too or if you are a reader, would you like a signed copy when it is published? Just let me know.
Many thanks Diana Jackson
ps my reviews of Scottish authors will begin in December.