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Can You Leap Back into your Writing Life?

Can you leap back? I’m not sure. I’m certainly striding forward in my hopes, dreams and aims for 2023. (see last post)

Two weeks ago I searched for the unfinished manuscript for the third in my Mystery Inspired by History Series. (I finished writing it in October 2020, in lockdown, at the time I was told that both of my parents had been taken into hospital.) Since then I have been unable to write creatively until now, and I know my parents would be encouraging me to get on with it, if they were still alive. It’s time.

I was suitable surprised to find that I had already written well over 50, 000 words. Almost certainly over half way! After the joy this discovery gave me, I set to work:

I Converted the Manuscript for Kindle

I converted the unfinished manuscript to epub (you don’t need Mobi anymore) on Calibre e book management Library (click on the picture above), and then sent it to my kindle using my kindle email address. If you don’t know your kindle email address, you can find it under Your Account on your device.

Now, I could read it at my leisure without printing out all of the document. My contribution to saving the planet’s resources,

Located my story notes

If, like me, you have numerous notebooks, and a poor memory especially after Covid, this can take a while. I have tried to write clearly on the front of each notebook what it contains. Anyway, I eventually found the right one and the notes which were conveniently listed it:

  • Brief chapter outline
  • Side by side how the story within a story links with the main chapters
  • List and description of characters in both stories
  • Rough plan of chapters still to be written
  • Maps, which are the same as those in MISSING Past and Present

What to do and in what order?

Now I had all that I needed:

  1. I read through my chapter notes carefully.
  2. Next I read the last three chapters I’d written, on my kindle.
  3. Then I acclimatized myself with the characters, trying to visualize each in my mind’s eye and even enjoyed pretend conversations with them, bringing each alive once more.
  4. I took a deep breath, enjoying the quiet of the house,
  5. … and then I started to write.
  6. As easy as that.

It was fortunate that on Tuesday, when I knew my husband would be out of the house curling, (Yes, one of the lovely things about our life here in Scotland is the variety of activities we find ourselves participating in) the internet was down at home and so I had no distractions whatsoever.

At the end of the morning I was so surprised that I had written, 2,300 words.

I edited them on Wednesday and then this afternoon, when my husband was out with the Rotary judging the school children in their Burn’s Poetry Recital Competition, I managed to write another 1,000 words.

What has surprised me most is how easy it has been to absorb myself wholeheartedly in this imaginary world, which had laid dormant in the back of my mind for over 26 months. That’s remarkable isn’t it!

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Am I crazy? Probably. — Margaret Skea, Author writes …


Fortitude is out – has been for over 2 weeks now – with a slightly different start to my usual, as the print version is currently only available from Amazon, though I will be doing a print run with my UK printer shortly. Why POD just now? Because I have taken the ‘head staggers’ and […]

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August 19, 2019 · 12:08 pm

Murder, Now and Then ~ Book Launch

My murder mystery

MURDER, Now and Then

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set mainly in the heart of Bedfordshire -with links to Jersey and Alderney –  will be launched on

Kindle on 22nd April 2014!

Set in the future in  2019, a farmer’s wife is accused of murdering her husband, but the plot becomes decidedly more complicated and sinister when an unsolved murder in 1919 becomes inextricably linked. We are introduced to descendants of those involved in the 1919 case as the police try to unravel which clues are relevant, which are purely coincidence and which are there to confuse and mystify!

Why first on Kindle?

Up until now I have always had real events to launch my novels – followed up by book signings – special times to meet friends, family and above all readers.

This time I’m doing it differently. Why?

  • because I appreciate the power of on line marketing
  • because I understand the power of reviews, on Amazon especially
  • because I hope my readers on line will join in the buzz and help me to promote my novel by passing on feedback to their followers and friends

How will it happen?

I intend to send a newsletter out very soon but the main launch event will be on Facebook and Twitter over three days. Following the success of the feedback to my book cover competition, I hope that all my supporters and followers will take part and enjoy the fun. More details soon!

Many thanks to Will Smith, a student at North Herts College, who designed and was one of the winners of my cover competition. His design will feature on my Kindle novel.


Will there be a paperback?

Of course! I believe in paperbacks and real events where I meet readers face-to-face, and I will still be taking part in these later in the summer. I also believe in the wider market beyond Amazon and the paperback will be made available for orders from bookshops and libraries too.

I have enjoyed hearing from readers who have borrowed my books from libraries, mainly in Hampshire and Bedfordshire and am flattered that a few of you have taken the trouble to get in touch with me.

My aim is for the paperback to be launched in June 2014 both on Amazon and at real events, so I look forward to seeing some of you patient people then!

Will the cover be the same?

No. I will be revealing the paperback cover shortly but the designer is still working on the final finishing touches.

Watch this space!




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