Friday, November 20, 2015

Virtual Tour for Crime at Christmas by Noreen Wainwright

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, presented by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours, for Crime at Christmas by Noreen Wainwright.  Please leave a comment or question for Noreen to let her now you stopped by.  My review Is running late but should publish over the weekend. 

Advice for Aspiring Writers by Noreen Wainwright

I have learned a huge amount from the inception of my first crime novel to now, (I’m just beginning the fourth). You won’t be surprised to hear that getting published was tough. I had a professional critique which was also tough. Suffice to say, the manuscript was pushed to the back of the drawer for several months. But, it was niggling away somewhere in my mind. Eventually, I sat down at the computer and tackled the big rewrite. The good news for anyone in the same boat is that thinking about this was far worse than doing it. I enjoyed it – the critique is something that permeates slowly. Eventually, it seems less a personal attack and more some very constructive guidance.
                        My advice to avoid the slush pile would be: 1) Editing- I can’t over-emphasise this. No matter how good your proof-reading skills we all have a blind spot; you just don’t see your work in an objective way and you miss errors. 2) Familiarise yourself with structure; I think lack of structure is a common problem – I certainly have struggled with it. 3) Similarly, other aspects of the craft, including pace, hooks and pay-off are factors which need looking at and developing.
            My inspiration for my crime series, set in the 1930s was an interest in the era and an admiration for the “golden age” of detective fiction which was crime fiction written was the period between WW1 and WW2. One of the most hotly-discussed aspects of writing novels must be the planning v the winging-it approaches. I start off with a vague idea of where my destination is and perhaps, a theme, and after that, I free-fall. I would like to be a planner but for me, it stifles the creative process. However, I know very good writers who do plan their novels – it obviously works for them. I have started my fourth Edith Horton novel but I feel like a novice still. No course, or “how-to” book teaches you quite as effectively as actually doing it!   
            I suppose a few interesting things about me are: I am one of 10 children but my husband and I do not have children. I live on a dairy farm with my husband; we try to farm in a sustainable way and I love the countryside. I have a black Labrador called, Vicky – she is lovely and came from a dog rescue centre. I work as a mental health mentor at my local university and I find I have used my knowledge of mental health issues in the Edith Horton series.   
            My other advice to anyone wanting to be published is that you have to have a chat with yourself. The next time you find yourself procrastinating tell yourself that the only way to achieve your burning ambition to write is to sit down and do it. When your work is published it will be worth every bit of angst.   

Crime at Christmas
By Noreen Wainwright
Edith Horton Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher:  Tirgearr Publishing
Release Date:  November 8, 2015
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Format:  eBook
Length:  223 Pages  
ISBN:  9781942058106

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About the book:

Jeremiah Arkwright’s death was sudden and violent. He was a domestic tyrant and uses his strict religious beliefs to control his family. He also had fraught relationships with his farming neighbours. There was another side to Jeremiah, however – a secret life. Has somebody discovered his secret or has someone close to him sought revenge? Edith Horton is drawn into the dark secrets of Pear Tree Farm.

About the Author

Noreen  Wainwright lives in the English countryside with her dairy farmer husband, She has had short stories published and also has had some success as a freelance journalist. She works part-time at her local university as a mental health mentor. She uses her background as a mental health nurse in her writing. Crime at Christmas is the third in the Edith Horton mystery series.  

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