While I'm in the early stages of writing a book, the ideas often feel so tenuous I don’t like talking about them. Winnie the Pooh best sums up this feeling, 'When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.'
Once I have the feel of the characters and the ideas are firmer, my problem then is finding a title. It's quite difficult talking about your current project when you don't know what to call it. Once I've written the first draft, I spend ages coming up with words and phrases that link to the ideas and themes of the book. This time I took so long to find anything I liked that I'd actually got to the beta reader stage and was still without a title. I gave my beta readers the list of ideas I'd been playing with, and fortunately they all liked the same title - Still Death. As you might guess from this it's a murder/mystery!
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working with Andrew of Design for Writers, and once again he’s come up with an amazing cover. Unlike some of my previous novels, I knew exactly what I wanted, and Andrew has captured the opening scene brilliantly.
So without further ado – drum roll – the cover for Still Death.
I find writing the novel easier than writing the blurb that goes with it, but if you're interested in knowing more about Still Death, here goes...
The first was a hit and run.
The second a murder/suicide.
Who will be next?
Lexie believes Patrick has been set-up for the murder of his girlfriend, but she is the only person who does.
After living in London, she thought life in a small town would be boring, but there are too many accidents to be a coincidence, and they all appear linked to the death of Patrick's girlfriend.
Lexie is determined to find out who is behind it until her family becomes one of the statistics.
Death still lurks in the quietest places.
In the next post I'll talk a bit more about writing the book and give you a sneak preview of the opening scene.