Recovering From A Dental Extraction – Out Of Action

I had a dental extraction on Friday.  The root split and the procedure  took ages, involving eight or nine injection.  The next day, I had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic and had to visit the English equivalent of ER.  When I finally got the correct medication prescriptions, I found that the hospital pharmacy had shut and that the prescription was invalid elsewhere.   Stressful times – hence, out of action for a few days.

 

 

Bleak Scene Setting

I’m working on a new novel, Silent, a psychological thriller for Young Adults.  In the story, central character Gavin (17) has drifted into trouble in his native South London and his parents have sent him to some special Summer Event held a few miles from a coastal town in the north of the country.  He dislikes the town immediately:

 

I arrived for the classes at the beginning of August, having spent hours jumping on and off buses, tubes and trains. My shoulders and neck were stiff and sore from lugging two heavy bags around, and I wasn’t in the best of the moods. Take the town, for instance. Strong smell. Muggy, sticky weather. Grey: sand, skies, metal monstrosity holding up the pier. Seagulls. Pigeons. Squawking rats with wings. Aggressive creatures, apparently. Great.

 

But it wasn’t just the surroundings. As soon as I stepped off the bus, I got a chilling sense that I’d visited the town before, even though I knew I couldn’t have done.  Everything seemed familiar. Each turning I took. The buildings.  The layout of the town centre. Tourist Information. The shops and cafés and guesthouses. The pier.  Yeah, I’d experienced this sort of thing a lot in the past, and it had always freaked me out. 

Meanwhile, my debut novel Secrets by Lawrence Estrey is available from Amazon in paperback and e-book. 

Check out the reviews for  Secrets.

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

EggHead by Lawrence Estrey: Questions And Answers

 

 

A Rundown Pier

Last month, I received a professional critique of my current novel in progress and I’ve done some work on the opening section.  In the original story, a group of music students go to study at an old Hall in the countryside where events spiral out of control.  The editorial report contained a number of suggestions, including the subject of scene setting – for instance, I have should have a more contemporary setting because an old Hall in the country doesn’t work well in Young Adult Fiction.  Also, the material dealing with classical music (in particular, piano) seemed too technical and the Reader couldn’t sense the relationship between the central character and their love of music (or lack of).  In the new draft, the central character has grown up in a tough area of London but has managed to avoid trouble…then, he makes a decision that has repercussions for several years.

Much of the scene setting takes place around a rundown coastal town:

The sky’s tinged with angry colours, like a bruised arm, and a gust comes straight at me from the sea, sending a shiver through me. I pass the old fairground, no longer in use, and the seafront café – basically, an egg and chips place with an ice cream sign round the front. Inside, a sprinkling of customers sit alone at tables, hunched over newspapers.

Amusement arcade. I hear the clatter of coins and the squeal of electronic beeps from the machine. Voices close by. Cigarette smoke. I spot a couple of guys in army-style trousers leaning over the railings, smoking, talking.

The army-style clothing gives him away.  

He turns round. His eyes widen in surprise: what are you doing here, mate?

He puts a finger to his lips: leg it. He’s just threatened some bloke for looking at him.

The other guy turns round then.

Meanwhile, my debut novel Secrets by Lawrence Estrey is available from Amazon in paperback and e-book. 

Check out the reviews for  Secrets.

Newspaper article on author.

Local musician publishes crime thriller

EggHead by Lawrence Estrey: Questions And Answers

Having An Internet Nightmare

I had to change my primary email account the other day, something about the alias no longer being available  Once I switched email addresses, crucial images stopped appearing on this blog, including my profile photo which has suddenly appeared again after disappearing without any warning… I’m also having problems with LinkedIn requests going to the wrong email address, so lots of stuff to sort out.  Thankfully, I consider myself quite adept with this type of thing.

An Editorial Report

I haven’t been around much recently.  I took a break from writing at the beginning of the summer and have concentrated on other things. 

A couple of weeks ago, I received a professional critique of my current novel in progress, Silent, and I’ve started the process of breaking down chapters, key characters and choices of themes.

For instance, the location.  In the original draft, I set the story in an old Hall (presumably haunted) in the middle of rugged countryside. Apparently, this doesn’t work well in Young Adult fiction; a setting by the sea might work better.

Also, the story centres around a group of music students, all classically trained pianists – personal, since I studied classical piano performance at post grad level and wanted to bring some of my own musical experiences to life.  Again, this doesn’t work well in YA fiction.  Too technical and readers might not relate to the various descriptions of musical works.  

Finally, the back story needs narrowing down and making more relevent to the type of readership.

But the report included many positive observations and I’m enjoying the restructure.