|Happy dance time|
Vile City was published today and soon I'll be leaving for my book launch at Waterstones. Its on the 2nd floor of the Sauchiehall Street branch, kicking off at 7pm if you fancy stopping by. There will be cake.
Although there's happiness in my heart that at long last the novel that won the Scottish Association of Writers' Pitlochry Quaich for a first crime novel in 2011 is being published, there's fear too. The kind of fear that gnaws at your heart like you're being eaten from the inside.
Doubt is every writer's worst enemy.
|It's nail biting time|
Will anybody want to read your book? Will the reviews be scathing like knives through your heart?
Whatever the reception you get, being a writer means putting yourself out there. You have to expect and accept that people won't like your writing. But that doesn't make it any easier.
|Even Benjy looks worried|
But there is joy too in seeing your book on sale. Of knowing that your hard work has paid off.
In the case of Vile City (Detective in a Coma Book 1), I've been working on it trying to get it published for 6 years. In that time, it's gone through so many different versions.
Why Detective in a Coma?
DC Stevie Campbell, the detective of the title who's in the coma, came to life after he started speaking to me. Initially he was a bit character, but he became much more. So, I thought wouldn't it be interesting to see what would happen if this friend who is meant to be in a coma started to talk to my main character DI Duncan Waddell? That would make anybody question their sanity, wouldn't it?
Vile City tells two parallel stories -
Shelley Craig who's been taken and who will do anything to make it home and DI Duncan Waddell's attempts to find her.
Shelley is an amalgamation of every strong woman I know. She's not a victim. No, she's a survivor.
Anyway, I better go now. Some cakes with book cover toppers and my book launch are waiting. Maybe I will see you there.
Wish me well.
You can read the start of Vile City for free here
Vile City is available in paperback and in eBook -