My current work in progress is the first book in a fictional new series about the adventures of Emily, a young woman who lives in York, England.
Fiction writing is new to me and quite a challenge and to make it a bit easier for myself, I took something that happened to me while I lived in York, and used that as an inspiration. However, most of it is made up!
As the book still needs a major edit, I haven’t come up with a blurb yet, but as it stand now it could be something like this.
Emily’s once quiet and idyllic neighbourhood on Milbury Hill is rudely awoken one day when a rat invades her back garden and house. The sight of the furry creature inspires a mean streak in her bitchy neighbour Priscilla that brings the two women on the brink of war. Never could Emily have imagined the disasters that are about to happen.
I hope that the above, together with a cartoon on the cover of a woman holding a knife and a rat holding an axe, should tell potential readers that it is a funny slightly surreal book.
My writing process is definitely one of plotting, but I feel some pantsing coming on with the major re-write that I have to do soon. Don’t feed the Rat! is currently in the hands of my beta readers and early reactions already show me that it needs lots more work.
This immediately shows the paramount importance of having critical beta readers, specially when like me, you are creating something you have never done before.
At the moment, I am planning on publishing Don’t feed the Rat! in November.
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