Tada! Time to announce my official blog tour. THE BLOG TOUR. Starting next week so pop it in your diaries. There are two weeks planned so below is the itinerary for week one. It’s exciting and varied and I hope you’ll visit these good people, not just to read my few words, but, if you don’t already know them, to see what they have to say.
To kick us off, I’m up north (ish) to the Peak District with my earliest blogging buddy, Anne Goodwin at Annecdotal. Anne has just launched her first novel to much acclaim – Sugar and Snails. With Anne I’ll explore the subject of the use and misuse of human embryos in genetic research. This features strongly in MFOL and fascinates me.
Next up it is Sue Vincent, at the Daily Echo, and an emigre from the North. Her blogging is eclectic as is her writing generally. Blog-rumour has it that Sue is, in fact, three people which is the only way to explain her extraordinary output. Given her love of place, it’s appropriate that, on my visit, I will look at locations. In MFOL, the plot takes us from San Francisco to London, Washington to Nicaragua and diverting to Northampton, among other places.
On Wednesday, I’m still going north, if only a little to join Sacha Black at Writespiration. She is one of the most analytical of bloggers, unpicking her own writing process for everyone’s benefit. I’ll be looking at voice and, in particular how that impacts dialogue. I have crafted characters with very different backgrounds, nationalities and influences; ensuring their voices are naturalistic, distinctive and authentic has been a challenge and I will discuss my experiences.
And then, in a double header, I am off see Dylan Hearn at Suffolk Scribblings. I owe Dylan several debts, given his insightful blogging and excellent novels but especially for introducing me to Ben Way, my now very trusted editor. Dylan decided he wanted to interview me but suggested I might interview him at the same time to compare and contrast a number of areas a writer has to address in crafting a novel. I hope you’ll find our conversation as riveting as we found it while we were engaged in it.
After that, well, week two looms; but more of that anon.