When asked the common question ‘when did you start writing?’ I can pinpoint it with unusual accuracy to a summer school writing class at Marlborough College in the second week of July 2006. After that week ended, I went with my family to a cottage in Devon. The kids brought a couple of friends each and every evening ended up in the hot tub; the Textiliste did her textiley thing. And I wrote.
At the end of the course I had four story ideas that had been generated that week, one a sort of buddy story involving three men walking the Cotswolds Way – I’d done that walk with my dad and friends about fifteen years previously. I decided, not as I recall for any good reason, to run with that. It took three months to finish a first draft.
It was a right old heap of Aardvark’s aftermaths.
But… I knew
I just knew
Inside there was a book, I just had to find it.
And now I have.
Walking Into Trouble
is now in the finals throes of an edit. In the next few weeks that will be complete.
I have a cover I really rather love.
Obviously there’s still work to do on it…!
And I have a blurb…
When Chris Reyborough accepts the offer of a week’s walking with his two oldest friends, Martin Connolly and Peter Hopkins, the aim is to help him come to terms with the tragic death of his wife, Diane.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswold Way as it snakes a path across the hills and vales of rural West England, we follow the three friends as the initial goodwill begins to dissipate and the ties that bind them begin to fray.
For Chris has an ulterior motive in undertaking this walk; he suspects Martin knows more about the reasons behind Diane’s ‘accidental’ death than he is letting on. In trying to persuade Martin to reveal what he knows, other deep buried and painful facts from Martin’s past come to the surface, further damaging important relationships. Peter watches the erosion of his friends’ relationship with despair; for there is something very wrong and he too needs their help.
Can their friendship survive to reach Bath in one piece? More to the point, can they?
If anyone would like an early copy, to read in these strange times and fancies leaving an honest review in the bargain when it’s eventually launched on the now knowing public, I’d love to hear from you, either in the comments or via the contact link above.