A Discovery about Themes

During this year's NaNoWriMo I made the startling (to me) discovery that it was a big help to have decided the theme of the novel in advance. I don't think this is quite the first time I've done this, but in this case the theme permeated the whole story to such an extent that instead …

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More about the place

Because I'm writing about a fictitious town, Pitkirtly, I have had to invent its geography and town plan from nothing - or almost nothing. It has similarities to Culross, which I know slightly, but I don't want it to be the same as Culross. So for instance I don't want it to have a railway line …

Strange characters

The central characters in my mystery novels are Christopher, a redundant archivist and Amaryllis, a semi-retired spy. They are both in their forties and, while Christopher has to work in various part-time jobs for a living, Amaryllis is still drawn back into her former life from time to time, as if reluctant to let go …