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Guest Post by Louise Voss

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I’m delighted to welcome Louise Voss to my blog today.  Louise has written a very interesting guest post which I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as I did.

 

The Seven Deadly Sins of a Writer

Although a writer’s life can be wonderful, most of us experience a whole raft of emotional side-effects to this perilous way of earning a crust. I suspect we all have a pretty full house of the Seven Deadly Sins bubbling away under the surface. But put a different slant to them, and you can, I reckon, turn each one into something positive… I hope this doesn’t sound too Pollyanna-ish – what do you think?

SLOTH – Whenever I say I’ve finished another book, people often respond with admiration and comments like, ‘wow, you’re so prolific!’ I confess that, without fail, this makes me feel like a fraud. Yes, I have written six novels and co-authored six more – but this is over a period of seventeen years. Compared to many of my crime-writing peers, my output is meagre, verging on embarrassingly so. I mean, some people routinely write two novels a year! But it’s all relative, and we all work at different paces, so I remind myself that it takes as long as it takes.

PRIDE – those rare but wonderful occasions when you get a great review, a sniff of film interest, or perhaps hit the higher echelons of the Amazon charts. My feeling is that pride, if kept in check, is actually the reward for all the other disappointments that a writer’s life inevitably brings – but obviously no-one likes a braggard. So if you do find you have something to boast about, best be aware of the fine line between self-promotion and arrogance…

ENVY – that’s a very obvious one, one which I challenge any living writer not to have experienced at some point or another. One of the things I most love about the writing community is how supportive we all are of each other, and we are all genuinely delighted when one of our number gets a fabulous new book deal or a No.1 chart position. It doesn’t mean we don’t secretly feel envy too on occasion. But it’s completely natural, and I reckon envy can be a good incentive to work a bit harder. A bit of healthy competition never hurt anyone.

GREED – the constant ‘could do better’ness about the business – have I got into the top 500? Great, but I need to be in the Top 100! Top 100? Not good enough. Need to be in the Top 20….Top 10…how great would it be to get into the Top 5?…etc. etc. But again, is this greed or ambition?

GLUTTONY – yup. And many of us have a writer’s bottom to show for it. Come on, give me a break, it can be pretty tedious sitting at the kitchen table on a laptop all day long, with the fridge just yards away, calling to us. And yet, I know that I reward myself when I’ve worked hard, with a few chocs or a decent bottle of wine. That’s not gluttony, is it? My mum’s voice comes to me: ‘Everything, but in moderation…’

LUST… well, that’s one of the least of them, unless you bracket it with envy when lusting after someone else’s advance, book jacket, sales figures, TV appearances, killer twists, and so on.

WRATH is an interesting one. We’ve all read about these spats between authors, or authors and their publishers, or – often – authors and people who leave them horrible reviews. I guess that mostly comes down to personality though.

It’s all about the perspective, really, isn’t it, like most things in life.

Which would be the worst of your seven deadly sins?

 

About Louise Voss

Louise Voss is a no.1 best-selling author with twelve novels under her belt, encompassing both contemporary and crime fiction.   Six of the latter are co-written thrillers with Mark Edwards, the most recent being two DI Lennon titles, From The Cradle and The Blissfully Dead.   She has just completed her latest solo psychological suspense novel, The Old You , which will be out in 2017.

 

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Books on today’s Kindle Daily Deal:-

To Be Someone – http://amzn.to/2gBGH8aQ 

Games People Play – http://amzn.to/2fxGITm

Social Media:-

Twitter – @LouiseVoss1

 

Interview with Owen Mullen

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I would like to introduce you all to Owen Mullen who is the author of the Charlie Cameron series.  I recently interviewed Owen and asked him about his books which sound fascinating.  There’s also a really interesting author bio at the end.

 

First of all can you tell me what type of books you write?

An author friend recently described it as tartan noir with plenty of noir. I always say I want to write books that I want to read. That means strong believable characters, strong story lines and unexpected twists. So Games People Play is about Charlie Cameron Glasgow PI…someone recently described him like this: Charlie’s Rick in Casablanca, he’s Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep. He’s wonderful.

 

What is your latest book about?

Book 2

Old Friends and New Enemies is the 2nd in the Charlie Cameron series. This time Charlie ends up fighting for his life when he discovers the body of an old friend.

 

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

I don’t but several people who know me say they can spot me….although they don’t say which one…it would be nice to be the hero.

 

Where do you get your ideas from?

Many things, song titles, documentary or news article, or just something someone says. Games People Play came from a conversation on a beach with my wife Christine

 

Do you have to do any research?

Always. How much depends on the story. Even places and things you know well are constantly changing. I talk to people, visit the area, take photographs and read up on things.

 

How long on average does it take you to write each book?

3 to 4 months for the first draft, and normally about a couple of months to finish.

 

Can we expect more from you?

Yes. The third Charlie story is underway; also a long short story. I have a few other projects on the go too.

 

Do you find social media useful?

Invaluable… as an indie author you can either strap on a sandwich board or get yourself out into the world of social media. I have met so many helpful people this way.

 

Would you like to see any of your books made into a film?

Who wouldn’t? Yes that would be amazing.

 

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to write their first book?

I always give the same advice. Get started. Get better. Keep going.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I used to be in bands so music is still big for me, apart from that I love travel, cooking and football.

 

What’s your favourite word?

Don’t have a favourite but dubiety is a good one. Haven’t used it yet…I’m saving it for the right sentence.

 

About Owen Mullen

School was a waste of time for me. Or rather, I wasted time; my own and every teacher’s who tried to get me to work. It took twenty years to appreciate what they were telling me. Life has rules. They aren’t written down but they exist nevertheless. I got that. Eventually. But by then I was thirty five.

Along the way I missed an important clue. At ten I won a national primary schools short story competition – and didn’t write anything else for forty years.

SMART BOY WANTED

APPLY WITHIN

As a teenager my big obsession was music. Early on I realised if I was successful I would probably be rich and famous and pull lots of girls.

So how did that turn out?

Well, you haven’t heard of me, have you? And this morning I caught myself worrying about the electricity bill. So the short answer is: one out of three ain’t bad.

Running around the country in a Transit van with your mates is fun. It’s your very own gang. You against the world. Until you fall out and the dream lies bleeding on the dressing-room floor.

When that happened I went to London

[everybody from Scotland goes to London, it’s like first footing at New Year, or ten pints of lager and a vindaloo on a Friday night; a sacred tradition]

and became a session singer. I also started gigging with different bands on the circuit.

Back in Scotland – most of us come back with wild tales of great success, none of them true – I wondered what I should do with myself and didn’t have to wait long for the answer. Her name was Christine. We got married, I went to Strathclyde Uni and got a bunch of letters after my name, and toughing it out at Shotts Miner’s Welfare, or dodging flying beer cans at the Café Club in Baillieston, was in the past. The long hair was short now, I wore a suit and pretended to like people I didn’t like because we were ‘colleagues’.

After many adventures I started my own marketing and design business and did alright. Christine and I were very happy, we travelled all over the place; India, Brazil, Botswana, Nepal, Borneo, Japan. One day I suggested we move. To the Greek islands. So we did. We bought land and built a beautiful villa overlooking the Mediterranean. Then the pan global financial crash happened, years of fiscal carelessness finally caught up with Greece; the exchange rate dived and the cost of living in Paradise went through the roof.

I had to do something. Then I remembered the short story competition. I had been good at writing, hadn’t I?

I wrote another short story called The King Is Dead…the first thing I’d written since primary school. When I typed the last word [Christine taught me to type] I held the pages in my hand then started to read. An hour and a half, rooted to the chair unable to believe what was in front of my eyes. For four decades I had shunned a god given gift. And as I read I started to understand why. It was awful. Not just bad. Bloody terrible.

But I kept going.

And now, eight years and seven books later, three literary agents plus two I turned down [they were reading a different book] I am a writer. My books are on Amazon. People buy them and come back for more.

One seasoned London agent has predicted I am destined to be ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’

Yeah!

So is the moral: follow my example, find something you’re good at and stick with it. Hardly. I didn’t, did I? Do it your own way; it’s your life.

 

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Twitter: @OwenMullen6

Contact Owen on enquiries@owenmullen.com

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