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Potential Cover #inherdefence #fiction

Finding a cover for any book is tricky and finding something striking that speaks of the story, without using the usual cliched imagery that date a book so quickly, and is also eye catching is trickier still.

The next book in my WW2 crime series Bunch Courtney Investigates  has the working title of In Her Defence. The story is all about perceptions of who and what people were in the turbulent throws of May 1940 when the very real threat of imminent invasion and the instigation if internment prompted deep suspicion of anyone who was not ‘local’ or at least ‘known’ to the population at large. A time when even long standing friendships forged in childhood can and were called into question.

So far the image below is the most serious contender for In Her Defence.

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Call of the Duvet :Authors Electric #authorselectric #drwho

My latest blog now up on Authors Electric:

Call of the Duvet by Jan Edwards

It is that time of year when some of us would much prefer to hibernate. Once new year celebrations are over (in the UK at least) there are two months of cold and damp to look forward to – and I am a summer girl. …

To read the rest go to Authors Electric  HERE

 

Secret Locations

In Winter Downs: Bunch Courtney Investigates #1 the village close to Bunch’s family home is never named. This was quite deliberate as I didn’t want to pin myself to firmly on a location that can be too easily recognised.  Continue reading

Circles of Derby Hell #satnavs #derby #dante #msmagneto

Getting home from an event in Derby last night we  left the car park and had, for once, found the right road out of Derby city.

Any non-Derbian who has attempted this will know that it is no mean feat. The road signage and ring road accesses were plainly designed  by a Dante-obsessed planner who has never driven a car. Many is the time we have driven in desperate circles searching for the way out!

When we came against a diversion from the main road we were thrown back into the street-maze with diversion signs that petered out into the hinterlands of Derby,  leaving us wondering where in (Dante’s) hell we were. Continue reading

Not Junk – Just Yet to Find a Use #writing

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I have had this pamphlet – The Story of Okewood Church – gathering dust in various draws and on selected shelves for the best part of 40 years. It is dated 1978 and for all I know this same booklet is still available in the tiny church described.

St Johns OkewoodSt Johns has had many ups and downs and was left to  rot and resurrected several times but has endured. It is a pretty church set in the woodlands of the Surrey/Sussex borders.  It is said there was a chapel n the site long before the church was built in 1220. Buily on the remnants of a roman building (villa or temple?), which in itself was thought to be the site of a druidic temple.

Whilst writing In Her Defence, the sequel to my crime novel Winter Downs,  I wanted to include a brief description of a really old village church – and Okewood does not come much older. As, indeed, is the pamphlet itself. It took me a while to find it – but The Story of Okewood Church: a Handbook for Pilgrims finally earned its place in my reference library.

Score one for the packrat who never throws anything away!

 

 

2017 Round-up

Here we are with the usual round-up for the year.

winter-downs-cover-by-jan-edwardsMoving house took up a great deal of 2017 so my output was not what it might have been but by far the biggest event was the launch of my crime novel, Winter Downs. My maiden voyage into crime fiction at novel length.  Winter Downs is a golden age crime set in January of 1940 where a body is found on the snow-covered Sussex Downs.

In the realms of short fiction ‘Taste of Culture’,  was reprinted in In the Footsteps of Dracula, Pegasus publishing. ISBN 978-1681775340 (First appeared in The Mammoth Book of Dracula 1997.)

I was lucky enough to have two Sherlock Holmes stories in print this year,

‘Curious Case of the Sweating Horse’, MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories VII: Eliminate the Impossible: 1880-1891, MX Publishing, ISBN: 978-1787052024

‘The Curious Case of Mr Marconi’, MX Sherlock Holmes VI, MX Publishing,  ISBN 978-1787050877

Also this year, after many delays and problems, saw the production and publication of Dr Who script, which I wrote along with Sam Stone, Debbie Bennett, Raven Dane, Suzanne Barbieri and David Howe.  The Daemons of Devil’s End, DVD, Reel Time Pictures 2017 ASIN: B06XPHPZG6

This is a 3 disc set. One disc has the film itself, a reprise of the White Witch, Olive Hawthorne character from the 1970s Dr Who story arc of The Daemons; played then and now by the inimitable Damaris Hayman. The other discs are interviews and extras. A must for any Whovian!

Also out this year is the anthology written by myself, Sam Stone, Debbie Bennett, Raven Dane, Suzanne Barbieri and David Howe which retell the DVD action as short stories.

There are two editions:

‘The Poppet’, The Daemons of Devil’s End, Telos Press, 2017,  ISBN: 978-1845839703
which is available from all the usual retailers, and  ‘The Poppet’, Olive Hawthorne and the Daemons of Devil’s End, Special edition 2017, ISBN: 978-1845839697 which is only available from  Telos Press . The special edition has been produced in the same style as the old Target books of the 1970s and contains stills from the original Dr Who sets not previously available.

That is about it for this year. 2018 will see the arrival of the second Bunch Courtney crime novel provisionally titled In Her Defence, plus a few projects that are still too hush-hush to mention as yet! Also with an editing hat on the much awaited weird/horror anthology from Alchemy Press.

Until then it just remains for me to wish you all a Happy Solstice, Good Yule, Merry Christmas and a truly prosperous New Year!

Memories Are Not Always Made of This

This morning the author and editor Diana Athill was interviewed on the Today programme for her 100th birthday. Happy Birthday to Ms Athill!

One of the things  that she mentioned was her first memory of falling into a puddle and being hauled out again. It set me musing on my own earliest memories. I can think of several, and because we moved house two weeks after my 4th birthday I can accurately date myself as being three or even two years old at the time. Continue reading