We now have a family of four great web sites providing a wonderful choice of legwear, including stockings, hold-ups, tights and more… 🙂
I’m very excited to announce the competion of Skirt. It’s not the sequel to Cold Press (that’s coming next) but instead a standalone story of thuggery, hosiery and flake cakes.
As it’s a standalone novel, the new version of the cover has distinctive typograpy to set it apart from the Cold Press series.
The manuscript will now go off to the editor for a final sanity check (or insanity check in this case…) and should be available in early May. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed the writing… 🙂
I’m very pleased to announce that the first major re-edit of Skirt is now complete. It’s now undergoing the traditional “beautification” process: adding big words, removing cliches and erdicating unnecessary adverbs.
Skirt is the story of Matthew who meets the woman of his dreams in unlikely circumstances, thousands of miles from home. Once back in England he decides he has to find her again, but he’s not alone in his quest. Inept London gangsters Eddie and Vernon are also trying to track her down, but for a very different reason of their own.
Set mainly in London but with trips to San Francisco and Las Vegas, there’s oodles of underwear, lots of chocolate, and plenty of very bad ideas. But just wait until you see the film…
Skirt is set for publication in May 2016. It’s not a sequel to Cold Press (that’s next on the agenda) but instead a standalone exploration of misconceptions, misguided motivations, and, ahem, hosiery. Hopefully you’ll agree it’s lots of fun It’s certainly been an absolute joy to write. Stand by…
While Carrie is sprinkling magical editorial fairy dust on Cold Press, all of the attention is turning to its hastily re-assembled follow-up, Skirt. Now bear in mind the title could change, and in fact pretty much everything could change, I have neverthless currently got three cover designs to choose from. (Although obviously these could change as well…)
Clearly there’s a theme running through these… there’s a cat and a goldfish and not an actual skirt in sight, which will make sense when (if) you read the book… It’s a comic thriller with lots of cups of tea, a million pounds, devious schemes and much mayhem.
Cold Press has been through an extensive re-write, in which 20,000 words of the original manuscript were removed, only to be replaced with 50,000 new ones. It’s also been through an internal edit to eradicate both cliches (avoid those like the plague, haha) and unnecessary adverbs. It has now gone off to an esteemed editor prior to publication. All being well the March 17th deadline is still a possibility – unless of course Carrie (the editor) points out substantial fundamental flaws.
In the meantime, it’s full steam ahead with book 2, which should be released by May 2017.
Skirt (as it’s currently known) is a comedy thriller, originally written in 1999. It has villains, a missing person, and lots and lots of hosiery. Set in London, Las Vegas and San Francisco it deals with the important issues of the day, like what does PG mean in PG Tips, and can you ever have too many Cadbury’s Flake Cakes?
The big re-write is underway (although it’s over 97,000 to begin with). More news soon. 🙂