Was that the end of a relationship? What was said that riled him? How did she feel about it: perhaps she was glad?
Whatever the answers it’s all great material for a writer–a public row on a busy commuter train. It could be portrayed as it was, embellished with graphic descriptions of the couple, and made more interesting and compelling with edgy dialogue and some violence. They’re endless possibilities.
Watching how people behave and interact, and listening to how they talk could be called nosy, but it’s essential. The make up of fictional characters–what makes them tick, how they act, talk, think, dress, and more, is imagined–but has to be believable and capable of sustaining the readers belief in the characters for the length of the book. So why not take note of what’s going on around you? How people talk, what they wear, how they react to situations. It’s real life, and can be made interesting, unusual, and compelling by adding detail and happenings.
Some years ago, when I’d decided to write a book for the first time but wasn’t sure what to write about, I sat in a crowded restaurant next to a table with two solemn-faced guys pouring their woes out to the other. Suddenly one sat up, clasped the edge of the table, leant forward, and stared the other guy in the eye. ‘You know what?’ he said in a deep voice. ‘It’s so bad I think I’m going to fake my death and get hold of the life insurance money.’
How’re the hell are you going to do that?’ the guy’s friend asked.
The two of them talked on to discuss what seemed an implausible plan, but I had an idea for a book. A year later Electronic Crime in Muted Key was published–about a man who buys a dead body, fakes his death, scams millions, and pops up on a remote Greek island where he reinvents himself under a different name. The plot came from being nosy.
I’m in the middle of moving home and it sucks! I’ve lived in the same house for nearly twenty-three years and have accumulated too much stuff, some of which hasn’t seen the light of day for ages, if not the entire time I’ve been her. So the time has come to be ruthless and chuck most of it out. My wife and I have been taking all these unwanted, broken, and out-of-date possessions to the dump and charity shops every day for the past two weeks, and there’s more and more!
No more complaining. It has to be done, and the new house will be great when we finally move in. But it’s ruined my concentration. No more writing and fewer blog posts ‘till we’re there.
I’ll be running several promotional events on all my books during the year. If you want to have pre-event knowledge and hear in advance about new releases sign up to my mailing list below. The first three to sign up will receive a free printed copy of Playing Harry, the first book in The Harry Fingle Collection. Just enter your name. address, zip/postal code, and country, and I’ll mail one to you. If you’re not one of the first three, you’ll receive coupons to download any of my Originals series for free.
Join my mailing list.
I’ll send a free, signed, printed copy of Playing Harry to the first six people who sign up–anywhere in the world. Include your postal address and zip/post code. I’ll email to anybody else who signs up–after the first six people–Smashwords coupons to download for free all the six books in my Originals series.
MailChimp sign up form–http://eepurl.com/LQMif
Wattpad. Read for free:
Selected chapters from the three books in The Harry Fingle Collection–Playing Harry, Assassination Continuum, and Zero One–plus the The Harry Fingle Collection-trailer in full.
Two complete books in the Originals series. A further book will be added each week.
Two unedited chapters of work in progress.
Fire (working title)
The Harry Fingle Collection–a trilogy that makes Watergate look like a kids’ tea party.
Harry Fingle is an investigative journalist who takes no prisoners, does no favours, and digs until he exposes the truth. He’s honest, popular, but a danger to some people. When his brother and sister-in-law are murdered and he’s fired for no reason, it’s time to bring those who want him dead to account.
Working on and off with his ex-lover, he realises he’s unearthed a conspiracy so shocking it implicates governments. Harry does what he does best. He charges on, regardless of whom he might upset. But then a ruthless Russian assassin is hired…
The Harry Fingle Collection-trailer
How it all began, an interview with Harry, the guys in his life, and some excerpts from the three books.
The first story.
Giant international corporations hire hitmen. The CIA and MI6 sanction immoral and illegal skulduggery. People die. Harry Fingle–an investigative journalist, searching for his brother’s killer–is appalled, and tries to publish his findings. He’s gagged, an assassin is briefed, and his ex-lover is stabbed.
Harry’s a pawn in a real-life game of chess played out by the security services.
The second story.
The wrong man is murdered in a café in Istanbul. A feared Russian assassin is mortified and vows to right his mistake. Harry Fingle’s lover becomes over-inquisitive, and his spy-friend tells him to watch out.
Tension mounts. The Russians hire a Serbian hitman as a back-up executioner and Harry begins to question his trusted spy-friend’s loyalties.
The final story
Murderers walk free from court, juries are nobbled, spooks leak secrets, police fix investigations, prisoners escape, and the media stay silent. Zero One is dominant. One man controls it.
A lingering love affair, Harry Fingle’s discovery of the name of Zero One’s chief, and the breakout from jail of Harry’s nemesis–the feared Russian assassin Grigoriy Nabutov–make for a tense and emotional conclusion to the trilogy.