The work in progress blog tour

Many thanks to the lovely and talented novelist Terry Tyler for tagging me in the Work In Progress (WIP) Blog Tour. Terry is currently writing a sequel, Last Child, to her compelling romantic drama Kings & Queens, a modern day version of Henry VIII and his six wives. You can read her post HERE and follow Terry on Twitter @TerryTyler4.

The rules: Provide the link back to the post by the person who nominated you.  Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current WIP, then nominate four other writers to do the same.

My current WIP is called CONCEALMENT, and it’s a psychological thriller set in the City of London. The heroine, Amy Robinson, is a high-flying financial professional,who’s overcome a traumatic childhood living in a filthy cluttered house with her compulsive hoarder mother. But the higher she climbs, the greater her dread of falling…

When a young colleague is murdered, Amy suspects a link with a fraud at a client. To get to the truth, she has to navigate a myriad of personal and business connections, as well as the machinations of her evil new boss. Amid a climate of hostility and her own deteriorating mental health, can she find the strength to identify the killer and ensure that justice is done?

This is my second book and continues with the same broad theme of skulduggery in the business world as my first novel, Never Say Sorry, the cancer cure conspiracy thriller. It’s been a challenging story to construct, mainly because I chose to write in the 1st person to fully convey Amy’s isolation and paranoia – the reader is never quite sure until the end whether Amy is onto something, or just cracking up. Also, being the child of a hoarder myself, writing CONCEALMENT has been a cathartic and sometimes painful process. As a good friend pointed out to me, it’s hard to fictionalise your own life…

I envisage CONCEALMENT will be the first in a series of novels about Amy, as there is much, much more to be said about her and some of the other characters.

My WIP is now approaching final form (she says confidently!), and when it appears will depend very much on whether I self publish, or have another attempt to find an agent. But in the meantime, here are the opening sentences of my first three chapters:

Chapter 1 There were too many brown noses on the Blue Skies Brainstorming Group for any good to come of it.

Chapter 2 No way would I let Smithies spook me again – he might be the boss, but I was not the archetypal underdog.

Chapter 3 The night before the pay review I had the dream.

So there you have it! I will endeavour to find some people to tag and let you know in due course. In the meantime, if you haven’t read my first book, do check it out here


Finally, I haven’t blogged before, but will be posting more in the coming weeks. Thanks again to Terry for getting me started!