PD Martin's Blog
December 18, 2009
Well, I was planning to blog a little bit today about Chapter 2 of Coming Home – you know, how it was going, what I’d written so far, etc. One problem with that: I haven’t started it yet! I feel like a naughty child confessing to something…well, naughty.
Rest assured, I will finish Chapter 2 this weekend – but it might be a busy weekend!
I’ve had a lot on though…I uploaded the new women’s safety section on my website – important tips in there, so make sure you read it and keep safe! I also uploaded the first chapter in Coming Home and the questions for Chapter 2. Then things kinda stalled.
I also received my author advance copies of the Aussie version of Kiss of Death and I’m running a couple of competitions for Aussie and NZ readers – one for my web subscribers and one at my Facebook page.
Plus I’ve decided on the topic/character for my next book (after Coming Home) and it’s NOT a Sophie book. I know, big news. More on my next project later – much later.
But for now I want to leave you with a safety tip: Be hyperaware of your surroundings and actions when in parking lots – it’s one of the places women are most likely to be sexually assaulted.
Tips for parking lots
When you park your car in a lot, park it near the entrance/exit and when you’re making your way to your car, have your keys out and ready. Don’t walk across the lot rummaging through your bag or on your mobile/cell phone. Instead, give your surroundings 100% of your attention. If a van is parked next to your car on the driver’s side, you may want to enter your car through the passenger side. Offenders have been known to snatch women and throw them in a neighbouring van – for the offender, it’s quick and easy. See my safety tips for how to stay safe while getting into your car, while in your car, and other car-related safety tips.
December 11, 2009
On Tuesday this week I started writing the new Sophie Anderson book, Coming Home. Check out my YouTube video to see how it looked after 24 hours: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLG7C0Wzb7I
As the voting deadline got closer, a clear leader began to emerge for my first question: What sparks Sophie to investigate her brother’s murder? And it seemed that option A had it: After 28 years with no abductions or murders similar to John’s a young boy is abducted (or found dead) in very similar circumstances.
My personal preference would have been the second option (a similar murder in the US) just because I felt it was the most complex and would give me greater scope as I moved forward with the book.
Having said that, I still had lots of fun writing the first chapter! The chapter’s not quite finished yet (well, I wrote a first draft on Tuesday and haven’t had a chance to do any work on it since) but I hope to finish it off tomorrow.
I also drew the winner of the first chapter competition – Taina. You can see that at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urlw4ypXDYc However, I’m afraid Taina may only get the chapter 24 hours or so before everyone else, as I’m running a little late. First week on the job and I’m lagging behind…not good. Still, I can always ‘owe’ Taina a free chapter read for chapters 2-12.
Don’t forget, I’ll be posting chapter 1 and the questions/voting for chapter 2 at 9am (Aussie time) on Monday 14 December. Mmm…I better get editing/writing!Comments Off
December 4, 2009
With only a few days to go, it seems the basic premise for the first chapter of Coming Home has been decided. Thanks to everyone who’s voted so far!
What sparks Sophie to investigate her brother’s murder? Thirty percent of voters went for: After 28 years with no abductions or murders similar to John’s a young boy is abducted (or found dead) in very similar circumstances.
The two options coming in equal second are only at 18%, so I can’t imagine they’ll topple option A. Which means it’s time to start thinking about this new murder in Australia. Will it be in Victoria again? Shepparton? How will the murder be similar to John’s and will there be any differences? I still won’t start writing – I’ll wait until the voting officially closes, just in case – but I can now start thinking seriously about Chapter 1!
I’m really looking forward to Tuesday and starting the next instalment in the Sophie series. It’s been a little longer than normal between projects/books for me this time and I can feel myself getting itchy hands. It’s funny, if I haven’t written for a while I literally find myself typing in the air, wanting to move my fingers across a keyboard as quickly as possible. And Tuesday’s the day!
If you haven’t voted yet there’s still time….voting closes:
Australia: 9am Tuesday 8 December (AEDT)
UK: 10pm, Monday 7 December
US: 5pm, Monday 7 December (EST)
So at 9am (well, after I drop my daughter off at my mum’s) I’ll be hitting the new book! I might even video the start.Comments Off