Bestseller? You decide!

Good evening all,

I hope you are well and had a good weekend. Happy Monday!!It’s about time I shared a few of my latest writing antics with you so thought I’d start on what I believe makes an international bestseller, or at least who I believe should make that decision.

Now I can only give my opinion based on previous reads, my own work and also my genre. I can’t sit here and pretend that I know everything there is to know about writing a fantasy novel or a rom-com! So let’s stick with a good thriller or crime novel.

Firstly, I have recently finished two books of which I won’t name but both by very reputable authors and both of which have hit the best-selling charts. I believe that there are certain ‘must haves’ such as a gripping plot, enticing characters and either a twist or an unexpected ending of some kind. I believe a story should be both descriptive and addictive throughout. The plot should be well thought through and executed in a way that leaves readers wanting the authors next piece of work.

Now both of these books had the above but the first had an incredible overuse of three to four word sentences. I believe on one occasion, I had well over 50 fullstops on just one page! I think short sharp sentences are a fantastic way to build tension but too many can interupt a stories flow. At one point I even said to myself, ‘is this for real?’

The second book was a great read and incomparable to the first. It sucked you into the story and described the characters and scenes so well that you too were stood there with them in the room. This was a book deserved of it’s place in the chart.

From a writer trying to make it in this competitive world of varied writing styles and genres, the first book confused me somewhat. What it did do is make me realise that I’m not as far behind these guys as first thought and to keep going. Each writer develops his or hers own writing style. There is no rule as each reader expects different things from a writer. Only you can decide what makes a bestseller.

If you’re an aspiring writer in this maze of publishing companies and literary agents, keep going and do it for yourself. Others will judge you no matter what so that’s something you will never change. Stick with it and be proud!

Take care my faithful and keep your eyes peeled for Chasing Shadows, the first in my new crime series featuring DCI Morgan.

Thank you once again for your continued support!

Mark

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I’m almost there…

Good evening my loyal followers!

I understand that it’s been some time since my last post but I’ve been busy polishing my latest novella for release. Tomorrow evening sees the big cover reveal for my latest crime thriller featuring DCI Morgan…

Watch this space!

Mark

News, clues & writing blues…

Good day to you all, my loyal followers!

Firstly, a big thank you for staying with me. It’s been an extremely busy few weeks on the writing front and with the launch of my new crime thriller on the horizon, it’s been non stop!

I wanted to give you a quick snapshot of where I am to date. My crime thriller, the first in a new series featuring my new best friend, DCI Morgan, is now in the hands of three BETA readers to road test. I expect to have this ready for publication late September!

So now the writing blues have set in and I’m already thinking of my next novel. It’s a storyline which I am EXTREMELY excited about so I cannot wait to get started!

Lastly, my debut thriller, A Hole in Serenity, is still available for just 99p on Amazon wherever you are and also available from the IBOOKS store. KOBO? Don’t worry, it’s also available for the Kobo too!

PLEASE continue to help me spread the word. I am beginning to rack up a sizeable following across all social media which is extremely exciting! Your support is very much appreciated as always.

Take care and I’ll be back soon!

Mark

I’m still here…

Good morning my faithful!!

I hope you are all well and having a good week.

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in so I thought I’d send you all an update. It’s exciting times in the world of DCI Morgan as I’m busy editing his first adventure! I expect to release this first instalment of his new crime series late September so watch this space!

If you haven’t yet entered my most recent giveaway, head over to my Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning one of 3 sets of signed copies of my first 2 books. You have 2 days left to enter!!

My debut psychological thriller, A Hole in Serenity, is still available from Amazon worldwide so wherever you are, pick up your copy today and prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of a read until the very last page!!

Lastly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of you for sticking with me throughout my journey.  It means a great deal!

Take care all,

Mark
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Creative writing techniques…

Good evening my loyal followers,

I hope you are all well.

I’ve been thinking about creative writing techniques recently and thought I would share a couple of ideas that I have with you. For all you writer’s out there, these techniques are bound to help you along the way.

Take an object, any object. You have one in your mind? Now in its simplest term, it could just be a fork or a wine glass or maybe a newspaper. Now bring it to life with words. That fork is suddenly not just a fork anymore but a tool used to fuel our appetite and feed the mouth of our young. You see where I’m going with this?

Another technique is to turn the sound down on the television and create your very own running commentary. Describe the actions of the people you see and their surroundings. This is one of my favourites as you can add a slice of comedy!

Let me know how you get on and if you have any other suggestions for creative writing experiments.

Thank you as always to each of you for your loyal support. As we speak, I am writing the penultimate chapter in my new crime novel. Watch this space!

Take care

Mark