Good morning/afternoon/evening, wherever you may be in the world, welcome!
I would like to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who is now following me since my last update. Please continue to spread the word, It really does mean a lot.
So, what’s been happening since the last time we spoke. There have certainly been a few developments in the past few weeks. I am about to start chapter seven of my novel. A chapter that is going to be the pinnacle of my story. I am at the point in the process where I now really feel like I know my characters personally. After spending most days with them, creating their thought process, sharing their expressions, they have now become my friends. Whether or not they are each others friends is a different story. Or my story?
This week in particular has been a big week away from the writing. I have made the decision to start the design of my front cover early. I wanted to bring my creation to life early on giving me that end goal to aim for. Having spoken with a number of designers, all working differently, I now have a graphic designer on the case with the first samples due next week. After trawling through hundreds and hundreds of I stock images with no inspirational results at all, I found the one. It almost jumped through my computer screen and hit me in the face saying “Mark! Look no further. I am that picture. The one.” And boy was it right. I had no need to look any further. It is absolutely perfect and spells out my story perfectly. Exciting times!
The other inspirational moment this week was a reply that I had from probably the most successful thriller author in the UK, Stephen Leather. With thousands and thousands of followers, multiple ‘number one best selling author on amazon’ awards, I was sure my email to him would just fall into the equivalent of a famous persons black hole. It didn’t. He replied with a very short but sweet message addressing me by name making it all the more personal.
So that’s where I am at so far. On to chapter seven. I cannot wait for you to join me on this psychological rollercoaster. I’ll keep you updated as much as I can. Until next time…