Writing crime…

My faithful followers, I hope you’re all having a great weekend.

As you know, my first novel ‘A Hole in Serenity’, fell into the psychological thriller category. A genre that I am extremely passionate about both in book form and on screen. My new project, the first in a new crime series, has been an altogether different challenge posing various obstacles along the way.

So where do those differences lie?

For starters, I’ve had to research policing ranks and policies within the police force. This is a MUST when writing stories that involve the police. An understanding of the ranks is imperative in order to address who answers to who from top to bottom.

Secondly, what every crime novel has, is a crime scene. The order of events and who is involved needs to be researched so that no stone is left unturned.

Lastly, press conferences and statements have to be researched to fully understand how they are given and what is at stake when they are delivered. In my opinion, this moment is essential in any successful crime novel or crime television drama.

I’m not far off finishing this first instalment which I am very excited about! Watch this space!

Thank you, as always to each and every one of you for your continued support and a big welcome to my most recent followers!

Take care and I’ll be in touch soon,

Mark

Finally…

My loyal followers, A Hole in Serenity is finally available in paperback across all Amazon platforms!! If you’re looking for a summer holiday read, please give it a go! I might be bias but I think you’ll enjoy it! Take care and thank you so much as always for your support!! Mark

So why write…?


For those of you out there who have one day dreamed of being the next J K Rowling or Roald Dahl, you are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers and authors out there who are also looking for their hard work to one day be rewarded.

I can only speak for myself when I say this but I genuinely do not believe for one second that many are in the writing game for fame and fortune. The majority of us write because we love it. Having the freedom to not only invent a story but to then take it in whichever direction you choose, is priceless. It is a gift that no writer would ever give up.

For me the end result of seeing my book for sale on well known platforms really is what it’s all about.  Sitting back and thinking ‘wow. That’s my book’.

Writing also takes me to a place of tranquility. A place where no one else can enter. A mindset so deep it cannot be broken. Having this other world that writers live in is like having a big secret. A fictional secret. A place to escape to that only you understand but equally a place that only you needs to understand.

If you’ve ever thought about writing, give up the thought and just do it. Trust me, you won’t look back.

I’ll be back soon with an update from DCI Morgan! Thank you all so much as always for your incredible support

Take care
Mark

Reviews…

REVIEWS! REVIEWS! REVIEWS! 

This is a huge plea for reviews on A Hole in Serenity guys! If you have read my book and purchased it through either AMAZON or IBOOKS, please please could you take a couple of minutes to leave a short review. It doesn’t have to be 1000 words just a one paragraph review if that’s all you have time for! Thank you sooooooooo much!!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B01DFE9RXI/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490523854&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=mark+draycott&dpPl=1&dpID=51ESZ1Av9wL&ref=plSrch

Happy anniversary me!!

So a year ago today I became a self published author! A huge, huge thank you to each of you for your support over the last year. It has been priceless! If you still haven’t had the chance, A Hole in Serenity is available on amazon, kobo and ibooks on most platforms worldwide for a very small price indeed! Enjoy!

Onwards and upwards in hope of dropping the ‘self’ label!! #DCIMorgan 

Have a great weekend all!

Mark

Find your place…


It is true what Mr Willy Wonka said… ‘There is no place I know to compare with pure imagination’… The mind is one powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. 

My example is the obvious.  A story can take a new direction whenever I change its path. I can bring in a character or take one out at the drop of a hat. I can create paradise and make it even better.

Each and every one of us can go to a place where we call the shots. If it can improve someone’s state of mind then it can’t be a bad thing surely?

Let your mind take you to a different place today. A place that you’ve created and that no other mind would be able to mimic. It’s yours. Create it, change it and then enjoy it!

Thank you as always to you all for your continued support. You, my faithful, are by no means made up. You are very real and the support I have felt from you all is also very real so thank you.

Take care,
Mark

The Great Gatsby…

On this mild, sunny Sunday afternoon I sat indoors away from the rays that poured eagerly through my patio doors. I sat immersed in the world of The Great Gatsby. Totally absorbed by Leo Di Caprio but even more so by the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I thought I would share a few of those creative wonders with you now.
Enjoy!

“His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”

“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life”

“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.”

“Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!”