Friday 18 December 2015

Broken Faces and Excitement for 2016

2015 has been a year of getting used to changes. Firstly at home, with the loss at the end of 2014 of my beloved Miniature Schnauzer Max, and the addition of three Spanish rescue dogs from the brilliant Company of Dogs charity based in Jersey who rescues dogs and finds forever homes for them. Our house is now constantly busy and mostly noisy thanks to the playful tactics of Jarvis, Claude and Rudiger.

It's also seen changes for my writing. After beating 7,000 other entrants to be a runner-up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition 2012, with my book Broken Faces - a WW1 based romance about unrequited love, betrayal and learning to live with a terrible disfigurement - the book then received a Special Commendation from the Harry Bowling Prize.

One of the judges in the GH competition, the brilliant and lovely agent Luigi Bonomi, asked to read the rest of Broken Faces and then offered me representation. Needless to say I didn't have to think this through for more than a millisecond. I thought 2013 would be 'my year' - it was a good year but not in ways I'd expected. Luigi was wonderful and when Broken Faces almost, but not quite found a home with a publisher, I then wrote two psychological thrillers for him. Both were well received, but didn't get taken up.

Because Luigi only represented me as Deborah Carr and not my alter ego Georgina Troy, I had to keep the two personas separate. The books I write as Georgina Troy are contemporary romances based in Jersey, and books 2, 3, and 4 of The Jersey Scene series are also based in Sorrento, South of France and Vietnam. This series is published by Accent Press with book 4, A Jersey Bombshell coming out next April.

I was also Deputy Editor for looking after the Alternative Thursday posts, interviews, reviews, etc for six years. But after six years promoting other authors and amicably parting ways with Luigi a few months ago I thought it was time to rethink my days a little and focus on my own writing, although I'll still be contributing and reviewing for Novelicious - because they are the greatest team ever.

However, as of two days ago I saw my debut novel Broken Faces by D M Carr being published by a new imprint, Green Shutter Books. To finally see this book that is so close to my heart finally published it a dream come true. Roll on 2016, I've already been contacted about three exciting events during the year, but none that I can share with you, just yet.

Tuesday 17 March 2015

Still Writing...

So much happened last year, both good and bad, but whatever happens I'm still writing and loving every second of it. This year, I'm about to start working on my third psychological thriller. This isn't a genre I'd considered getting into until recently, but after writing romances, historicals and even a YA novel, I have to admit that I've loved getting absorbed into dark and twisted storylines.

Even though I don't have Max here to snore while I spend hours at the laptop, I now have two rescue dogs, both scoundrels, Jarvis and Claude, who keep me busy and ensure I step away from the screen... rather too many times on occasion, to take them outside for walks, feed them and just pay them attention. It's a good distraction and oddly enough, stepping away from what I'm doing allows ideas and twists I hadn't previously thought about to enter into my brain.

I've been working in the house this winter, but now that the weather is getting warmer again, I'm looking forward to getting back to my shed and my pink Lloyd Loom chairs. I'm not so sure a third chair is going to fit in there though, so maybe I'll have to think about taking the dogs' beds for them to lie on while I write.

Do you have company while you write?

Happy writing! x