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Dying to Write

In my monthly newsletter we are running a writing competition – and it’s a bit like a game of consequences. I wrote the first paragraph of the story, and then asked newsletter readers (or blog readers!) to submit the next paragraph. I am so pleased that so many of you took the time to turn in your rogue paragraph! I am also delighted that so many of them were so good. It has been difficult to choose just one for you all to carry on with but the writer at the front of the field on this occasion is Ryan Kaminski. Close runners up were Karen Turner and Jess Perry. We’re now waiting for your inspiration for the next part of the story – so do send us your idea of how the story might continue, but please only use Ryan’s entry to take your story forward! Good luck! I’m

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News and Events

Jersey Festival of Words: This is the second JFOW, a five-day literary festival featuring visiting and local writers, poets and events, writing workshops, competitions and more. This year’s festival will take place between September 28th and October 2nd, and will see us welcoming internationally renowned writers including Michael Morpurgo, Victoria Hislop, Louis de Bernières, Louise Doughty and Alison Weir to the island. My presentation is on October 1 – Crime Fiction and Publishing versus Self-Publishing and for once I won’t have to travel very far – Jersey is only 30 minutes from my home on Alderney. Learn more at www.JerseyFestivalofWords.org Good Housekeeping Self-publishing Masterclass: Always dreamed of publishing your book but don’t know where to start? Come and meet three of who have made a success of self-publishing and learn how we did it. On the panel with me are Tracy Bloom, author of No-One Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday, an ebook number 1 best-seller in the UK in

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A Writer Reads

This month I have, as always, read voraciously and three of the books absolutely stand out in my mind. I wish it was more, but I can only recommend the best books to you! This book isn’t available until next February, but it’s already up for pre-order on Amazon and I was lucky enough to get a pre-publication copy. It is SO good – and it’s impossible to believe that this is a debut author. My quote on Amazon says it all, and I mean every word of it. It’s a brilliant thriller, tense, exciting, but also with masterly strokes of humour in the writing. I think it’s going to be the thriller of the year. Click here to learn more.       Paul Finch never fails to deliver a good book. This was just released earlier this week (22 September 2016). I loved his Heck character in previous

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A Writer Writes

The highs and lows of being a writer This month has been great fun in more ways than one. I live on the tiny island of Alderney in the Channel Islands, and August is total madness. Never have I lived anywhere like it, with parties, dinners, lunches and all kinds of other silliness going on. It’s exhausting, but fun. It would be possible to be out every night of the week, but the reality is that I need to work, and I want to work. That period is over now, and things are calming down. But it becomes the start of another silly season – this time the season of travel. As you will see from the News and Events, there are a number of writing festivals coming up, and I’m really looking forward to them. What it means, though, is that time spent writing becomes more limited, and that’s

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Interesting Links

We’ve got some great links for you this month, and hopefully you’ll get lots of ideas of books to read as the nights draw in. Among others on the Telegraph’s list of crime and thriller novels of 2016, discover Jill Dawson’s The Crime Writer a book that places the whisky-soaked genius and celebrated psychological thriller writer Patricia Highsmith inside a novel even more lurid and unlikely than the ones she wrote herself… Telegraph Books – Best Crime and Thriller Novels of 2016 One of the UK’s most popular thriller writers, Mark Edwards, is offering three short sharp shockers when you sign up to his newsletter. Learn more here. Tartan noir queen Val McDermid talks about her extraordinary start in life. Click here to read that fascinating interview.      

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Featured Reader

I’ve often said how much I love living on Alderney! I’ve also chatted about having a book group here – something which I enjoy enormously. This month, much to my surprise and delight, my Book Group decided to transform themselves into my Featured Readers! So, they all live on The Rock and they all had something to say about one of my books. What could I do but allow them the limelight they so richly deserve! Please note the damning evidence of chocolates and Prosecco in the foreground – I find that all our highly literary meetings go very smoothly by their inclusion! Jacqueline: I try to save my Rachel Abbotts for my holidays. Sleep Tight is my favourite because it ends up in Alderney so I never feel far from home. Pauline: I’ve read all of Rachel’s books, usually when the grandchildren are asleep. I pick them up as

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In conversation with Angela Marsons

I was recently fortunate enough to be asked to take part in a conversation with the wonderful Angela Marsons on the Liz Loves Books Blog. We had great fun sharing our experiences, and if you want to know about the ups and downs of becoming a writer – read on! Angela’s book Silent Scream took the Amazon charts by storm, as have all her following books, and she’s a lovely lady! Angie: Rachel, thank you so much for agreeing to answer some of my questions. I read your story at a particularly low point in my writing journey and found it incredibly inspirational. I know you faced rejection with your first book Only The Innocent but you managed to keep the faith and keep going. How did you do that? Was there someone in particular who consistently urged you to carry on? Rachel: To be honest, I only approached a small

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Interesting Links

There’s a great article here: The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say And another: Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience I’m also delighted to share with you links to some of my favourite writers’ newsletters, and this month here is a link to Clare Mackintosh’s newsletter. More next month, and let me know of any you particularly enjoy so that we can share with others.

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A Writer Writes

It’s easy to think that a writer’s life is at the very least a romantic one. Perhaps we all sit in our plush leather chairs behind our grand desks and wile away the hours tapping effortlessly on our Macs? Sadly, the reality is much closer to TOO MUCH reality! I work from 8am until 8pm every day of the week, breaking only when I travel for literary events and festivals where I am also working. It’s hard and frustrating and tiring and like most writers I wouldn’t change a thing! In this new-look newsletter I am going to note some of my highs and lows to let you see how tough being a self-employed scribe is. For example, this month I have had endless technical problems with my email and I have wasted hundreds of lost hours trying to solve them. Sometimes it’s soul-destroying and I have to remind myself that

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Featured Reader

This month’s featured reader* is Niki Hadden from Chelmsley Wood, Solihull. “I’m reading Sleep Tight at home right now and it’s 20 minutes past midnight and I’ve had to creep downstairs to make sure all my doors and windows are locked. I would have liked to take something sharp and pointy to bed with me – once I’ve switched the landing light on – but my husband is on nights so I wouldn’t want him to think his wife is losing her marbles! Although he’s used to my reading material before bed – women who snap and husbands in jeopardy, that sort of thing! “Sleep Tight is the first book I have read by Rachel Abbott and I have already downloaded Only The Innocent. Tom Douglas is a very intriguing character and I would certainly like to know more about him and the mystery surrounding his brother Jack!” *If you would