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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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Kill Me Again – Published TODAY!

Wow – I can’t believe the day has actually come! Kill Me Again is now available for sale on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. When I write a new novel – for months if feels as if I have toiled over all the little details (and loved every minute of it) tweaking the bits that I think will satisfy my readers, and it seems like forever until the finished version will see the light of day. But now suddenly it’s upon us, and it’s an exciting day for me. This is my sixth novel (well – number 5.5 really, because Nowhere Child is actually a novella) and I so enjoyed writing it. It’s hard to say more without giving the game away, but my protagonist – Maggie Taylor – has some incredibly difficult choices to make. Not choices that I hope any of us will ever have to face. I published

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Kill Me Again – The Prologue

As I promised last week, here’s an update on my new novel Kill Me Again which I am delighted to say is racing up the charts – and it’s still a week until launch! So what’s it all about?       When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him. When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and

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Kill Me Again – Cover Reveal

Here it is, at last – the cover to my new novel – KILL ME AGAIN I’m very excited to be able to share the cover with you – and over the next few days will reveal the blurb, then the prologue! And if you want a chance to see the video trailer, just check out the Join my Campaign paragraph below. JOIN MY CAMPAIGN! Lovely readers, I would love you to help me launch Kill Me Again with a bang. Click on the link below to go to my Thunderclap page. All you have to do is click Support with Facebook or Twitter and on February 17th, one (and one only) post will appear in your timeline, telling your friends and family that Kill Me Again is available to read. https://www.thunderclap.it/…/37381-kill-me-again-book-launc… As an added bonus, you can enjoy the video which gives a spine-tingling flavour of Kill Me Again! Thanks for your amazing

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Season’s Greetings from Rachel Abbott

Merry Christmas everybody and thank you so much for your support throughout the year. You really ARE Gold! I don’t know what you all have in store, but I’ve been busy singing with a local choir, and Alderney really is the most incredibly sociable place – so lots of drinks parties to go to. On Christmas Day, we have friends joining us – sadly not family this year as they are all in the UK – but we’re looking forward to the full Christmas lunch – turkey and all the trimmings. My husband’s family has a tradition of meat and potato pie on Christmas Eve – I have no idea where that came from, but I’m always happy to eat that particular favourite. It’s a simple meal, but leaves lots of time for preparation of the main event on Christmas Day. And then on Boxing Day we have an open

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Special Offers on Rachel Abbott’s books

I absolutely love it when one or more of my books goes into a special promotion. Some people think it’s madness to offer books at such a low price, but I think it’s terrific because I hope it will bring me new readers – people who may not normally choose to buy a thriller, for example. I like to think my thrillers are a little different from most. They don’t necessarily focus on all that is gory but hopefully we do get into the minds and souls of both the good guys and the bad. The stories are told generally from the perspective of the victims or perpetrators of the wicked deeds, and although we have the gorgeous Tom Douglas and lovely Becky Robinson around to help solve the ultimate crime, the people we care most about are those who are suffering at the hands of evil. This December I am

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Missing Children – a Charity Auction

I love the research phase of writing my books. It is always a shock to me how easy it is to find out how to kill somebody on the internet – or even how to find somebody to do it for you! Not all of my research is online, of course. There are certain things that need to be understood from experts – in particular any elements of police procedure. I don’t base my writing on the approaches witnessed in television programmes. I go straight to somebody who knows what really happens – a real, experienced, ex-detective chief inspector. And that too surprises me, though I always expect a significant difference between what we see on the television and reality.

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Listening to Readers

Earlier this year, I published a novel – Stranger Child – which did very well for me. It’s a novel I’m proud of. In the UK it has just under 1300 Five Star reviews and was the 11th highest selling book on the UK Kindle in the first six months of the year – and that’s across all authors – just being pipped into the top ten by Lee Child (but that’s fair enough!). However, as Stranger Child only came out at the end of February, thereby losing two months’ sales, it would have been interesting to see what the picture might have been with a full six months to go on!