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May 26th, 2017
Featured reader – Tracy Edley
This month’s featured reader is Tracy Edley from Dronfield in North East Derbyshire – thanks so much for submitting your thoughts on The Back Road. I have chosen The Back Road as it is the first book I read of Rachel Abbott’s and it’s still one of my favourites. It was my introduction to the very gorgeous DCI Tom Douglas. He’s such a fabulous character. It really kept me guessing right to the very end with its many twists and turns. I kept thinking I knew where this book was going then suddenly it went off in a totally different direction! Rachel is such a clever writer, and the end is always such a complete shock!
May 29th, 2017
Interesting Links
Unpublished letters reveal from Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead. The two accusations are among explosive claims in unseen correspondence written in the bitter aftermath of one of literature’s most famous and destructive marriages. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/11/unseen-sylvia-plath-letters-claim-domestic-abuse-by-ted-hughes Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’, gender politics and growing up One of the world’s most famous — and outspoken — millennials talks about Trump’s America and life beyond the show that made her famous https://www.ft.com/content/aeef5ada-1eb6-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c It’s that time of year again – time to plan a much-needed holiday – but why not try a holiday with literary benefits? http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/itineraries/the-best-learning-holidays/page/writing-holidays
June 14th, 2017
In conversation with author Clare Mackintosh
This month I’m in conversation with Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You, who I recently bumped into at The Crime Fair in Denmark and we agreed to have a chat about our publishing journeys. It was great to see you in Denmark, Clare. Was it a good event for you? It was my second time there, and it was really amazing. I’m still fairly new at this with only two books to my name and last time I was there only about two people – my editor and somebody sitting down because they had a bad back – were interested in listening to me speak! Coming back this year after I Let You Go, suddenly I had queues and a massive audience because the book did so well there. It’s a reminder of how much has happened in such a short time. I remember ...
June 14th, 2017
99p Special Offer on Only the Innocent
Only the Innocent was my first novel, introducing DCI Tom Douglas, and has now sold over 600,000 copies worldwide, with over 2,200 reviews and an average rating of 4.3. It was top of the Amazon bestseller list for four weeks. What set of circumstances could be SO BAD that a woman has no choice but to murder a man? Find out now. Read Only the Innocent for just 99p So what’s it all about? A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface – so dark that a man has to die? Women are rarely cold blooded killers. But when famous philanthropist Hugo Fletcher is found dead, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that the killer is a woman. And it is clear from the precision of the planning that this was no crime of passion. It was an execution. The victim was revered the world over ...
June 15th, 2017
Take time out to reflect on your writing
What a month it has been, and so exciting! I finished the first draft of a new book, and I enjoyed writing it so much it was hard to let it go. I’m now just waiting to get feedback which is bound to be full of heart-sinking moments when I realise that a paragraph that I thought was brilliant isn’t at all, and it needs to be rewritten. It’s all part of the process, though, and I wouldn’t change it. I learned a couple of new lessons with this book – ones that I’ve been subconsciously aware of, but have failed to really take note of in the past. I know that all writers have their own way of doing things so my quirks won’t apply to everybody, but maybe if you’re a writer too, they will give you pause for thought. And that’s the key. Pause for thought. When ...
June 18th, 2017
Pen the perfect postcard and post it to Rachel Abbott
I’ve been on a lot of book tours this year in all kinds of weather! But now it’s Summer and while I was at the Guernsey Literary Festival I found myself writing a postcard to a friend. It’s not something I’ve done for years and I was reminded how pleasing it is to jot down a couple of paragraphs, sticking to the point and recording a moment or two in time. So, what could be better than dashing off a fictional postcard? In keeping with our dark theme, you’ll need to tell someone why you won’t be coming home! It’s all part of my desire to get you writing. If you’ve never written before it can be scary but so many of you jumped aboard the First Line competition in April that I believe reading your Perfect Postcards will be just that – perfect! I’m looking forward to reading them ...

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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

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News and Events

Bloody Scotland : This will be my first time at Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival in Stirling on September 9-11. I’ll be in conversation with fellow author Melanie Raabe on September 10 discussing the title “Can you trust the narrator or your favourite crime novel?” – you’ll have to attend to find out! While you’re there you can go to panels with Val McDermid, Martina Cole and Ben McPherson to name but a few. Find out more at www.BloodyScotland.com 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

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Dying to Write

So many of you have asked me over the years how I started to write. In a nutshell, I had an idea in my head for a while, but as soon as I got the chance I sat down and just started! And you can, too. In this newsletter I’m going  to give you a starter paragraph (see below). Pick it up and run with it. Write the next paragraph of the story for yourself or for me. If you send it to me at newsletter@rachel-abbott.com I will publish the best two or three follow-on paragraphs (in my opinion) to build up a short story over the next six months. Use your imagination, create a world, people it and colour it. That’s what every writer does. Good luck, all you need is a blank screen or piece of paper and an open mind. *** Friday the 13th was the day that

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A Writer Reads

My summer reading picks Over the last few weeks I have read some really great books. If you’re still thinking what to read over the summer – whether at home or on holiday – here are a few of my favourites. Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes I have loved Elizabeth Haynes’ books since the amazing Into the Darkest Corner – and although I have read and enjoyed her more recent police procedurals (which are also clever and well-written) this book is back to the familiar sense of suspense for which she is famous. As the blurb says “nothing is as it seems, but everything is at stake.” Whether you have read this brilliant writer’s work before or not, I would seriously recommend it. Click here to learn more about this book.   I See You by Clare Macintosh I was sent a preview copy of this book, and I couldn’t wait.

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Rachel Abbott’s novels

All of Rachel Abbott’s books are available from Amazon or in paperback from your local bookstore. Click the links below to go to your Amazon online store. Only the Innocent The Back Road Sleep Tight Stranger Child Nowhere Child Kill Me Again

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Rachel’s all-new newsletter

I am excited to be able to tell you that the “Rachel Abbott team” is working together to create a monthly newsletter for book addicts and it will be all about books – and not just mine, of course. Each month we include an article that will generally be written by a guest author, talking about their writing, but occasionally I might chip in. We’re also going to include brief reviews and recommendations of other books that I, or other readers have particularly enjoyed. This may be your chance to write about something you have read too! There are contact details at the end of the newsletter. If there is any news, such as events that I might be appearing at, or others that sound interesting, we’ll let you know here, and I’ll also talk a bit about my writing day – the highs and the lows. Each month we will

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Special offers on Rachel Abbott novels

It’s time for some summer madness, and to celebrate the (hopefully) warmer weather, several of my books are on special offer for the next few weeks. In the UK Both Sleep Tight and Only the Innocent are on sale for just 99p on Amazon, so now is a great time to pick these up if you haven’t read either of them. There are more details of the books below. In the US My latest novel, Kill Me Again, is on sale for an unbelievable 99¢ – and there’s not long to go before this offer expires.   What are the books about?     KILL ME AGAIN 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