Are You Watching Enough Television?

Apologies for the lateness of this blog post. As some of you may already know, my daughter was admitted to hospital on Friday night and is still there, so I am not prepared with posts as I usually am. I have a little time before visiting hours start and have wanted to write this post for a while so thought as it’s been banging around in my head for some time, it would be the easiest option to try and get down into post format.

Are you a writer? And if so, are you constantly being told by social media streams and content that you should turn off your TV and read more books? I imagine you are because I am. Well, I have an opposing view for you. I think you need to watch more TV. Yes, you heard me right. Watch more TV.

Now, I don’t mean watch in more quantity. Let me explain myself a little better.

I watch quite a lot of American dramas and not just crime dramas. I just soak up their dramas. I think they do them brilliantly. And while watching a few of them, I started to notice I was watching them differently. I wasn’t just watching for the sit down, switch off the demands of the day and enjoy, moment, I was watching them as a writer reads a book. Like a writer. I was watching long story arcs. I was listening to dialogue. I was picking up ideas!

Here’s a for instance TV show I watch and think is great for long form story arcs – Scandal. As well as being great full stop. I mean, what a show! It has some very clever arcs running, and character relationships to watch. How the relationships form, change, readjust to changing events when something is thrown at them. The writers of this show are on top form.


I also watched Newsroom which was on Boxsets and only ran for three seasons more the pity as it was also brilliant. The writer for that show, Aaron Sorkin is amazing. His mind is genius.

Yes crime shows, if it’s crime you love, are great for watching what you love, but consider looking elsewhere for watching master (script)writers at work. For watching those long form arcs in play. For great dialogue, characters, relationships. For ideas. Be inspired by watching and listening in a way you maybe wouldn’t normally. Check out a straight cut drama that’s not crime and see how they work with what they have, when they’re not solving how that dead body turned up.

Watch some TV!

If We Were Having Coffee – 1000 Voices For Compassion

This #weekendcoffeeshare is the brainchild of PartTimeMonster. We sit down every weekend and share our week. Feel free to join in.

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Today is a more of a special post as I want to talk to you about the 1000 Voices for Compassion project over our drinks – mines as tea, none of this coffee stuff, though I can’t just go changing the header of the whole blog meme can I? And when I say talk to you about it, I mean actually talk to you about it. Yes, I’ve made a YouTube video. It’s less than 5 minutes long and you get to find out all about this great project/idea and below the video I’ll leave you the relevant links.

The Facebook Page. We All Need The Village Post.

It would be great if you decided to join us. You may notice that the 20th February is a Friday which is when I do the First Draft series. I do already have someone booked in on that day so I’ll have two posts running just this once. One in the morning and the 1000 Voices post in the afternoon.

If you want the official image for your blog, this is it.


What’s Your First Draft Like? – Rebecca Muddiman

Today I have the lovely Rebecca Muddiman to talk to us about her first draft process.

Rebecca Muddiman (2)Rebecca is from Redcar and has lived there all her life except for time working in Holland where she lived on a canal boat, and in London, where she lived six feet away from Brixton prison. She has a a degree in Film and Media and an MA in Creative Writing. In 2010 she won a Northern Writers’ Time to Write Award and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. Her first novel, STOLEN, was published in 2013. Her second, GONE, was published in January 2015. She lives with her boyfriend, Stephen, and dog, Cotton, in a semi-detached house which they have christened ‘Murder Cottage’.

When you decide to write something new, what is the first thing you do?

Once I’m fixed on a particular idea I try to develop it into an actual story by brainstorming possibilities, scribbling down anything that comes to me and reading around the subject. A lot of what comes out of this time is nonsense.

planningDo you have a set routine approaching it?

When I’ve worked through it enough to know there’s a story there, I start to write an synopsis (even though I hate them with a passion). Often this goes through lots and lots of drafts itself, trying to fit the pieces together so it resembles something like a plot.
When that’s done I get out the index cards (or rather the scruffy bits of paper) and lay them out on the floor so I can see each scene, find plot holes, and mess about with the structure. Once I’m happy with that I do a chapter by chapter outline so I have a guide while I’m writing. Of course, a lot of it goes out the window once I start!

Pen and paper or straight to the keyboard?

Initial thoughts are usually pen and paper but once I start putting a synopsis together and, certainly once I start actual writing, it’s straight to the keyboard.

How important is research to you?

I like to read a lot around the subject of the book but I try not to get too bogged down by research. One thing I really hate in books is all the research thrown in which just slows the pace. So a lot of the time I find myself going the other way by not putting any of it in. I’m quite nosy so I like reading about procedure but if something’s not relevant or not pushing the story forward I’m not bothered about putting it in. I’m not too concerned with getting every last detail right. I know a lot of people enjoy reading the ins and outs of police procedure but ultimately I’m writing fiction so I think a lot of it’s irrelevant.

researchHow do you go about researching?

I read a lot either online or in books. The library at Teesside University has some brilliant books about crime and policing and everything else you might need to research a crime novel so I spend time there making notes. But, again, a lot doesn’t make it into the actual books. I do spend a lot of time Googling, checking facts, but that can lead to a rabbit hole of finding out useless information.

How do you store everything; ideas, research, images that catch your eye?

I’m extremely unorganised. I tend to write ideas down on scraps of paper that I then can’t keep track of. I have bought myself a few new notebooks with the intention of keeping everything together which I’ve started using for the next book but we’ll see how long it lasts. I bookmark a lot of pages online and then forget about them. I also have folders and folders of newspaper cuttings and articles that caught my eye at some point, most of which will never amount to anything but I keep them just in case.

Tell us how that first draft takes shape?

I try to give myself a time frame and plan my weeks according to that. It doesn’t always work but it makes me feel like I’m working towards something. I start out with good intentions of sticking to the outline but as I write and get to know the characters, other things occur to me and I go off on tangents. I try to write in a linear fashion from start to finish but sometimes I get stuck on a scene and I have to move past it and start another chapter or else I’d never move on.

Are there any rituals you have to do or items you must have with you while writing that draft?

Not really, although I always write first drafts sitting at my desk. I can edit and brainstorm elsewhere but I find it hard getting into the right frame of mind to actually write if I’m not sitting here.

Does the outside world exist or are you lost to us for a period of time as the magic works?

If it’s going really well, the world sort of falls away for a while and I realise that several hours have gone past without me realising or without needing to eat. But this is rare. The rest of the world is all too present most of the time but the story world does intrude on it frequently and I have to slip away to scribble something down.

What does your workspace look like?

I’ve nicked the box room as my writing space and it’s an absolute tip most of the time! No matter how often I tidy my desk, it seems to just accumulate junk. And it’s probably a mistake to have bookshelves in here as I’m frequently drawn to flicking through them when I should be working.

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Edit as you go or just keep getting words out?

Definitely just keep getting the words out. I know writers who edit as they go, meaning they do little more than one draft. But if I tried to work that way I’d never get past the first sentence! I like to get a load of rubbish onto the page and then clean it up later.

I see many writers counting words in a day. Word counter or other method of keeping track of progression?

What I love the most about writing a first draft is seeing the word count rise. This is the only stage where I always feel like I’m getting somewhere. With editing and plotting it often feels like treading water but a first draft you can see your work developing.
I used to give myself a daily word count target but now I do a weekly one (sometimes 10,000 words, sometimes less) as it’s more flexible. Often the rest of life gets in the way meaning I can’t do enough words in one day but then another day I can do more. Doing it this way means I don’t feel like I’ve failed quite so often. And exceeding your weekly target is the best feeling in the world.

So, that first draft is down. Roughly how long did it take? And what shape is it in?

Stolen took about six months to do a first draft but I was working full time at that point. Gone took slightly less. The third book took about ten weeks. Usually the first draft is a hideous state that makes me want to scrap it and start something new. But I don’t.

editingIn what format do you like to read it through, e-reader, paper or the computer screen?

I always used to read through on paper, finding it hard to read on a screen. But now I’m being more environmentally friendly and doing it on the computer screen.

What happens now that first draft is done?

I don’t usually send the first draft off as it’s usually full of awful things. So I read through, make notes and then have another go over it. Sometimes it’s just small tweaks and checking things make sense, sometimes it’s a major overhaul. But once I’m happy for someone else to see it I get my boyfriend to read it and check for mistakes. Then it’s off to my agent, Stan, and he’ll send me notes to work on before sending it to my editor, Ruth.

Thanks for digging into the depths of the first draft. It’s been a pleasure having you.

Thanks for having me!

You can find Rebecca on her Website, Twitter and Facebook.


23074898250,000 people go missing in the UK every year. 91% of those reported to police are found within 48 hours. 99% of cases are solved within a year. And 1% stay gone. 11 years ago, troubled teenager Emma Thorley went missing. The police assumed she was a runaway. But now a body has been found in woods near Blyth. DI Michael Gardner knows he didn’t take Emma’s disappearance seriously enough back then, and is determined to make up for it now. But when he and DS Nicola Freeman start to reinvestigate, they discover that nothing is as simple as it seems.


You can find a review of Gone on the Cleopatra Loves Books blog Here.

You can follow my reviews on Goodreads Here. All previous First Draft Q&As are Here.

Crime Book Club – The Girl On The Stairs by Louise Welsh

Last night saw our first crime book club meeting of 2015. This year promises to be a good year with several people showing an interest in joining the club. However – last night we were only two!

It’s a weird time straight after Christmas. Apologies were made by regular attendees and February promises to be a busy month.

As for The Girl on the Stairs, the members that were present found it a little unsubstantial and didn’t really find anything to care about in the characters. The writing was beautiful, but the desire for any one character to succeed was missing. You can watch the full meeting below, it’s only 15 minutes long this month.

You can subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE to keep up to date with book club video’s, bite-sized interviews and other bits I may talk about on there.


For February, we will be reading The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas. The meeting is Wednesday 18th February at 8 p. m. GMT. on Google+ Hangouts.

7507497Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg is not like other policemen. His methods appear unorthodox in the extreme: he doesn’t search for clues; he ignores obvious suspects and arrests people with cast-iron alibis; he appears permanently distracted. In spite of all this his colleagues are forced to admit that he is a born cop.

When strange blue chalk circles start appearing overnight on the pavements of Paris, only Adamsberg takes them – and the increasingly bizarre objects found within them – seriously. And when the body of a woman with her throat savagely cut is found in one, only Adamsberg realises that other murders will soon follow.


Cover Questions -

Today I welcome Lisa Hartley to the blog to talk to us about her cover for On Laughton Moor. 

91UQr1d8N1L._UX250_Lisa lives with her partner, son and four cats. The cats are noisy, greedy and demanding; the partner and child less so.

After the arrival of their son, she had a period of leave from work and sat down one day with the hazy daydream of writing a book. she had written one before, aged about nine. It was titled Aunt Polly and told the story of a woman and a variety of cats with unimaginative names. Amazingly, it never published. Still, undaunted, she sat down day after day and tried to get as many words as possible onto the screen. Eventually, On Laughton Moor appeared.

She enjoys reading crime fiction and so that was the genre she decided to focus on. She is also writing a historical novel and a crime book with a different main character.


I love the cover Lisa. It’s very moody and atmospheric. Were you able to have any input in the design and if not, are you happy with the results?

Thank you! I had a vague picture in my head of how I wanted the cover to look, so I gave the designer a few examples of the type of photograph I thought would work and she was able to take it from there. I’m delighted with the final result, I think it’s pretty much perfect.

It has drawn me in with the moody greys and blended font. It speaks of a dark read, I’m intrigued. What can you say about the book?

That’s good to hear, I’m really pleased to hear that is has caught your interest. I know we aren’t supposed to judge a books by their covers, but I think we all probably do to a point. On Laughton Moor introduces DS Catherine Bishop, her new boss DI Jonathan Knight and their team. It’s about the ways in which your actions can come back to haunt you, amongst other things. It’s a police procedural, but I also wanted it to be quite character driven. I set out to write a book that I would enjoy reading myself, with the idea that if I enjoyed it, hopefully other people would too.

On Laughton Moor? With the imagery of the cover it gives a bleak picture. I’m rubbish with titles. At what point did the title come to you?

I suppose it is pretty bleak, especially with the cover design. I had expected to struggle with the title because I have in the past, but it just came into my head one day. I can’t remember at exactly what point, but it was fairly early in, definitely as I was writing the first draft of the book.

When is the publication date?

The ebook was published on Friday 16th January 2015 and the paperback will follow as soon as possible. I don’t have a definite date for that yet though.

And without giving anything away, if you could be one of the characters, who would you be and why?

I’ll have to say DS Catherine Bishop (my partner would say we’re very similar already). I don’t think I could do her job, but I like her humour, her outlook and her approach to her work. She’s not perfect and does make mistakes, but I’d like to think she’s someone people will imagine they could get on with.

Thanks for talking to me Lisa, it’s been great having you. Best of luck with the release.

Thank you very much Rebecca, it’s been a pleasure.

You can find Lisa on Amazon and Twitter.

Book Review – Disclaimer by Renee Knight

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Rebecca Bradley:

This is my first contributors blog over at Sourcerer and it’s a book review of Disclaimer by Renee Knight due out in April. Check it out and see what I thought.

Originally posted on Sourcerer:

Well, I’m here. It starts today. My regular posting feature. Well, as regular as Gene’O allows me to be! Before I jump in to what I’m here for I want to do a very brief hello kind of paragraph (or three as it turns out), because it seems rude not to, and then I’ll get on with it. Most of you will have already probably seen the post Gene’O put up introducing me, so I’ll keep this short.

I’m Rebecca Bradley and I’m a crime writer and obsessive tweeter and blogger – other platforms then lag behind, though I’m now trying to build my YouTube presence. Did you know YouTube is the second biggest search engine behind Google? I’ve just released my first novel, I’m an avid reader of multiple genres, I run various themes and series on my blog as Gene’O does and I generally meet myself coming…

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Recently Read – Paranormal Intruder by Caroline Mitchell

Paranormal Intruder by Caroline Mitchell

Genre: non fiction

19317575An innocent family finds itself completely helpless against the sudden onset of paranormal activity in their quiet rural home. A knife embedded in a kitchen cupboard, crockery smashed by invisible hands, and blood-chilling growls emit from thin air. Caroline and her husband Neil search for answers as they try to protect their family from the unseen entity that seems determined to rip them apart. The biggest question looms over them like a dark cloud … who is going to help us? There are emergency services for many things, but not of this nature. It might be easier to believe temporary insanity, if not for the vast amount of witnesses. Police, fire services, mediums, priests and investigators all become embroiled in the mystery. The family struggles to cope, and Caroline grows concerned for her husband’s failing health as he withdraws from the world. However, the entity has only just begun. Paranormal Intruder is the true story of one family’s brave fight against an invisible entity. Described as one of the best-documented cases of paranormal activity, this page turning book will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

My Thoughts:

I don’t like being scared. I don’t watch horror films or that television programme where they go ghost hunting, but I read this book because I know the author online and she’s a serving police officer so I know whatever is in it is going to be truthful and not blown-up and exaggerated. This book is even endorsed by Uri Geller.

So what is inside this book? It’s an account from Caroline and her husband Neil of life with an unknown entity from the day it first started to the present day of ending the writing of the book. And after reading this, you can definitely call it an entity rather than anything else. It’s a bizarre read if you don’t particularly believe, but because Caroline is a police officer, it is written particularly factually rather than emotionally. Yes, she does tell you she is upset by events, but you don’t feel the fear so much, you just follow the events and I think that’s what is important in something like this. You need the facts rather than getting swept up in someones emotions of a situation. Lack of emotion helped me be able to read it as well, without being completely terrified and unable to read it!

The entity throws things, moves things, makes phones ring each other and speaks through them, or rather growls through them, it gets physical, it gets dangerous. It’s something I really don’t ever want to have to experience.

In the back of the book are statement like accounts from people who have been present and seen happenings, people who have been mentioned within the pages, people who include other serving police officers. Not people to be drawn into something so bizarre so lightly.

If you’re at all curious about whether this could possible happen, then this is an interesting read.

If We Were Having Coffee

This post is part of a weekly meme by PartTimeMonster where bloggers talk about the week they’ve had as if they were all sitting down together for a coffee and catch up. The blog posts are also shared on Twitter using the hashtag #weekendcoffeeshare I think it’s a great idea because we’re all so busy filling our blogs with all sorts of great things, we don’t stop for a minute and just catch up with ourselves and each other in a more personal way – though I absolutely do have friendships due to blogging! Anyway, I thought I’d join in and if you fancied it, you will find one post here that explains it a little more.

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If we were having coffee, I’d throw it away and pour myself a tea for starters! Then I’d tell you that it’s been one hell of a week and I’m glad for the sit down with friends and a cuppa in my hand and that today, I mostly intend to spend the day with my feet up reading. Note the use of the word mostly. I do have a couple of bits on today’s to-do list, but only a couple.

It’s been a massive week for my first novel Shallow Waters, only three weeks into the world on its own and it seems to be doing OK out there. The paperback became available on all Amazon stores this week, so if you’re not an ebook reader, you can now get your copy in paper format. On Monday I announced that you could get your name in the next DI Hannah Robbins ECDA-GoldStar-Dec-2014 (2)novel HERE and there’s still time…  And also on Monday I found out that the cover for the book had not won December’s cover contest over on Joel Friedlanders blog but it had come in so close it had earned itself a gold star. Friedlander is a big name in the Indie publishing world. I was really proud as was my cover designer Christa at paperandsage.


I started the first in my series of Bite-sized (10 minute) interviews with crime authors for my YouTube channel and interviewed crime author Mel Sherratt on the differences between self and traditional publishing. I’m looking forward to growing this area of social media. I think it went really well and both Mel and I enjoyed doing it.

10347173_760625297339052_2557976632202978905_nOn Tuesday I had a hospital appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon about my thumbs as they both subluxate (the joints come out-of-place but not a full dislocate) due to the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and it’s getting pretty painful for me. I only wanted thumb splints, but he examined me and was lovely. And after a raft of awful hospital appointments I was extremely happy. He said I could have the splints but in the future I may need my thumbs fusing if they get worse. I can ask my GP to refer me back to him at any point. I actually had the thumb splint made up that day! These are the awful NHS splints I have to wear. I am now starting to be velcro’d together on the outside…

When I can afford it though, I am aiming to get these beautiful things instead. These silver thumb splints will look more like jewellry than a disability aid!


From the Silver Ring Splint Company
From the Silver Ring Splint Company

And my final comment before my tea goes cold is I took the plunge and drafted my first contributors post over at Sourcerers blog. It will go live on Monday. Writing on your own blog is one thing. Doing it on someone else’s is something else entirely. If you read it, I do hope you enjoy it and come back for more.

I’ve enjoyed chatting to you. If you’re not doing coffee already on a Saturday (There is a sign up linky each week) and you don’t have scheduled posts in, it would be great to see you and see what you have personally been up to in the week. See you next week – for tea! :)

What’s Your First Draft Like? – Jane Yates

Today I welcome Jane Yates into the First Daft hot-seat.

Jane Yates Profile Pic 2Jane lives in the historic city of Oxford, England with her two spaniels. She works at the Pitt Rivers museum there too and is amazed and inspired by its wondrous array of objects. Being a museum of anthropology and world archaeology, Jane often finds herself influenced by its exhibitions. And indeed it has helped Jane write a trilogy for children – the Paradox Child series.
Jane is not only a mother, artist and storyteller, but dyslexic too, which only highlights her success even more. Jane refuses to allow the disorder to halt her dreams and continues to enjoy her favourite hobbies. Jane is a lover of steampunk, adventure and children’s stories, which often play a huge role in her own books.

When you decide to write something new, what is the first thing you do?

Writers never have a day off; there is always something interesting to think about: the colour of the sky, a grumpy old woman at the bus stop. Since I have started writing, which is only just over two years since I hit 50, I have suddenly rediscovered the world around me.

Before writing I just drifted along in life, half asleep, not really noticing the birds singing or how long the queue was at the post office; everything was mundane and bland.

When I started to write about it, everything changed. It was no longer the grumpy old lady at the bus stop; she was a former spy, who had returned here to live in Oxford after defecting from the KGB, and I know this as when I was behind her later in the bus queue she was posting letters to Russia.

So sometimes the ideas popup at moments, and being dyslexic, I really need to write them straight into the computer as my handwriting is so bad, I would need that former Russian spy to decode the sentences for me.

Do you have a set routine approaching it?

I am not organised. I write the plot as I think of it. The ideas all rush in at once and I struggle to get them down. They are never in the right order so later I cut and paste them into a blank word file.

Pen and paper or straight to the keyboard?

Straight to keyboard as I write very quickly, but I do stop to take time to consider the names of my characters. For the Paradox Child series, all the females in the main family are named after flowers. Gardening and magic are very important to them.

I start to write by opening the word program on my computer and just write. I often write in the early hours of the morning, between 2.30 and 4. Then go back to sleep for an hour or so, walk the dogs along the cannel, have a cup of tea, then go to work and try and look awake.

For Garden, the main character is called Aberdeen. My ancestors came not far from Aberdeen.
I have never changed the name of a character yet. I think the name of the character gives me their personality. Lots of the people in my book are based on people I know, which can lead to problems if I kill them off in the plot.

How important is research to you?

I research on Google if something comes up as I am writing about it. But most of what I write is in my head anyway, or I make it up. I love making up spells. My favourite spell I made up (and wish was true) was in Paradox Child for ironing. Oh I wish that was true!

How do you go about researching?

Google is a lifesaver, as I often write in the early hours of the morning, so no library’s open then. I am lucky as I live in Oxford, which is not only filled with wonderful buildings filled with books but also very brainy people.

I am also a qualified gardener, which helped with writing Garden.

How do you store everything; ideas, research, images that catch your eye?

Everything in the world is potential story material. And that goes for people to. In Garden Maisy is based on a real dyslexic teenager who heavily influenced the story.

Maisy also kindly read Garden as I wrote it chapter by chapter and gave me some ideas and input.

Tell us how that first draft takes shape?

I write it, then sort it out. Then try and spell check it then read it and try and correct it more. Then try and get someone else to spell check it. With Garden I was lucky enough to have Maisy read it also.

When my youngest child was still at home, I would read it to her and listen to suggestions, now I read it to Buster and Mandy, the two spaniels, however they don’t offer any feedback. LOL

Are there any rituals you have to do or items you must have with you while writing that draft?

Oh I wish I was that interesting. I could not imagine writing without a laptop, as I write a lot in bed. I also drink a lot of tea whilst writing. I am still very new to writing and don’t have a lot of confidence, therefore I am very reliant on what my readers think; if they like something, I am happy, if they don’t I am sad. It always makes my day if I get a nice comment or a review.

To me showing something you have written for the first time is like standing naked in front of people.

Does the outside world exist or are you lost to us for a period of time as the magic works?

I very quickly escape into the words, I get totally taken to the place I’m writing about. Sometimes it can be a problem, if I am sneaking a quick write at work, and someone comes in asking for something – like last week, someone came into my room and asked me something, and with out thinking first I answered his question in pirate talk, even finishing with AH Matey. As I finished the sentence and watched his mouth drop to the floor, I hurriedly explained I was writing a pirate story and was in the midst of boarding a ship and had a cutlass in my teeth. (Come to think of it, maybe I should not have tried to explain!)
I really enjoyed writing Garden, I found it was an amazing escape, exploring a large old house, a magic garden, and deep space, friendships to make, plus all the puzzles to solve. FAB all without leaving the comfort of my bed.

What does your work space look like?

I write at home, if on the sofa, it can be covered with spaniels. Or in bed, often surrounded by crisp packets.


Edit as you go or just keep getting words out?

Get the words out always first. Try and edit later.

I see many writers counting words in a day. Word counter or other method of keeping track of progression?

I have written nearly four books as part of nanowrimo, where you have to write 50,000 word in the month of November. I like doing this. It suits me to write quick and go back and sort it out much later.

So, that first draft is down. Roughly how long did it take? And what shape is it in?

So far, books have taken between one month and three months to write and much longer to edit. I was lucky with Garden as Dan Burton edited it first and then Dan Thompson. Dan Thompson is a poet and I have been a great fan of his writing, especially his poetry. Dan added some beautifully descriptive words to my sentences. I have learned so much about writing and constructing sentences with Dan and this book and am so grateful.

I really hope that my books will be made into a movie one day. Then of course they will need to be rewritten. I love the Victorian period and all things steampunk. I think they would all make good movies and if they ever got made into a movie I would love it. I have already met one of the actors I would like to play Pitt Rivers: a Victorian gent and Museum owner. I went to sign books at a steampunk event in Doncaster and on the stand next to me was Paul Redfern.

And for Garden it would be amazing to see all the robots being made and come to live. There are several robots in that book and they are all totally different from each other. They all have their characteristics.

In what format do you like to read it through, ereader, paper or the computer screen?

Paper, you can’t beat it.

What happens now that first draft is done?

Read, edit, find someone else to edit.
Being an indie author and self-publishing three books on my own and then being lucky enough to have my fourth book Garden being published by Autumn Orchard, I can view the experiences from both sides, and in my case can wholeheartedly say, it’s better to have someone on your team and it gives you a great boost.

I am so grateful to Autumn Orchard for believing in me, and Dan for the process, which has improved my writing.

Thanks for digging into the depths of the first draft. It’s been a pleasure having you.

Thanks for your questions, Jane.

You can find Jane on Facebook, Twitter and Amazon.


garden_ebook‘Garden is very charming with some lovely parallels …’ Sharon Sant – Author of The Sky Song trilogy

Inspired by the classic novel The Secret Garden, Jane Yates introduces us to a steampunk world of bio-domes, robots and mysteries. Eleven-year-old Aberdeen is so used to being by herself that all she has to fill her thoughts are stories of mighty dragons and grand castles. But Aberdeen’s world is soon thrown into disarray however; her parents murdered.

Having no choice, Aberdeen is sent to live with her uncle back on Earth where her fascination into her new surroundings begin to take hold. It isn’t long before Aberdeen befriends three other children – Maisy, Peter and Lenard.

Oh, and there’s Frank too, Peter’s robot dog, who completes this special circle of friendship.

Garden is a journey of self-discovery, of trials and friendship. With adventure boundless, Jane Yates follows up her acclaimed Paradox Child trilogy with a new tale for young fans of steampunk and science fiction.


This is a lovely book trailer!