It’s definitely a coincidence, but nonetheless quite apt.
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My eight year old nephew looked at my to-do list (a blackboard in the kitchen) on which I’d put a large tick next to ‘KILLING MAGPIES’. I quickly allayed his fears at what I’d been doing to explain that it was the title of a recently completed novel. Needless to say, he was very relieved (as am I at having finished it!) Set on a farmstead dominated by a Queen Anne house built onto the remains of a medieval priory (the fictitious Rattledown Priory) which is run as bed & breakfast/farmshop/alpaca farm/glamping site & wedding venue, it tells the story of a failed actress who falls in love with the place before being drawn into a plot involving an ancient curse, murder and mystery.
Where, he asked, did I get my inspiration? I luckily hadn’t gone into detail about the curse and murders, so was able to wave a hand casually over the surrounding Great Ground Farm – with its alpacas, reindeer and shepherds hut and tell him that I was writing about what I know and experience daily.
‘So,’ he asked sagely, looking at the next entry on my to-do list, ‘I suppose that means I won’t come next time to find you walking on eggshells?’
PUBLICATION DATE 21st February 2017
This means THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER tetralogy is now complete…
Even though I put my MacBook down for a while to go on an extensive camel ride on Christmas Day, I picked it up again as soon as I’d got off to continue with putting the finishing touches to an extensive rewrite of the first Amelia Wilde novel (which I thought I’d finished in July, but such is the nature of the creative process).
Anyway, it’s really finished now – retitled RING OF DECEIT and the four following stories are underway, provisional titles being
2) ILLUSION OF MURDER (which might still be called SLAUGHTER IN THE COTSWOLDS)
3) PREMEDITATION IN PARIS
4) MASSACRE IN MARRAKECH
5) MURDER IN MONTE CARLO
Any guesses which one I was researching on the camel in the Moroccan desert?!
Back to RING OF DECEIT, I thought this photo really gives a flavour of Amelia Wilde’s talents. Of course, it isn’t Amelia as she’s a figment of my imagination – it’s actually my good friend Amanda Sandow.
Personally, I’ll stick to riding camels…
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“The knowledge that someone believes in your ability to accomplish something is usually a catalyst to that achievement; a combination of encouragement, incentive and imbuement of duty, it invariably acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
My fictional ‘Lord George Wilde’s Circus’ (© Drew Thomas 2014) took shape at a pace that makes it seem that it was there anyway and that I just had to find it.
‘Lord’ George Wilde (deceased) b.1893 = Wilhelmina b.1894
‘Lord’ George Wilde b. 1924 = Mary (nee Tapley) b.1948
‘Lord’ George Wilde Jnr. b. 1972 = Amelia (Mel) Wilde b.1973
‘Lord’ Georgie b.1995 & ‘Lady’ Sarah b. 1997
‘THE SHOCKING SINS OF THE MOTHER-IN-LAW’ (Amelia Wilde 1) is now complete.
Future titles in the series:
DICING WITH DEATH AT GOD’S ACRES (Amelia Wilde 2)
PREMEDITATED PRANKS IN PARIS (Amelia Wilde 3)
MALICIOUS MURDER AT MONTE CARLO (Amelia Wilde 4)
CELEBRITY SLAUGHTER IN THE COTSWOLDS (Amelia Wilde 5)
Second in a series of four novels inspired by a Gallup poll completed in 2009 showing that 700 million people worldwide thought that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence and wanted to move permanently to another country.
Diana De Gonia is the doyenne of Palazzo Botigliani in Valletta, Malta, as the British-born widow of the last Baron di Migarro. She opens it to the public on a daily basis, but is beset with problems, both financial and personal, as she fights to keep the grand house and its collection of artefacts safe from financial ruin and claims from pretenders to her late husband’s title.
Bound by a promise to her late husband to keep the place intact for his long-lost son and heir, she can’t help feeling trapped and desperate until evidence that the heir exists gives her hope of escape.
Assisted by a devoted Bulgarian sidekick and an enthusiastically destructive Maltese cleaner, she meets constant opposition from government officials, the bank, her late husband’s relatives and the weather, which alternates between extreme heat and torrential rain. Angry that the love of her life was taken from her, she soldiers on with her daily battle, but is unable to avoid yearning for life in the pub in England in which she spent her formative years. This yearning is made all the more poignant by the fact that, although the pub was bought by her husband years earlier as an investment, it must now be sold to finance essential repairs at the palazzo.
Diana travels to England to finalise the sale of the pub and to investigate the man who claims to be her late husband’s son and heir. Will the heir apparent prove to be genuine and, if he is, will he want to be saddled with the responsibility? If he does, will the irony that the pub has to be sold be too much for her to bear?
First in a series of four novels inspired by a Gallup poll completed in 2009 showing that 700 million people worldwide wanted to move permanently to another country.
Peter Roper, who runs a hairdressing salon in the Midlands, collects miniature portraits to alleviate his feelings of mediocrity. Although he has worked in the same village for almost all of his thirty-nine years with a dictatorial mother who will entertain no mention of his absent father, he has never felt that he belonged. Always plagued with remorse for having handled his love life very badly in the past, the two problems currently overriding this are a suspicion that he caused his mother’s sudden death and confirmation that a planned high speed railway will obliterate the historic monument he calls home.
Further turmoil follows when, in the process of organising his mother’s funeral, he discovers that he is not who he thought he was. To knock him further off balance, the visit of an enigmatic stranger to the salon points him in the direction of an aristocratic heritage.
Lured to a Mediterranean island by possibilities beyond his wildest dreams, Peter is exhilarated by his first experience of foreign travel and thinks he may have found his true destiny until he suddenly finds himself in grave danger. Has his dissatisfaction with life and search for pastures new led to an early demise?