This is UK author Tim Walker’s monthly newsletter. It can include any of the following: author news, book launches, guest author profiles, book reviews, flash fiction and poetry. Are you an author or a poet? If so, then please contact me for a guest author or poet’s corner slot in a future newsletter: firstname.lastname@example.org
NANOWRIMO 2019 I am once again taking advantage of November being National Novel Writing Month to motivate me to get on with writing the follow-up to this year’s novel, Arthur Dux Bellorum, published in March. The working title of part two of my Arthur story is Arthur Rex Britonnum…although I’m not settled on this title. The story will chart the second half of King Arthur’s life, leading up to his final battle at Camlann (around the year 537, as certain Welsh Chroniclers have dated it, although location remains in the realms of speculation). A possible alternative title could be, Arthur – The Road to Camlann. What do you think?
National Novel Writing Month is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. Well-known authors write “pep-talks” to keep them motivated throughout the process. The website provides participants, called “Wrimos”, with tips for writer’s block, information on where local participants are meeting, and an online community of support. Focusing on the length of a work rather than the quality, writers are encouraged to finish their first draft quickly so that it can later be edited at the author’s discretion. The project started in July 1999 with 21 participants. By the 2010 event, over 200,000 people took part and wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words. If you’re having a go, then send me a writing buddy request – timwalker1666. Website: https://nanonwrimo.org
Tim Walker’s A Light in the Dark Ages book series starts with…
AUTHOR NEWS… I have enjoyed my summer break (beneath a wide-brimmed hat) with family and am now poised over the keyboard to plot my next fiction books. During the holidays my daughter Cathy and I discussed the storyline for Charly in Space, and I will devote this month to writing up a first draft of what will be book three in our Adventures of Charly Holmes series.
I have also read two historical novels,
both different and excellent in their own way. The first, The Head in the
Ice, is a gripping Victorian crime thriller from debut author, Richard
James. I attended his book launch in the small bookshop in Cookham some months
ago, and am pleased to see from his reviews that the book has been well
The second was recommended to me as an example of expert historical fiction writing, and it has not disappointed. The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick is sweeping epic set in 12th century when the Norman legacy is splintering through civil wars and family feuds, non more intriguing than in the court of King Henry II and his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine. It is the story of English knight, William Marshal, and his rise to royal favour as the guardian of the king-to-be, Henry. The author’s superb grasp of historical detail and expert storytelling, particularly her use of metaphor to conjure up detail in beautifully constructed scenes, is something I hope I can learn from.
My own autumn and winter project will be
to plot and write the follow-up to Arthur Dux Bellorum, and hope I can
do justice to the second half of my King Arthur story. Working title – Arthur
Rex Britonnum (if you have any better suggestions please let me know!)
Also… I’ve been invited by Slough Libraries to take part in their Local Author Showcase at The Curve on Wednesday 25th September from 7.30pm. Come along if you can!
I’m pleased to welcome fellow indie author, Colin Garrow, to my newsletter/blog this month. I have read a couple of Colin’s books and have thoroughly enjoyed his easy style and wry Northern humour. Over to you, Colin – tell us a bit about yourself…
I grew up in a former mining town in
Northumberland and have worked in a plethora of professions including taxi
driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor.
I’ve also occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. As well as several stage plays,
I’ve written eleven novels, all of which are available as eBooks and paperbacks
on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble etc.
My short stories have appeared in
several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind,
A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days I live in a humble
cottage in North East Scotland where I write novels, stories. poems and the
I’ve been interested in
murder/mysteries since I was a kid, and grew up reading series like The Hardy
Boys, and The Three Investigators, before moving on to grown-up novels by Agatha
Christie and Stephen King. Initially, I wrote stage plays but started writing
novels for children back in 2013, beginning with my first book The Devil’s
Porridge Gang. Since then I’ve penned another five books for middle grade
readers and my books for adults include the Watson Letters (a spoof Sherlock
Holmes adventure series) and the Terry Bell Mysteries. I’ve just released the
second of these, A Long Cool Glass of Murder and the next one, Taxi for a Dead
Man should be out by Christmas.
A Long Cool
Glass of Murder (The Terry Bell Mysteries Book 2)
driver and amateur sleuth Terry takes on a new client, he doesn’t expect her to
turn up dead. With echoes of his recent past coming back to haunt him, can he
work out what’s going on before someone else gets killed?
elfin-like smile was, like the footsteps on the stairs, noticeably absent. She
looked at me, looked at the dead woman and let out the sort of sigh I knew from
experience meant it was going to be a long night.’
‘A Long Cool
Glass of Murder’ is book #2 in the Terry Bell Mystery series.
If you love
mysteries and amateur sleuthing, ski-mask-wearing villains and the occasional
bent copper, this’ll be right up your everyday seaside-town street.
You can find my
books on Amazon and Smashwords, and links and more info about my writing are on