Author: Leigh Russell
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
When a man dies in a gas explosion, the police suspect arson. The Murder Investigation Team is called in to examine the evidence, but the case takes on a new and terrible twist when a local villain is viciously attacked.
As the police inquiries lead from an expensive Harchester Hill estate to the local brothel, a witness dies in a hit-and-run. Was it coincidence … or cold-blooded murder? The Murder Investigation Team has problems of its own--and so does Geraldine Steel. A shocking revelation threatens her peace of mind as the investigation races toward its dramatic climax.
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Advice you have for aspiring writers.
If you are writing with the sole purpose of seeing your name in print, my advice to you is find something else to do. Writing can take over your life. As Eugene Ionesco said, 'A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of writing or thinking about writing.' If you have a passion for writing, what William McIlvanney calls 'an inexplicable compulsion', accept that your writing will probably never be seen unless you go to the trouble and expense of self-publishing. But there is a chance that your book will be a success, read by millions of people. It happened to me. It could happen to you. So work hard to make your manuscript as good as it possibly can be. Then put it away until it has left your mind completely. After this break, revise the manuscript before enlisting the services of a professional editor. Spend as much as you can paying for the best help you can afford. One of the benefits of having a mainstream publisher is that your publisher will provide you with the right editor for your work. Doing this for yourself will be more difficult, requiring some research which you can carry out while taking a break from writing. Although if you are anything like me, you will be writing a second book while taking a break from the first one!
About the Author
LEIGH RUSSELL is described as “a brilliant talent” by Jeffery Deaver. CUT SHORT (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. Road Closed (2010) was listed as a Top Read on Eurocrime. With Dead End (2011) Leigh’s detective Geraldine Steel was Number 1 on amazon kindle’s bestseller chart for female sleuths. Leigh Russell is the award-winning author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson mysteries. She is an English teacher who lives in the UK with her family.