Archive for January, 2014

I’ve taken a rest from scribbling, to look at the NaNoWriMo blogs, and particularly the critique and swap pages. I cautiously set out to read another writer’s extract for ‘critique the excerpt of the person above you’. The one at the bottom of the list was gritty (that writer had also failed to critique the reader above them). The reader above them was grittier still. So I wrote a review of the one at the bottom of the list, and left wondering how my own upbeat scribble is going to get on in such gritty company. OK, so a lot of people get shot in The Woman of Gratz, but the only grit is that on the footpath.

(Later): It’s OK! critiques are sorted out, and a kind and generous person has made nice comments about my scribble. Yes, it’s true that first paragraph is a bit long. I’ve split it down into shorter chunks … thanks for the comment! I’ll bear the other comments in mind too.

(Later again): My husband agrees that first paragraph is too long, but my friend who is beta-reading The Woman of Gratz says she’s really enjoying it and no problems so far … so I await her final comments.


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I’ve added the first of my attempts to continue Edgar Wallace’s thrillers to my Wattpad account, here.

Cover for 'The Flat at Doughty Court'.Synopsis: Whatever happened to the brave, sassy Mirabelle Leicester after she escaped from the clutches of the evil Doctor Oberzohn at the end of Edgar Wallace’s 1924 novel The Three Just Men? Where did she and Leon Gonsalez go after they drove off in Leon’s big fast car? A girl as resourceful as Mirabelle was certainly not going to let her hero get away from her … Edgar Wallace never told his readers what Mirabelle Did Next, so this story sets out to follow her and Leon to her aunt’s flat at Doughty Court in Bloomsbury to find out. 81 years after the great mystery writer’s death, readers can at last explore where this indefatigable pair might have travelled after they left Edgar Wallace’s pages.

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Having put one story on Wattpad, I thought ‘Why not put the prequel up too?’ After all, it’s received my beta-reader’s approval So it’s here. (Do drop by and take a look at it; it’s free, gratis and for nothing.)
London, 1924: Mirabelle Leicester has left her little farm in Gloucestershire for marriage and adventure. Having narrowly escaped death at the hands of international criminals, she has joined the organisation which saved her life and is now the fourth member of the Three Just Men’s crime-fighting organisation. Based in England, the Just Men attempt to impose justice where the law has failed. Mirabelle and her husband Leon Gonsalez encounter danger and face peril of death as they investigate crime around the wealthy houses, factories and workplaces of London.
Background: Edgar Wallace (1875–1932), writer of thrillers, detective fiction, humorous short stories and adventure, was one of the most popular English writers of the 1920s. He published the first of his stories about the ‘Four Just Men’ in 1906, and the book was such a best seller that he carried on writing about them. Two of these stories, the original book The Four Just Men and  a novella called ‘The Poisoners’ were stories without an ending for which the reader had to supply the end of the story. His final full-length novel of the Just Men, ‘The Three Just Men’ (1924) leaves the story with so many loose ends that it demands a continuation: this story is an attempt to provide one.

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NaNoWriMo’s latest email tells me that if I upload my NaNoWriMo novel to Wattpad by the end of this month it will be entered into a prize draw. Well, why not? So I’ve uploaded it: it’s here. If any of you reading this would like to take a glance and send me your comments, I’ll be glad to hear from you.
thumbBased on the characters from thriller-writer Edgar Wallace’s (1875-1932) “Four Just Men” series, this story explores what happens when Maria of Gratz, former leader of the Anarchist group the Red Hundred, returns to London in 1924 to escape her enemies on the continent of Europe. It is now 16 years since she and her Red Army tried to destroy London and only the Four Just Men were able to stop her. In revenge, Maria then betrayed George Manfred, the Just Men’s leader, to the English police. Now Maria is back, swearing her love for George, but although he believes she has reformed, his two colleagues Raymond Poiccart and Leon Gonsalez do not — and neither does Leon’s young wife Mirabelle Leicester. With the British economy in crisis and the General Strike just over the horizon, Maria’s rabble-rousing skills look set to stir up revolution in the streets and disaster for the country. Can Raymond, Leon and Mirabelle stop Maria from destroying Britain, and their leader George?

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