Progress – new Psychological thriller – Visions

It’s been 6 weeks since I finished my first draft of my second book, Visions and the editing process is well underway. By September 3rd I find myself picking through Chapter 5, with the sudden realisation that I must be a quarter of the way through. Not bad! Editing is a hard process – most authors say this is where the work really begins. Getting the story written is the easy part.

So what has changed? Cutting down on waffle has been a major part of this process – if it’s not relevant to the story, it can go – unless of course, it has some bearing on the characters or the setting – as I like to create atmosphere. Injecting more depth into characters is also a major part – especially the evil ones. It can take the writing of a whole book before you know some of these – whilst for me, good characters come easy.

The story starts off a little genteel – but as it is ultimately a psychological thriller it definitely has to be a little more ‘noir’ right from the outset. I would like it is come across as more exciting – but then how you make a tour around a historic country house any more thrilling? The small extract below might explain how I am trying to achieve that: Hopefully, it is getting there!

He gave a shiver as they continued their last few steps towards the high walls which now loomed in front of them, pausing at the entrance. These walls were particularly pleasing – where the bricks possessed an antique appearance, faded and crumbling, in a myriad of soft terracotta shades, with areas of flint cobbles nestling between the layers. An ornamental wrought iron gate drew them through posts which bore small round finials made from granite, ingrained with yellow lichen. On one side towered a magnificent Cedar tree – James eyes had become misty. Avalon, feeling a sudden lump in her throat, then turned to Rowena.


About Helen J. Christmas

I am an English author and have written a series of novels, titled 'Same Face Different Place. Beginnings is a gangland thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. The second Book 'Visions' is a psychological thriller, set in Kent; a mystery that ensnares the owners of an historic, English Country House. Book 3 Pleasures contains suspense, thrills and YA romance, set in a backdrop of organised crime and at the advent of the British rave culture. There are 2 final books in the series, Retribution (Phase One) and Retribution (End Game) where the saga reaches its dramatic conclusion.
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