I feel a bit like a secret agent. I've just uploaded my third novel to Amazon under yet another pen name, Death in a Lonely Place by P.B. Barry.
The reason I am doing this is because it is a crime novel and my last book Love at a Later Date is a romance, so I don't want to get people confused.
The idea for Death in a Lonely Place came to me nearly ten years ago while touring the Ring of Kerry. The landscape is so wildly beautiful down there that I wanted to capture some of the feel of it. I then combinded this idea with a legend about the river Blackwater which is reputed to claim three lives a year (although few people have heard of this). I simply transferred this myth to a total fictional mountain in Co. Kerry and the idea for Death in a Lonely Place was up and running. Not quite. It took a lot of writing, editing and tweaking before I was at all satisfied with it. It is not a police procedural although I had debated making it into one but I know far too little about the workings of any police force to even try. I do envy authors who thank all those high ranking individuals with fascinating titles for their assistance. I'm afraid I don't know anyone to ask (said she wistfully) not even a traffic cop.
Someone asked me the other day with raised eyebrows why I write. She really meant why I waste my time writing but it's a reasonable question since I am neither rich nor famous and never likely to be. The answer is that I have no idea. These people trample about in my brain and become as real as a wet Monday or whatever, but real anyway as soon as I put down their story on paper. Sometimes I have to alter their destinies, their characters and adventures but that's the fun of the game. I love it all. Of course there are days when my brain refuses to work, when everything I write seems dull and stupid. But there are those wonderful days when the words flow. Agatha Christie once wrote in the preface for one of her novels (I think it was Endless Night) that she'd had a lot of fun writing it and wondered if readers could tell this - and she said that a lot of what she wrote was hard work. What a comfort to know that such a prolific author had her struggles, too.
Be all that as it may, I hope some of my readers will take the time to check out my latest baby, here is the link if you are interested. Death in a Lonely Place
Have a good week everyone.