Hi Jeffery, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.
Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”
Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."
Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"
The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.
Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.
The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
No, it's interesting to hear other writers' experiences. I don't know any other writers, other than those I've now met through my publisher, and this is all new to me. It sounds like you're enjoying yourself, and that's the main thing. I reckon most of us would still do it, regardless of the financial returns, as it is the personal satisfaction that is the biggest reward.
Good luck with it anyway. You never know!
Well, good luck with it. For me, the thrill is still seeing it on my own bookshelf. I am trying hard not to re-adjust my goals, in that if it all comes to not very much, then at least I will have achieved my main goal, and that was to be published. I don't want to end up disappointed with what I would have been happy with two years ago.
I'm with HarperCollins, their Avon imprint, so I'm pleased with that. I'm very happy with them. They've got my first book into supermarkets and airports, so I can't complain at all, and the people I'm working with are really nice people, which helps. The rest is just down to fate, I suppose.
What about you? Is your current writing experience, adult detective novels, much different from your previous experiences? Is it harder for American writers, because of the size of your country. You know, you can be big in New Hampshire but unknown in New Mexico?
My Kinsella book was a very limited edition, as I self-published a thousand, most of which now line my loft (and very good for insulation). I sold around 350, mainly to friends and family.
However, it was that book, called Salem, that got me a proper book deal, as an agent saw it, liked it, and got me a deal. The self-published book is now being re-written as my third book, although the plot is being worked into the current series character, so no more Joe Kinsella.
I self-published because I had been taken on by an agent, who didn't get me a deal, and when we parted company I realised that no agent was going to take me on as I had already been turned down by the big publishing houses. It was a form of closure, to get it off my floor as my great failure. Also, I thought that it's portable format might make it easier for agents to read, and therefore more likely to read it. My only regret is that I didn't let anyone proof-read it. Quite a few grammatical errors and typos.
In terms of my books in the States, I haven't sold the US rights yet. My first book, Fallen Idols, is doing pretty well, although I haven't bought a Lear jet yet. However, the US publishers are waiting to see how the second book goes, Lost Souls. You can get Fallen Idols on Amazon in most countries, including Canada, but not yet the US. The weirdest thing so far has been seeing it on Indian websites, and being reviewed in two Indian newspapers.
The Kinsella book is a great one. He isn't very well known over here, although everyone knows the movie, so everytime I went to the States I would come back with a couple of his books. His style of writing was the one I tried to mimic when I first started to write, until it bedded down into a style of my own, and when I self-published a few years ago, before I got a book deal, my hero was called Joe Kinsella.
Thanks for the invite, Jeffrey. This site is great, in that it gives me the one thing I have always been after, and that is a contact with other writers and readers. I write and I read, but I go to work and I take the children to football and I go shopping. Writing was my dirty scret. It'd good to meet other people with the same secret.
Jack Bludis, thanks for your comment. Haven't read much Lehane, I'm sorry to say. Tried the one...Mystic River, but couldn't read anything about violence against children. I have read Jeremiah Healy. Is he still writing a detective series?