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At 4:50pm on December 12, 2008, Roger Jon Ellory said…
Helen,
My apologies for the HUGE delay in replying to you! God, I can't believe that you sent me a message in January and it took me nearly a year to find out that I had a message! I joined crimespace some considerable time ago, and then I joined bookspace, and then facebook, and then I started a website, and then I started getting about thirty e-mails a day through the website and on and on and on it went! And then this morning, for whatever reason, someone else sent me an e-mail through the website asking if I was still on crimespace, so I went there and there was your message! Anyway, huge apologies Helen, and seeing as it is this time of year may I take this opportunity to wish you all happiness for Christmas, and all the very best for a wonderful 2009. Please e-mail me back at roger@rjellory.com and we can talk about books and other such nonsense! Take care, and sorry again for such extraordinary bad manners.
Roger.
At 12:32am on May 26, 2008, Steven Hague said…
Hi Helen,

A while back you asked if I had a website and I said it was a work in progress. Well I'm now pleased to report that its up and running!

If you get a chance, please take a look and let me know what you think.

Cheers,
Steve
At 12:33am on May 20, 2008, Lillian Porter said…
Your book looks very interesting. I am going to look for a copy.
At 10:19pm on April 25, 2008, carole gill said…
should have known! you're a lawyer--you had extra reasons for liking The Firm, one hopes it isn't really like that, but it probably is to a great extent in the U.S. that is. I can't picture U.K. law firms like that though.
At 11:59pm on April 14, 2008, Ian Gosling said…
Hi Helen
I have just bought a copy of Damaged Goods, I saw it when I was signing books in Waterstones the other day. Not sure when I'll get round to reading though, there are already half a dozen waiting on the pile. It was the title that caught my eye - I was was to use the same title for the third or fourth book in the series. Never mind.
At 10:12am on March 6, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Helen
Twins, lawyering, and writing. Okay, so I'm not the busiest person I know.
Congratulations on your successful debut.
At 12:02am on February 29, 2008, Chris Ewan said…
Hi Helen
I haven't heard about panels just yet but it's nice to be able to say hi in advance of the festival. Thanks for the heads up on Neil - I'll track him down and say hello on here too. I see we both share the same sordid dayjob btw - must be something about the law that drives us to come up with complex murder plans...
Cheers
Chris
At 5:55am on February 22, 2008, Nikki said…
Will do - and my mistake, I was actually on chpt 6 not chpt 3!!!
x
At 8:22am on February 21, 2008, Nikki said…
Hi Helen,
Just wanted to let you know that I am reading and thoroughly enjoying your book at the moment! One part that really struck me was when 'husband who lives in hope' went out and bought you a laptop when you said you'd like to write a book - mine did that too!
Of course, it was second hand and died before I got cracking....tsk.....but hey!
So, anyway, I'm now back online - with a new laptop and a better internet connection. If someone could throw in a Cadburys twirl and a bar of wholenut at this moment then my life would be almost perfect.
But back to the book - I only picked it up yesterday and I'm on Chpt 3 - it's zinging along really nicely and Lilly Valentine is a great character. Having met some fantastic Northern women, it's great to see one brought to life like that!
Anyways - I'll give you my humble opinion - for what it's worth - when I finish!
Better get my butt back over to WebMums now - I've abandoned it since my laptop died and I've loads of new articles to put on there!
TC
Nikki
x
At 12:07am on February 13, 2008, Jeff Ross said…
Helen,
I think it all depends on how much you want to write the screenplay and how much you want to cut. When you see movies and think, 'that's not as good as the book' it's often because sections you really enjoyed in the book are not in the film. There's a process you go through when adapting where you need to decide what the STORY is about and the little things that this reader or that reader might really like disappear. In the end I think it is difficult because you are the most attached to your book. As well, writers, especially mystery and thriller writers, want to get onto the next book and not live inside a single novel for that long. And Scriptwriting is a long long process.
If you are interested in trying to work a book into a screenplay there's a great free scriptwriting package online now called celtx http://www.celtx.com/ Having used Final Draft for years, I am now switching over. This program has everything you need from character development to who will be doing an actor's hair. Try getting some ideas down with this program and actually start writing the script and you'll be able to see whether it's going to be hard or easy for you.
Cheers
At 9:24pm on February 8, 2008, Denis OLeary said…
Thanks for your comment / friend request. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner but I work funny hours. Updating my page now, so nice to hear from you.
At 10:11pm on February 6, 2008, Lynette Rees said…
Hi Helen,

I think you're probably right about the gender thing! I'm also the same when it comes to writing, I often have different projects on the go as I also write non fiction.

Nice to 'meet' you!

Lynette :)
At 6:01am on February 5, 2008, Roddie Hunter said…
an ex cop who went onto study law, and is now corporate legal counsel.
At 10:48pm on February 4, 2008, Louise Pearce said…
Hi Helen
Thanks. Just hoping that being on this will generate ideas for stories etc.
At 7:56am on February 2, 2008, Persia Walker said…
Pinch my name for a character? Hey, I'd be honored! Your blog entries are hilarious. As a mother, I totally sympathize. But hey, I think you should be darn proud of yourself! Wow!
At 5:39am on January 31, 2008, Pippa Macallister said…
Hi Helen
Sorry I wrote everything in a bit of a rush - Heffers is a bookshop in Cambridge UK. I would say the best bookshop in Cambridge but others might not agree.
Pippa
At 7:28pm on January 30, 2008, Steve said…
Hi Helen,
Thanks for your message. I've been interested in the history of capital punishment for many years and having researched into it I've amassed enough material for the various projects and books I've had published. I've three more in my 'hanged at...' for Sutton out this year and in the meantime I'm trying to finish one of my fiction books. Hopefully, this year, I will.
best wishes
Steve
At 1:43am on January 29, 2008, Steven Hague said…
Hi Helen,

I don't have a website as yet - it's kind of a work in progress - albeit a slow one! Why do you ask?

Cheers,
Steve
At 11:34pm on January 28, 2008, JackBludis said…
Blair Witch Project, wow.

I have actually been in that "haunted house."
At 2:41pm on January 28, 2008, Bret Wright said…
Hi Helen - sorry it took a while to comment back to you . . . I'm a little engrossed in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, and have been camping out there. I'm glad there's another Python fan here!

Kudo's on your book!

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