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Book of the Week - Jane Corry's The Dead Ex
12 September 2018

Book of the week – what a great book I’ve just bought.

From the Freelance Media Group meeting I went to this week, we heard about how best to hunt for an agent - a good one. And which big publisher is currently accepting 'open' submissions. I will write about it on my Devon based Retreats for You website here (blog being posted soon.)

It was thoroughly enjoyable and if you'd like to go to some of their meetings, featuring agents, publishers and experts, email me and I will put you in touch. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I followed up by buying a couple of books and am going to make one in particular my new Book of the Week on this, my regular website book blog:

Jane Corry’s ‘The Dead Ex.

The third twist-filled thriller from author of My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters.

It’s a drama-packed suspense and has a good chunk of fab reviews already. Jane has also written several other books – she is a Sunday Times bestseller. I like choosing new authors with lots of other novels to go on to afterwards if I like this one. Jane is an experienced writer and tutor of writing so she knows a thing or two about plot. Great covers too.

This latest one is about a woman whose husband deserts her for a mistress when she gets ill. Then a body turns up. The slug line – ‘He cheated. He lied… He died…’  grabs you immediately. Check it out for yourself and see what you think! Psychological crime and thrillers are as popular as ever so this was a good one for me.

The third twist-filled thriller from The Sunday Times best-selling author of My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters. 

'I wish he'd just DIE.'

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband, Daniel, left her for his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's gone missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of Daniel's disappearance?

And how can Vicki prove her innocence when she's not even sure of it herself?   

Jane cleverly interweaves the use of first person, an unreliable narrator, with third person to define other characters who drive the tale towards its dramatic ending - watch out for all those twists. Also - tip - do read each chapter heading as well. In audiobook listening, that's easy, as the narrator always reads it out! See below for a Quick Six Questions interview with Jane.

I particularly loved the immense detail about topics within the story which Jane writes about with confidence. I actually learned quite a lot, and that's always a plus. It makes me want to read the next one by an author. There was one twist in particular I didn't see coming at all, and if you like every loose ending to be clearly sewn up this is a good book for you. Recommended.

go here to get it and read more and get a free sample on Amazon.

And click here for details of how to get a free audiobook version on my recommendation

 

Six Quick Questions with Jane Corry

1. Inspiration. Where did the idea for suspense novel ‘The Dead Ex’ come from? (Your third thriller.)

A friend’s bike! I swim most mornings in the sea (in a wet suit) along with an artist friend of mine. One day, she turned up on a flash bike. I commented on it and she told me it belonged to ‘the dead ex’. Her former husband had sadly died and she’d had to sort out his possessions which was very distressing for her. It made me think about how difficult it is to let go of relationships even if they weren’t ideal. Then I linked it with prison (as I always do!) and THE DEAD EX was born. My friend gave me permission to use the title, by the way!

2. Research or experience. There is much detail about several topics - inc being inside a prison, and you spent time as ‘writer in residence’ at a prison - what does that mean? Thoughts about your time there? Also much info about epilepsy, and aromatherapy. Experience, or research?

I took a job as a writer in residence at a high security male prison when my first marriage ended. It was a completely new world for me. I was scared at times but there were also hours when I forgot I was in a prison. The power of the written word is such that it unites all kinds of people. My role as writer in residence was to run workshops to help prisoners write life stories, novels, short stories, poems and letters. I also brought in other authors to speak (including Colin Dexter) and I entered my men’s work for national prison competitions. The idea behind this is that writing can allow you to express yourself. Many inmates told me it enabled them to understand the horror of their crimes. I also wanted to bring epilepsy into THE DEAD EX  because it hit our family out of the blue three years ago. It was a subject I knew nothing about until then and I wanted to show its effects and how people learn to live with it. As for aromatherapy…what can I say? This was a lovely part of my research! In fact, I only came across it when a friend dragged me along to a session to keep her company. Like any writer, I asked my aromatherapist various questions such as how she knew which were the right oils to mix. She told me that it all depended on the client. ‘It’s a bit like a marriage,’ she said. Suddenly I knew exactly what I wanted my heroine Vicki to do for a living!

3. Evolution. There are lots of twists - were they all in draft one? How did it evolve to final draft? 

I usually know which major twists I’m going to put in before I write. Then, while I am writing, I think of others - or even different ones from my first set of ideas.  When I’ve finished the first draft, I go back and sow clues. I love twists and turns. My second husband says I’m terrible to watch television with because I often guess what’s going to happen!

4. Being published. You say publishers can change titles. What did you call yours, and did you have any input into what they do?

My publishers have always been happy with my titles which is nice. But if they weren’t, I would agree to their suggestions. My view is that publishers have more experience of the market than I do.

5. What was your ‘getting published’ story? 

I sent the first three chapters of MY HUSBAND’S WIFE (my first psychological suspense) to my agent and she loved it. Then a few weeks later, she rang to say that Penguin was interested. I didn’t dare let myself get too excited but as the day went on, her calls became more frequent. By the end of the day, Penguin wanted to meet me in London. I live in Devon but it so happened we were going to London that day for a big family party so I met my future editor Katy Loftus just beforehand From the minute we spoke, I could see that she ‘got’ my characters and that they were as real to her as they were to me.  It was so exciting! Penguin offered me a contract the next day. It was a dream come true.

6. What’s out next? 

My next novel is called CHILD OF MINE. It’s about a young grandmother and a terrible secret. I'm currently working on edits for it now.

- And if people like The Dead Ex what can they choose next? 

My first two novels are called MY HUSBAND’S WIFE and BLOOD SISTERS. They - like THE DEAD EX - were in the top ten of The Sunday Times. I’m also very excited because  Big Talk and Mr Mudd have acquired the tv serialisation rights to MY HUSBAND’S WIFE.

Finally, how can people keep in touch with you? Include the freelance media group info if you like.

This is an important part of a writer’s job. I spend about one and a half hours each day on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

My social media is as follows.

Twitter @janecorryauthor

Instagram Jane Corry Author

Facebook Jane Corry Author.

I also help to run the Freelance Media Group which meets on the second Monday of each month in London. We have some great speakers from the writing industry. Its twitter address is @FreelanceMediaG

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Thanks to Jane! 

I bought a couple of other fab sounding books which also cropped up during chats at the meeting, watch out for Phoebe Grant’s ‘The Doll House’ and ‘Marriages are Made in Bond Street’ by Penrose Halson. Plus, finally, a mention that former QVC presenter Anna Cookson, a BBC Radio Kent host, has her first one about to be published too – great title – ‘the Sound of your Soul’ out soon with Pegasus books – am hoping it’ll be on audio book so I can get it!

ps Glad to say Phoebe Morgan and her colleague Charlotte Mursell will be coming to give their talk on 'pitching to a publisher' at Retreats for You in March next year. The latest update will be coming out soon on our social media for @retreatsforyou an on the website www.retreatsforyou.co.uk - watch out for it and book early!

 

Other News

Yoga Retreats - we are happy to offer full board breaks for writers with a daily stretching session to help tired muscles after hours at the keyboard. A last minute retreat is available -

- join us on October 22-26. (one place left)

- 'Just Write' weeks - we are available most months of the year, Monday to Friday, full board including wine with supper, afternoon snacks and hot drinks, with a mini home gym, massage chair and summer house to get away from everything and finish - or begin - that novel. With over fifty finished novels from former guests on our bookshelves, we are proud to have been helping writers write for around ten years. Join us on - 

15th - 19th October - two places left.

** new week opened up - 3-7 December **

 

Themed weeks with Tutors.  We have experts offer tuition at our retreat too - join us - 

- 12th November for flash fiction week with Retreat West run by Amanda Saint (waitlist)

- 26th - 30th November for a writing workshop week for novelists with award winning Richard and Judy author Julie Cohen - my mentor! (waitlist only)

Reviews for Retreats for You Check out our Facebook page to see all the five star reviews for our place - go here to see it. And if you'd like to come too, email us for info and dates This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and see more on our website here - retreatsforyou.co.uk

best wishes

debs

x

TIPS AND MY OWN FICTION - 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, which is also a fabulous resource for beginners. And advanced writers!  Go here to read more.

Also - launched  in 2018, Jericho press is the new name for Writers' Workshop - and their £30 a month subs will get you all sorts of free info about how to write a novel and how to self publish. MORE HERE.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs.

My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) andGoodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

 

eBooks - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

  

FICTION

 HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

 Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback.

 Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher available on Amazon. Paperback can be ordered from almost all bookshops. Reached no 79 in WHSmithsTravel charts.

 Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

 

DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback.

 

SHORT STORIES

 ‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

 The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

 

NON-FICTION

 Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – originally published in 2000. It was updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do and published on Amazon as TTFLS 2.0

It was followed a year later by Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon which introduced new concepts and latest theories on gut bacteria and the inner chimp plus six guises of Freedom Eater.

 Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

Choc-Lit, UK independent publisher, gave it a revamp and put it on order in Bookshops early 2017 - published just as 'Till the Fat Lady Slims' and with a black silhouette cover, it pulls together elements of all the predecessors, and is a good place to begin if you haven't read any of it yet. Go here to get the Choc Lit 2017 Till the Fat lady Slims on Amazon or order in bookshops.

Amazon review - January 2018 - 

This is a great book and so easy to identify with the author. I have been there and reading this book was like a breath of fresh air. I took on board what was written and lost 3 pounds in the first week. I am still losing but I don't dwell on food or think about it all day which is brilliant. I feel I can get on with my life and food is in its proper place. I eat when I'm hungry and because I am hungry, I enjoy the food all the more. If you are struggling and have tried every diet known to woman - like I have - buy this book. You will not regret it. It is turning my life around and I feel so much more positive than I did.

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