Wednesday 20 September 2017

Lonely Hearts
Gwyn GB
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Series: DI Falle
Genre: crime thriller
Release Date: 15th July 2017
Publisher: Chalky Dog Publishing

Brings a whole new meaning to killing with kindness.
Meet Rachel. She loves animals and works at a dating agency bringing lonely people together – only somebody is watching her every move and she’s scared…
Neil didn’t see who killed him – but his murder brings DI Claire Falle on the case. What she uncovers leads her to discover that a serial killer is preying on the clients of the dating agency where Rachel works.
Can Claire work out the connection between all the deaths before Rachel becomes the next victim?
And what is it in Rachel’s past that haunts her?
As DI Claire Falle investigates the lives of the dating agency staff and clients, she is pulled into a tangled web of loneliness and deceit which will have devastating consequences for someone. 

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How many times have you heard someone say they want to write a book but they’re too busy? Believe me, if they say that, they’re unlikely to get one written. My mother has been retired for twenty years and she is forever telling me she’s too busy to sit down and do some writing. We fill our days with whatever we have going on.
After I’d finished writing ‘Islands’ and was getting ready to launch into starting work on ‘Lonely Hearts’, I looked at my available time and asked myself how on earth I was going to do it. I work full time, have two children, a dog and a husband - who I feel guilty about abandoning if I’m writing – and I run an educational charity, a teenage coding club one evening a week. Somewhere in all this I read and I write.
There is no magic answer to this question, I can’t tell you some big secret way that I miraculously find hidden hours in the day – the long and the short of it is that writing is hard work. However, it’s hard work that I absolutely love and that’s the crux. If you really want to write, then you will find time.

1/ My basic time finding method is to quite simply sleep less. I used to think I was an eight hours a night girl, nowadays it’s more like six or seven if I’m lucky. Some nights, during looming deadlines, it’s five hours or less. If I’m really tired after coming back from work, I’ll power nap for 15 or 20 minutes and that gives me the mental capacity to keep on going.

2/ Lunch hours at work are also rarely spent chilling with colleagues or friends, I invariably either try to slip away somewhere quietly and write, or do the various bits I need to do for the marketing if the environment isn’t right for creativity.

3/ Weekends are precious. I want to spend time with my family, but I also need to write. For me, it therefore means ensuring I get up in good time. Think about when at the weekend the family are otherwise occupied and make use of it. If you take your kids to clubs then use the time they’re there to write, even if it means sitting in the car and doing it.

4/ Don’t bother with the housework! OK, so there are certain things you can’t avoid, like feeding the kids, but when it comes to tidying and cleaning I’m afraid our house looks very ‘lived in’ during deadline time. I also rope in husband and kids to help, although sometimes that’s harder work than just getting on and doing it!

5/ Dictation and brain dumping. I’m not someone who is good at dictating, but others swear by it once they’ve got used to it. There’s a software called Dragon dictation which some writers use when they’re walking or jogging, or simply at home because in theory it’s much faster than typing. It also helps with RSI. I like to let my characters have conversations and play out scenes in my head when I’m doing something non-taxing like showering, commuting or cooking dinner. Just make sure that once you’ve come up with the great lines and plot, you jot it down.


Gwyn GB is a writer living in Jersey, Channel Islands. A native of the UK she moved to the island with her Jersey-born husband, geriatric dog, two boys and goldfish. Gwyn is a former national and international newsreader for BBC TV and ITN in London and Jersey. She's also freelanced for national newspapers and magazines in the UK, once had her own magazine publishing business and has a PR diploma. She is currently working in the digital industry while writing in her spare time. Gwyn is also the author of 'Islands'.

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