Note de l'auteur
Je dois expliquer pourquoi je l'ai utilisé des morceaux de texte du livre
d'Albert Camus l’étranger tout au long comme têtes de chapitre.
Il a écrit de son livre "Il y a longtemps je résume l'étranger dans une
phrase que je réalise est extrêmement paradoxale. «Dans notre société, tout
homme qui ne pleure pas à l'enterrement de sa mère est susceptible d'être
condamné à mort».
I was recently invited to do a guest blog post. I felt it was worth placing here too:
Cyclist and an Inspiration
The early morning sunlight flickered
from behind the high clouds and reflected golden and crisp from the monument in
Bergerac’s market square. Around me, shoppers bustled and in the roadway a car
beeped its horn. The grey stone pillar rose fifteen feet above me, its shadow
pointing away towards the elm trees that line the roadway. A smell of garlic
wafted as I read those brave words that showed the strength of the French and
France’s indomitable leaders.
If you’ve been following the thread so far, you should now
have the following assets:
1. PDF of your book
2. .mobi file of your book
3. .epub version
4. PDF of the cover
5. .jpeg of the cover.
You are now able to create an
Click ‘add new title’
Name your book and select
‘paperback’ then click ‘get started’ on the ‘guided’ banner.
If you’ve read and done the previous two posts you will now
be in possession of three files: .pdf; .mobi; .epub. Next you design your
cover. What sort of cover you make depends on your individual preference. I
like dark/light relatively non-busy covers. On Kindle all you get is a small
avatar view of the cover, so why waste time putting a lot of writing in small
print that no one can read? That’s up to you though. The final print-ready
cover is a bit different though I think the less you put on the cover, the more
the picture stands out.
This post is intended to allow you to produce nice, clean
files, ready for uploading to your publishing source.
Firstly, write a book. Really, write your novel. Put it away
for a few weeks. Then edit it on-screen. Then print it out and go through it
with a red felt-tip and correct and re-write. It’s because you can’t afford to
have any typos or clumsy sentences. When you’re certain you’ve licked it – ask a
friend to read it. No friends? Pay someone to read it. The publishing arm I use
comes up with ‘We have found x typographical errors as follows:’ then they
shred your editing for you.
When my publisher told me in December he wasn't going to publish any
more books for the time being, it hit me hard. We'd published the first
book of a quadrilogy calledAMULET. I had four more books written and ready to
go - all dressed up and nowhere to go! To cap it all he was poised to publishGaldir IVthe next instalment of theGaldir series. I had one more French resistance
novel written as well.
poking a few agents and publishers but despite my having sold 30,000 copies of
the Cyclist and plenty more of the Roman books, no one showed interest.
I’ve just startedDan Brown’s ‘Inferno’. I’ve seen the previous Dan brown movies but never read his books. I tried once with the first one but found I disliked the writing style so much I never finished the book. This time because of the great accolades the book has received, I became curious to see if his style of writing might have changed.
Afraid I still don’t like the writing. It makes my fingers itch to edit – I could cut maybe half the book and not lose a second of the action.
The Fat Chefis now available on Amazon both as Kindle and paperback. Maybe an audiobook soon too! So what's all the fuss about - just a book eh?
Well, no not just a book. It's a character - Raoul Verney Executive Head Chef of L'hotel Metro a fictional top Paris hotel commandeered by the Germans in 1940.
Character is plot and in this book Raoul is a lot of plot - huge in fact. There are also some recipes. Why? How could one write about a chef and not show him cooking? He cooks with passion -
Well here it is at last! My fourth book in the WW2 trilogy. Yeah, Ok, an oxymoron but gosh how do you change your whole website to accommodate the next few books?The Fat Chefis set in Paris and I originally based it in the famous ‘Le Meurice’. I even planned to go stay there for awhile to see first-hand what it was like. When I checked out the cost I decided discretion is the better part of valour and figured I could write the book even if I didn’t have first-hand knowledge of the place.
The third novel in the trilogy is 'Francesca Pascal. It's written from a woman's perspective. I found that pretty hard as I've lived with women all my life but still don't understand them. Writing from a perspective where one has to put oneself into a female role betrays all one's weaknesses. The storyline is loosely built upon what happened to Lise Lesevre, a resistance worker who was captured by Klaus Barbie towards the end of the war. Yes, it is a harrowing account. Yes it is interspersed with action which is the part of my writing I like best (see Galdir I and II).