Work is well advanced for the publication of The Lifetracer in October. Apart from a final read of the book, which is about half way through, the cover is being designed at the moment. This is where the importance of keeping a record of all the characteristics of your characters is important. When I’m writing a book, all my characters fill in a questionnaire about themselves. I ask them everything from their vital statistics to whether they had a happy childhood, the pets they had, their likes and dislikes. It helps to make sure that as you write the book you don’t fall into avoidable slips and inconsistencies. Whilst you might not notice them as you write, the reader will definitely see them as they read. For the book cover I needed to check the eye colour of Connor Bancroft the investigator. For information his eyes are blue.
What I might do over coming weeks is present you with some of the characters from my books in the form of interviews with the characters. It can be quite fun to look into the past of your characters. They can be anything you want them to be. They can achieve all the things you dreamed of and never succeeded in. You can give them horrible illnesses you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy and as much or as little money as you see fit.
The Lifetracer starts with a death threat. It is, like all crime novels, sinister. However, unlike most crime novels it is relatively blood free and totally gun free. It’s about ordinary people who take wrong turnings. Criminals come in all shapes and sizes and don’t always fit a convenient stereotype. Investigators on the other hand often do fit a stereotype – divorced, flawed. Some are gruff but none-the-less likeable, others like Connor are easy to fall in love with, but that’s another story.