I just wanted to write a quick update on my new YA novel ‘Jackie Jones’ which I aim to publish before the end of the year.

Yesterday, I put the finishing touches to the last chapter, after working on various edits over the last month. The new ending has really pulled this together and so I find myself in a position of having the story down in its entirety.

So, am I lighting that cigar and taking a sweet sip from a well aged single malt – no, because unlike many movie depictions of writers completing their novels in one burst at a typewriter or laptop, there is still a long, long way to go until the book will be ready – a work still very much in progress.

I am still a few edits away from sending out a draft for my fellow writing group members and critique buddies to cast their well trained eyes over and then take on board their feedback. This is one of the most important stages in the construction of any book, as before this time, my story has yet to be assessed in terms of its translation; which after all is the essence of writing – to record your concept, your idea and translate your thoughts from your mind to the page.

This is a story that I wish to translate to readers all over the world and unless you ask people what they think, before publication, you’ll never know if the translation of your concept is still a work in progress.

So, once I’ve done all I can do – when I am finally content with my efforts, I will be passing this around to a merry band of willing readers. I look forward to their insightful critique in the hope that it will help clarify and shape my Young Adult novel ‘Jackie Jones.’

Below is a brief synopsis, of what you can expect and I will be looking to share more updates on the book, including cover design, publication date and anything else that could be deemed newsworthy and not be used as group therapy material for ‘Insomniac Weekly.’

Jackie Jones:

‘Fourteen year old Jackie accepts a mysterious invitation to a country estate to compete for a huge cash prize which could put an end to his family’s money worries for good. What starts out as being the opportunity of a lifetime, turns into a nightmare when Jackie arrives at Heath Hall and finds that the other five contestants not only share his desire to win the money, but also his name!’

Before I pop of – I’d just like to say thanks for all the kind words, support, reviews and all who have purchased my debut eBook – The Amber Room.

Including sample downloads just under 120 people have ventured through the door of The Amber Room, which is fantastic! I hope that more will join them, in time. News of the sequel – The Amber Antidote will be forthcoming as I amend the chapter timeline and concept next month.

I’m in the writing game for the long haul – those who just sighed and tutted will be escorted from the premises shortly – ahem, right as I said, I’m in it for the duration, and just hope I can improve as a writer and continue to master my craft. I’m no different in that regard to everyone else, as we all try to improve in life and work however we can, oh, unless you’re perfect already, which so many of you are obviously… then no worries 🙂

My simple aim is to be proud of my work and I just hope you guys can come along for the ride, which let’s face it could mean as little as spending a couple of days a year reading my books and blog posts, so at the end of the day, you don’t really have to spend that much time with me, so I can’t be any fairer than that – can I!

Not that kind of Fair!!! Who’s in charge of inserting these images anyway – blimey, give me strength!