The Biggest Mistake I Made…

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…when I started writing.

I thought it might be fun to think back over the past six or seven years of my writing career and think about the mistakes I made, especially at the beginning. No one is perfect.

Everyone screws up in one way or another.

I’m no different.

When it comes to writing itself, my biggest mistake, in the beginning, was trying to be a non-autistic author. And by that I mean, I read lots of advice in blogs, books, and online. All of it was geared towards neurotypicals (as is most self-help.)

Much of that advice is great–unless you’re autistic or neurodivergent.

And the mistake I made was trying to make myself fit into that mold. A mold I was never going to be able to fit into. Setting goals and tasks for myself that I was never going to be able to complete.

It led to burn out. Disappointment. And put me into a bad place mentally for a while.

I had to fight my way back to enjoying writing.

The biggest lesson I learned was finding what works for me.

Finding it and accepting that what works for a non-autistic author will likely not work for me. And that’s okay. It’s okay to need a little extra help from my publisher. It’s okay to not be able to do ‘all the must do things to be a successful author.’

It’s okay to just be me.

And to just do what works for me.

5 Things Osian & Dannel Shouldn’t Have Done

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  1. According to detective inspector Haider Khan? Intrdue on his crime scene.
  2. Walk straight into danger.
  3. Attempt to question a murderer (see #1 + 2)
  4. Underestimate the power of lust and love.
  5. Eaten an entire pizza at three in the morning.

The Most Difficult Parts….

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..of writing Crown Court Killer

First?

Writing in a pandemic. Being creative during ‘interesting and traumatic’ times is difficult at best. Difficult feels like such an understatement for what writing in the past two years has been like.

Second?

Burn out. (See above) A combination of the pandemic and personal life stuff hit me really hard right about the time I began writing Crown Court Killer. It made the entire process a lot harder than usual.

Third?

A complex murder plot involving a lot more moving parts than I usually deal with.

Fourth?

Uncooperative characters who further complicated a complex plot. My characters often run amuck (amuck is such a good word.) But they definitely had mind of their own in Crown Court Killer.

Fifth?

Another story calling my name. I won’t lie; I spent a lot of the time thinking about Purloined Poinsettia, Motts’s next adventure. It’s hard to work on one mystery when another is loudly screaming at your muse.

Things I googled for Crown Court Killer

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  1. What does the Old Vic look like?
  2. The UK Judicial System (very dry reading)
  3. Can you strangle someone with a tie?
  4. How well do CCTV cameras see at night?
  5. London Weddings
  6. Head injuries
  7. Posh names
  8. Unique manners of death
  9. Serial Killers and why they keep trophies
  10. Greeks. Romans. Togas. Himations.

Crown Court Killer Playlist

  1. Hurt Somebody – Noah Kahan
  2. Carried Me With You – Brandi Carlile
  3. Almost – Hozier
  4. Remember to Forget – Passenger
  5. Gloria – The Lumineers
  6. Yours in the Morning – Patrick Droney
  7. Listen to the Man – George Ezra
  8. Wild Love – James Bay
  9. Come Home to Me – LEON
  10. Wasn’t Expecting That – Jamies Lawson

An Introduction to Wayne

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We meet Wayne Dankworth in book one of the London Podcast series. He’s the solicitor friend of Osian and Dannel who happens to have a crush on Dannel’s younger brother.  He pops up in book two as well. But in book three, he is front and centre.

So here are a few things about him.

  1. He’s a solicitor.
  2. A snappy dresser.
  3. Completely and totally in love with Roland.
  4. Sings karaoke very badly.
  5. Lives to argue.
  6. Loves throwing parties.
  7. Forever giving his friends rides because none of them own a vehicle.
  8. Not a cat or a dog person
  9. Prefers beer to wine.
  10. Constantly worrying about Dannel and Osian.

My Fave YouTube Channels

Motts and I have something in common. We watch loads of YouTube. I thought I’d share some of my favourite channels.

In no particular order…

The Try Channel:

Emma Thorne

Amal Jama-Williams

JulieJo

Rachel Maksy

Alexandria Ryan

Savannah Mari

Micky Atkins

All of the Welsh brothers channels

Briannah Jewel