I’m delighted to be sharing a guest post by Lin Anderson today, about a day in her life as a writer, as part of the blog tour to celebrate the release of her latest book, Time for the Dead. With thanks to Humfrey from Laura Sherlock Publicity for inviting me to take part.
Time for the Dead is a gripping crime novel by Lin Anderson and sees forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod discover that a terrifying war is unfolding on Scotland’s Isle of Skye.
When forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod returns to her roots on Scotland’s Isle of Skye, a chance encounter in the woods behind a nearby activities centre leads her to what seems to be a crime scene, but without a victim. Could this be linked to a group of army medics, who visited the centre while on leave from Afghanistan and can no longer be located on the island?
Enlisting the help of local tracker dog Blaze, Rhona starts searching for a connection.
Two days later a body is found at the base of the famous cliff known as Kilt Rock, face and identity obliterated by the fall, which leads Rhona to suspect the missing medics may be on the island for reasons other than relaxation. Furthermore, elements of the case suggests a link with an ongoing operation in Glasgow, which draws DS Michael McNab into the investigation.
As the island’s unforgiving conditions close in, Rhona must find out what really happened to the group in Afghanistan, as the consequences may be being played out in brutal killings on Skye . . .
One of the things I love about being a writer is that no two days are the same. When I was a Computing Science teacher my day was very structured. Certainly, different classes provided different experiences, but essentially the days were very similar.
As a writer, I’m never quite sure what the day will bring, and I like that very much. It all depends where you are with your latest book, or your last book, or the other writing projects you have on the go.
My latest outing for forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod, Time for the Dead, is about to hit the shelves. So August is a super busy month, with lots of trips and events and signings, including at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Number 14 in the Rhona series is set on the Isle of Skye and stars a well known and real Skye resident, border collie, Blaze, who has a worldwide twitter following. He becomes Rhona’s forensic assistant in Time for the Dead. So the last couple of days have involved a visit to Skye, a wild swim in a loch with Blaze, plus confirming the launch of the book in Portree Library on the 8th August.
If I’m not travelling to events, then the plan is to spend part of the day working on the next book. I’m around a third of the way through the new one, and my way of working is always to edit what has been written the day before prior to continuing the story.
I never know exactly what will happen next, and don’t do extensive planning. I see Rhona’s investigation as propelling the story, as it would in real life. I start of with a strong visual image which I am compelled to write about, then move on from there.
The idea for Time for the Dead came to me after I visited A.C.E. Target Sports on Skye with Blaze and successfully threw an axe (for the first time) and hit the target spot on. After which Blaze took me a walk up into the birch wood behind the centre, and during that walk I imagined the opening of the book in my head.
I do try to write each day, but a walk in the nearby woods in my home village of Carrbridge, or a swim in the River Dulnain allows time to think and both often provide me with new ideas for the current book, or a solution to a problem I was having trouble with.
In any given day I might also be working on other projects. I have another crime series set in Cannes in the south of France starring PI Patrick de Courvoisier. I have just completed a first draft of a children’s book, Blaze Dog Detective, and am about to launch a rock musical for which I wrote the Libretto, with John Sinclair (keyboard player with Ozzy Osbourne for 17 years) writing the music. Voice of a Generation is about to hit social media.
One thing is certain, being a writer is never dull.
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