By Maggie James
I'm delighted to report that my latest book, Blackwater Lake, is now well under way. Unlike my previous fiction titles, this one's a novella, and I estimate its length will be 35 - 40, ooo words. (The average novel is 80,000 words long). As of today, I've written 22,382 (yes, I keep count!) and I aim to finish the first draft during the week commencing July 20, 2015. Then the hard work of revising and editing will begin. Unlike many authors, I love that part!
In keeping with the psychological suspense themes I love, Blackwater Lake centres around a murder-suicide. Here's a synopsis of the plot:
Matthew Stanyer fears the worst when he reports his parents missing. Beset with worries about his wife, Evie, whose dementia is rapidly worsening, Joseph Stanyer has been struggling to cope. When the bodies of Matthew's parents are found close to Blackwater Lake, a local beauty spot, the inquest rules the deaths as a murder-suicide. A conclusion that's supported by the note Joseph leaves for his son. Grief-stricken, Matthew begins to clear his parents' house of two decades of compulsive hoarding. And discovers the dark enigmas hidden within. Ones that lead Matthew to ask: why did his father choose Blackwater Lake to end his life? What other secrets do its waters conceal?
I'll be making Blackwater Lake free across all sales platforms and from this site. You'll be able to download it without charge, whether via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple or any of the other outlets I use. I don't have an exact publication date yet, but I aim to release Blackwater Lake during August 2015. I'll keep you posted!
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