Death on the Coast
Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Death on the Coast by B A Steadman. My thanks go to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books.
About the Book
Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?
When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will leads back to the Irish Troubles.
Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.
Today on my blog I am joined by B A Steadman who has an interesting topic to discuss with you my lovely readers.
Why an editor is so important
There is a peculiar moment between finishing a novel and waiting for it to be returned full of the changes and edits I will need to make in order for it to be enjoyed. I’m suddenly free of the necessity to produce a couple of thousand words a day. The story has matured and gone through major changes and some re-writing over the last few months. And now, for a few short weeks, I can do nothing. It’s liberating. A sense of achievement. The editor at Bloodhound Books will beaver away while I enjoy the gorgeous summer weather and plot the next one. Then the doubt sets in. Just how much will need to be changed? Should I have left that scene in, or taken that character out?
These questions are why the role of editor or any critical reader is vital in the production of a novel, which of course, is about far more than writing a good yarn. Without that detached view, connections which may seem obvious to me, having lived with the characters for so many months, may not be clear to first-time readers. I’ll think I’ve explained everything but find that lots of it exists only in my head, not on the page.
Also writing at speed can mean the repetition of phrases and words or clichés that I overuse which will jar with a reader, whereas to me they are second nature (there’s another one) and I don’t see them. Sometimes the flow of the story is impeded by too much back story. Sometimes I like a new character and go off on a tangent writing a scene especially for them, that then has to come out. This time, for Death on the Coast I took out a whole character. I’ve saved her for a future book but she just wasn’t needed in this one.
Through the editing process, the book becomes tighter and more readable. It is, however, not ‘top-down’. Editing is a two-way dialogue between two experts, you are the expert in your story and characters, the editor is an expert in polishing the rough diamond, but in the end, the writer has to agree the changes!
Now for those of you that may be budding authors out there and thinking of publishing a book, maybe the above topic is of interest to you. It was interesting to me and I have no intention of publishing a book, don't think I have it in me to write one!! I'll just settle for reading the fabulous books the rest of the lovely authors slave over for us readers to grab that few minutes relaxation, away from the family to wind down from the days stresses and strains or work and family life, or maybe you are one of those that is quite happy to curl up with a book and leave your other half to watch the football and are quite glad that we have the World Cup on at present, but hopefully some of you are cheering on England and hoping that we can go the distance!
About the Author
Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time. She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.
Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.
When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.
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My thanks to B A Steadman for my spot on the blog tour.