Thursday 5 July 2018

The Bitter End - Ann Evans & Robert D Tysall BlogBlitz #GuestPost

The Bitter End

About the Book

Paul finally has his life back on track. After losing his wife, Helena in a horrific car crash, he has found love with Sally and moves into her country cottage.  

As a former high-ranking Naval Officer, Paul now works as Head of Security at MI5.

Paul has no memories from before he was ten years old. An accident left him in a coma for 9 months.  But was it really an accident?

Soon Paul starts to have flashes of childhood memories, all involving his childhood friend, Owen.

Sally introduces him to her friend, Juliet, the owner of a craft shop. Paul is shocked when he is introduced to Juliet’s partner, his old friend Owen.

Flashes of memories continue to haunt Paul, particularly the memory of his first wife Helena burning in the car crash.

As dark things start to happen, and local people begin dying in horrific accidents, Paul must face his past and will end up fighting for his life.

Guest Post

Today I have a lovely post from one half of the duo who wrote The Bitter End.  Welcome to my blog Ann Evans.  Grab a comfortable seat and would you be so kind as to tell me about how you came to write the book with Robert.

First of all, my co-author for The Bitter End, Rob Tysall, wanted me to write the story that he’d thought up. After all, I’m the writer in our writer/photographer team. For more than 20 years we’ve worked together on magazine articles. His writing has mainly been poetry and song lyrics (he’s also a singer and percussionist). But his story ideas know no bounds.

The Bitter End had been our talking point for four years! But I honestly thought it was too dark for me to write. Finally, however, I made a start and drafted a few chapters. When he read them, as predicted, it wasn’t how he had envisaged it. But it was a start and so we continued working on the story as a collaboration.

We talked through each scene, listened to each other’s ideas, discussed every sentence, every word in fact. If either of us wasn’t happy with a word or phrase, we worked on it, until we were both in agreement – and amazingly we didn’t fall out.  In fact. Some of the most tragic and intense scenes would reduce us to fits of laughter as words and ideas ran away with us.

The practicalities of a collaboration, at least in our case, is that just one person does the typing, that keeps the style ‘uniform’. This was me as I’m a much faster typist – and better speller. And I really needed to be quick on the old keyboard as once his imagination is let loose, I’m hard pressed to keep up with his dictation!

It’s always a good idea for a writer to read their work aloud, but often when working alone, you don’t. Having a joint writing project like this meant that everything got read out, time and again. And being able to discuss the plot with someone else provided a stack of events and dramas that perhaps one person alone would not have thought of. 

For example, when halfway through the book, Rob said: “You know (character) has to die, don’t you?” And I gasped: “What? No! You can’t kill (character)!” But he just nodded and said: “Yes you do.” I admit I was reminded of the famous Stephen King quote: “Kill your darlings.”  

So, we’re hoping that our collaboration with The Bitter End has produced a book that readers will enjoy. And we’re very grateful to Bloodhound Books for taking a chance on us and publishing our book.

Well don’t know about you, but I enjoyed reading that and must admit sounds intriguing about how things came about.

About the Authors

If the above wasn’t enough, I know can tell you a bit more about each of the authors.  


Ann Evans was born and bred in Coventry, West Midlands, and started writing just for fun after giving up her secretarial job to have her three children.

Having caught the writing 'bug' there was no stopping her, and as her children grew up, she continued to write for a variety of genres. She spent 13 years at her local newspaper as a Feature Writer as well as working freelance on magazine articles.

She also writes books for children, young adults, reluctant readers and some romance. (Ann Carroll) Her first adult crime novel, Kill or Die was published in 2017 by Bloodhound Books.

Having worked with writer/photographer Robert D. Tysall for many years through magazine work, Ann and Rob teamed up to write the supernatural thriller, The Bitter End – Ann’s first collaboration with another writer.  This will be published by Bloodhound Books in the summer of 2018.


Robert Tysall was born and brought up in Rugby, Warwickshire, and played the sport the town is famous for in his youth, until he discovered a passion and talent for photography, music and writing poetry and song lyrics. His career so far has been a busy mix of being lead vocalist and percussionist in bands plus working as a professional freelance photographer.

He is currently in a 60s, 70s & Beatles duo, and lives in Warwickshire with his wife, Heather. He has two grown up children. Rob is multi published on the photographic side of things with countless magazine articles, generally working alongside writer Ann Evans.

For many years he has dabbled with ideas for stories and finally the time felt right with this book. It seemed a natural turn of events for both Rob and Ann to team up and write The Bitter End together.

With his debut novel completed, now there’s no stopping him, and two more book collaborations with Ann are currently in the pipeline.

To connect with the Authors 

Links for each of the authors are under the About the Authors section above. 

Check out the rest of the blog tour with these fabulous blogs: 

My thanks to Ann Evans for joining me on my blog today and for sharing A Writing Collaboration with me about how both Robert D Tysall and Ann came to write the book.  My thanks also to the publishers Bloodhound Books and also Sarah Hardy for my spot on the blog tour.   I’m off to check the other blogs out now to see what their thoughts are. 


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