I’m mostly enjoying the experience of revising my draft crime novel, although I’m also learning how much I don’t know about novel editing. There are so many of the writing craft you want to get right but it is hard work wrangling them across 80,000 words. The longest piece of writing I’ve managed previously was my Master of Philosophy dissertation at 40k. This one is harder because I love my characters, have enjoyed creating the story, plot twists and putting it all together in settings I’ve not often seen in Australian crime novels, including Queanbeyan in country New South Wales and Eden on the Sapphire Coast.
I’ve also decided to bite the bullet (an apropos crime cliche!) and engage the services of a professional editor to do a manuscript assessment to help me work out where to focus my energies next. I hope to have the novel ready for querying by July/August so this is a positive step. There is incredible demand for Australian crime fiction, so I am keen to get it ‘out there’.
Lots of ideas have been popping too for book #2 in the series, where I’ll continue to drop my leading lady into all kinds of trouble. She’s an awesome character and I am looking forward to you meeting her one day…hopefully soon.
Speaking of Australian crime fiction, did you see THE DRY? It’s grossed more than $20m at the Box Office (thank you COVID for creating space for theatrical releases of local films) and garnered mostly four and five-star reviews. Author Jane Harper is one of our best crime novellists – her work is up there for me with the late, great Peter Temple’s. I hope to see THE LOST MAN on the screen in the coming years. In my opinion, that’s Harper’s best work to date. She is brilliant and I have learned a lot from reading her novels.
Do you have a favourite Australian crime novellist?