Writing Magazine Feature

Writing Magazine Feature 2013

Writing Magazine has published a small feature on me in their Members’ News section for subscribers.
This magazine is truly a ‘must have’ for anyone aspiring to be a writer. Believe me, it’s helped improve my writing a lot and there’s something for everyone, whether you want to be a traditionally published author or plan to self-publish.
So pleased to see my mug on their printed pages (despite hating my photograph taken!) The feature gives an update on where my writing is at the moment and links in with the previous post on editing 🙂


Nominated for The Liebster Award!

liebster award

Today I’m excited to have been nominated for a Liebster Award by whatilearnedwhilewritinganovel Thank you!

The Liebster Award is one that recognizes new blogs worth reading (and those with less than 300 followers). Upon acceptance of the award, a blogger must:

  1. List 11 random facts about him/herself.
  2. Answer the questions that were asked of him/her (by the blogger that nominated him/her).
  3. Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and link to their blogs.
  4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
  5. Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer once they accept the award.

Here we go – Random facts.

  1. My favourite authors are Tim Weaver and S. J. Bolton.
  2. I secretly like The Real Housewives of Orange County (Yes, far from a secret now!)
  3. One of my favourite films is The Crow.
  4. I want to be a ‘proper’ full-time writer by the age of 30. (I’d better get a move on – I’m 30 in November!)
  5. I had lunch with the fiction book buyer for retail giant WHSmith.
  6. I used to want to be an actor.
  7. I adore detective dramas and murder mysteries on the TV.
  8. My feet are a UK size 7.
  9. I have cosmetic veneers on 8 of my front teeth.
  10. I’ve had my art published on a DVD-ROM for ImagineFX magazine in 2007.
  11. I am a big James Bond fan.

Here’s what was asked of me:

How long have you been blogging

Since February 2013.

If  you’re writing something other than your blog right now, what is it  (title/genre/one-line synopsis)?

‘The Principle of Evil’, a UK based police procedural. DCI Claire Winters always thought she was untouchable until she came under the spotlight of a sinister breed of serial killer – A seemingly average man with a twisted view between right and wrong and a hellish past that wasn’t quite finished with him.

Would you self-publish? Have you self-published?

I’ve self-published the first DCI Winters novel ‘For All Our Sins’, which is available on Kindle but I am also submitting the novel traditionally as well. Self-publishing is OK if that’s what you want from your writing but I aspire to be a traditionally published full-time writer, so I will always be striving for that in the long run.

Are you a good proof-reader?

I’m better at proofing other peoples work than my own and I put that down to the fact that I’m obviously so close to my own work, it’s hard to see the mistakes/flaws sometimes. I have a 10-draft plan I stick to when proofing my own work. I work on different elements over each draft before I send it to my expert proof-reader to cast her eye over it.

Which  do you prefer, writing a first draft or editing it?

The first draft, as it’s all about getting the words down on the blank page, and using that freedom to express yourself and get stuck into the characters and plot. I do like most of the aspects of editing, as you can really enhance your story and each draft will be better than the last.

Coffee or tea?


Where do you like to write?

The first draft is usually written on my laptop at the dining room table.

What was your favourite book when you were a kid?

Burglar Bill by Janet & Allan Ahlberg or anything by Roald Dahl.

What was the best book you read last year?

The Dead Tracks by Tim Weaver.

If you were published, would you use a pseudonym?

I’ll probably carry on using my initials T. M. E. Walsh.

Have you ever entered a writing contest?

Yes, a few and I’ve won one competition and I just found out I narrowly missed out on a longlist for another competition run by Cornerstones Literary Consultants. I was one of 32 people selected from over 400, so it’s given me a confidence boost. Always enter competition if you can, because you never know where it might lead.

For my nominees, I’m selecting the first eleven bloggers to follow WILWWN:

Silver Wolf

From nostalgia, with love


Mesdames of mayhem


Karen Soutar



Melinda Foshat

Love of words

Looking for the light

And here are the questions for those bloggers:

1.      Did you always want to be a writer?

2.      Do you plan to self-publish or go the ‘traditional’ route of agent/ publisher?

3.      Do you sleep on your front, back or side?

4.      Have you ever had any brushes with fame/met a famous person?

5.      Who is your fave author?

6.      What advice would you give anyone just starting out in the weird and wonderful world of being a writer?

7.      What is you fave film?

8.      Do you like to work in a quiet or noisy environment?

9.      Do you have any writing rituals?

10.  What is the title of your next book or poem?

11.  Give me a short ‘elevator-style’ pitch of your latest work.

To everyone who is working on their projects, best of luck!

The 1st DCI Claire Winters novel, ‘For All Our Sins’, released on Kindle today ONLY 77p ($1.20)


FOR ALL OUR SINS was originally published in February 2011 but since the rights reverted back to me, the novel has undergone a re-write, and this is the new version, released on Kindle today, a snip at only 77p! ($1.20) You can buy it here (amazon UK)  or here (Amazon US)

This novel has been a long journey, from its very first conception in 2007, to the first publication in 2011, through to the new improved version we have today, which is the one I want readers to focus on.

The second DCI Claire Winters novel, THE PRINCIPLE OF EVIL, was originally completed in 2012 and after two requests for the complete MS, the novel is currently undergoing a trim of the initial word count and an extract can be found at the end of the Kindle version of FOR ALL OUR SINS.

Those who bought the old version would still benefit from reading the new version and you don’t need a Kindle to read it on either. You can download the Kindle app for the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android devices via Amazon.


‘The room smelled of blood, so thick she could almost taste it.’

A butchered priest.

A thirst for revenge.

A dark secret that won’t stay buried . . .

The murdered, mutilated body of a priest is lying in his own church. It’s something that hard-headed DCI Claire Winters of Haverbridge CID hasn’t seen before.

This is a new evil.

Sent on the trail of a killer motivated by a deep-seated and long-standing rage, Claire and her team must race against time to join together the pieces of a deadly puzzle, before others become victims of the killer’s hatred.

Sometimes there’s a fine line between good and evil.

Who would be willing to cross it?

So, I really hope people enjoy it.

Good luck to everyone else who has their work coming out soon and I hope all us writers can continue to support each other.

‘Us writers’ need to stick together.’ 😀

After ‘6-8 weeks’ assume you’ve not been successful . . . not always the case.


I’m sure every writer who has submitted their work to a publisher, agent or editor has done this. You study the submission guidelines until your brain aches and your eyes are fuzzy. You’ve read it, double checked your own work, and then repeated the process again. You hit ‘send’ or whack a stamp on the envelope and promise yourself you will just wait and see what happens.

All good in theory . . .

Soon you find yourself back at the computer studying the timescale guide. Most of the timescale guides I’ve read state it can take up to 6-8 weeks to hear either a ‘Yay’ (congrats, you’ve jumped that really hard  first hurdle) or another ‘Nay’ (you’ll need that thick skin I’ve mentioned before)

Sometimes those guides state that if you’ve not heard anything after that time, assume you’ve been unsuccessful.

When I sent the first lot of submissions out for The Principle of Evil, I heard back from all the organisations I submitted to within the timescale, except for one . . . until yesterday that is. Six months AFTER submission, another person wants to read the full manuscript on an exclusive basis.

That was a massive shock to the system, and gave me a much-needed boost of confidence.

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel despondent about your own work and you allow the same old doubts to kick in, but to have another professional working in the business think that your work is worth a read/real consideration, means so much, especially since agents and publishers are sent new work by aspiring writers every day as well as dealing with their existing clients.

So, although this still may not lead exactly where I want it to, at least I know there must be some potential in my writing.

I guess all us aspiring authors should always think positive, never get complacent and remember that sometimes, just sometimes, no news can be GOOD news, no matter how long you play the waiting game.