I have been heartened recently by some positive feedback from a couple of readers of my first novel, WIRE ANGEL. Firstly from an old friend, who bought a hard copy a while back, but had just got around to reading it. She emailed to say she ‘really, really enjoyed it,’ and ‘You said it was a bit dark, it didn’t seem too dark for me.’ I also got an email from my auntie who had just discovered my writer’s website. Subject: Love your writing. She commented ‘I like your use of words in your novel – no messing around; just telling it as it is.’
Yes, these are two people who know me. You wouldn’t expect them to give anything but praise for my efforts. But they didn’t have to comment at all, did they? My initial motivation for setting up a writer’s website was to be able to share WIRE ANGEL with my friends at least, after my agent was unable to sell it. I have had some great responses from a few people for which I am very grateful, but they have been rare, making these two responses all the more valuable.
I do understand that WIRE ANGEL is not to everyone’s taste. It may be a bit of a Marmite book in that not everyone likes the present-tense in-your-face style, and the subject matter of the effects of suicide is not everyone’s choice of bedtime reading. I also realise that people have lives with priorities more urgent than the need to massage my writer’s ego, and are already bombarded with urgent calls for attention via the internet. But as I have said many times, for me writing is about communication, and I like to think there may be a few more people out there who would genuinely enjoy a read of my novel, as my friend and my auntie evidently did.
So, this is by way of a re-launch of the opening chapters of WIRE ANGEL. I have taken all but the first few chapters down, but you can contact me if you would like the whole thing, either electronically or a paper copy. You can also read my initial blog about the novel if you want more context. I may think about publishing it as an e-book at some point, when I come to a natural break in my current novel in progress. But in the meantime I will welcome any constructive feedback,(you don’t have to love it, that’s OK). Writing is a lonely business, so if you read something you enjoy, or that makes you think in some way, us writers would always love to hear from you, even if it’s just pressing the like button.