My first Crime novel, A Journal of Sin, is available now at any good bookstore (as long as that bookstore is one of those mentioned below!).
A Journal of Sin is the first in a series of novels that follows PC Sarah Gladstone from her early days as a police officer and through her detective career. The novels are set in modern austerity-era Britain and Sarah is far removed from the cookie-cutter aging, ex-army, alcoholic police officers you may be used to reading about.
The blurb goes a little something like this:
A village, isolated by a severe storm, and a young officer, alone and out of her depth. A troubled priest is brutally murdered, leaving behind a journal of the resident’s confessional secrets; secrets certain people would prefer he took to the grave. As word spreads, the pressure rises as the eyes of the town watch her every move. With no forensic team, no support and a savage killer hiding in a turbulent town, is PC Sarah Gladstone up to the task?
Sound like something you’d be interested in?
The book was edited by wonderfully talented Jane Adams of The Literary Consultancy and author of twenty novels across many genres. Her advice raised the standard of the book tenfold. I was lucky enough to pin down the very busy Shannon Cook of Dreamspinner Press (acting in a freelance capacity) who copyedited the manuscript. She polished the prose to a standard I couldn’t have managed alone and was an absolute pleasure to work with. Kit Foster of KitFosterdesigns created the cover. The incredible standard of his work speaks for itself, so I won’t gush too much here. I’m sure it won’t surprise you to hear that he’ll be working on the covers for the next two books in the series.
Editorial comments on the book include:
‘It’s good to have an inexperienced, female officer take the lead…I think she brings a freshness and honesty to the proceedings and in Sarah you’ve created a well drawn and engaging character.’
‘What I particularly like is that you’ll be reversing the usual scenario where the older, more experienced officer is the lead character and by focussing on the younger, less experienced, fresher character you have something new and different to offer.’
– Jane Adams
‘I really enjoyed your story (Journal of Sin is awesome!), and I’m also impressed that you decided to write about a female protagonist rather than a male. Bold choice and brilliant execution.’
– Shannon Cook
Writing Journal of Sin has been an enjoyable challenge. It’s been mine for so long and now it belongs to you, discerning reader.