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WIP Watch: Day 1

The votes are in, and historical cozy mystery won by something of a landslide. I’m cheered that everyone loves An Invitation to Murder so much that they want me to write another historical mystery! I have two ideas that I’ve been toying with over the past couple months, but I know precisely which one I will write. In fact, I started on research for it during my trip to the UK!

Despite the fact that I’ve technically started on fleshing out this idea already, I am counting today as Day 1 of WIP Watch since today is the day I commit to writing it. My goal is to have the first draft written by November 30th. I have a lot of work ahead of me, yet whenever I start a new project I tend to look for inspiration, something that will motivate me to create the finished product.

One of the ways I do this, especially during National Novel Writing Month, is to create a cover. Thinking about my book, I tried to replicate elements of my favourite covers in order to bring it to life. I used stock photos for most of it, but cover number 1 (below) also uses an image of Newcastle Upon Tyne, the setting of the book, that I took while I was vacationing there this past August. I created three covers. The first, I found too busy, the second I didn’t like at all, but I think the third captures the feel of the book I’ll be writing.

I’m sure you can see why I prefer cover number 3!

In order to create the cover, I had to choose a series title and a title, which are always one of the hardest parts of writing a book. A close second for title was An Unspeakable Murder but that sounded like too similar a naming scheme to the Lady Katherine Regency Mysteries. The title plays on the fact that no one will listen to Alice when she cries murder, as well as a clue found in the throat of the victim.

I have yet to create a full back-cover blurb for the book but in the meantime, I’m using this short synopsis. If you’re curious as to the story I’ll be writing next, here is a quick taste:

Speak Not of Murder
Alice in Newcastle Victorian Mysteries, Book 1

A surgeon’s assistant at the Newcastle Upon Tyne School of Medicine and Surgery receives a cadaver for anatomical instruction that she determines to have been the victim of murder. When no one will listen, she teams up with a friend in the night watch and a reformed resurrectionist and sets out to find the killer herself!

Next up on the preparation list is…more research!

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