#BlogTour #GuestPost from Kathleen Webb, author of The Past Is Present @fayerogersuk @Authoright @AuthorightUKPR #ThePastisPresent
I’m so pleased to be posting today as part of the blog tour for The Past is Present by Kathleen Webb. It sounds like a great read but, unfortunately, I couldn’t fit it a read of it. What I do have for you is a fab guest post from Kathy about her writing process.
Thank you to Faye Rogers for asking me to be a part of the tour.
Release Date: 5th June 2018
Genre: Contemporary Horror
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
After the untimely death of her mother and father, twenty-four year old Catherine Morgan leaves the Cambridge home where she has spent the better part of her life, to move to Cornwall. She takes a job as a teacher, working in an old rambling school which has been converted from a domestic home, perched high up on a hilltop, overlooking the beautiful Cornish coastline.
Out of the blue a letter arrives from a bank in Switzerland, advising Catherine that she is the sole heir to a fortune of over thirty million dollars. With no living relatives, save for a great aunt in the USA, Catherine sets out to uncover the source of this staggering inheritance, and to unravel the mystery that lies behind it.
With the help of her great aunt, Catherine begins to dig deep into long forgotten family secrets. Strange dreams begin to plague her. She is haunted by the eerie feeling that someone from her family’s past is trying to help her. Catherine must work to make sense of the past while defending herself, and her fortune, from someone in the present who will stop at nothing to secure the money for themselves.
The Past is Present is the debut novel by Kathleen Webb.
Writing Process by Kathleen Webb
It generally starts with the idea that I have for a novel. I devise the beginning and the end and sometimes add an extra twist in the last few pages, keeping the reader guessing. I then begin compiling my characters, firstly my protagonist and two other main characters for the top of my list. I enter names and their relationships, if any, to the main characters (as I proceed through the manuscript).
I often listen to the radio when driving, and have been known to stop my car, pull over and write something I have heard, however small, to add to the body of my story.
I tend to work out the story line, even when doing menial tasks and write these ideas down or remember them, so the story line progresses, ready for me to put into my next chapters. This helps me progress more fluently on the computer.
I think the beginning, and especially the end, are most important. The body of the story, to keep the reader turning the pages, is also essential. I feel the ending must justify you having read the whole novel, to leave the reader thinking the book was well worth the read.
Research for me is very important to get as many facts right as is possible. I did quite a bit of research for my first novel, “The Past Is Present”, and am in the process of writing my second novel “The List of eight”, for which I have started to research.
Thank you, Kathleen, for the insight into your writing.
Living in Hertfordshire, Kathleen Webb has always held a passion for writing and since retiring she’s finally found the time to realise her dream and complete her first novel. When not writing she can be found spending quality time with her grandchildren and children and baking delicious decorative cakes.