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Novel idea

Where do you start? Historical fiction requires serious discipline.

The next book in this most exciting year is Dark Interlude, a project close to my heart.

The main character, of course, is Scottish. Possibly based on my grandmother who quite the bluestocking in her day.  Holidays near Loch Lomond and Perthshire may feature, along with trips to St Andrews. Then there's Melrose, of course. Big family story, there.
However, the story then moves to Glasgow. Shock horror. I’d changed trains there in my youth, but that was it. I did some research. And then some more. Have you heard of the revolution that never was

Video release: Dark Interlude

Now out on 21 June

DARK INTERLUDE is a post World-War-One romantic adventure inspired by the little-known revolution known as ‘Black Friday’ in Scotland in 1919.

Winter 1918. In a sweeping story of social and emotional conflict, Alexandra Milton is a female academic who is ousted from her post at a tranquil university library, ending up in a small, post-war Scottish town which is struggling to cope in the aftermath of World War One. Her job is to archive a valuable bequest of 17th-century Spanish documents.

Meanwhile, demobbed soldiers pour back in their thousands only to find there is no work.

In Glasgow, many join a dockworkers’ protest in a turbulent Clydeside conflict that suddenly teeters on full-blown revolution causing the establishment to panic in a week of tension that became to be known as ‘Black Friday’.

When it transpires the death of the benefactress was indeed suspicious, Alexandra digs deeper and uncovers a sinister plot which could bring the nation to its knees …


New release date - Dark Interlude

Release date for post_WWI historical mystery Dark Interlude has been rescheduled to 21 June!

Dark Interlude ... are you ready?

Gearing up for the release on 21 June. Doing the online thing. Check out FB. If you can't get an invitation, let me know:

Meanwhile, did you know it's set in Scotland? Here's a taste of Glasgow, with just a hint of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. And a few orchids from the botanical gardens. I couldn't help myself.

Tom Ward writes about the books he loves

A big welcome to young award-winning author Tom Ward, author of the spectacular dystopian novel A Departure. Over to you, Tom:

The Books I Love and How They’ve Shaped Me

I never made a conscious decision to become a ‘reader’. It was just something I did. I remember being in the first few years of primary school, and being excited to take a new book home to read. How could reading a story be homework? It was fun to let your mind wander for an hour or so. I raced through those books in primary school, eager to get ahead of the other children. I couldn’t play football, but I could beat them at reading.

Writing too seemed to come fairly easily. Having such an appetite for books helped, it meant I knew how sentences were supposed to be structured, how to lead up to a point and argue my case. Of course my writing is better now than it was a primary school, but not as good as it will be in ten years, or even ten years after that.

What we read too, is also an evolving process. Roald Dahl shoul…

Watch out for Tom Ward

For some serious literary inspiration, drop by on Monday for my latest guest blog ...

What kickstarts the fevered brain of young writer Tom Ward, author of The Departure, a crackingly dark dystopian debut novel for Crooked Cat?

Find out here soon ...

Ten reasons to read Tomorrow’s Anecdote

1 – It doesn’t fit into any category. Mystery? Yes. Thriller? Yes. Family saga? Yes. With a twist! Actually, read it and tell me what genre it is. I haven’t a clue.

2 – It’s set mainly in the 1980s – which is now officially retro, and therefore cool. And don’t worry. It’s not about Dallas and ghetto-blasters. This is anchored in the ‘real’ 1980s. Remember the Great Storm of October 1987? Thatcher in power? The Black Monday market crash? Oh, yes. It’s all there.

3 – It’s so British it hurts. Wince at the awful stuff on telly. Snigger at Michael Fish’s hair. Sigh at the memory of the wonderful anthems of the era (and Kylie doesn’t get a look-in). It’ll take you back …

4 – Enjoy the company of unlikely male and female leads. They’re imperfect, unpredictable, messy – and, I hope – irresistible. And if you know of an actor who’s a cross between Colin Firth and Martin Freeman, I vote for them to play the part when the movie comes out.

5 – It’s not set in London. Hurrah. It’s based on Bath, alt…

Introducing Anthony Price

Hi, Anthony. Welcome! This is my first blog interview, so let’s get started …

Can you describe The House of Wood in a sentence?
When I first got asked this question, I was so tongue tied. But I’ve been practising. Here goes… The House of Wood is a nightmarish trip in to one girl’s grisly past and her connection to the house.

Where did you get the idea for the story? Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Most of the time my inspiration for stories comes from T.V. or film, but this particular story started off as a writing exercise on my MA course. It was originally only supposed to be a short story, but it kept growing, taking on a life of its own. Much like the house! In the end, to do it justice, it had to be a novel.

Do you ever cast your characters? If so, who would play whom in the movie?

Hmmm, that’s a good question. In The House of Wood, I’d have to cast an awesome actresses to play Rachel, as she’d have to play two different ages.  I’d have to say either Chloe Grace-Moretz, w…

Confessions of a journo

Fellow Crooked Cat author Sarah England kindly invited me to her blog.

Read it here.

Read about my love/hate relationship with journalism, and inspiration behind Tomorrow's Anecdote.

Thanks, Sarah. Will reciprocate when your book comes out ...

By Pamela Kelt

I'm an A to Z survivor

Yup. I think I deserve a pat on the back - and a badge.

Thanks to the A to Z team.

By Pamela Kelt

PS This is the shortest blog post I've ever done. Ain't it grand?

A taste for horror?

Next week, I'm interviewing up-and-coming horror writer Anthony Price, whose debut novel The House of Wood is causing a stir. Tune in on Monday ...

It's the first of a series of guest blogs and interviews from some exciting new authors in all genres.

By Pamela Kelt

Best wishes from ...

I signed my first books today. What a strange experience. I had to practise.

I'm used to fountain pens, but then, only I have to read the results.

Hand shook, couldn't get comfortable, couldn't position books correctly.

And this from someone used to three-hour essay exams. (Good luck, Lauren.)

I struggled through. It was all so odd, given how many words I can write in a day via the keyboard.

All I can say, in this fractured bloggy moment, is a major thanks to Maureen and Janet. They have followed my staggering progress over the years and they're still interested. Brilliant!

Hope the books arrived in one piece.

'Best wishes

PS Much easier on screen.

The power of visuals

Lovely Jane Bwye, author of Breath of Africa, invited me to her blog today. I burble on merrily about how different ways of using images can stimulate the writing juices.

Here it is if you fancy a little diversion:

One week old today

Tomorrow's Anecdote has been out for a week.


Got your copy yet? Go to CROOKED CAT or Amazon.

If you fancy doing a review, feel free! Time for some feedback!