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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Guest Post: My Writing Space

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Thank you Shauna Bickley, author of Lies of the Dead, for sharing your thoughts on writing and your new book with my blog!

Guest Post: My Writing Space

Huge thanks to Charlene for giving me this opportunity to tell you a little bit about my writing space and my latest book, Lies of the Dead.

I was born and brought up in England, but now live ‘down under’ in Auckland, New Zealand. Every once in a while I try and count the number of houses we’ve lived in – it’s a lot, and I usually give up.

For my day job I write non-fiction books and materials for training workshops, and for the past five years I’ve worked for myself and mostly from home.

My writing space changes with each of our moves, and the size varies depending on available space.

I guess because we’ve moved so often I’m not that fixated about having specific things around me. At the moment I actually have the luxury of my own small office – the spare bedroom! It’s useful for doing admin type things and closing the door when the rest of the world is noisy, but I don’t find it very good for being creative.

My favourite place is the dining table – the living area is large and we have ranch sliders (French windows) leading out to a sunny deck, so the room is light and airy and I have a view of the sea from there.

My must haves are my laptop, my office chair and quiet. I’m definitely not a writer who can work with lots of noise around.

I started writing my current novel when we lived in our previous house, which was very small. I mostly sat on the couch with the laptop on my knee. I finished the book after we moved here, sitting at the dining table and staring out of the window at the view! Good for creative thought, but not necessarily for productivity.

Lies of the Dead is a mystery/suspense tale about three siblings, Tom, Andi and Liam. What Liam has done is the focus of the story, but the narrative is from Tom and Andi’s viewpoint as they try to discover why their younger brother killed himself.

Here is a little about the book.

What would you risk to find the truth?

How well do we know those closest to us? When Liam kills himself, his older brother Tom needs to know why suicide was the only solution.

Tom, and his sister Andi, search for answers but don't know who they can believe? Are Liam's friends and associates the people they claim to be? Tom and Andi are propelled into a world where their ideas of right and wrong don't exist, and where people demand what neither of them possesses.

Liam's legacy of deceit is dangerous, and when Andi and her twin daughters are threatened, Tom realises that truth may have too high a price.

If you like mystery/suspense books on the not-so-gruesome end of the scale I hope you enjoy Lies of the Dead.

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  1. Great interview. I read and reviewed this book as well. I enjoyed it a lot. I think Shauna shows a lot of talent.

    1. Oh I'm glad you enjoyed the book! Thank you for stopping by!

    2. Thank you for your lovely review and kind comments. Apologies for the delay in replying but I had an unexpected long weekend away.
      Happy reading

  2. Ooh, this looks like a good one!

    1. It does seem just your kind of book! I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read it!

  3. Thanks Charlene, hope you're having a great weekend.

    1. Thank you Shauna for writing this guest post! :)