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‘Every time a book comes back to me for edits, I want to rewrite the entire thing’ Best-

Every Thursday a best-selling writer of crime/psychological thriller shares their secrets and top tips. This week it’s Carol Wyer.

I love… love… love writing from the perspective of the killer and especially those who are turmoiled.
Bestselling crime author Carol Wyer shares her writing journey and tips with Barbara Copperthwaite

Tell us about yourself…

I’ve started this section ten times and still I don’t know what to say! Why is this so hard? Okay, 11th time lucky… I’m best known for writing crime fiction but I was originally a linguist, teaching languages and translating for companies, and dabbled in writing with a series of educational stories for children aged 3-5, that taught French. I only began writing for the adult market in 2010, when I decided I wanted to create light-hearted reads aimed at the more mature market. My first six novels and three non-fiction books were all comedies, that laughed at life, getting older and all that it entails, and I even moved into stand -up comedy for a while. I toured the Midlands and headlined book festivals with my routine, Smile While You Still have Teeth. In 2017, I tried my hand at crime fiction with Little Girl Lost and after the success of what I expected be a one-off, I never looked back. Since then, I’ve written 14 crime fiction novels all set in Staffordshire, a county that has been my home for over thirty years.

How do you pick character names? Do any have special meaning to you?

I usually have a notebook with me and if I over hear a name I like the sound of or haven’t used before, I jot it down in my book. The same goes for surnames. When I have a character in my head, I go through my lists and see which names best suit that individual. It’s almost like naming a baby!

How long does your first draft take you?

It really depends on where I am on my ‘production line’. I invariably have one book going through… TO CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

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