the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other authors

On the road

on March 30, 2022

Me and David are heading off to spend time on the road. It’s hard planning which clothes to take given the weather will be variable. We’re going to Edinburgh first, then London, then Spain, Portugal and Greece. Although I’ve decide to abandon my fleecy coat, I will take my electric blanket which I’ll use while we’re in the UK. Oh, and I’ve packed lots of outfits which involve layers.

I’ll continue writing while we’re away. My work in progress – now titled The Escape Village Resort – is developing well. I’ve fine tuned the elevator pitch to 280-characters – the length of a tweet – to aid online querying. Which version do you prefer?

ABIGAIL’S PARTY x THE SERPENT (This relates to comparable TV programmes)

Six mismatched millennials live it up at a tropical resort: one couple are honeymooners, another get married, the third approach the seven-year itch. A storm threatens. Who’s to blame when one of the women goes missing? 

FOLEY x LOGAN (This relates to comparable authors, Lucy Foley, author of The Hunting Party and T M Logan, author of The Holiday which was recently televised on Channel 5)

Three mismatched couples live it up at a remote island resort. Amongst the group are a flirt, a bully and a show off. During the shenanigans coercive control rules. The temperature rises, storms threaten. Who survives the tropical party? 

It’s fun drafting a novel using three viewpoints and I’ve had to tune into the language of millennials who frequently shorten phrases. I wanted to use the term he bailed out (when a character stops doing something to avoid failure) but listening to my daughter, she shortens the phrase to simply he bailed. It’s really interesting to observe how language changes over time.

My full manuscript The Girl and the Tutor has attracted some interest. Progress is glacially slow but I remain optimistic the novel will find a good home. I’ll keep you informed of developments on the road to publication.


8 responses to “On the road

  1. jim bates says:

    Hi Gail. This looks like it’s going to be a super fun book to read, especially coming from your capable hands!! I like the first pitch a little more although both a great. To me, the first one sets up the story without giving away the ‘personal personality characteristics of the characters. I like that better. Better of luck and have a safe journey out there 🙂

  2. I like the way you’ve used comparable TV programs in your pitch and I much prefer the first one.
    Have a good trip!

  3. Kathy Casimir MacLean says:

    All sounds very exciting Gail! Good luck

  4. cmconsolino says:

    Glad to hear of this progress! I’ve been a bit slow on social media these days, but if there’s anything I can do to help with anything, let me know! Enjoy the travels.

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