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Friday, 16 March 2018

'And did you read this? Russians killing each other on the streets of London.'
'Must have passed me by.'
'Gangsters, the lot of them...' Pedy shook his head, smirking. 'Oh those Russians.'

Thank so much to everyone who has pledged to My First London Dream during these early weeks. This is my first experience of crowdfunding, and it's turning a little, well, edgy. Still, I think an edgy ride is all part and parcel of a crime novel. Let’s see how it goes.

Without spoiling things too much, the line of dialogue from the first chapter offers a clue about some of the wider plot of My First London Dream. And so, the news about the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury adds an intriguing bit of coincidence to my drive to get the book published.

One of the advantages of setting a novel in the recent past is that it allows you to foreshadow more contemporary in the action. I purposefully put in nods to the financial crash and the 2011 London riots in the book to add a sense of dramatic irony. And now, a new Russian political intrigue has elbowed its way into the public consciousness. I suppose it adds a bit of relevance to the story, although I doubt Teresa May is going to mimic my character Pedy Priest, and start quoting Boney M any time soon…  

I've still got a long way to go with the funding, so please do keep those pledges coming in, and share with as many people as possible.



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