Mar 21, 2014

Romance isn't Dead

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, March 21, 2014 0 comments
Recently it was Canberra's 101st birthday. To celebrate the city celebrated with stage shows, food stalls and lots of activities for the kids - many free. We took Heckle and Jeckle in for the afternoon and they had a ball on the jumping castles, watching the Scooby-Doo stage show and checking out the live reptile display.

As we were leaving Jeckle spotted free balloon sculpting and decided he had to have a pirate sword. The Hub and he queued while Heckle and I sat in the nearby shade and people watched. After 20 or so minutes I looked up to see The Hub on bended knee (in front of *lots* of people) holding out a balloon flower for me (oh, and Jeckle had his pirate sword).

Gotta love the man.

Mar 14, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Posted by AJ Blythe at Friday, March 14, 2014 0 comments
Author Fiona Greene (her amazing debut book is soon-to-be-released with Escape Publishing) has tagged me in the "My Writing Process Blog Tour". I have four questions to answer about my writing process.

1. What am I working on?

I've just started working on the first of a 4 book series. This is a series I've been thinking about for a year now and it's a relief to finally start working on it. I write cozies (traditional mysteries a la Agatha Christie). In the first book a prominent businessman is killed in an apparent car accident. When it's revealed the brakes failed the finger is firmly pointed at Erin Dwyer, the local mechanic who serviced the car. Erin knows the car was in tiptop shape when it left her shop, so someone must have tampered with it intending to kill. With no-one else interested in what she has to say, Erin, along with her best friends, have to solve the murder themselves to save her reputation.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Probably the biggest difference is the location! I set my contemporary stories in my native Australia. The most successful Australian cozy author (Kerry Greenwood and her Phryne Fisher series) also sets her stories in Australia, but back in the 1920s.

3. Why do I write what I do?
I've always loved mystery stories and have read Agatha Christie novels from a young age. I've also been writing and making up stories since I was a teenager, so it seems a natural progression that I would find myself writing murder mysteries. Write what you love!!

4. How does your writing process work?
I usually let an idea swirl around for a while before I do anything with it. As I'm a plotter the next stage is to write some notes. I used to be very detailed with my plotting, but I'm more relaxed now. The key things I need to work out before I start writing are:
  1. who was murdered and why and by who
  2. how the murder was committed
  3. why my heroine is involved
  4. the clues (and red herrings) I'll drop into the story along the way
Then I write :-)  My biggest hurdle when I write is to just allow myself to produce a dirty draft - I have to force myself not to edit as I go. One of the best ways I've found to do this is to type with my eyes closed (thank goodness I can touch type). 

If you want to know more about my writing process, click the link on the top of the page.

Mar 10, 2014

New Look

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, March 10, 2014 0 comments

It's been quite a while since I gave my blog a clean-up and I decided why not take it one step further and renovate. A new look to more closely reflect my writing.

I write cozies with a touch of romance featuring a sassy female heroine. Of course she couldn't solve the mystery without some help from her friends :)

What do you think of the new look?

Mar 2, 2014

Call Off Christmas

Posted by AJ Blythe at Sunday, March 02, 2014 0 comments
A long time between posts, I know, but I've finally got here.

I want to share a favourite movie line by a favourite actor. I haven't thought about this line for years, but the concert band I am in is looking for new music to play, I thought of the theme music to this movie and... well, you can see how I got here.

Anyway, the movie is Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, the actor is Alan Rickman, and here is the scene:


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