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CLUES IN THE SAND (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by Terry Ambrose is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The ...

CLUES IN THE SAND (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery) by Terry Ambrose is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at Readeropolis today with a guest post from the author and a giveaway. Enjoy!

The big lie - writing is a cathartic process

Ask any writer and they may tell you writing is a cathartic process. I discovered this thirty years ago when I wrote my first mystery. My pent-up anxieties, frustrations, and anger all worked themselves out during the process of writing. I discovered the beauty of words, the way they can flow in the heat of the story, but I also discovered why writers are so freaking neurotic.

The blank page

There are many different reactions from writers when they sit down and look at a blank page. Some are excited. Others, fearful or filled with dread. For me, those first few words are the magic of the story. They set the tone and style the reader will live with for the next few hundred pages.

I look at the first draft as being all about the story. And those first words are a hook to grab the reader. For Clues in the Sand, I wanted to engage readers with Alex as she wrote in her journal right from the start. For some reason, her journal entries are easy to write and immediately draw me into how the story will develop.

The midpoint

By halfway through the book, I have a clear idea of the entire story. I’ve created a roadmap showing who the killer is, what I need to do to lead the reader away from him or her, and am looking for ways to complicate my characters’ lives. But, it’s also the point where that writer’s neurosis sets it. Is the story strong enough? Will readers figure out the killer? Do I need more confusion, clarity, obfuscation? Good grief. Too many choices.

This can also become the point where writers decide to do more mental planning before they proceed. For instance, plotting while doing laundry is a perfectly reasonable form of multitasking if you’re looking for clues in your underwear. Doing dishes can be good if you need to read the tea leaves for guidance. And vacuuming? Well, that’s just plain drudgery.
Nevertheless, we writers persevere. We somehow find our way past that midpoint to a place where we see the metaphoric light at the end of the tunnel.

About that light

Don’t get too excited. The writer’s neurosis is only in remission at this stage. Yes, there’s a light. Yes, there’s way to the end of the story. No, it’s not perfect and there’s still a huge amount of work to do. Now, it’s time to shift from creative to critical and evaluate the manuscript. Like many writers, I’ll think the story is the greatest thing since sliced bread one day and worse than a bad case of frostbite the next.

This evaluation and editing process can only feed the writer’s worry habit for so long. Eventually, we must throw the whole thing in the trash, put it away until some unspecified future date because we’ll do better next time, or birth the baby and see if it lives or dies. Once we’ve made our choice, the neurosis fades as we once again look at a blank page.
After enough books, I started questioning my sanity. And then, I had a wonderful, freeing thought. Why not follow the advice attributed to Hemingway? “Write drunk, edit sober.” The thing is, editing feeds the neurosis, so why not stick with the writing part? I can always get sober later to do my laundry.
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About the Book

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Self Published 
Release Date - March 15, 2018 
Print Length: 191 pages 

To Rick Atwood’s dismay, the police find a body on the beach near his Seaside Cove B&B. The dead woman held a pottery shard from an ancient rice bowl, which the cops believe is a clue to her murder. The chief suspect is Flynn O’Connor, a female archaeologist known for her hatred of treasure thieves. Trouble is, Rick’s daughter Alex sees Flynn as a role model and will not believe her friend is a killer. Alex pressures her dad as only a ten-year-old can to prove Flynn is innocent. The mayor is also making demands—for Rick to stay out of the investigation. With his daughter and the mayor at odds, Rick sees trouble brewing. He knows too well how much Alex loves sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. Especially when there’s murder involved.

About the Author


Terry Ambrose is a former skip tracer who only stole cars when it was legal. He’s long since turned his talents to writing mysteries and thrillers. Several of his books have been award finalists and in 2014 his thriller, “Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. He’s currently working on the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery series.

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  1. Sonni, thanks for having me on your blog today!

    1. It's my pleasure! Best of luck with the book and book tour! I've included the tour in the Monday, Mar. 26, 2018 edition of The Mystery and Thriller Fiction Weekly Reader:


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