Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tipping Point: my new release, out soon! #amreading #Kindle


It's been a while...!  I've been busy writing two books, and Tipping Point, the first in a trilogy, will be published later in the summer, probably August๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž.  I daresay both the cover and the blurb will both be subject to some of that 'it's still not right' tweaking, but here's the official first version. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


  The facts:
  • Genre: Post apocalyptic, family drama, romantic relationships, dystopian, with a background thread of government conspiracy.  As with all my novels, it's very much a character-driven book.
  • Length: Around 95K words, ie, roughly the same length as The Devil You Know but shorter than The House of York, and Kings and Queens and Last Child.
  • Setting: The fictional Norfolk seaside town of Shipden (based on Cromer), and a fictional village in Tyne and Wear, Elmfield (loosely based on Monkton Village, near Jarrow).
  • Main Characters: 34 year old Vicky Keating and her 16 year-old daughter, Lottie.  Her long-term partner, Dex.  Friends Kara and Phil, and Heath and his teenage son, Jackson.

The blurb
The year is 2024.  A new social networking site bursts onto the scene.  Private Life promises total privacy, with freebies and financial incentives for all.  Across the world, a record number of users sign up. 

A deadly virus is discovered in a little known African province, and it's spreading—fast.  The UK announces a countrywide vaccination programme.  Members of undercover group Unicorn believe the public is being lied to, that the disease is man-made, and they suspect a sinister link between Private Life and the vaccination programme.

Vicky Keating's boyfriend, Dex, is 250 miles away, working for Unicorn, when the first UK outbreak of the virus is detected in her hometown of Shipden, on the Norfolk coast.  The town is quarantined under military lockdown, and, despite official 'no need to panic' claims, within days the virus is out of control.

Their lives crumbling around them, Vicky and teenage daughter Lottie cope as best they can.  Three months later, the UK has collapsed.  More than ninety per cent of the population are dead.  Vicky is safe with Unicorn members in the north east of England, but Dex is missing.

In London, government employee Travis is working on a bulk data analysis project when he begins to question its purpose, while in Newcastle a violent escaped convict has scores to settle...

I'm currently on draft 3 of Book 2, Lindisfarne, which is (oddly enough!) set on the island of the same name; I plan to publish Lindisfarne only a few weeks after Tipping Point.  I will be starting the 3rd book (as yet unnamed and only loosely plotted) as soon as Lindisfarne has been sent for proof and test reading.

What inspired me to write it?
I've had the story flitting around in my head for a couple of years now. I love to watch and read anything about the breakdown of society due to global disaster, and survival in a post-apocalyptic world ~ does not have to include zombies, obsessed with The Walking Dead though I am!  I've also become interested in how the information we give out on the internet is used, and how the media influences our opinions... if you're of similar mindset, I hope you will enjoy Tipping Point ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.  Regular readers, I must assure you that it's along the same lines as my other books; there's plenty of family and relationship stuff, as the drama unfolds from Vicky's point of view, in relation to the fates of her family and friends.

Lindisfarne brings a return to my usual structure, as it's written from the alternating points of view of a selection of the characters.

I'll let you know when it's out! 

btw, if you're interested in the way in which the population's thoughts are influenced by the media, you might like to read this fascinating post by Carol Hedges: Sleepwalking Towards Gilead

And an article from the Guardian about how Facebook and Twitter are used by government and other individuals to manipulate public opinion: HERE 


 

27 comments:

  1. I have a teenaged son named Jackson. I'll be sure to but this for him

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  2. Hi Terry - good luck 2024 isn't that far away ... it will be interesting to see what the world is like via Tipping Point. Lindisfarne is special ... so I imagine your trilogy will make a good read. All the best - Hilary

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  3. Although dystopian ones aren't my usual reading, this sounds v interesting Terry, looking fwd to reading

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    1. Thank you! It's not all Mad Max and people killing each other; not that different from my usual books, really.

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  4. Sounds exciting Terry and no wonder you're busy getting these out in quick succession. I shall look forward to them :-) like Hilary said, 2024 is just around the corner...

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    1. They were originally intended to be short novels (about 60K), and I'd planned to publish the first in April at the latest, and the second this month, but they kind of grew, and in the end I had to face the fact that they would be full length! Hoping to get Book 2 to proofreading stage by August, and as soon as it's back and ready for test reads, I'll publish Book 1. Doing this post has made me itching to publish it, though!

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    2. I can imagine. I'm starting to feel like that about my next one :-)

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    3. What stage are you at with it?

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  5. They sound great, Terry. Looking forward to reading them x

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    1. Thank you; I will let you have an ARC of TP as soon as I have it!

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  6. Looking forward to this very much, TT. Sounds fascinating!! It's the sort of thing that interests me too...the use of data for nefarious purposes and all that!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, and I'm sure it is more nefarious than we think, though maybe not as bad as in my book.... yet....!!

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    2. oooh..can I have a review copy?

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    3. Sure, CJ, I'll put you on the list. Relevant to your blog article the other week about The Handmaid's Tale, right??!!

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  7. OMG Terry, I think we are heading that way already.

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    1. I believe so too, Liz; it's thinking about this stuff that made me want to write this, partly.

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  8. Congratulations, I know how much hard work goes into all your writing.

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  9. Good luck, Terry. It sounds amazing.

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  10. This sounds so good! I've studied data collection and privacy on social media platforms so really looking forward to your take on it xx

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  11. I can't wait to read Tipping Point! It sounds fabulous, Terry. Although I'm pretty sure it will scare the bejeezus out of me haha ;)

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    1. It won't, but it might give you food for thought!!!!

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