From Deep In The Forest – The Piper’s Promise

 

into the forest

Yes, the third Ridge Walker instalment will be published very soon!

The title is ‘The Piper’s Promise’ and the book is set mostly in Japan.

In A Forest

One of the most important locations for the book is a mysterious and gruesome forest which looks quite like the one in the image above.

Since I was a wee boy I’ve always loved playing in the woods but I have to admit that writing this thriller has put me off just a little. I won’t be venturing out into any dark forest that’s for sure!

My little island doesn’t have any major woods to speak of but my son and I often travel over to the mainland to mountain bike down some epic Forestry Commission trails and particularly on a Sunday when there’s no tree-felling going on.

You’re not likely to meet many people in my story-forest however but without spoiling the plot I’d say that if you did you would be thankful…

I usually like to listen to music when I’m writing and I have an eclectic taste. The only common thread between the songs I listen to is that they have to be LOUD.

This tune below is called A Forest by The Cure who are an old favourite from my student days.

So pull down the blinds, switch off the lights and turn your volume UP…!

Into the trees
Into the trees
   Into the trees…

 

Here is a short snippet about the new book:

When Thad is wrongly arrested for murder on the wrong side of the planet, Ridge Walker must find the real killer in order to prove his best pal’s innocence. But as he crosses swords with a merciless adversary and the savage ethos of centuries of warrior culture, the bloodshed takes on a laser-sharp accuracy slicing ever closer to those he loves. They say ‘the apple never falls far from the tree’ so it’s going to be a bitter harvest this season.

 

Alex x

#thepiperspromise alex breck author

 

 

 

 

PS: Here’s a very recent review for my latest thriller The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

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Make A Living Writing Fiction. Can It Be Done?

 

Can You Make A Living Writing Fiction?

I read somewhere recently that the average income of most fiction writers would fall below the minimum wage. While the famous authors continue to attract a disproportionate amount of the overall pot, most writers are not making an adequate living from their books and there are said to be many who make no money at all.

make a living writing

You can read about this in more detail in a Guardian newspaper article here. Apologies for my overseas readers as the figures quoted are all in UK pounds although there’s not a lot of difference between the pound and the dollar these days.

Now, I don’t make any claims to be among the highest paid authors in the land but I certainly don’t work for nothing. Much as I love writing, life is too short to be permanently broke. I confess to supplementing my writing income by using online marketing but for me there is no distinction between the two nowadays.

We ALL have to get used to the fact that unless we market our books and ourselves too, then no-one is going to get the opportunity to even see your next masterpiece.

And once you embrace that mindset shift, it’s amazing how quickly you get into branding yourself as an author and how simple it can often be to make additional income doing stuff connected to your writing.

I’ve talked about Anne R Allen’s wonderful blog before and today I just wanted to share a piece written by my new friend Elizabeth S Craig called ‘Yes, You Can Make A Living Writing Fiction.’ living

It’s not a fluff article and you’ll pick up solid practical steps that anyone can do to help boost their book sales and bottom line.

That’s all for today and I hope you find these two articles useful.

If you want some direct help in marketing your books or any other simple ways to supplement your income online, so giving you more time to write, then message me on my Facebook Page and I’ll get back to you.

 

Alex x

Coming soon – #thepiperspromise

PS: Here’s a very recent review for my latest thriller The Devil You Know from Amazon in the US:

What kept me reading was the quality of the writing, in a word: marvelous, an example of modern prose, impossibly long sentences that somehow work out, a sardonic sense of humor and a host of colorful characters that include the traditional tired detective, grumpy old boatman, a prominent local criminal and a beautiful female assassin. I am not a Scot, and I had some trouble following some of the colorful dialogue that illustrates the peculiarities of Scottish conversation. The effort was worth it. More than a story, I recommend this book to readers who appreciate good writing. I am truly impressed and hope to see more books by Alex Breck.

the devil you know 3D image

 

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