What I’m currently reading: April

21423336You don’t remember her, but she remembers you by Harriet Lane

I first started reading this deeply psychological thriller about two years ago. At the time (just before Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train hit the headlines) I thought this might be useful as research into writing from a female perspective, it still might be. The narrative is in the first person as seen from both lead characters, Emma and Nina. I have to say I have issues with some of the content. Child abduction, no matter how briefly is a touchy subject, but then some of my books and most of the ones I read have murders in them. Given a choice I think I’d rather be abducted! Anyway, it is a compelling read. Last time I got to roughly halfway when I decided to put it on hold for a while. Here’s hoping that I finish it this time around…unlike the secret history of Twin Peaks which I am still reading. If the cat lets me I will try and make some more headway into that tome this weekend.

As an update to this, I’ve still not finished this damn book. I did a search on reviews for the book and quite a few people seemed to have the same issue with it that I do: Practically every chapter is repeated. You get Emma’s version of events and then Nina’s – and Nina is a bit of a crackpot to be honest. I’m no closer to finding out what exactly pissed Nina off to such a degree that she feels the need to infiltrate / violate Emma’s life but I’m thinking Emma might have shagged Nina’s dad! Anyway, I swear I will finish it…one year. I even found my old copy that I thought I had thrown away, so now I have two. I bet not even the author could say that!

I had a dream last night…

No, I’m not about to burst into the excellent song “Stay” by Sash…although I am now going to download it…done!

Okay where was I? Aha last night’s dream. Well let me first add that I don’t normally dream. However, just lately I have been having problems getting off to sleep. So I’ve been having Sleep Aid – the herbal ones. They taste awful, but they do work, and give me quite vivid dreams. One dream I had a few months ago, when I was having similar problems involved, well a lot of abandonment issues…’nuff said!

Get on with it, I hear you scream. So, as you know I am currently writing three novels, The Calling, Black Lights and Something Inside. In my dream, I was sat on our couch watching Television. A film was coming on the t.v. set, a river appeared, then the opening credits started to appear:

A Paladin Films Production

Ooops – some guy’s name – sorry I can’t remember who.

also starring
Jenna Louise Coleman as Rachel

and Sheridan Smith as Lisa

M.A. Wild’s

Something Inside

Then the view across the Irish Sea came into view and Ellie Goulding’s Lights began to play.

Alas, then I woke up!

I am not claiming that this dream is precognitive or prophetic. However, it is for me, inspirational! I don’t know if I have it in me to write a book that will be made into a film. Who wouldn’t want that? But who says that success should be rained upon little old me with just a C.S.E. in English? Well, no-one, not even me, but I definitely can assert that if I don’t carry on writing, it definitely won’t happen. So, even though I was going to put the writing on hold in a couple of months whilst I complete my College Course, this dream has made me rethink that…I’m just going to have to do both and continue to enjoy the exploits of Rachel and April, Lisa and Charlie, Pippa and Will (Sound like the famous six don’t they?) and see where it all goes.

Thanks for reading folks,
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