Friday, 31 July 2015

Bestselling Authors - Giveaway #3

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has bought my new Psychological Thriller, Dark Place to Hide - out yesterday! It's for readers who like their thrillers haunting, relentless and compelling...

Today's GIVEAWAY is Summer Lies Bleeding by Nuala Casey:

"The London Novel revived." (Huffington Post)

A Massive 'thank you' to Nuala, who has offered her paperback for FREE. You can also grab books by Daniel Clay HERE and Jane Isaac HERE. All you have to do is share a tweet/post.

To ENTER to win Summer Lies Bleeding either: 

      1. CLICK TO TWEET this message:

      2. Copy and tweet this one:  
 
Skip over to http://bit.ly/1MB9rzL for the chance to win #SummerLiesBleeding by @NualaMaeveCasey #Freebies all week!


      3. Or Share this post (on Facebook, G+ etc) and leave a message to let me know!

Don't forget - more FREE bestselling novels coming over the next week or so...from CL Taylor, Luana Lewis, Mel Sherratt and Kathryn Croft!

Terms & Conditions
(1) Entries must be received by 10pm (GMT) on Saturday 15th August 2015. (2) UK residents only (sorry – this is because of legal rules regarding giveaways) and must be over 16. (3)The winner will be chosen at random and informed within 7 days of the closing date. (4) The winner will need to respond within 7 days. (5) The book cannot be exchanged or transferred – no cash alternative (6) The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  

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AJ Waines' latest Psychological Thriller is Dark Place to Hide  
  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

Find AJ Waines at: 
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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Launch TODAY! - Dark Place to Hide and Giveaway #2

Dark Place to Hide my third novel – is published TODAY and I’m over the moon!

You can read the opening of the book, HERE

And see where I’m appearing in the next ten days on my Blog Tour, HERE 

There's also today's Giveaway - see below. 


Do you like your thrillers haunting, relentless and compelling?

Do you like your characters faithful, dogged and desperate?

Dark Place to Hide is about secrets, mistrust and innocence
with a cold-blooded deviant lurking at the core...



To celebrate the launch of Dark Place to Hide some fabulous authors have offered their novels for FREE from this blog. Coming up soon is: C.L. Taylor, Kathryn Croft, Luana Lewis, Nuala Casey and Mel Sherratt - so come back and take a look... 



GIVEAWAY #2 (deadline 15th August)



Today's Bestselling Author Giveaway is Broken by Daniel Clay. I loved this book and it was made into a brilliant film, too. Daniel is hosting me on my blog tour and has generously offered a free paperback to a winner selected at random. All you have to do is either:

1) copy and post this tweet! or CLICK TO TWEET

#Freebie Broken by @danielclaywrite up for grabs at http://bit.ly/1H5fB2U #Giveaways to celebrate #DarkPlacetoHide @ajwaines

Or  
2) share this post (on Facebook, G+ etc) and leave a comment on this blog to let me know!

Don't forget - more giveaways coming soon...

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dark Place to Hide - 'The Tour' and Giveaway #1

I’m on the coach and ready to go on my Blog Tour for Dark Place to Hide! (You can pre-order the ebook HERE - it's out on Thursday).

Today, there's also the first of the Bestselling Author Giveaways (see below).


What's on the Blog Tour?

There are some great interviews and posts lined up on my Blog Tour where I’ll be talking about the world of publishing, the inspiration behind the story, plus there will be reviews of the book. The bloggers, including bestselling authors themselves, have asked some fascinating questions, and I'd love it if you could spare the time to join me at some of the tour stops. Every post is different!

Here's the full list with live links:

Thurs July 30   stephinlondon.com  Steph's Review of Dark Place to Hide
                        also Nic Parker's Review at devotedtothrills.wordpress.com 
Fri July 31       snazzybooks.com Laura's Review of Dark Place to Hide
Mon Aug 3      aloverofbooks.wordpress.com  Sonya's Review of Dark Place to Hide
Tues Aug 4     rebeccabradleycrime.com  Guest post – The Inspiration behind the book
Wed Aug 5      janeisaac.co.uk  Interview with author, Jane Isaac
Thurs Aug 6    devotedtothrills.wordpress.com  Interview with Nic Parker
Fri Aug 7         http://nadanessinmotion.blogspot.co.uk/p/author-interviews.html
                        Interview with Nada Adel Sobhi
Sat Aug 8        http://www.danielclaywriter.co.uk/#/a-j-waines/4590090676
                        Interview with author, Daniel Clay
Mon Aug 10    https://tbmarkinson.wordpress.com/  Guest post - The background to the book
Tues Aug 11   www.melsherratt.co.uk/blog/  Interview with the author, Mel Sherratt

Please come and join us!

GIVEAWAY #1 (deadline 15th August)

Today's Bestselling Author Giveaway is Before it's Too late by Jane Isaac, bestselling author of The Truth Will Out. Jane has generously offered a free paperback to a winner selected at random. All you have to do is either:

1) copy and post this tweet! or CLICK TO TWEET

#Freebie Before It's Too Late by up for grabs at http://bit.ly/1Oy84PP #Giveaways to celebrate #DarkPlacetoHide @ajwaines

Or  
2) share this post (on Facebook, G+ etc) and leave a comment on the blog to let me know!

Don't forget - more giveaways coming soon... from Kathryn Croft, Mel Sherratt, Nuala Casey, Luana Lewis, Daniel Clay and CL Taylor!

Terms & Conditions
(1) Entries must be received by 10pm (GMT) on Saturday August 15th 2015. (2) UK residents only (sorry – this is because of legal rules regarding giveaways) and must be over 16. (3)The winner will be chosen at random and informed within 7 days of the closing date. (4) The winner will need to respond within 7 days. (5) The book cannot be exchanged or transferred – no cash alternative (6) The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Friday, 24 July 2015

The rocky road to setting up a book on Amazon

I’m nearly there. My new book, Dark Place to Hide, is available to pre-order on Amazon and there are only six sleeps to go before the launch on 30th. Phew! 


Getting a book ready for sale is, I’ve discovered, both a terrific adventure and a massive undertaking. I’ve had to take on so many jobs – not only as the author of the novel, but formatter, proofreader, layout-checker, publicist, project manager, marketing manager and more. I’ve written features, done interviews, answered Q&As, set up a ten-stop blog tour, designed a ‘blog tour poster’, organised giveaways and competitions (pestered lovely authors for their free books), set up advance blog posts, newsletter posts, posted live to Twitter, Facebook, G+, Goodreads and Pinterest... *comes up for air*...

...and...I’ve been totally wired  – very excited, very stressed – especially trying to manage the timing for everything (with a holiday abroad booked right in the middle).

Which takes me neatly to ‘the order’ of things. My first two books were traditionally published in France and Germany and my previous agent set them up on Amazon through the White Glove programme, so I hadn't done it 'direct to Amazon' before. I didn’t know how long things would take and what had to be done first. Take the print book, for example – you need an ISBN (unique book number) before you can set up your copyright page and you need the exact number of pages (using the CreateSpace template), before your cover designer can work out the size of the spine. I’ve learnt odd little bits of detail on the way, such as cream pages are thicker than white, apparently, and certain (standard, in my view) book sizes are not permitted for expanded distribution. (What’s ‘expanded distribution’? you may ask – I tell you, the world of Amazon publishing will take your mind into realms it has never dreamt of!)

My first job was to find documentation about ‘how to set up print and ebooks on Amazon’ from start to finish – (preferably ‘step-by-step for absolute beginners’). One book was particularly helpful, Self-Printed (3rd Ed.): The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing by Catherine Ryan Howard. There’s also lots of helpful information on Rachel Abbott’s website and blog. I worked out a timeline and ended up with about eleven A4 pages of ‘tasks’ – what to do, when. The manuscript had already been structurally edited through my agent, so I had to hire a copy-editor, proofreaders (two, for different stages), a cover designer and an ebook converter (see below).


Copyright and dedication pages
The print book requires those extra pages we all take for granted, like the title page, copyright, dedication, author biography, ‘also by the author’ and ‘coming soon’ pages – some at the front, some at the back. I also needed a ‘blank’ page to make sure my book started on a right hand page. The word document has to be set up on the CreateSpace template and for some reason, mine seemed to shift lines around (it took a great dislike to certain indents too).

There were some tricky moments, such as choosing the right font (book text is a lot smaller than I imagined), how to get the pages to start at ‘Chapter 1’ and not at the extra pages, and lowering text at the same height for chapter headings. Also, the margins have a different size depending on whether they are the left/right hand page – and there are those ‘widows’ and ‘orphans’… (another learning curve - I’ve been expanding and condensing character spacing in my sleep!).

The eBook, however, was more complicated. I never got to grips with how to format this – something about taking out all the existing formatting, removing tabs and replacing them with ‘line-indents’ and re-inserting different ‘styles’… My head nearly exploded trying to sort this out, so I handed the manuscript over to a company that formats and converts files to ebooks, to save myself the nightmare. It still wasn’t straightforward. The first version came back looking like there were spaces between every sentence and the text wasn’t justified on the right… I thought these were basic ebook standards, but you have to spell everything out, exactly as you want it. In that state, it was unreadable and I had to send it back – taking more time. When it came back looking like an ebook, I suddenly saw more of my own blinking mistakes!! Punctuation mostly – or repeated words, clunky sentences or continuity issues where I’d fixed a passage, but had created fresh issues in the correcting… Back and forward it went, until I dared to say it was ‘final’. I now had both versions ready to upload. Phew!

But the worst was yet to come.

The scariest bit was at the end. I wanted to set up the ebook for pre-order: on pre-order from 9 July for release on 30 July. Simple. On 3 July, I set it up expecting there to be boxes to tick for these two key dates. Did I want to publish straight away – No. Did I want to pre-order? Yes. I punched the date in for pre-order as 9 July and WHAM! – Big mistake. Here came a cheery message saying that my book was already available on Amazon and would be published on the 9th. No, No, NoI’ve got three weeks of advance publicity to create that magical buzz, all geared up to the big launch on July 30th

To be fair, Kindle Direct Publishing were brilliant. They answered my queries within 24 hours and they guided me through the process so I could set up the correct dates – plus I won’t forfeit pre-orders for a year (the usual penalty for messing up). There was a similar dilemma with the print book – by uploading it, you set it up 'there and then' – there’s no way (I could find) to set it up for a time in the future (I knew there was no pre-order for the paperback). So I had to work around this by disabling the sales channels – I have to reset them around 3-5 days before my launch to get it live in time – and the timing will be a bit hit and miss.

So now both versions are ‘ready’ and I have three weeks of letting people know about the book in an ‘informative and compelling way’ without annoying them! I’m not very good at this bit… I’m a hardened introvert and find it difficult to be ‘chatty and engaging’ online, but I will try my best. I have a blog tour set up from 30 July to 11 August with a fabulous bunch of supportive bloggers/authors and I hope the bestselling book giveaways, from 28 July on my blog, will appeal. You can also enter for the Goodreads Giveaway here until July 25th - for a free paperback!

Most importantly, I’ve kept a record of the process, because in about six months’ time - *takes big breath* - I’ll be doing it all again for my next release, No Longer Safe.
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Bestselling Author Giveaways start on this blog from July 28, with FREE books offered from acclaimed authors: Kathryn Croft, Mel Sherratt, Nuala Casey, Luana Lewis, Jane Isaac, Daniel Clay and a signed copy of The Lie by CL Taylor - all up for grabs!

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  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Dark Place to Hide - Opening Extract

*NEWS ALERT* 
Don't forget - I have some fantastic bestseller author giveaways on my Blog starting July 28th! Novels by Kathryn Croft, Mel Sherratt, Nuala Casey, Luana Lewis, Jane Isaac, Daniel Clay 
and a signed copy of The Lie by CL Taylor - all up for grabs!
See you then...

My new Psychological Mystery, DARK PLACE TO HIDE, is due for release on Amazon on 30th July – just nine days away. So here’s a sneak preview of the Opening Chapter...


                                                     Dark Place to Hide by AJ Waines
                                                                          Chapter 1

Harper - 25 July

A handful of words – that’s all it takes. He lays them out for me, leaning forward man to man, his palms on his knees. His tone is pacifying as if he thinks I’ve guessed; as if by now I must have worked it out.

‘Your wife’s had a miscarriage,’ he says.

The doctor’s words force my spine into the back of the seat, crushing me. I am being shunted further and further back, watching the floating faces of the two nurses beside him trying to reach me, their expressions creased with sympathy. Those words in themselves are ripe with disarray. A baby. It’s a complete shock. I didn’t know.

But there’s more.

There’s a moment first, when I think of what this means to you. The child you’ve been waiting for, hoping for, longing for – we both have. You must be torn apart.
The doctor straightens up. He’s delivered the bad news and, for the medical team, it is cut and dry. Shock, distress, sadness – that will be my onward journey in their eyes; hard, but inevitable. But they are wrong.

What he has told me doesn’t make sense.
How can you be having a miscarriage?
You can’t possibly be pregnant.
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I can’t remember the correct order of events after that. They said I could see you, Diane, but I must have stalled because the next minute I’m wandering off towards an open window by the stairwell with a plastic cup of water in my hand. One of the nurses must have handed it to me. She must have thought I needed time to prepare myself to face your grief, a period of quiet to find the right words of solace and comfort for you. But instead, a loud voice inside me is yelling, How can this have happened?

Blood is pumping hard and fast into my temples, my neck, my chest and I hate myself for letting this question fog my brain when you’ve been rushed in here in pain, in panic. Of course, I was frantic when I got the call. I nearly sprained my ankle racing up the stairs to get to you, distraught and almost out of my mind. They said you had been found at the side of the road in a pool of blood; you were in intensive care and my mind was racing. I thought at first you’d been struck by a car or attacked in a secluded lane. I thought I’d lost you and I’d find a white sheet covering your face.
One emotional state, however, is now shaking down all the others and rising to the top. It is no longer panic or desperation, but confusion. It is starting to look like you have hidden a massive transgression from me; one that could shatter a marriage in the blink of an eye.

‘This way, Dr Penn,’ says the nurse. ‘Diane wants you to come through, now.’

She must have mistaken my sigh for a sign that I’m impatient to see you. In fact, I need more time. I let her guide me, like a marionette, through two sets of double doors towards your bed. I find myself hiding my shaking hands from her as if I’m afraid she’ll think I’m not man enough for you.
My eyes stumble on your face; worn and framed with sticky clumps of hair. You’ve been through a fight. My spirit dissolves at your vulnerability. I grab your hand.

‘I’m okay,’ you say, saving me from having to ask.

The nurse steps forward holding a clipboard. ‘Your wife collapsed. She was on the verge of a haemorrhage, Dr Penn – it was touch and go there, for a while.’

You shake your head a little as if it was nothing; it’s so like you to play down your own misfortunes.
‘I didn’t know,’ you whisper. I can see no trace of remorse or guilt and I reproach myself for looking for it; I should be resoundingly and solely grateful that you are alive, able to recognise me, form sentences. Still, I probe your dewy eyes for signs, but there aren’t any. You catch my frown. You think I’m perturbed because you hadn’t told me.

‘I’m so sorry, Harper,’ you whimper.

I sit beside you. It was only a few hours since we’d laughed at breakfast; you dropping your buttered toast and catching it between your knees. You’ve always been quick like that – co-ordinated and sporty, like your sister. Now you look gaunt and pale – a different person.

‘How are you feeling? Are you in pain?’

You rub your belly and wince. ‘I had to have a D&C – it’s fading now. I have to stay here for a couple of days, they said.’

‘What happened?’ I mean the bigger question, the series of events, sweeping all my accumulated uncertainties into one giant enquiry, but you hear only one strand of it.

‘We got pregnant,’ you say, ‘and I didn’t even know.’ Your face buckles at this moment of recognition. We got pregnant.

I thumb the tears gently away from your eyes, trying to ease away the pain. Wishing I could bear it for you.

‘How many weeks?’

‘Only seven…’ You look down at my hand, holding on.

Seven weeks ago. My mind scatters as I try to pin the date into the calendar in my head. It would have been early June. We’d been in London the weekend of the 31st May and we’d made love – that much was true. I remember it, because I haven’t been able to function in that department as often as I’d have liked. Nevertheless…

‘I’m sorry,’ you say, again, your eyes struggling to focus.

For what, exactly? My male pride is bursting to ask, but now isn’t the time. You are my wife, hurting, suffering and in disbelief. I need to put a hold on my questions and be here for you. You need my support. There’s been a baby – the one thing we’ve been waiting for; the dream, the rapture that would have made everything complete. And you have lost it. Your body has rejected it.

‘It’s not your fault,’ I say, kissing your limp fingers. All your movements are in slow motion and you can barely string two words together. I know you’re playing it down; the physical pain, the distress – being brave for my benefit. I can’t confront you with the rest of it – not now.

‘I’m so glad you’re here,’ you whisper. ‘Just hold me.’ I scoop you into me and feel your feverish sweat roll against my cheek. We’ll have to talk about it later. The answers are all there, I just have to wait. Then the truth will be laid out, not only for me, but also for you. As it happens, I have my own secret to share. I have my own concealment to lay bare.

Because there is also something I haven’t told you.
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You can Pre-Order DARK PLACE TO HIDE, here


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  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

 

Friday, 17 July 2015

Book Review: I Let you Go


I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 5 of 5

In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. 

Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating . . .

This is an expertly constructed psychological thriller where all the complex threads are drawn together cleanly and cleverly at the end. A key question is presented to the reader at the start: If you'd knocked down a child, under what circumstances would you not stop to help or own up?

From the outset and with a ‘sleight of hand’, the reader is led to believe certain aspects of the story (some readers have suggested the author deliberately leads the reader up the wrong path - and this is true to some extent). The narrator sounds reliable, but is missing out huge chunks of information!

The first part of the novel is a slow burn with questions surrounding Jenna, who moves to a remote holiday location to rebuild her life after the death of her son. Alongside this runs the police investigation of a hit and run, which through lack of witnesses and evidence, doesn't get off the ground until later, but has a compelling interplay between the well-meaning detectives. For the first part of the book, the title appears to refer to what we know at the opening - then in Part II, we realise it means something entirely different - very devious!

Everything is turned upside down at the start of Part II, around half-way, where a new first person narrative cranks up the tension and we become aware of what Jenna is really up against - and the police investigation starts to make progress. There's another twist at the end and plenty of jeopardy making the second half a genuine page-turner. Highly recommended as a very polished debut novel!


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  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

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Friday, 10 July 2015

Dark Place to Hide - Blurb Reveal & Interview

Dark Place to Hide – so...What’s the Story?

Last week we had the cover reveal – now it’s time to show you the jacket blurb.
Don’t forget – it’s out in ebook and paperback on 30th July!
Ebook available now to pre-order HERE!


Jacket Blurb

She’s trying to tell you – if only you’d listen…

About to break the news to his wife, Diane, that he’s infertile, criminology expert, Harper Penn, gets a call to say she’s been rushed to hospital with a miscarriage. Five days later, when Diane fails to return from the village shop, police think she must have taken off with a secret lover, but Harper is convinced the online messages are not from her. 

In the same Hampshire village, plucky seven-year-old Clara has retreated into a make-believe world after an accident. Then she, too, goes missing.

As Harper sets out on a desperate quest to find them both, he has no idea what he’s up against. Could the threat be closer than he thinks? And is there a hidden message in Clara’s fairy tales?

DARK PLACE TO HIDE is a chilling psychological mystery with a cold-blooded deviant lurking at the core.
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Author, Sara Atkins in Conversation with AJ Waines about her third novel, Dark Place to Hide.

Where did the inspiration for Dark Place to Hide come from?

When I was starting to plot the novel, I’d just read a wonderful book by Claire King,
The Night Rainbow, about a young child struggling to grow up when no one takes much notice of her. In  Dark Place to Hide, I wanted to involve a child in different circumstances. For my sub-plot, I chose a plucky seven-year-old tomboy, Clara, who retreats into the world of fairy-tales – and no one is sure why. Then she disappears. 
After that, I needed to consider my main plot. Like my two earlier books, I wanted two deep mysteries running through seemingly unrelated stories. Most psychological thrillers have a female in the central role, but instead I wanted a male to narrate the story, so we can see heartbreak and vulnerability from his point of view. So centre stage comes criminologist, Harper Penn, who is devoted to his wife in a relationship that seems rock-solid. Except he has a secret. Then something devastating happens that makes him question everything – and his wife disappears. Harper has to try to piece everything together – desperate to find those who are missing - while the clock is ticking…

Secrets play a large role in Dark Place to Hide. Under what circumstances is keeping a secret acceptable?

I love secrets; most of us are hiding something, whether it’s as simple as a bad habit or as serious as a crime. As a psychotherapist, I was privileged to see inside the private worlds of many of my clients and was fascinated by the kinds of secrets people keep for years. It all comes down to motive. Are you keeping a secret because you want to protect someone else, or yourself? Is it shameful? Has it evolved into a lie? In Dark Place to Hide an initial secret leads to questions about trust, fidelity and betrayal.

Did you enjoy writing about the seven-year-old girl, Clara?

Clara’s voice came to me very early and I could picture her with long blonde hair, wearing an alice band and a cheeky grin. She was a delight to write about and came fairly fully formed into my mind – a little girl who loves freedom and draws sandals on her feet, so she doesn’t have to wear them. I used my therapy background to explore the ways in which children react to trauma and found a way for her to retreat into a particular fairy-tale to escape her fears. I love the way there are hints in her conversations about what is really going on for her – but no one is paying any attention – they are so used to her being ‘away with the fairies’. Eventually, Harper realises the significance and starts to pick up the clues.

Harper’s wife goes missing very early in the story, so how did you manage to bring her to life in the narrative, so that we care about her?

Diane has a ‘presence’ throughout the story and I decided to use first and second person narrative for Harper, so that right at the start, he’s addressing Diane – as ‘you’. When she goes missing, he recalls their life together, their move from London to a small village in Hampshire, the special, loveable details about her. In this way, we get to see a picture of Diane through his eyes, but also of Harper’s feelings for her as they bend and shift when, over time, facts about her disappearance emerge. There are also scenes which flash back to the past featuring Diane, so we get a sense of who she is without Harper’s rose-tinted glasses. Then, about half way through, something unexpected happens involving Diane, in terms of the structure of the novel – but I can’t give this away!

You started getting books published quite late in life? Did you always want to be a writer?

I think on one very subliminal level, I did. An editor friend of mine reminded me that I used to fill exercise books with Enid Blyton-style stories when I was about nine or ten. Most of my early years, however, were focused on music; I started the piano when I was four (and couldn’t reach the pedals), and the cello at aged nine. 

I studied music at Music College and University and went on to play the cello professionally in my twenties, but I realised I wasn’t quite good enough to join one of the top orchestras and I floundered for a while. I did admin jobs, then became a Psychotherapist which took up another fifteen years. I’ve always enjoyed writing essays and I had two self-help books published during that time. I also wrote motivational features for Slimming World magazine.

I’d always thought writing a novel was beyond me and that ‘authors’ were very special and talented individuals! It was only when I read Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’ in 2008 and started a short story that things developed. I went beyond the word-count he suggested, because I wanted to know what happened next. That first novel was therefore not plotted – a real make-it-up-as-you-go-along situation, but it got me a top crime-writing agent – and everything took off from there. I never dreamt I’d be published abroad and get to the top of the ebook charts. In the first six months of this year, I had sales of 30,000 books, which leaves me totally stunned!
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You can pre-order the ebook HERE
 
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  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

Find AJ Waines at: 
Blog Newsletter  *  Website  *  Twitter  * Facebook  *  Pinterest  * Goodreads  * Google+