Absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Ice Cold Alice blog tour and a massive thanks to the author, C.P. Wilson for this awesome guest post on a day in the life of a writer! This book is on my #Active TBR pile so I also need to thank the lovely Sarah Hardy and BloodHound Books for an ARC. As per usual though – before C.P. Wilson dazzles you with the guest post, let’s find out about Ice Cold Alice and the mastermind behind the book!
About The Book
They thought that they had all the power, until she took it from them.
A killer hunts abusive spouses, blogging about their sins post-kill. Soon the murders and the brazen journaling draws the attention of Police Scotland’s CID.
This killer works with surgical preparation, precision and skill, using a unique weapon of her own and never leaves a trace of evidence behind.
Edinburgh’s DI Kathy McGuire, nearing the end of her career, begins the hunt for the murderer as a media frenzy erupts. But McGuire might have met her match…
What has led this killer to take the law into her own hands?
Is the woman accountable really a cold-hearted killer or a desperate vigilante?
About The Author
C.P. Wilson writes Psychological Thrillers. Ice Cold Alice was published by Bloodhound Books on April 20th, 2017 and is currently being adapted to a screenplay.
Wilson is also the author of ten works of fiction in multiple genre and one non-fiction memoir under the name Mark Wilson.
Wilson currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school, is one half of a parent-team to two very active children, and mentors independent authors. He writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.
Wilson’s short story ‘Glass Ceiling’ won first prize in May, 2015 on Spinetingler’s Short story competition. dEaDINBURGH: Vantage reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.
A Day in The (writing) Life
If you harbour romantic notions of being a writer- sitting by the shore, the sea kissing your toes, the breeze stirring hair and inspiration-. you’re in the wrong place, with the wrong writer. That’s not this writer’s life.
During a writing phase, which lasts anywhere from four weeks to three months, my typical day consists of the following:
1. Rise (unwillingly) from bed at 6:15.
2. Tidy the kitchen, which I should’ve done the night before, but didn’t.
3. Make breakfast for the kids, (boy and a girl, 8 and 4 years old) and for myself and my wife.
4. Shout the kids to come for breakfast.
5. Shout the kids to come for breakfast.
6. Shout the kids to come for breakfast.
7. Watch mine go cold as they argue over who wants what for breakfast, despite it already being laid in front of them.
8. Enjoy one of my favourite fifteen minutes or so of the day. My kids give endless hugs at his time of the morning. Juggling coffee and a (cold) porridge bowl is worth this extra hugging.
9. Send the boy upstairs to get dressed.
10. Clean the mess they’ve made of my kitchen.
11. Take the girl upstairs to get dressed.
12. Remind the boy to get dressed.
13. Help the girl get dressed.
14. Remind the boy that one sock on, is not dressed.
15. Brush the girl’s teeth.
16. Warn the boy that he better be dressed and listen while he drops whatever toy he’s playing with to put a second sock on.
17. Dress girl in clothes carefully matched the previous evening.
18. Brush girl’s hair and teeth.
19. Supervise boy dressing in more than simply pants and socks.
20. Check boy has brushed his teeth properly, and brushed his hair.
21. Yes, I’m aware that no actual writing has happened.
22. Get myself dressed and do the work commute whilst my wife drops the kids at school and nursery.
23. Day teaching kids from 12 to 18 years old. Let’s not go into details, though today I managed to get 800 words down at lunchtime.
24. Back to the city to pick up boy and girl.
25. Take boy to swimming, take girl to gym class.
26. Home. Make dinner. Encourage/threaten for quick eating.
27. Some more hugs. They know bedtime is coming so they’re stringing it out.
28. Homework with the boy.
29. Bath time for both.
30. Carefully select, co-ordinate and lay girl’s clothes out for the morning.
31. Story and song for girl.
32. Story and song for boy.
33. Warn girl to get back into bed. Give into demands for another cuddle then return girl to bed.
34. Clean kitchen ad living room. My kids are the dirtiest people I know.
35. Put a laundry wash on.
36. Do some outstanding school admin.
37. Dinner for wife and I.
39. Hang laundry to dry. Pick up s’more crap my kids have left lying.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
Not the lavish lifestyle you imagine, not for me at any rate. My writing time inevitably is squeezed in around life. Sometimes I write in the evenings, if I’m well organised. Sometimes through the wee hours.
Always, during a writing phase I write two thousand words a day. Move the story forward and re-edit at a later date. I’m really strict with myself during this phase. If I haven’t done the required amount or more, I stay awake writing until I’ve done so.
Finding time isn’t easy, and following a schedule like this quickly leads to burnout, so I take a month off in between books. I’m blessed to have a wife who supports this time-consuming second career that pays next to nothing. She does the lion’s share at me some days, other days it’s me. We manage a fairly, even and good partnership. She works long hours and travels. I write. We both have full-time (plus) jobs and two wonderful children who love life. We work hard to support each other. We’re constantly busy…but it’s a good busy. Happy-busy, for us and the kids.
Perhaps it’s a lavish lifestyle after all.
*Claps excitedly*- Love that post!! Thanks again to C.P. Wilson for stopping by my blog today! Make sure you go back and see the other stops on the blog tour! The reviews are fabulous! Click here for a quick trip to amazon and grab yourself a copy of this book!