Because I’m a voracious reader as well as a writer, I thought I would devote a post to five other independent UK-based writers whose work I enjoyed on my Kindle in 2012. Sometimes it can be hard to find ‘new’ writers and there is always the worry that self-published novels are somehow unreliable, but I assure you that the people on my list can be trusted to deliver an enjoyable piece of fiction!
This is just a brief summary of my own opinions. For more information please do look for yourself on Amazon or other outlets.
Lexi Revellian – ‘Replica’ and ‘Ice Diaries’
These novels could both be described as ‘romantic near-future sci-fi thrillers’ if there were such a genre. They are easy to read and thought-provoking. ‘Replica’ is centred around themes of identity and scientific ethics, while ‘Ice Diaries’ has a setting in an Ice Age of the near future and raises questions about how communities work, and survival options at times of disaster.
Linda Gruchy – ‘Death in Spigg’s Wood’ and ‘Death in Flitbury Marshes’
Both of these novels are gritty detective stories based firmly in police and legal procedures. Both have gripping plot-lines and strong heroines as well as recurring police characters with interesting back stories. They are considerably more realistic than my own Pitkirtly mystery novels with blood and lots of fighting, especially in ‘Spigg’s Wood’.
Steve Robinson – ‘In the Blood’, ‘To the Grave’ and ‘The Last Queen of England’
Steve has now published three mystery novels featuring the same protagonist, Jefferson Tayte, an American genealogist who unravels family history mysteries. The most recent of these, ‘The Last Queen of England’, strays into the realms of royal genealogy and a case with potentially national implications. The novels are well-structured and although there is historical information, there are also so many action sequences that I often worry about the hero’s health.
Lynda Wilcox – ‘Strictly Murder’ and ‘Organized Murder’
These two novels have a feisty heroine, Verity, who can be rather annoying at times! At one point in ‘Organized Murder’ I had an intense urge to scream at her not to trust someone. They fall into the ‘cosy mystery’ category and are readable and amusing, with convincing settings in villages and small towns.
David Wailing – ‘Fake Kate’, ‘Timeline’, ‘Friend Request’ and others
Again it’s fairly hard to categorise David’s novels and shorter fiction. They often go into the realms of sci-fi, but only just. Much of the shorter work is to do with social media and questions of identity arising from its use. The plot of ‘Fake Kate’ also revolves around personal identity. Like Lexi’s novels, they are easy to read and very thought-provoking, usually raising more questions than they answer.
Because I’ve arbitrarily chosen to feature five out of many writers, I haven’t got room to say much here about Rosen Trevithick, prolific writer and (apparently) tireless organiser and publicist on behalf of other witers. I recommend her novels, especially ‘Pompomberry House’, and her newsletter Indie Book Bargains – http://www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk/. [Whoops, that’s six writers!]