Code Runner Book Trailer: The Making-Of

With four weeks until CODE RUNNER hits virtual bookshelves, it's time to share the book trailer! (You can find out more about Code Runner and the associated giveaway here) But over here at Swords and Lattes, I know y'all expect a little more. So let me talk you through how this trailer came into being - consider this the DVD commentary of the Code Runner book trailer. What is a book trailer? It is a trailer for a book. I admit, I was a little sceptical. Because my previous experience with book trailers was James Patterson's latest novel turning up on my TV and me thinking "WTF this is the worst telemovie ever - oh no, wait, it's a book". But I know from my short film efforts that folks love a good YouTube video. Short, sharp, to the point. Folks love visuals, and a shortcut to the main event. While I am not a natural viewer of video articles, I do now click Twitter...
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Writers’ Tools: Expert Opinions

Expert opinions are the gilding of the lily in writing fiction. They turn a piece of entertainment into an accurate piece of entertainment, less likely to make irate professionals scream at the TV and ruin the emotional death scene for everyone else in the living room. (Yes, I have done this. Many times. We don't watch hospital dramas in my house anymore.) While I hesitate to call experts "tools" - because I want them to still speak to me - they fit into this character because this knowledge is an optional extra that makes a writer's life easier - or turns it into a total bloody nightmare. What is an expert opinion? An expert opinion is research involving a living, breathing person, as opposed to a book, documentary, website, journal article, etc. That person may be a universally-recognised expert (e.g. an academic specialising in forensics) or may have gained knowledge through personal or professional experience (e.g. a police officer working a rural beat). Why use...
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COVER REVEAL: Code Runner by Rosie Claverton

I am very excited to reveal the cover for CODE RUNNER, the second book in The Amy Lane Mysteries. Ex-con Jason Carr has faced down the toughest thugs in Cardiff, but being assistant to a brilliant, eccentric hacker who hasn’t been outdoors in ten years has its own challenges. Still, he and Amy Lane can solve cases even the cops can’t crack. And when a corpse washes up on a beach, Jason can’t resist chasing the clues—or defying Amy by infiltrating the very gangs he once escaped. Amy is distraught when Jason’s pursuit gets him framed for murder. He’s thrown back in prison where he’s vulnerable to people who want him dead. He needs Amy to prove his innocence. Fast. But Amy hasn’t been honest with him—her panic attacks aren’t getting better. And now, with everything that makes her feel safe ripped away, she must stand alone, using her technological skills to expose a baffling conspiracy and a new kind...
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Location, Location, Location: Choosing Settings for Fiction

Location - every writer's delight and every producer's bane: ME: "I've written a thrilling chase scene set in Paddington Station at rush hour!" PRODUCER: "Could it be Gunnersbury at 3am?" In this blog post, I'm going to talk about the use of location in novels, low/no budget screenplays and stageplays - and how to make the right choices for your project. First, what is a location? This may seem like a stupid question, but I want to emphasise that locations are not just externals - fields, castles, deserts, mountains. Locations are office buildings, hotel rooms, toilet cubicles. Anything you would put after EXT/INT in a screenplay. Locations are also towns, countries - or planets. Space, The Final Frontier. A hotel room may look the same in London, Paris and Dubai, but the context of being in that country may determine the action of the scene - in fact, I would argue that it should. Locations are not incidental. Setting your film in Australia for the...
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First article for The Amy Lane Mysteries!

The first article for The Amy Lane Mysteries has landed. In case you've somehow missed my wittering, my debut novel Binary Witness will be published by Carina Press on 5th May 2014. (And this is one reason why I'm getting more organised with this blog, including this little Technorati claim code by here: CKFHXQER5BB5) I submitted the manuscript for the second novel in the Amy Lane series to my wonderful editor Deb Nemeth on Thursday and I needed to put in some serious nautical research. The Barry Yacht Club were happy to help and the lovely folks at the Barry and District News helped to widen the net. You can read the article here -> "Novelist seeks Barry coastal knowledge"....
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