I’ve been out of the mix for several weeks dealing with with the sad death of my poor Mum. When I returned home from the Far North, my husband had set up double screens for me to shift and cull chapters and scenes from my manuscripts with ease.

Perfect for wading through versions and working across edits and deleting content after my professional editor, Tina Shaw and proof-reader extraordinaire, Nikki Crutchley, slashed their red pens over my work. It sounds ruthless, I know, but they really are nice people who worked their magic pulling my words into line!

Over 3,000 words hit the cutting room floor on Duplicity making it a faster-paced, more tightly written and hopefully an intriguing experience. The Beta Reading Team have given it the thumbs up so there’s just one last thing …

Now for the final battle – completing the page formatting and pagination to print online with Amazon. The pre-requisite for survival is 200mls of whisky on the hour every hour. YES! You can do this!