Or – How to Pressure Cook a novel
Being a member of The Amsterdam Creative Writers Group is a great pleasure and very stimulating. But by the end of June last, we must have suffered from a serious bout of collective over-enthusiasm. The whole group enrolled in
We opened up a ‘cabin’ and full of youthful zeal pledged that all of us would write at least 2000 words a day during the month of July. The snag was that the results were painfully visible through the NaNoWriMo Cabin stats. So we all slogged on, inwardly muttering about our stupidity to accept this kind of challenge.
I used this commitment to get my slightly bogged down ‘South – to Safety’ project up and running again. And yes, I made my target of 97.000 words and the novel is nearly completed as a draft.
The story follows a British girl, a Dutch RAF trained pilot, an Australian truck driver, a flawed English fighter pilot and an American newspaper correspondent in their struggle to survive the Japanese invasion of Malaya, the fall of Singapore and the invasion of the Dutch East Indies.
A wartime thriller, packed with drama, suspense and action that will keep you turning pages until the survivors escape to Australia. Now “under construction“; to be released Q3 2017