Friday, March 25, 2011

Here I am at Type M for Murder!

Hello from Scotland on a sunny morning, when spring as last has sprung after a long, dreary winter, with crocuses, daffodils and primroses in the front garden under the silver birches and even red camellias under my study window.

Vicki, many thanks for inviting me to join Type M and thanks to Rick for his friendly help and advice. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.

I should probably start with the addict's confession: My name is Aline and I am a writer. I scribbled my first 'novel' at six, the risqu̩ tale of Mr Wiz and Mrs Woz who went off to Paris together for the weekend Рyes, perhaps I was a precocious child!

I'm still scribbling, because it's a compulsion, because I can't not. I'm happiest at my desk, trying to write fast enough to keep up with the story in my head, though as Vicki said last week, meeting other authors and gossiping over a glass in the bar is kinda fun as well..

I love, too, my tax-deductible holidays – I mean, of course, trips undertaken exclusively for necessary research, in beautiful Galloway in south-west Scotland where my DI Marjory Fleming series is set. It fascinates me: it has glorious seascapes, lochs, hills and forests but there's rural deprivation, too, and unemployment and small communities struggling to preserve their unique qualities - and it's only two hours away from Glasgow, murder capital of Europe. Urban fantasies of the idyllic country life are just that.

As my new book, Cradle to Grave, launches in paperback, the familiar cosy book world I used to know so well is changing beyond recognition: e-books, social networking, piracy, tweeting, bookshops that don't exist except on the internet, and small bookshops thjat don't exist any more. As all the old certainties disappear, it's stimulating but scary at the same time. Whatever else changes, though, they'll still need what's pompously called 'creative content' – stories, to you and me.

And there are still kids who know from the start that they're tellers of tales. If you want proof, I've attached a delightful video below of a very young French storyteller. It's as good as spring sunshine.



Cradle to Grave is the sixth in the DI Marjory Fleming series which starts with Cold in the Earth. All are available from Hodder & Stoughton.

11 comments:

Vicki Delany said...

Welcome, welcome, welcome

Barbara Fradkin said...

Aline, I too want to welcome you to our eclectic bunch, and I look forward to many virtual trips to Scotland along with you!

LJ Roberts said...

Aline, it's wonderful to see you here. LOVE your books! That little girl is a definite sci-fi, fantasy writer in the making. How delightful!

Janice Hally said...

Hi Aline!
Nice to see you in your new "slot".
The wee French girl was GORGEOUS!
Janice.

Hannah Dennison said...

Aline --- a very very VERY warm welcome. I am so thrilled that a fellow Brit (albeit it one who hails from Scotland) has joined TypeM. I loved the little French girl!

Rick Blechta said...

And from me as well: WELCOME!

peter_may said...

Great video, Aline! That lassie really knows how to tell a story. And, of course, so do you. Delighted to see you among my friends at Type M.

Frankie Y. Bailey said...

Welcome, Aline! I just had a chance to watch the video. That little girl has a great career as a storyteller ahead of her. She makes me want to get out my French language CDs again.

Linda Wiken said...

So nice to see you blogging here, Aline! I'm a big DI Margery Fleming fan & have been since the beginning of the series.

Joan Boswell said...

At Left Coast Crime this morning Vicki told me how pleased she was that you were blogging. You are a new author for me and I'm looking forward to reading your books.

Aline Templeton said...

Thanks so much for the warm welcome and the lovely comments. Next month I promise I will get it all set up myself and not have to plague Rick (thanks again, friend!) and get it in on the right day too!