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I am so thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett and share a guest post with you about her daily writing habits.  Hell to Pay is the fourth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series, and it sounds like a fast paced crime thriller that will delight readers!


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Description:

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

Hell to Pay is a gripping fast paced crime thriller, and the fourth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

1. SCARED TO DEATH
2. WILL TO LIVE
3. ONE TO WATCH
4. HELL TO PAY


Guest Post:

Jamming with words – my daily writing habits

There’s one thing that drives me every single day, and that’s the need to create new words before I lose myself down the social media rabbit hole or become immersed in the business and marketing side of being a writer.

I now write full-time after years fitting it in around first full-time work and then a part-time job as I slowly grew more successful, but that opens up a whole new can of worms: how to write more, without affecting my health? We’ve all heard horror stories of typists with RSI, bad backs and the like, and I didn’t want to end up like that, so about 12 months ago, I took the plunge.

I started using dictation software to smash my daily word targets.

At first, I approached it with a bit of trepidation, I’ll be honest. After all, it’s weird hearing your own voice, and there is a tendency to feel a bit of a twit to start off with.

Nevertheless, I persevered. I didn’t worry about the special commands to make the software do flash things like save my work or anything – I simply concentrated on training it to understand my voice (not easy with a mixture of an English/Australian accent!), then introduced basic punctuation such as speech marks and commas.

I’m not a patient person by nature, but I am determined. I read all sorts of stories in Facebook groups about people’s frustrations with the same software, but I refused to give up.

The real turning point for me was the blog tour for the first Detective Kay Hunter book, Scared to Death. I’d started to find my feet with the dictation software while drafting the book, but it really saved my bacon when it came to all the guest posts I had to provide for that first tour because rather than typing each one, I simply paced about in front of my desk while I dictated the words.

It was so liberating!

For the past 12 months, I’ve probably dictated two thirds of each of my books this year, including Hell to Pay. The dictation is mostly used during the first draft stage, whereas when it comes to editing, I rely on touch typing and good old handwritten notes.

Yes, it can have its issues. The microphone is very sensitive for starters, and there have been a few instances where a loud noise in the neighbourhood has made me jump with fright, with the accompanying swear words having to be deleted afterwards!

These days though, I can’t imagine writing the Kay Hunter series without the aid of dictation – and of course, it means I can produce the books faster for readers, too!

 

A huge thank you to Rachel for joining me today and sharing her writing habits with me, I’m not sure I would manage to use dictation software, I always think I sound like a complete numpty when I hear my voice played back in videos…..It’d probably put me off listening to myself wittering away haha

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