A Writer Writes: Writing an Amateur Sleuth Mystery Novella

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Updated on: 24 October 2021

Hello, Book Lovers!


I’m super excited to announce that I’m writing an amateur sleuth mystery novella. I love reading. Through reading books, I’ve developed interests that have filtered through into the writing of my fiction novels. So, at the end of 2016, I decided to read more books within my genre.


In previous years, I adopted the philosophy of reading anything that piques my interest, and to a certain extent, I still do. But, as I finished reading The Brass Hall by Kevin Tumlinson, I became interested in the archaeological elements in this book. This newfound interest led me to search Amazon for the next book in the series, The Coelho Medallion. After finishing reading the second book, I started to develop an idea of writing a conspiracy thriller or action-adventure novel trilogy around an archaeologist, which I later named Maximilian Nicholls.


An Amateur Sleuth Mystery Novella

This new idea inspired me to merge my two-story worlds into a novella in a similar way that J F Penn has done with her Day of the Vikings novel. In this novel, she introduced a character, Daniel Blake into the world of ARKANE. The character Daniel Blake has his own trilogy, the London Psychic Crime Thrillers, which I love.


After careful consideration of my current fiction-writing workload, I decided to take a similar approach to test the reading market to see if I could find readers who are interested in my Maximilian Nicholls conspiracy thrillers. At the moment, I’m advertising the James Lalonde amateur sleuth mystery series as a nine-book series. I chose this option to give readers an understanding that the series is more than just three books. But realistically, I plan to write these books for three years, to start off and then for as long as there is a demand.


So, I’m excited to announce that I’m writing an amateur sleuth mystery novella titled, ‘Missing.’


My Next Steps

I’m currently outlining the story, and I’m including an extra step in the outlining process from the lessons learned through writing Silence (now Duplicity) and Immunity. I realised that I needed to spend more time getting the story right in the outlining phase. Once I finish my first draft, I tend to leave plot holes and forget about minor characters. So, to avoid this mistake with future books I’ve decided to revise or edit my outline before I start writing. The amateur sleuth mystery novella, Missing is 20,000 words in length or 80 physical book pages. This book will be free for the readers of my websites and available on Amazon for £1.99 or $2.99 (USD).


Want to read it for Free?

I am to finish the first draft and revisions of Missing: A James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery Novella by the end of June. If you’re interested in becoming a beta reader and being one of the first to read the novella in exchange for feedback on your reading experience, then send me an email using the contact form on my contact page. When you fill out the form select the ‘I want to join your beta reading team’ option from the ‘what is your message about?’ list.


A Quick Update

Since, I first wrote this post I’ve shared the first chapter of Missing on my blog, click the button below to read for free. You can also become a James Lalonde Insider to receive an advanced reader copy, so sign up below for updates to be notified.


Happy reading, book lovers!

Amelia xx

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Amelia D. Hay
Amelia D. Hay

I’m Amelia. I write mystery and thriller novels under the pen name A. D. Hay and I’m the author of Missing the first book in the James Lalonde series. I’m the host of the Book Nerd Podcast and The Authorpreneur Podcast. Right now, I’m editing my soon to be published mystery novels, The Candidate, Duplicity, 24 Hours, and Immunity. When I’m not writing, hosting my podcasts or coaching aspiring authors, I love to travel around Europe with my Husband Roland, drink tea, and eat pizza.

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