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Saturday, 29 October 2011

It's all about research...

As well as putting pen to paper (or in my case fingers to keyboard!), I spend a lot of my time doing research. My books are set in far flung destinations that have a long varied History and so I like what I am writing about to be accurate.

With Nabataea I was very lucky, I have been to Petra in Jordan and have memories, photos and video to refer to, the same is also true of Egypt. I have also done an Egyptology course and am due to do an Archaeology course in January.

This doesn't stop me from researching though. The world of Archaeology and History is fast moving at times, and things constantly change. When I first visited El Khasneh in Petra, you could walk inside and view the building in its entirety, nowadays the entrance is blocked and special permission is required to enter. At the Valley of the Kings in Egypt stills photography and video cameras (including mobile phones!) are banned from the site. Changes like this means I have to constantly read up and double check facts to see if they have altered.

I love research. I love learning something new, whether it be by using the internet, visiting a library or Museum, or reading one of my many books in my own mini library. I am currently researching Volcano's, Earthquakes, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius and the Roman Empire. This is in preparation for the groundwork for 'Vesuvio'. I have not yet had the chance to go to this part of Italy, but it is on my list and I hope to add to my pages of notes soon by seeing the real thing. 

Some may find research tedious and boring, but to me it is not only incredibly important for the type of writing I do, but as a history buff (all though my friends may term that 'geek') it gives me a chance to continue learning and expanding my knowledge of the Ancient World. 

Sunday, 9 October 2011


A lot of you have been asking me about the forthcoming work 'Integrate'. So here is some more information / spoilers.

'Integrate' is a short story, that is currently (dependent on final re-writes) about 50 pages (or approx 13,500 word) in length. It was originally a screen play written in the mid to late 1990's and has been gathering dust in the loft for over 10 years.

I decided to do something with it, but alas didn't have any spare money laying around to make it into a film, so I have taken a year to painstakingly re-write it as a story, which has proved to be much harder than writing a book or story from scratch. I have had to, re-think, re-work and fill, no easy job when you have an original piece of work you love, I wasn't even sure it would work, but at the end of the last re-write I felt it did, and was happy with the transition.

I'm not going to tell you much about the story as I want you to be able to read it without the story being spoiled. The plan is to publish in the lead up to, around Christmas, on both kindle (see kindle users I do listen to you!) and also on paperback. What I can do however, is provide you with the blurb (technical name for the text on the rear of books). So here goes:

Grief stricken by the loss of her identical twin sister Helena, Corinne struggles to come to terms with life without her. Visions of her sister’s last moments on earth, begin to plague her, growing ever stronger and more vivid as the days pass, jumbled snapshots that she must try and piece together.

Jack’s own life has been spiraling out of control since the tragic death of his girlfriend, he feels he has little to live for, his only solace being self destruction. In him Corinne finds an ally, someone she can open up to, in the hope that he can help her through the grief and suffering, but Jack hides a terrible secret that threatens to tear both their worlds apart.

A secret that sees Corinne plotting revenge for the sister she loved and lost.
A secret that sees Jack paying the ultimate price.

Integrate © Chrissie Parker, Oct 2011

More news follows soon, until then, it's back to final re-writes  / checks. Wish me luck! 

C x