Welcome to my weekly Writer’s Diary:
February 8th, 2016
I’m going to miss this. It will soon be time for me to end my days as a pig in squalor and transfer to a new pen (a new pig pen, that is, not to a new pen with a nib). Soon I shall raise my head from the dense thicket of hand-written, much amended prose and begin the move from paper to screen.
I shall miss my humid jungle. Whenever I peer into the forest of close-packed words and squeeze my pen into the tiny gaps of heavily annotated text I seem to sense a warmth rise from the pages, the warmth (if you can bear a more indelicate comparison) that lingers in one’s own unlaundered bed-sheets or unwashed clothes. Fresh linen is cooler, cleaner and can invigorate ( a little) but you too must know that comforting familiarity that comes from slipping back into those that carry traces of your sweat.
My grubby text, though, has been worn enough. It has become saturated with the signs and scents of heavy labour, and must be cleaned. Linen goes to the laundry basket; paper to the PC. I shall allow myself another week perhaps before I pick up my dirty pages and launder them on screen.
Each week as I work on my new novel I post a fresh extract from my writer’s diary – mercifully short, you’ll be glad to hear, each piece taking about a minute to read.
Catch up with earlier entries here:
(1) Great-Grandmother’s Secrets: I recently gathered 5 of my great-grandmother’s wonderful Victorian Romances into a new eBook from Prospero – ludicrously cheap and every story illustrated with original engravings. Take a look.
(2) And I’ve just edited a brand new guide (the only such guide, in fact) to some of the best-value illustrated books ever published! LOOK HERE!
(3) Don’t forget my Mad Music Videos. Why not take a look (and listen)?
And a little earlier . . .
Somehow I managed to publish 3 books last year – and they’re all available from Amazon. They’re astonishingly cheap (or I prefer to stick with ‘they’re astonishing’) so why not try one?
Stories I Can’t Tell
(an illustrated confessional “by” Maggie King, “with” Russell James)
Here’s something different – very different! – written with the very close co-operation of the fabulous Maggie King. It invites you – and you alone – to sit with Maggie as she shows you the contents of her trunk of theatrical souvenirs. What secrets will you find?
On the eve of World War Two Maggie King has been waiting for me – Russell James – to join her and ghost-write a celebrity memoir. But I’m not there yet; there’s only you and Maggie, just the two of you, in front of a cozy roaring fire. Maggie’s theatrical trunk, you’ll find, is packed with programmes, handbills, letters and photos, both from her own career and that of her parents – Albert and Annie King (‘the Royal Family’), middle-ranking performers in Music Hall and Variety. While you sit with her she recalls the ups and downs of her rackety life, including hits and flops, romance and tragedy, the men who mattered and the man who caused the scandal that blighted her career.
Full details are on the Maggie King book page – “Stories I Can’t Tell”
The Newly Discovered Diaries Of Doctor Kristal
A black comedy set in the Swinging Sixties (1963-4) and revealed through the diaries of a doctor – 35 years old and still a virgin – whose curious obsessions drive him to start murdering his patients. Kristal thinks himself immune from any hint of sexual passion – but when there are two beautiful women desperate for his help, isn’t there anything he can do? Read all about it on the DOCTOR KRISTAL page – here
My most autobiographical novel to date, though you might not think it, since it is an up-to-the-minute tragicomedy narrated into an iPhone by Crosby Ravensworth, a 35-year-old executive too busy to scatter his father’s ashes or to sort out the dysfunctional family he has left behind, or even to decide which of the four women in his life he should connect to. But with any luck, he’ll find that even the darkest clouds have silver linings and this could be the beginning of a new life.
To get your copy – for Kindle, Kobo, Nook or whatever – either go to my Amazon page (click HERE ) or ,for all non-Kindle formats, jump to my Smashwords page by clicking EXIT 39 instead. To find out more, CLICK HERE and enjoy Exit 39!
– and as there are now several writers called Russell James (how dare they?) you might like to know that the relevant Author’s Page on Amazon is at Russell James
It may be less confusing to check my books at: GoodReads
Most people seem to read me on their Kindle, but you can get my books in all electronic formats including Kindle from Smashwords by clicking here
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One last reminder of how to get my books:
Most of my books can be found on the Prospero website.
For ebooks suitable for Sony, Kindle and most readers, find a synopsis of the whole collection by clicking My ebooks at Smashwords or find them on the website of your ebook supplier.
Kindle downloads can be had direct from Amazon: Russell James page
And for KOBO, look here:
(On some of these sites you’ll find some upstart authors there as well, each pretending to the Russell James throne. Do not be led astray. Insist on the original!)