Getting a Handbagging

Work is proceeding apace on the new book. Originally it was going to be titled Exclusive to Death, and featured counterfeit handbags.

This involved a lot of research into designer handbags – that’s several days of my life that I won’t get back, but it was worth it. Unfortunately, the fake bags were a McGuffin – a way into the story for my main characters. They were not the main plot element. After writing nearly 30,000 words, I realised that the murder was taking far too long – and the reader would care far too much about the handbags and not enough about the victim.

I’ve never done this before, but I stopped, stripped out around 12,000 words and re-wrote the book. It will be better for it.