Paul Pender

WRITER - Books, Films, TV

Date: April 16, 2017

Do you judge a book by its cover?

As I reach the end of my writing day, I sometimes amuse myself by making mock-ups of my future book covers. It’s a form of creative visualisation – a Buddhist concept of which Detective Woolf would approve! So here’s today’s mock-up. The actual cover may bear no resemblance to this, but here it is anyway – a kind of homage to the old pulp covers with their damsels in distress.

I plan to use this website to give various short stories and fun stuff away free, so call back soon, and if you have a moment send me a quick message.

Meet Detective Woolf

I’m currently polishing the first three (yes, three!) books in my series of Detective Woolf Mysteries, starring young Scottish policeman Stephen Woolf. He’s a new kind of cop for a new kind of Scotland.

He’s looking for truth in a post-truth world.

The books are murder-mystery whodunnits, which concentrate as much on the emotional life of the hero as on the perpetrator of the crime.

Is it a Rebus-style police procedural? Yes and no. Yes in that it’s set in Edinburgh, no in that it’s more psychological thriller than police procedural. It’s also more cerebral than Rebus. Think of it as Morse in Edinburgh.

For reasons that soon become clear, this sexy young Scottish cop is trying to be a good Buddhist. Yet he struggles with the Buddhist concept of relinquishing desire. He yearns for good food, a delicious cocktail, and the love of a beautiful woman. He also has an insatiable desire for revenge. None of these sit well with the Buddhist notion of controlling your passions, but Woolf does his best!

I’ll drip-feed details as I go along and will chronicle the journey to publication.

Bye for now,
Paul

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