I’ve been trying to write while working and raising a family. I used to manage a few hours a year, but now I have occasional bursts of more intense activity. I started going to a writers’ group, Redwell Writers (see links page) a few years ago. It helped me improve my writing and try harder to get published.

I’ve written 2 rather different novels, both accepted by Sunpenny publishing (see links). This is what they’re about:

Going Astray – published 2010

First copies of this will be available within two months.

First copies of this will be available within two months.

Laura, Malcolm and their children Clive, nine and Mel, nearly two, begin community living in a remote country house under the aegis of an American church group, New Wave of the Spirit Christian Church Worldwide.

While Mel is in hospital, arrangements are finalised for the family to sign their home over to the church and move. When they arrive at their new home, Laura finds that the children are to be housed in a separate building. Mel is still in a huge toe-to-armpit plaster and is due to return to hospital for an operation and another plaster in a few weeks.

Under the prompting of Greg, their leader, Mel is declared healed already. Her plaster will be removed at the house. The consequences of this decision harden Laura’s already growing unease into a determination to leave. The fact that Bruce (with whom she has formed a romantic attachment) wants to leave too, without his wife, spurs her on.

Laura continues to discover things about the church where the line between choice and coercion becomes blurred. The puzzle over a secret operation her friend, Toni had is revealed when she discovers that the church eschews all forms of birth control. An escape is planned. Can Laura leave her husband and son behind? Things don’t work out quite as she’d planned.

The Stangreen Experiment – out in2013

Two doctors, Peregrine Rose and Christopher Illingworth, run a private research laboratory in Norfolk. They run the Stangreen Centre for Excellence in Research and Medicine which they developed from a small fertility centre in a rundown country house twenty years earlier. An important area of expertise is pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which screens out unwanted embryos carrying certain harmful genes. Healthy embryos are implanted. Those carrying the faulty gene are left to die.

Dr Rose befriends Ella Pilgrim after she has suffered a series of tragedies. She and Patrick Hoskin (a research scientist recruited from a large project involving experiments on pigs) are assigned to work for him. They befriend Susan, a young woman who works for Dr Rose and lives in the Lodge House in the Centre’s grounds with other young people with learning disabilities. While visiting at the Lodge House Ella discovers something that makes her question what may be happening at the Centre.

Soon she and Patrick find out more disturbing facts. Both are sickened by animal experiments being carried out by a company leasing secret rooms and their concern for the welfare of the young women in the Lodge House increases. After embarking on a love affair with Patrick, Ella discovers that he is an undercover member of an animal rights organisation. He hasn’t told her and she feels used then rejected when Patrick continues their investigations alone. Earlier memories of an accident, which has left her scarred, an unsatisfactory love affair and nightmares about a dangerous man in a taxi add to her distress.

Susan loves Derek, a young man who works with her and also lives at the Lodge House. Life there is chaotic and insufficiently supervised. This has allowed one of the men there to become a dangerous bully. He is another threat to Susan who is already at risk from her connections to the Centre.

Things come to a head when Ella, concerned for Susan’s safety and hurt by Patrick’s secrets, decides to intervene alone. She puts the lives of herself and others at risk, as she learns the final secret of Stangreen.

I’d like to continue from The Stangreen Experiment eventually to a point well into the future on the lines of the story below, It’s available in a book of short stories called ‘Angles’. Feel free to read it by clicking on the link below:

Fern and the Normals

7 Responses to “Writing”

  1. Anne says:

    I look forward to seeing them published. Do you know yet where we’ll be able to buy them from yet?
    P.S. I think you should put spaces between paragraphs on your website :)

  2. admin says:

    Yes, Anne, you can preorder a copy from http://www.sunpenny.com/store. The actual book should be printed and ready to send in a couple of months.

    I’ll put in some spaces now. I’m afraid I’m a novice.

  3. Anne says:

    Hello, I’ve heard rumours that your book is now available? Is this true? whare can I buy it?

    Anne x

  4. admin says:

    Yes, Anne. Hoorah. ‘Going Astray can be bought directly from me by writing to 33 Lower Street Horning Norwich NR12 8AA and sending a cheque for £8-95 (that’s £7-50 + £1-45 post and packing) payable to Christine Moore. If you want to pay more instantly it’s available on Amazon or from Sunpenny – http://www.sunpenny.com/store. It’s generated great interest so far.

  5. Christine Moore says:

    I am in NSW Central Coast Australia andlooking forward to reading’going astray’ my ancestors came to Oz from County Cork Irelans 1847 = Chris

  6. Sue says:

    Well done, Christine, on “Going Astray”. A really good and challenging read – especially for someone who, like me, is a church leader! Any news yet on when can we expect to see “The Stangreen Experiment” published? Sue

  7. admin says:

    Thankyou for your comments, Sue. You’ve made me think again about The Stangreen Experiment (advertised in my first book as coming out soon) and about my future writing. This gives me the opportunity to update my site and report on my writing (and publishing experiences).

    First, I need to find a publisher for The Stangreen Experiment. It’s different in style and content from Going Astray, and would have the author name C R Moore to make the distinction. I wrote it as something more commercial than Going Astray when I thought I wouldn’t find a publisher for an unconventional novel. Sunpenny (who have published Going Astray) liked it but are now moving away from traditional publishing, where they bear all the initial costs. I thought of printing it myself but changed my mind and am now looking for a publisher (in my mind at least).

    A lot of things I’m doing are only aspirations just now. I think of myself as doing them (certainly tomorrow at the latest) but actually I’m not doing them. I’ve lost a sense of purpose and destiny. I think that’s the problem. I haven’t written in my diary, bar twice, in the last several months and then I made myself do it just to update … well, who? What’s the point? I don’t think I’ll want to read it back, and nor will anyone else. I think that’s a symptom of a loss of drive.

    Equally, my new Christian novel – possibly to be called Little Devils – is on the back burner. I’ve had a fair number of daily duties, then other things involving other people and going out, then visits to doctors, hospitals, shops, friends with my mother, and various other ‘things’ (bad word for a writer or anyone, no wonder I haven’t started another book). None of these ‘things’ should stop me finding time. I don’t go out to work now, or have young children to care for, but the will has obviously not been there.

    From today something has changed though. I had an operation on my toe – yes, just a toe – but still I have to keep my foot up for a week (and a fair bit of a second week) so I can’t be distracted from all these sedentary activities that I say I’ve been looking to find time for. My sister is looking after my mother and my husband is attending to my every whim. I’m keeping the whims down to a minimum naturally. This is a novel experience.

    Other aspiring writers may be interested to know what it’s like to finally get into print. I think it’s relevant to how I feel. I remember a writer saying on the radio once that he was thrilled to get into print, but as soon as that happened he wanted lots of good write ups and so it went on. That’s how it is. Follow up ambitions trip over one another’s heels.

    1) You want favourable comments. That was achieved quite quickly. But that spawns a stronger wish for more people to read it.

    2) You want more people to read it. That spawns a wish for it to get in book stores or libraries.

    3) You want it on those book shelves. The Norwich Christian Resources Centre (partly thanks to my pastor) and my local post office stock it. It keeps going off the post office shelves, so I reckon it might keep going off other shelves if I could get it on them in the first place.

    4) You want it on bigger bookshelves. You get stuck. Big local shops want local authors who are writing about local things. If you try really hard, they’ll explain that to you very nicely. If you don’t like pushing yourself forward, it’s a lot of effort to get a direct no.

    5) You want it publicised. The same sort of problem applies to local TV and radio, so no again. As for Christian outlets you’re lucky to get any kind of reply and that’s not just me, my publisher finds the same. It seems to be difficult to break in.

    This leaves you wondering why you bother. But most people who succeed are very persistent. For all I know, many people who ultimately fail, are too. We don’t hear about them though. I’ve been persistent to get this far. No point in giving up yet.

    I shall start writing soon. The urge to read, write a few more emails than I need to, watch the box set of ‘Life on Mars’, lent to me by younger daughter, sleep, listen to the radio, play a computer game etc is strong. Or at least, the will to do other things is weak, bordering non-existent, so eating, drinking and being merry for I really may die tomorrow often feels the closest to satisfying.

    Well, this isn’t the most inspiring thing I could put on my web page, but perhaps the fact that it’s true, and that perhaps a good number of us feel this way from time to time might be helpful. I know that when I feel low and a bit of a failure, a pep talk from a happy, happy high achiever doesn’t do the trick. I’d rather know I’m not alone in the boat.

    One good thing is that it won’t always be like this and that, however I feel, just getting on and doing it, is the best way out – in God’s strength, even if I can’t feel that either. So here I go. Goodbye for now.

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