I finished the first complete draft of my next novel ‘Fatal Step’ and started to self edit it; that vital survey of the whole book. I knew there were some significant gaps particularly in the story line for DC Alexis Seymour, and I was looking to correct that when I had an idea that transforms that secondary plot. I had created a thirteen year old girl, who Alex found alone late in the evening when she and her partner were carrying out a search of premises. Originally I had wanted to show Alex as a compassionate character by the way she handled the girl, but now she plays a greater role in the plot. It does mean I will have to do more rewriting but that’s what editing is about.

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