Welcome, Rose McClelland!

From Rose’s #WIP…


The night she died; she was wearing that killer red dress. I hated her the minute I saw her arrive. She sashayed over to our table, glossy hair billowing behind her. It was one of those spray-on dresses, the kind that clings to every inch of skin – provocative, unforgiving, deadly.

I couldn’t get away with a dress like that. If I wore that red satiny number, it would stick to my belly and expose several stubborn creases. With Lucy, it simply smoothed over her flat abs, as though the dress was designed just for her, like it had been sewn on.

“Hi guys,” she purred.

“Oh hey,” my husband Jack was the first to look up as she arrived, offering a welcoming smile. “Come join us.”

I felt myself bristling. Why did we have to have to these work outings? Couldn’t we have one night in peace, just the four of us?

Only five minutes earlier, I had been enjoying the evening. Our night off. The restaurant overlooked the sea and the view was spectacular. Calm, peaceful water stretched out before us, lined with trees and nature. A world away from noisy gigs and screaming women.

The restaurant was one of those high-class ones, where the waiters treated you like royalty and your wine glass was magically topped up after almost every sip. The gentle clinking of cutlery mixed with a melodic tinkle from the pianist. All was serene and peaceful.

Until she came along.

“Oh, are you sure?” she breathed. “I don’t want to be a gooseberry.” She looked at the four of us, the “smug marrieds” as she jokingly called us from time to time. Me and Jack, Tony and Charlotte. The core couples.

“Don’t be daft,” Charlotte interjected hastily. “Come and join us.” Charlotte set her hand on the chair next to her, urging Lucy to sit.

Lucy pulled the seat back gently and wriggled her skinny frame into the chair. The front of her dress scooped that little bit too low as she leaned over, affording Jack and Tony an ample view of her cleavage.

I darted an angry glance at both of the men, then rolled my eyes at their hang-dog expressions. Their tongues were practically hanging out of open mouths.

Writer’s WIP Questionnaire – 2

  1. In the past two weeks, I have felt mostly happy about the progress of my WIP.

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I set myself small and realistic goals – hence the high score! 😊

  • In the past two weeks, I have mostly managed to balance my writing life with the rest of my life.

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Comment: I can be quite OCD about my schedule. I have set times for writing and set times for my VA work (virtual assistant). I have to be very organised because my head can feel quite chaotic. Therefore, a structured week is necessary!

  • In the past two weeks, I have made drastic changes to my WIP.

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Comment: No drastic changes. I have my plot very well structured in advance and I tend to stick to it. Of course, sometimes the characters decide they’re going to react a little differently!

  • In the past two weeks, I have mostly suffered from ‘writer’s block’.

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Comment: No, I haven’t thankfully – though I have done in the past. To avoid writer’s block, I try to get into a positive mindset. Visualising the end-goal works well for me. I also use the ‘pomodoro method’ – which is setting a timer and focusing solely on the writing for a limited period of time. It helps me enormously.

  • In the past two weeks, I have focussed on one project.

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Comment: No, I have several projects on the go. I’m marketing book 5, writing book 6 and I have plans written down for book 7. I’m also editing a client’s book and in discussions about ghost writing for another client.

Thanks for popping by, Rose! I’m with you on the ‘pomodoro method’. Looking forward to finding out the who, when, why, what and how about Lucy’s death – happy writing!

Rose McClelland

Out of your Head is Rose McClelland’s fifth novel and her second psychological thriller.

Her previous novel Under Your Skin became an Amazon No. 1 Bestseller in the UK and USA/ Canada. It also won Best Books of 2020 in Belfast Telegraph and with several online book bloggers. 

Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast. Find out more at: http://rosiesrag.blogspot.com

Find out more about Rose…

Amazon.  http://mybook.to/outofyourhead

Facebook Author page: https://rebrand.ly/0vujcw4

Facebook Personal page: https://www.facebook.com/rose.mcclelland2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RoseMcClelland1

Blog: http://rosiesrag.blogspot.com/p/home-1.html

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosiegirl2000/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5805471.Rose_McClelland

Published by morwennablackwood

When she was six years old, Morwenna wrote and endless story about a frog, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She’s the author of bestselling noir psychological thrillers, The (D)Evolution of Us, and Glasshouse, has an MA in Creative Writing, and can usually be found down by the sea. Her third novel, Underrated, will be published by #darkstroke on Valentine's Day, 2022. She often thinks about that frog.

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