When Lori Walker discovers her husband’s death wasn’t an accident, her darkest fears come to light: the man she married was her greatest love and her biggest mistake.
Lori is thrown a lifeline when she forms a tight friendship with other widows who share their own stories highlighted with humor, heartache and mysteries. Questions are raised, answers are challenged and trust falls to pieces.
The story is set in atmospheric Edinburgh, Scotland—a city that lends itself to the histories of ghosts, secrets and silent screams.
Emotional drama with suspense and intrigue, Four Widows explores the intricacies of love—its greatness and its acute complications.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Mystery/thriller/crime is considered to be one of the best-selling genres in fiction. There is a loyal fan base but the competition is massive, which means a book has to be polished to perfection in order to stand out in a saturated market. Readers are smart and savvy and want a believable twist or a decent ‘whodunnit’ hook to keep the pages turning. There is pressure to meet such high standards but it is as it should be.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write every single day—even if it is just a few lines or words. The more you write, the better you will become.
Write about what you know: this doesn’t mean you need to train as a sniper to write your fiction book “Shooting Stars”. It means research. Incredible amounts of research.
Get a good copy editor. Don’t waste a reader’s time with poor punctuation etc.
Accept criticism graciously, especially when backed up with helpful suggestions.
Never give up.
Helen MacArthur has written weekly horoscopes (first-ever job), ghost written agony aunt columns, worked as fashion editor, picture editor, sub editor and has regularly contributed to UK national newspapers and magazines such as Woman&Home; Ideal Home; In Style; Now; Woman; Blush; SHE Magazine (writing news pages, homes & interior trends and foodie stuff); Sunday Mirror; Sunday Mail; and the Daily Mail. Other jobs include web and e-commerce content, article writing, regular ghost writing and eBooks.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was reading the medical book Better (a surgeon’s note on performance) by Atul Gawande and it gave me inspiration for one of the husbands in the book: heart surgeon Dr Harrison Warner. I thought, people make mistakes. Even esteemed, clever people slip up some times. This was the inspirational seed that led me to develop the plot. Poor Harrison, however, doesn’t get to kick up his heels in the book because he is dead from the start but his presence resonates throughout. The four widows might be the main characters but he is there, always.