Well, after announcing I was writing a crime fiction novel, I have done little or nothing in the way of actual writing. I could make excuses, some here’s my best one.

About 18 months ago I approached a leading book publisher in Ireland about an idea for a non-fiction book. This man had approached me a couple of years previously re a non-fiction book, but I was not in a position then for personal reasons. Anyway, I went to him with this idea and he was interested at the time, but the idea has gone nowhere as the police investigation and prosecution has been dogged with problems.

This story may now come to a head in the coming months and I’ve approached the publisher again. He’s on hols but it due back next week, so I’ll know then.

I’ve been torn about what to do. I want to continue the crime fiction and am worried at putting it aside to pursue another venture. Anyway, if the publisher is not interested that will make my choice for me…


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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