Meeting a stranger in a bar; Alice grabs a rare opportunity to reinvent herself and quickly slips out of her tedious ‘married-with-two-kids’ life and jumps into a new, more exciting life, with Jonny.
But, what starts out as a bit of fun quickly turns sour as her true identity starts to unravel and she realises there are dangerous consequences when you cheat on ‘Mr Mundane.’
Caroline’s latest thriller will keep you hooked to the end as Alice's exciting new life quickly turns into a nightmare and she discovers she is not the only one lying about who she is.
The idea for When the Mask Falls came part way through another project I had been working on. At the time, I was experiencing quite severe writers block and had come across a writing exercise that was supposed to re-energise the creative process.
I gave it a go and a couple of hours later I had written a short story about Alice, a girl who meets a stranger in a bar and for fun, creates a new identity, and a new life for herself.
Alice never left me alone, she was literally begging me to write her story, and when that happens you know you have something really special.
I never finished the other project. I was totally hooked on Alice and that short piece of writing quickly became chapters two and four of When the Mask Falls, and the inspiration for a thrilling novel that I had no trouble finishing, and am still excited by, when I read through it - even after so many drafts, edits and proof reads.
So, the book is finished. It was drafted and edited thoroughly by me before I felt happy enough with it to enlist a team of beta readers to give their opinions. Then, under their trusted advisement I edited it again before sending it to a literary agent, Susan Feldstein, who thoroughly evaluated it for me. She gave me great feedback about the manuscript and advised me further about the publishing process.
Following that, the manuscript was professionally edited by the very talented Paul Feldstein. A specialist in crime thrillers, he worked his magic and really polished up all 97,000 words of my story. The artwork was produced by Chris Mitchell Photography; an up and coming talent in the world of photography, he did a fab job and people can't help but comment on how awesome it looks when they see it. The first proof copies were ordered and aside from a few tweaks I am thrilled with the way they look and feel.
The book has attracted quite a lot of attention too, and not just amongst book bloggers and fellow authors - I have had some great reviews which are in the updates, but also a local book store and publisher has offered to stock a copy or two once it is in print. I have also had requests to do book events in coffee shops which is very exciting. But, I have to get the book printed.
I have considered taking a more traditional publishing route, but I love the fact that you can offer so much more through kickstarter. You can get a paperback in any shop, but only through kickstarter will you be able to get limited editions, signed copies and even get your name used in my next book, and all well in advance of any store release.
Risks and challenges
There is not much that can go wrong with this project, so far as I can see, anyway.
The book is as good as finished; its been professionally edited, the cover has been expertly designed and the proof has been signed off.
It's essentially ready to go to print and distribution, which is why you should expect to get your copy at some point during March.
Essentially, I'm just waiting for the funding to OK the first print run.
Having run a business for ten years, and published a non-fiction title in 2009 - How to be the Perfect Pack Leader by Caroline Jenkins (married name) means I have experience, not only of running a business, but also the self publishing process as a whole, which is why I feel this is virtually risk free.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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