As a young actress in a long-running TV show, Mai Rose’s career path seemed clear. But she wants more. Already she’s dumped the show and landed a role in a serious play, with serious actors and a more-than-serious director. And now another opportunity has arisen – a major fantasy film with a role that seems tailor-made for her.
The only problem being that she’s in competition with four other scheming actresses to win the role.
Can she win the part? Does she want to win the part? She has to navigate her way through the demands of the press, the Russian billionaire owner of the newspaper running the competition, boyfriends past and present, her soldier brother and a particularly ambitious (read: nasty) competitor.
And all of them underestimate her.
Building towards an enthralling climax, Actress examines one person’s struggle to come to terms with who she is, what’s important to her and – most importantly – what she really wants.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
The genre to which Actress belongs is probably women’s popular fiction, and as such it tries to understand what’s going on for the young heroine as she relates to a number of different people while trying to find her way in the world. There is a lot of dialogue in the book, with the balance between dialogue and description tilted towards the former. It’s a very quick and flowing read.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
My advice is always that books are written sentence by sentence, and readers are only interested in so far as your sentences engage them. It’s no good having an interesting story, in my view, if you’re not concerned as to how you construct your sentences. So I’m constantly thinking about creating interest in the writing itself. So it’s essential to think about your adverbs and adjectives and, what’s more, the flow of the language. Short sentences mixed into your long sentences. Cut out cliches. Find a more interesting and richer way of saying what you’re trying to say. Re-write.
Keith Dixon has worked in education and business but has always managed to include some element of creative writing in what he does.
Ten years ago he had a revelation and realised that what he actually wanted to spend time doing was writing fiction. He had written seven novels in two years at the age of twenty, all of which were later lost in a cellar flood (the joys of paper back-up), and had won a playwriting competition with a play on the life of Isaac Newton.
But he realised that having spent many years reading and teaching ‘proper’ literature, he spent most of his time absorbed in American crime fiction. And it seemed to him as good as most of the contemporary, non-crime literature that he had been reading. So he decided to transplant the ‘feel’ of the American noir novel into a British environment to see what it looked like. It looked good.
So in those ten years he’s written three novels featuring private eye Sam Dyke and is shortly to publish his fourth – non-crime – book, Actress.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I saw an interview with a young actress on TV and wondered what her experience of her life was like. So I wrote the book to try and understand what it might be like to have the pressures and the experiences that she went through.