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.
Targeted Age Group:
I’m not sure what my genre is, this time around. It’s contemporary and modern, and is partly New Adult but also partly literary fiction. I like to think that the book has something for lovers of a number of different genres and is well-written enough to be appealing and entertaining to all.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
When you’re reading, stop every so often and go back to the beginning of the scene and then look at how the writer is getting his or her effects. Is it dialogue that’s doing most of the work? Is it mood-description? Is it our understanding of the characters that we’re interested in?
In other words, try to get inside the head of the writer to analyse HOW they’re doing what they’re doing, not just WHAT they’re doing.
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 has now published a fourth novel, Actress, which is entirely and scarily different.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I saw an interview with a young actress on television and had a sudden wish to know what life was like for her ‘from the inside’. So I invented one.