Novel Ideas is now a set text for a third year university Creative Writing course and is being reviewed for TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses 2020.
Some recent reviews:
'So overdue. So spot-on. So inspiring me to write deeper'
Review of Paul Williams Novel Ideas, by Annah Faulkner
As author of award-winning literary fiction, I have read many books on writing. Paul Williamss Novel Ideas goes further than all of them, digging deep into the earth of literary tradition and turning it for new insights. Not only does he elegantly articulate what literary fiction is about, he offers clear signposts for readers and writers to create their own. Every sentence bulges with information, inspiration or observation. Every sentence re-examined continues to inform.
I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Ten people. Twelve days. One killer.
Ten people meet for a reunion at a remote castle, organised by a preacher who once held them in a Christian cult. One by one, the old friends are brutally murdered, and yet their killer remains hidden in their very midst.
Rafe attends the reunion at the castle for one reason only: to settle once and for all how he really feels about his childhood obsession, Suzanne. Rivalry reignites at the outset as the men who all loved and fought over Suzanne are brought together once more.
Is Suzanne the reason for these serial killings?
Is the murderer a jealous unrequited lover?
Or is she the femme fatale with a bloody agenda?
To save his life, Rafe becomes the unwitting sleuth when A winter storm traps the ten guests in the castle that contains a museum of medieval torture devices. As the members of the group fall victim to bizarre deaths involving the torture instruments, the murderer leaves messages for the remaining survivors. Tension mounts. Rafe must play this deadly game in order to identify and neutralise the hidden serial killer before he himself becomes the next victim.