Writing a Series, a Guest Post by Michelle Davies, Author of Gone Astray


I’m delighted to be part of the paperback launch celebrations for Gone Astray by Michelle Davies. Gone Astray is published by Pan Macmillan and is available for purchase in e-book, hardback and paperback via the publisher links here.

Gone Astray


Lesley and her husband Mack are the sudden winners of a £15 million EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter Rosie to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives – and friends – as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

But it soon turns into their darkest nightmare when, one beautiful spring afternoon, Lesley returns to their house to find it empty: their daughter Rosie is gone.

DC Maggie Neville is assigned to be Family Liaison Officer to Lesley and Mack, supporting them while quietly trying to investigate the family. And she has a crisis threatening her own life – a secret from the past that could shatter everything she’s worked so hard to build.

As Lesley and Maggie desperately try to find Rosie, their fates hurtle together on a collision course that threatens to end in tragedy . . .

Money can’t buy you happiness.
The truth could hurt more than a lie.
One moment really can change your life forever…

Why I Chose To Write A Series Over A Standalone

A Guest Post by Michelle Davies

Some of the nicest feedback I’ve had so far for Gone Astray is from readers say how much they like DC Maggie Neville, my central police character. This thrills me no end, because when I set out to write Gone Astray many moons ago I always envisaged it as the first in a series rather than a standalone and I hoped readers would become invested enough in Maggie to want to read subsequent books.

I set out to write a crime series because, as a reader, I enjoy them enormously. I like ending one book knowing another is coming soon, especially ones that cleverly draw out more of the main character’s personality and background while delivering a fresh and gripping new plot. My current favourites are Sarah Hilary’s Marnie Rome series, Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike and Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad.

I have already written the next instalment in Maggie’s story – it’s called Wrong Place and will be published first in hardback and e-book on 27 February next year. What I’ve learned so far while writing a series is that you have to pay attention to detail: while writing Wrong Place I kept a copy of Gone Astray next to my laptop at all times so I could make sure every detail of Maggie and her family were the same in both novels!

In Wrong Place Maggie finds herself at the mercy of the austerity budget cuts currently affecting real-life forces nationwide when she’s split between two cases as Family Liaison Officer. She and her colleagues at Mansell Force CID are already investigating a distraction burglary that’s left an elderly woman fighting for her life when she’s called to join a team looking into a husband’s attempted murder of his wife in another part of Buckinghamshire. When Maggie uncovers a startling connection between the two cases, she’s no longer torn between them but is in a race against time to piece them together before anyone else is seriously hurt. Can she do it? You’ll have to read Wrong Place to find out!

(We certainly will Michelle!)

Thank you for hosting me on my first ever blog tour and for supporting Gone Astray. I hope you enjoy the book.

My pleasure Michelle and good luck with both Gone Astray and Wrong Place.

About Michelle Davies


Michelle Davies has been writing for magazines for twenty years, including on the production desk at Elle, and as Features Editor of Heat. Her last staff position before going freelance was Editor-at-Large at Grazia magazine and she currently writes for a number of women’s magazines and newspaper supplements. Michelle has previously reviewed crime fiction for the Sunday Express‘s Books section.

Michelle lives in London with her partner and daughter and juggles writing crime fiction with her freelance journalism and motherhood. Gone Astray is her first novel, and the sequel is Wrong Place.

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