22nd Sep, 2020

Evesham writer’s debut novel published – despite lockdown

Rob George 27th Jul, 2020

AN EVESHAM writer’s debut novel has been being published – despite the difficulties of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Pack Of Lies by Roz Levens is a fast-moving story of deception and intrigue which brings together an unlikely group of women.

Set in Pershore, Gloucester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Spain, Pack of Lies is written for fans of crime – with a plenty of twists and a splash of humour.

Roz, who teaches Creative Writing at the Hive in Worcester, has over a dozen short stories published and was the winner of Worcestershire Literary Festival Flash Slam 2017. “Pack of Lies” is her first step into novel-writing – and she has three more novels under construction.

“Getting a novel into print is a huge thrill,” said Roz.

“I’ve spent five years learning the craft of writing with the help of Worcester’s fantastic literary groups – including ‘42Worcester,’ Worcester Writers Circle and Speakeasy. Support and feedback from members of the group have helped me hone my writing skills and given me the confidence to write my first novel.

“The main message in “Pack of Lies” is that what goes around comes around, and that women working together can move mountains. There are serious images here, about the the way people can be deceived by those they love, and the perils of gambling.

“It’s been a major challenge to get the book finalised and printed under lockdown. Like everyone, I’ve had to learn how to use Zoom, and other previously unheard of online services to communicate with the publishing team at Worcester’s Black Pear Press.

“It was a surreal moment when I got the first copy of my book – it was handed over at a safe 2m distancing by my publisher in the Worcester Waitrose car park.

“I am a bit of a social media addict – it’s a great way to talk to other writers across the world to test out ideas. There’s a very supportive online writer’s community, and I’ve built up a strong following on twitter at @rozlevens.”

Pack Of Lies is published by Black Pear Press and is available online from: https://blackpear.net/authors-and-books/ and will shortly be available on Amazon and as a Kindle edition.

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