My new author website K.T. Andrews is now live

As you know, I have been working on my first novel, the first of a series of cozy murder mysteries, since I returned from my Grand Adventure. I have used this blog for blogging about the writing process until now, but the time has come to move all writing related content to a dedicated blog,┬áK.T.…

Trinity House and Edinburgh’s maritime past

If you have followed my blog, you know I love ships and the ocean. So when the Trinity House opened its doors as part of the advent activities in Edinburgh, I just had to visit. The building is available to visit normally only by appointment and is located, naturally enough, near Port of Leith, in…

Writing a book series

As I’ve mentioned before, most cozy mysteries are part of a series that feature the same protagonist and a recurring cast of characters. The readers tend to prefer cozies in serial form, as they get to know and (generally) like the characters, they know that since they liked the first book in the series they…

Magic, art and science in London

You know I always raised an eyebrow at the geography in Game of Thrones, what with the north being covered in snow while the south still grew grapes, in a land only 2500 miles long (King’s Landing to Winterfell, not even the full length of the isle). I know, fantasy, but still. My recent visit…

Edinburgh preps for Christmas

For weeks there have been signs that Christmas was coming to Edinburgh. Stores and streets have added festive lights, the air has been getting colder and most of Princes Street Gardens have been taken up by the now opened Christmas market. But there were two events recently that I happened on that properly marked the…

Writing when traveling

I wonder how I managed to write a blog post every few days on my Grand Adventure and not a word when I was in London for almost a week just now. Well, on my travels I had to: I would be gone for over a year, so I couldn’t get behind on my blogging.…

The first draft is done, now what?

To recap for anyone new to my site: I was traveling around the world when a fellow traveller said “You should write a book about this”. So I did. I finished the first draft of what will be the first book in a series of cozy mysteries a week ago. I had planned and researched…

Linlithgow Palace

When I started writing this blog post of my recent visit to Linlithgow Palace, I paused to wonder why it was a “palace” and not a “castle”. What is the difference? Google to the rescue! According to this post, castles’ main objective was to be a fortification in preparation for battle, whereas palaces were purpose…

The first draft. It’s done!

Funny story. You remember how I said my goal was to write 50 pages a week, aiming to be done with my first cozy mystery in about five weeks? Yeah, about that. It turns out I was counting Mac Pages, not book pages. One Mac Page has about 550 words with my formatting, whereas a…

A glimpse into the history of Edinburgh

When I visited Calton Hill the other day, I saw a photo of a drawing in the little exhibition in Nelson’s Column that piqued my interest. It sent me on a nice little diversion, which I had intended to include in my blog post about the hill but the post got too long. So I…