Welwyn Garden City author hosts writing workshop for aspiring writers

PUBLISHED: 13:03 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:03 31 May 2017

Welwyn Garden City author Decima Blake.

Welwyn Garden City author Decima Blake.


A Welwyn Garden City published author is visiting her local bookstore to sign copies of her crime novel and teach youngsters how to write their own.

Hingston's Box written by Welwyn Garden City author Decima Blake.Hingston's Box written by Welwyn Garden City author Decima Blake.

Author Decima Blake, 33, of Welwyn Garden City, is running a writing workshop where young adults can learn what it takes to write their own book, from characterisation to scene setting and plot development, at Waterstones, in Howards Gate.

Decima had her crime mystery novel Hingston’s Box published in September 2016.

A percentage of the book’s earnings, that is aimed at adult and young adult readers are donated to the charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime.

The book is about a young, talented detective sergeant called Hingston, who has been tormented by night terrors since investigating the disappearance of fifteen-year-old twin boys.

As he is signed off from work and about to leave the office, a key inexplicably falls from Hingston’s investigation file.

Intrigued, he takes it with him, escaping London for Dartmouth where his investigative race begins.

In writing Hingston’s Box, Decima drew on her love of classic English murder mysteries and ghost stories and aimed for the book to raise awareness of the vulnerability of all children to exploitation.

Decima has a long-standing interest in child protection has worked with teenagers and is deeply passionate about child victims of crime.

The author told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Working with eleven to sixteen-year-olds made me realise how vulnerable young people are and how quickly things can go wrong.

“We’ve seen through the media, particularly over recent years, how many young people’s lives have been changed or lost due to crime of many different types.

“In Hingston’s Box I’ve aimed to illustrate by comparison of a Victorian crime with the present, how easily children are targeted by those who intend to cause them harm and that the motives for and the methods of doing so don’t really change.”

Hingston’s Box was just over five years in the making from concept through to publication day.

Decima added: “It involved a lot of perseverance to make submissions to agents and publishers because they have many similar but subtly different requirements.

“I spoke with published authors, bought a copy of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook and read online advice from other writers.

“I sought and acted upon feedback received from a variety of people who read my draft manuscript because one author told me that the first draft you write for yourself and every draft thereafter you write for the reader.

“That advice I always pass on to other aspiring authors.”

Anyone interested in the event, that takes place at 2pm, on Friday, June 2, is advised to contact the store on 01707 323730 immediately if they are interested as spaces are limited.

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