#WIPpet Wednesday - Tabula Rasa (Missed You More) #amwriting #lgbtqia

WIPpet numbers for 4th October, 2017:
Pfft. Clutching…
Four emdashes. :D

from Tabula Rasa

WIPpet Context:
Another snippet from Tabula Rasa (Gray Fisher #2).

In my mission to procrastinate to the max this week, I designed the cover for the third book…even though I haven’t finished writing the second one and have loads of other stuff to do. It’s about as close to a holiday as I’m getting this year.

This novel follows on from The WAG and The Scoundrel, featuring two former undercover police officers, Gray Fisher and Rob Simpson-Stone. Their investigations relate to white-collar crimes (fraud, embezzlement, etc.), and there are also romantic relationship story arcs (however, not between Gray—who is gay, and Rob—who is straight).

I’m switching back to Rob this week. In this snippet, he’s meeting up with his niece, Lois, who is in her twenties and lives ‘up north’ (Rob lives in London).

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“I’m not sure how I feel, coming second to my sister.” Lois gave Rob a tight hug and kissed his cheek. “Love the aftershave. What is it?”

“The stuff you bought me for Christmas.” Rob hadn’t paid any attention to the name.

“Oh, well, that explains it. I have excellent taste.”

Rob laughed at Lois’s boast, but he had to agree. She was dressed down for the weekend—long baggy sweatshirt, leggings and flat pumps—but Beyoncé had got nothing on her. Maybe he was a bit biased. “What d’you fancy doing?” he asked. “We could go to the park…”

“Feed the ducks and play on the swings?” Lois grinned as she looped her arm through his. “I don’t mind. It’s so nice to see you, Uncle Rob. I’ve missed you.”

He gently squeezed her arm against his side. “Missed you more.”

“Have not.”

“You don’t know that.”

“I know everything.” Lois strutted, pointing her toes like a proper little madam—the way she used to when she was a five-year-old who really did think she knew everything and would throw the biggest wobbler if she was proved wrong, not that she often was. No tantrums today, though. Just a big beaming smile—Rob imagined he had one to match.
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Thanks for reading
Deb x


  1. This is a sweet interaction between them. :)

    1. Thanks, Fallon. I find sometimes it's really nice to write something that doesn't get all angsty (although I find arguments much easier to write).

  2. Aw, I love this. It's very sweet.

    And...more Rob! :D

    1. I totally failed at responding...again.

      More Rob, LOL. More to come, too. :)

  3. This conversation is quite enjoyable. Such a good relationship. Sometimes a good story needs just this to make it even better... and this was already a good story.

  4. Aww, love the conversation between Rob and his niece!


    1. Thanks, Sophie. It was a lot of fun writing Rob's niece - she's only appeared briefly in previous stories, and it's like properly getting to know someone you might see at the supermarket once in a while.


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