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#GuestPost My Writing Process by Stephen Mason writing under the pseudonym Felix M Temple

My Writing Process by Stephen Mason

writing under the pseudonym Felix M Temple


With the trilogy of espionage novels, I planned to put four people (there was a fifth, but he had been killed before the events of the first novel, The World’s a Minefield) into difficult positions, centring on the technology of the twenty-first century.   

In the restricted world of the espionage novels, I chose challenges that arise out of the use and development of technology. This is then intertwined with personal relationships, loyalty to the country, and the assessment of who to trust.

I think about the difficulties we face with technology – especially complications that the vast majority of people do not think about when they use technology. In addition, I monitor public life carefully, observing the hypocrisy, contradictions and weaknesses of leaders. Always wondering why they refuse to admit mistakes; why they try to cover up; why they will not admit weaknesses; why they always think they are right; why they ignore or are contemptuous of the weak.

This process is enriched with reading books by specialists, constantly searching for facts, collecting articles from any source that comes to hand, such as television, radio, the internet, newspapers (found in airports, given away in hotels), magazines (serious and not so serious). One never know where an idea might present itself – from a factual account of a historical incident to a poem written hundreds of years after the event, to the poignancy and beauty of a song.

A plot develops. It must be believable. Serendipity plays a part in our lives, but it cannot play too much of a part in fiction, otherwise the reader might rightly consider it to be unbelievable. It is necessary to think about the sorts of problem a character might face face, and how other characters might react, or be able to react to the predicament their friend or colleague finds themselves in.

The development of the plot includes physical locations: Why are people in a particular location? What music are they listening to? What are they doing? Who are they doing it with? Why do they want to help out?

By the time a plot is formed, I know what the characters will say, why they will say it and why they will act as they do. Occasionally, as a scene is developed during the process of writing, another character will suddenly pop up, as if from nowhere. They appear because they have always been there, and their appearance at that time in that particular place was what they were waiting for. Suddenly the scene makes sense and you realise it would be inconceivable for it to have occurred without them.

Fiction is inexplicably irresistible. The process begins with the imagination before reality enters by a side door to complete the process.

A sense of completeness is manifest once the final pages are written: A fitting end to a complex set of interactions, encapsulating the past and looking forward to another future.

Many thanks to Stephen/Felix for writing this fascinating Guest post!

Read on to discover more about him and his books…..

Information about the Book

Title: The First Law of Fate

Author: Felix M Temple

Genre: Thriller

Publication Date: 4th June 2020

Page Count: 342

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53667117-the-first-law-of-fate

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1913136868


The Russians, Chinese and Americans are planning to control satellites. The French program secret additional functions to a satellite. The Italians are working for a number of Gulf States to include secret interception facilities.

The Russians know about the French plans, so do the British. Secret files are hacked from some US military systems.

François Duhamel investigates for the DGSE. CIA agent Bruce Waller flies to Paris. Sir Charles Beresford of MI6 has to work out why the President of the US thinks there is a British double agent. The three friends work together for their mutual benefit.

The British think Michael Cocke is responsible. The Turks buy intelligence from him. They believe he has double-crossed them.

The Russians obtain a copy of American agents in Russia, and the British discover a list of Russian agents in the Middle East. The Indians obtain a Chinese document they give to MI6.

As the problems are resolved, Michael Cocke’s life is expendable. The Turks hand him over to the Russians; the Americans and Russians have time to get their officers out; the Chinese agree not to attack the British in exchange for the return of the secret document; the French avoid a collapse of the government.


Information about the Book

Title: The World’s A Minefield

Author: Felix M Temple

Genre: Thriller

Publication Date: 4th June 2020

Page Count: 326

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53667025-the-world-s-a-minefield

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1913136841

A new type of autocratic politician dominates the political landscape.

With the deliberate appointment by the Prime Minister of an unsuitable candidate for the top job of C in MI6, trouble begins. The new man sweeps people out. Most of them die by accident or suicide.

Sir Charles, a loyal subject and member of a family that has been part of the ruling elite for generations, knows he will be next. He and his colleagues from Australia, France, and the United States of America have to find out why they are being attacked. They must meet the challenge; failure will mean certain death.

Caught up in the maelstrom facing the security services of the western world, the plans of a crook go drastically awry when one of his political contacts dies in a young man’s bed. The international threads of business intertwine with the greed of politicians as a few loyal officers save the Service. Love blossoms between those caught up in the business, and in a small house outside Marrakesh, Katharine acts to lift the black pain inflicted upon her after the brutal death of her lover in 1973.

Author Information

Born in the middle of the twentieth-century, Felix M Temple has meandered through life. As he enters the slippered pantaloons of life, he is gradually graduating to fiction.

Tour Schedule

Monday 1st June

Library of Books and Tea

Tuesday 2nd June

Donna’s Book Blog

Wednesday 3rd June

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 4th June

Jazzy Book Reviews

Friday 5th June

Big Book Little Book

Saturday 6th June

Splashes into Books



Many thanks to Stephen Mason for his guest post and to Faye Rogers @authoright for providing content for this post and organising the tour it is part of.

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