Exchanging emails with my editor yesterday, Maureen asked a question: why have I’ve never made a book trailer?

As usual I had no answer other than, “I couldn’t be bothered.” That’s the worst possible excuse in this day and age, so I decided to have a bash.

Turns out, it’s not as difficult as I thought. Using my latest release, A Halloween Homicide, I took the blurbs for the book and developed the captions from it. Then I selected a range of photographs to go with them, and set to work with Windows Movie Maker.

Choosing the soundtrack and then marrying the frame changes to match it was the hardest part, and all up it took me a full day, but the results, while not spectacular, are pleasing.

The Sanford Third Age Club Investigations are difficult to work with in this kind of media, for the simple reason they’re so hard to categorise. They’re not horror, but they are mysteries, they’re not action books, but they are in pursuit of killers. Finally, of course, A Halloween Homicide is specifically set on October 31st, but it’s not a ghost story. Finding the light hearted images and music to mingle with the more serious, was a bit of a headache.

And the scream? All right, so it’s a bit hackneyed, but it was good fun putting it in.

You can see the results for yourself, by clicking below, and I’ve embedded a You Tube player in the sidebar so that when this post disappears, the trailer will still be there.

Comments are welcome.