Thank you so very much to Tara Lyons for being on my blog today. Tara is the author of the thriller No Safe Home.
Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.
In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.
When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball pit with her young, energetic son.
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Questions & Answers with Tara Lyons
Describe yourself using three words?
Organised Indecisive Fun
What inspired you to write your first novel?
From a young age, I wanted to write and would always make up little stories for my dolls or in my notebooks. It was something everyone knew I loved. But, as it does, life took over and I got swept away with growing up, a full-time job and life in general. In 2012, I gave birth to my son and in 2013 my Grandad became ill. I accepted redundancy and helped my family. In 2015, my Grandad lost his fight with cancer, and the emotions I felt were like nothing before. I used those feelings and started writing. In the Shadows was born.
What time of day do you like to write?
Oh gosh – it used to be in the evenings, from about 8pmonwards, and now it’s during the day, from about 12.30… so actually, it has nothing to do with when I like to write, but when I can write around my very energetic son. I need absolute peace when at the computer, so he needs to be at pre-school or in bed. It will all change again come September when he starts full-time reception.
What is your favourite book and why?
Too hard! I’ve read so, so many. But there are three that stick with me so, maybe it should be them? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and Romeo & Juliet by Shakespeare. They are all books I’ve read more than once (and that’s a rare thing for me to do).
How did you pick the title of your book?
No Safe Home just came to me one day, even before the story itself had fully blossomed. I knew I wanted to write about the fears of living alone with your child and I didn’t need to think about the title. It was there.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
Yes and no… I have used names of family and friends – but those characters are not based on them, I’m just using their names. But, I guess, some of my characters have different traits that people I know do – compassion, a good listener, the joker of the pack – but it’s snippets of their personalities, not purely based on anyone
What’s your favourite word?
Marrakesh (and I happened to slip it into No Safe Home), because I love how it sounds and it’s on my living list to visit before I’m 50!
If you were a colour what would it be?
Blue – it’s my favourite. There are so many beautiful shades to the colour – warm and cold. It represents the stunning ocean and cloudless sky and I’ve always said I’d like to live near the sea.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
A bit of both. I need some form of outline written down and planned so when I sit at the computer I’m not just staring at a blank screen for hours. But then, once I’m in the writing groove, I’m flexible and go with my characters. In No Safe Home, a few things were swapped and added, because that’s what the characters determined as I got to know them more.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Adam from Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite. If you haven’t read it, you must! It’s not a spoiler that Adam is a serial killer, but what you learn in that book about him is heartbreaking. I joined a group of people in a book club that started the hashtag, Team Adam!
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, I currently writing book three in the DI Hamilton Series. I have a working title – as that came to me as quickly as No Safe Home – but I’m keeping that under wraps for now.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
I will be having an Author Afternoon Tea and Talk at Botwell Green Library on Tuesday 28 March between 1 pm and 2 pm. Hopefully, a signing in my local WHSmith (TBC) and I’ll be at Harrogate Crime Festival, so if anyone is there, please come and say hi.
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No Safe Home By Tara Lyons
Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.
In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.
A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it?
But sometimes it is hard to know who you can trust…
London’s murder investigations team return in the second novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows.
Snap up your copy here ~ Amazon UK
Huge thanks to Tara Lyons for taking part in my blog. I am very honoured that you took part.