The Silent Quarry By Cheryl Rees-Price
Accent Press ~ Published ~ 03/12/2015
I would like to welcome Cheryl Ree-Price author of The Silent Quarry to my blog today. Thank you for being part of making my blog special.
The Real You ~ Interview
Cheryl Rees-Price was born in Cardiff and moved as a young child to a small ex-mining village on the edge of the Black Mountains, South Wales, where she still lives with her husband, daughters and three cats. After leaving school she worked as a legal clerk for several years before leaving to raise her two daughters.
Cheryl returned to education, studying philosophy, sociology and accountancy whilst working as a part time book keeper. She now works as a finance director for a company that delivers project management and accounting services.
Cheryl’s debut novel, Echoes was published by Keith Publications in 2014, and the first two books in the DI Winter Meadows crime series, The Silent Quarry and Frozen Minds are published by Accent Press.
Describe yourself using three words?
Quirky, colourful, imaginative
What inspired you to write your first novel?
I didn’t start writing until I was in my 30’s. My favourite time of the day used to be reading to my daughters at bedtime. As they got older I would make up stories, using them as central characters, I also wrote some poetry but I didn’t have the confidence to write a book. It was after writing a few plays for a local production that my confidence grew. I received so many compliments and encouragement that I picked up a pen and note book and wrote the first draft for Echoes. Since then I have written another 4 books.
What time of day do you like to write?
I like to write in the early evening, it seems to be my most creative time. Unfortunately it can also be a busy time at home, so I write whenever and wherever I get the opportunity.
What is your favourite book and why?
A difficult question! I don’t think I can pick out a favourite book but one of the most memorable was The Seventh Scroll by Wilbur Smith. It’s been over 20 years since I read the book but I can still remember the characters and plot. It is one of those books that can transport you to another place where you can smell and taste the atmosphere.
How did you pick the title of your book?
I find picking titles one of the hardest parts of writing. I list various words from the book and play around with combinations until I come up with a working title.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No, well not deliberately I often take certain mannerisms and physical features from friends and family and mix them up.
What’s your favourite word?
Greetings, it’s the word I use when I answer the phone to family and friends.
If you were a colour what would it be?
I think I would be multi coloured. My mind is a jumble of thoughts and ideas and I rarely relax.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I spend months planning. Each character has a profile with a backstory; I research and outline chapters before I start on the first draft. Usually it goes off track quickly and I go with the flow.
Who is your favourite Author?
Sharon Bolton, Harlan Coben, and R.D Wingfield are among my favourites.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
I would let Gollum keep the ring.
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, I am working on the next DI Meadows book.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?
I will be taking part in a crime writers panel at the Llandeilo literature festival on Saturday 29th April. llandeilolitfest
The Silent Quarry is the first in the DI Winter Meadows series by Cheryl Rees-Price. In 1987 a quiet Welsh village was devastated by a brutal attack on two schoolgirls, Bethan Hopkins and Gwen Collier. Only Gwen survived, with horrific injuries and no memory of the attack. The killer was never caught. Now, nearly thirty years later, Gwen has gone missing and DI Winter Meadows is assigned to the case. Charismatic and intuitive, he has an uncanny gift for finding the truth. But in this small and close-knit community, the past is never far away, and those who have secrets will go to any lengths to keep them. Tensions run high as old feelings and accusations are stirred. And DI Meadows has to battle his own demons as he uncovers a truth he wished had stayed in the past …
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