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Runaway Principessa @sunchara3 @HarperImpulse #QA

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The Real You ~ Interview ~ Sun Chara 

Describe yourself using three words?

Happy-go-lucky

What inspired you to write your first novel?

Reading romance novels, especially the classic Harlequin Presents from an early age.

What time of day do you like to write?

My best time is from 11:00 a.m. on, and often in the middle of the night when most everyone is asleep…I can feel the quiet.

What is your favourite book and why?

The Bible. The stories are full of life, love, and wisdom.

How did you pick the title of your book?

I wanted to do a ‘global millionaire series’ and since Italy is very romantic, I thought what better than a hot Italian Millionaire hero, and since the heroine keeps running away… voila! Italian Millionaire, Runaway Principessa.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No, although people in movies, songs, dance, and everyday life inspire.

What’s your favourite word?

Love!

If you were a colour what would it be?

Peppermint Twist

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I get an idea, often a title at the start, and follow the characters in telling their story.  I enjoy seeing the story unfold as it’s written…

Who is your favourite Author?

I have several: Kathleen D. Woodiwiss, Johanna Lindsey, Jude Deveraux, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jane Porter.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the fairy godmothers…we don’t mind pulling out an extra chair or two to accommodate all the guests…such brilliant characters!

What book are you reading at the moment?

Just finished Lisa Weaver’s romance, His Captivating Confidante, and Nick Harlow’s thriller, The Girl in the White House.

Where in the world is your happy place?

I love the beach. I find the sea energizing.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Fly

 

Are you working on a new project?

Thrilled that Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride is releasing November 2017. I am also working on another story for the ‘global millionaire series’, and a romantic comedy is in the works. Yes, I love what I do!

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

A 3-Day Book Blast for Italian, Millionaire, Runaway Principessa to follow the Book Launch Tour *date to be determined

 

Book Launch Tour and 3-Day Book Blast for Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride *dates to be determined

 

Check out Southwest Writers Magazine June/July issue https://www.southwestmagazine.com My two newest titles: Greek Millionaire, Unruly Wife, and Italian Millionaire, Runaway Pincipessa are in the Must Reads and Sneak Preview columns.

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Tug-a-war between the sexes!

Infamous Italian neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, has a score to settle with his estranged wife: her reckless bid for independence has nearly destroyed his medical career.

Ellie, desperate to reassert herself as more than his bedroom playmate, flees the ‘fairytale’ for a gig in a Hollywood club until Peter comes looking for her. For her freedom, Ellie must spend the next three weeks being the ‘good doctor’s wife’ in public…and his mistress in private!

Pre-order you copy today ~ Amazon UK  ~ Published 24/08/2017

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Day Of The Dead @MR_CrimeWriter @HoZ_Books #QA

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A serial killer. A hero to some. A wanted criminal to others.

The man who calls himself Vindici broke out of prison last year. Now he’s filmed himself torturing and killing paedophiles in Liverpool’s affluent suburbs.

Half the city are celebrating: the streets are now safer for their children. But for DCI Eve Clay and her team at the Merseyside Police, it’s a nightmare. Their job is to solve crimes and lock up the killer – hard enough without being despised by the public they are trying to protect.

And now, just when they think they’ve cracked the case, they receive a photo of Vindici at a Day of The Dead parade in Mexico. If Vindici is 5,000 miles away, who are they hunting in Liverpool? DCI Eve Clay must draw on all her cunning to unmask a killer who is somehow always one step ahead.

My Q&A with Mark Roberts 

Describe yourself using three words?

Triple I.  Industrious Imaginative Individual

What inspired you to write your first novel?

I’ve always created stories and, from an early age, written them down.  Writing my first novel was a logical step forward.

What time of day do you like to write?

During school term, I write from 4.30 pm to 7.30pm.  During weekends and holidays. morning until mid-late afternoon.

What is your favourite book and why?

It’s The Trilogy by Samuel Beckett.  ‘Molloy’.  ‘Malone Dies.’  ‘The Unnamable’.  There are many mysteries in Beckett’s work and his writing works on so many levels.  It deals with the most profound philosophical question, in my view.  What is it to be a human being? 

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How did you pick the title of your book?

The titles evolve from the stories.  Blood Mist is set against foul winter weather conditions and there is a lot of bloodshed.  Clay is driving through thick fog and sees a red traffic light, the visual effect being a blood mist.  Dead Silent?  I can’t explain because it would give too much away.  Day of the Dead comes from the Mexican festivities in the October-November time window.  People celebrate their passed loved-ones and welcome them back.   

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

Sister Philomena who Clay remembers well from her childhood and, who we meet through flashback, was based on a real Roman Catholic Nun of the same name.  Back in the 1960s and 70s she used to help single mothers and mothers were struggling with PND.

I guess the majority of characters are an amalgam of people.  

What’s your favourite word?

Because.  It’s the door to understanding.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Sunset red.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I write a document which I put in a drawer and never look at again.  I go with the flow.

Who is your favourite author?

My all-time favourite is Edgar Allan Poe.

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You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Will Graham the FBI agent from ‘Red Dragon’.  How do you square thinking like a serial with being a ‘normal’ man?  When did you first become aware of your special talent and what was the process like?

Paul Sheldon the writer from ‘Misery’.  If I ever get abducted by an over-enthusiastic reader, how should I play it?

  1. Auguste Dupin the detective from ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’.  What was it like inside Edgar Allan  Poe’s head?

Father Lankester Merrin from ‘The Exorcist’.  When did you first realise that you were a marked man?  And why do you think The Devil picked on you?

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What book are you reading at the moment?

‘Stalkers’ by Paul Finch.

Where in the world is your happy place?

Home.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Telepathy.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you choose?

Alex from ‘A Clockwork Orange’.  I’d have him getting lynched by his victims but then being laid to rest next to Beethoven.

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Are you working on a new project?

I am working on ‘Black Sun’.  It’s an Eve Clay novel and it’s set in Liverpool.  I’ll leave it there if that’s ok.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

12th July 6.30 pm Waterstones Liverpool One.  I’m on a panel with four other authors talking about crime fiction.

You can purchase your copy here: Amazon

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Book Blog, Interveiw

This Family Of Things @Alison_Jameson @TransworldBooks #QA

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On his way back up from the yard Bird had seen something white and round – a girl who had curled herself into a ball. Lifting her was like retrieving a ball of newspaper from out of the grass or an empty crisp bag that someone had flung over the ditch. She seemed to lack the bones and meat and muscle of real people. She felt as if she was filled with feathers.

On the day Midge Connors comes hurtling into Bird Keegan’s life, she flings open his small, quiet world. He and his two sisters, Olive and Margaret, have lived in the same isolated community all their lives, each one more alone than the others can know.

Taking in damaged, sharp-edged Midge, Bird invites the scorn of his neighbours and siblings. And as they slowly mend each other, family bonds – and the tie of the land – begin to weigh down on their tentative relationship. Can it survive the misunderstandings, contempt and violence of others?

A poignant and powerful study of the emotional lives of three siblings and the girl who breaks through their solitude.

Our Q&A with Alison Jameson

Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey. 

This Family of Things is my fourth book and its publication is just as exciting (and nerve-wracking!) as my first one.  I’ve been writing novels for more than ten years now and I had a long career in advertising before that. I feel compelled to write and try to write something every day – some days are more productive than others. I am passionate about nature and very sensitive to my surroundings – I grew up on a farm in the Irish midlands and the freedom I was given as a child definitely inspires my writing now.

Describe yourself using three words?

Good humoured, sensitive, curious.

What inspired you to write your first novel?   

I’m a big reader and I wanted to write an intelligent, contemporary novel about complex relationships for women. The first chapter I wrote was about an awkward date at the Art Institute in Chicago and I took it from there.

What time of day do you like to write?  

It really depends on what’s going on. I’m a mother and I also work in an academic library so at the moment it’s whenever I have time (and I always find the time somehow). My brain feels very fresh in the morning but it’s usually a chaotic time in our house!

What is your favourite book and why?

One of my favourites is ‘The Writing Life’ by Annie Dillard – she writes about writing in a really unique way and I always have a copy on my desk for company and inspiration. I also love ‘The Remains of the Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

How did you pick the title of your book?  

This Family of Things was originally a chapter title. I love Mary Oliver’s poetry, in particular Wild Geese and the last line is ‘ in the family of things’. The title fits the book very well I think – and I hope you’ll agree when you read it.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No. I might get an idea from someone I meet but I would never use a real person in a novel. It’s much more fun to invent someone completely new.

What’s your favourite word?   

Maven. It’s Yiddish for a ‘know it all’.

If you were a colour what would it be?  

Farrow and Ball ‘Yellow cake’

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?  

I try to fool myself about having a plan but ultimately it goes where it wants to go.

Who is your favourite author?   

Elizabeth Strout. Annie Dillard. Joan Didion

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?  

Olive Kitterage, Rebecca du Maurier, Captain Underpants and Hamlet.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Anything is possible by Elizabeth Strout

Where in the world is your happy place?

Friday evening dinner at home with my husband and son – Or eating coffee cake at my Mum’s house.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

To be invisible (Oh the places I’d go)

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  

I love Pride and Prejudice and worry for Lydia. She wasn’t a villain but she caused a lot of trouble. I would get her away from Mr Wickham – and perhaps have a carriage roll over him. One of Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s perhaps.

Are you working on a new project?   

Yes. One of the best things about finishing a book is being able to start something fresh and new.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?   

I’ll keep you posted!

You can purchase your own copy today ~ Amazon UK

 

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Beware The Cuckoo @julesmnewman @urbanepub #Interview

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Today on the blog I have a Q&A with Julie Newman, author of Beware The Cuckoo. Published by Urbane Publications on the 18/05/2017.

Julie Newman ~ ‘Real You’ Interview  

Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.
Writing has always been an important part of my life; I’ve kept a diary since childhood, written poems, short stories for my children and I’ve started many novels. The only badge I ever achieved at Brownies was my writer’s badge. My dream was always to be a published author. Beware the Cuckoo is my first novel and I was over-joyed when Urbane Publications agreed to publish it, especially when one of the rejections I had previously received suggested that I did not offer career longevity – a polite way of saying I was too old – I was 49 at the time!! Matthew Smith of Urbane has been very supportive during the process of turning a manuscript into a book and has not once made me feel that I am past it.

Describe yourself using three words?
Optimistic, Loyal, impatient,

What inspired you to write your first novel?
An overheard snippet of conversation, in which someone said that a renewed friendship was not what it had been previously. I liked the idea of looking at a friendship that was held together by a shared experience despite the fact that the relationship was no longer a healthy one.

What time of day do you like to write?
 I write at all times, but I am more productive in the mornings.

What is your favourite book and why?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It is an epic tale written on a grand scale with memorable characters that move you.

How did you pick the title of your book?
It came about after a discussion with Matthew, my publisher.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  No.

If you were a colour what would it be?
A sunny orange, I’d like to be bright and bold.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I plan a little, I have a timeline and an idea but very often the characters take me on a journey.

Who is your favourite Author?
I have many, but John Steinbeck probably tops the list. Current writers I like include Joanne Harris and Matt Haig.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) for her sense of fun and mischief.
 Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) for his optimism and the fact that he knows how to throw a hell of a party.
Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) for her spirited conversation.
Vianne Rocher (Chocolat) so she can bring dessert,

What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading two, as I like to read fiction and non-fiction. The Life-assistance agency by Thomas Hocknell and The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

Where in the world is your happy place?
Wherever my family are. I also have an affinity with The Lake District.

If you had one superpower what would it be?
To stop time; there are never enough hours in the day.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Fagin

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Are you working on a new project?
Yes, my second novel will be out late 2017/early 2018

Contact:

Twitter –   @julesmnewman

Facebook Author Page –  Julie Newman

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Two women. One man. A buried secret. They were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past. The past that is anything but straightforward. A past that harbours secrets and untruths. Karen has a seemingly perfect life. An adoring husband, two wonderful children and a beautiful home. She has all she has ever wanted, living the dream. She also has a secret. Sandra’s once perfect life is rapidly unravelling. The man who meant everything to her had a dark side and her business is failing. To get her life back on track she needs to reclaim what is rightfully hers. She knows the secret. As the past meets the present, truths are revealed – and both women understand the true cost of betrayal.

Purchase your copy today ~ Amazon UK

Huge thanks to Julie Newman and Urbane Publications for being on the blog today.

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Killer Of Kings @MatthewHarffy @Aria_Fiction #QA

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AD 636. Anglo-Saxon Britain. A gripping, action-packed historical thriller and the fourth instalment in The Bernicia Chronicles. Perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

Beobrand has land, men and riches. He should be content. And yet he cannot find peace until his enemies are food for the ravens. But before Beobrand can embark on his bloodfeud, King Oswald orders him southward, to escort holy men bearing sacred relics.

When Penda of Mercia marches a warhost into the southern kingdoms, Beobrand and his men are thrown into the midst of the conflict. Beobrand soon finds himself fighting for his life and his honour.

In the chaos that grips the south, dark secrets are exposed, bringing into question much that Beobrand had believed true. Can he unearth the answers and exact the vengeance he craves? Or will the blood-price prove too high, even for a warrior of his battle-fame and skill?

My Q&A with Matthew Harffy

Matthew Harffy lived in Northumberland as a child and the area had a great impact on him. The rugged terrain, ruined castles and rocky coastline made it easy to imagine the past. Decades later, a documentary about Northumbria’s Golden Age sowed the kernel of an idea for a series of historical fiction novels that became THE BERNICIA CHRONICLES.

Matthew has worked in the IT industry, where he spent all day writing and editing, just not the words that most interested him. Prior to that he worked in Spain as an English teacher and translator. He has co-authored seven published academic articles, ranging in topic from the ecological impact of mining to the construction of a marble pipe organ.

Matthew lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and their two daughters.

Describe yourself using three words?

Irreverent, focused, creative.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

I saw a documentary about an archaeological dig at Bamburgh Castle. They talked about how important Bamburgh had been in the Dark Ages when it was the capital of the kingdom called Bernicia. I had lived in Northumberland, where Bamburgh is, as a child and knew nothing about Bernicia or the history of the area. As soon as I’d finished watching the documentary, I fired up my computer and started writing. That was the beginning of THE SERPENT SWORD, the first novel of the Bernicia Chronicles.   

What time of day do you like to write?  

I can write any time of the day, but find I am usually more inspired when I’m not tired, so trying to write very late at night isn’t always a great idea.

What is your favourite book and why?

It’s very difficult to select just one! But if pressed I’ll say, Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry.

How did you pick the title of your book?  

Each of the books in the Bernicia Chronicles has a title that is alliterative. This started with THE SERPENT SWORD and was a nod to Old English poetry. For each of the titles after that I have stuck to my self-imposed convention, which means I have to find words which alliterate and that have some bearing on the story in the novel. You’ll have to read each one to understand how the title fits with the contents!

Are the characters in your book based on real people?   

Some of them are, yes. All of the books in the Bernicia Chronicles are set against the backdrop of real history, so they feature real Kings, Queens, bishops, as well as real battles, historical events and places. The main character, Beobrand, and his closest allies however, are fictional.

What’s your favourite word?   

Persiflage.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Green. The colour of envy, and also of growth.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I plan the plot of each novel in advance, but allow the characters and situations to change the plan to some degree. That’s where the real fun happens!

Who is your favourite Author?   

That’s such a difficult question! I love Stephen King, David Gemmell, J R R Tolkien, Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Justin Hill, Robert Lautner, Patrick O’Brian, and many more. It really is impossible to choose just one.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Augustus McCrae from Lonesome Dove, Jack Aubrey from the Master and Commander series, Druss the Legend from David Gemmell’s books and Roland from the Dark Tower series. I’m not sure that dinner would be a relaxed affair, but wow, would it be interesting! Those are some of the strongest characters in any books I’ve read. You’d have to hope that they didn’t get too drunk over dinner and start a fight!

What book are you reading at the moment?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. It’s great so far.

Where in the world is your happy place?

I’m happy many places, as long as I’m with friends and family. My favourite place is Dunstanburgh Castle, situated on a cliff overlooking the North Sea.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

I already have a superpower! I’m a writer. I create things from nothing!

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

I can’t think of any villain who deserves a happy ending.

Are you working on a new project?   

I am currently deep into the first draft of book 5 of the Bernicia Chronicles, Warrior of Woden.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

Not at the moment, but I might be speaking at some events later in the year. If your members would like to keep up to speed with what I’m doing, and even have the chance of winning signed books and other goodies from time to time, they can sign up to my newsletter on www.Matthewharffy.com

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Me, Myself and Them @danielmoonbags @Legend_Press #QA

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Winner of the 2016 Luke Bitmead Bursary

‘I’ve never quite read anything like it… funny, moving and terrifying all at once’ Rick O’Shea

Struggling to cope with a tragic loss, Denis Murphy has learned to live a bit differently. Both his friends are used to it – the only problem is his monstrous housemates.

When his enigmatic ex-girlfriend comes back into his life, she threatens to shatter the finely crafted world around him.

As Denis begins to re-emerge from his sheltered existence and rediscover the person he used to be, things turn nasty, and he is forced to confront the demons that share not only his house but also his head.

My Q&A with Dan Mooney

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Dan Mooney is a 33 year old Air Traffic Controller, amateur filmmaker, theatre enthusiast, rugby fanatic, would-be chef and cat-friend. Ever since writing his first piece of fiction for a kid’s newspaper at age ten, he’s been writing in some form or other. Me, Myself and Them, his debut novel, is the culmination of five years of writing, and editing and learning. When he had finally had enough of editing the same manuscript over and over, he self-published his novel, but not before submitting it to the Luke Bitmead Bursary Award. To his absolute astonishment, he won the award. Since then the American rights have been sold to Park Row Book, an imprint of Harper Collins, and Dan is still trying to get over the shock.

In his spare time, he can be found writing, acting the maggot, drinking pints or performing for the stage in Limerick City in Ireland.

Describe yourself using three words?

Very annoying man.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

I’ve been writing for a long time now. It was always going to happen in one way or another. For Me, Myself and Them it was an overheard conversation that planted a little image in my head. When I couldn’t shake that little image, I started to tease it out. Several years later we have a book!

What time of day do you like to write?

Night time. Later the better. I need dark and quiet and the particular atmosphere you only get in the small hours of the morning. It’s probably a good thing that I don’t sleep much. Very productive.

What is your favourite book and why?

What a question. We could talk all day about this one. Different moods, different moments in your life demand different books, and there’s one for each occasion. If I had to pick one and one only, I think I’d probably go with Stephen King’s 11/22/63 or Ursula Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness.

How did you pick the title of your book?

I didn’t. I’m awful at titles. I had picked this dreadful, never to be repeated title. A mate of mine used to cringe every time it got mentioned. Eventually, he very delicately suggested a change of title and offered Me, Myself and Them. I owe Phil for that one.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

Physically yes. The Monsters are monstrous, so that was easy, the rest of the characters were modelled on friends of mine. Sometimes unflatteringly. It’s funny. They all seem to think they know who’s modelled on whom. Most of them are wrong.

What’s your favourite word?

Plinth. Don’t know why. Just like it.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Yellow. Because then I could be a Simpson’s character.  

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

Plan. Always. I once tried to write without a plan, it did not go well for me. I need structure and a format for things to fit in. I need the story and the characters to make sense. I need to know where they’re going and why. Sort of like the exact opposite of my life.

Who is your favourite Author?

Ursula Le Guin. Genius. Stephen King a close second.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Estraven from Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness, Pi from Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Whiskeyjack from Steven Eriksen’s Malazan Book of the Fallen and Sparhawk from David and Leigh Eddings’ Elenium. The conversation would be strained, and I’d annoy them all endlessly with questions, but I’d be happy.

What book are you reading at the moment?

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald’s The Apple Tart of Hope. It’s a YA novel and it’s warm and lovely and beautifully written.

Where in the world is your happy place?

Ha. That’s like the book question. There’s different places for different times. Thomond Park would be one. The Curragower Bar would be another, as would Charlie Malones. The Pollock Holes in Kilkee on a sunny day for a swim, City Island New York… So many happy places.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

I already have one. I always find convenient parking spaces, no matter how busy town is, no matter the traffic, a space always seems to turn up for me. I don’t know how I ended up with this power, but I routinely abuse it.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

Mr Hyde from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Two happy endings for the price of one.

Are you working on a new project?

Loosely titled A Rock and A High Place, I’m about halfway through the first draft of my second novel. It’s progressing. I don’t want to say it’s progressing well, but as someone recently told me: Done is better than perfect.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’ll be attending the Felixstowe Book Festival at the start of July as part of a panel of author’s discussing men’s mental health and the role of literature. Very excited about it. Martin Bannister and Matt Johnson will also be attending and I’m looking forward to hearing their thoughts. They’re both extremely interesting authors.

You can purchase Me, Myself and Them here: Amazon UK it was published on the 01/06/2017 By Legend Press.

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The Coffin Maker @MFowlerAuthor #QA

The Coffin Maker By Mark Fowler
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The Coffin Maker lives and works alone in the Kingdom of Death. When he completes a coffin a life on Earth ends. That’s how it’s always been.

One day as Coffin sits writing in his journal, The History of Death, trying to sum it all up in one perfect sentence, a note sails past his window.

Is he about to gain a glimpse of the elusive Divine Plan that has eluded him for centuries? Is life in the Kingdom of Death about to change forever?

There are rumours that the devil is finally arriving in the guise of Colonel Gouge. Rumours started by a priest who has upset the Church by writing a book: Coffin Maker. A book written to comfort a bereaved nephew. A book that appears to prophesy not only the arrival of Gouge but also the cataclysmic events about to unfold in the Kingdom of Death.

Meet Mark Fowler

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Mark L. Fowler is the author of the novels Coffin Maker, The Man Upstairs, Silver, and Red Is The Colour, and more than a hundred short stories. His particular interests are in crime and mystery, psychological thrillers and gothic/horror fiction.

His first published novel, Coffin Maker, is a gothic tale set between our world and the Kingdom of Death. In the Kingdom the Coffin Maker lives a solitary existence, and every coffin he completes signals the end of a life in our world. One day he discovers that he is to be sent two apprentices, amid rumours that the devil is arriving on Earth.

Mark’s second novel, The Man Upstairs, features the hard-boiled detective, Frank Miller, who works the weird streets of Chapeltown. Having discovered that he is in fact the hero of twenty successful mystery novels, authored by The Man Upstairs, Frank has reasons to fear that this latest case might be his last.

In 2016, Silver, a dark and disturbing psychological thriller was published by Bloodhound Books. When a famous romance novelist dies in mysterious circumstances, she leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, Silver. This dark and uncharacteristic work has become the Holy Grail of the publishing world, but the dead writer’s family have their reasons for refusing to allow publication.

Red Is The Colour is Mark’s latest book, a crime mystery featuring two police detectives based in Staffordshire. The case involves the grim discovery of the corpse of a schoolboy who went missing thirty years earlier. Red Is The Colour is the first in a series featuring DCI Tyler and DS Mills, and will be published in July 2017 by Bloodhound Books.

The author contributed a short story, Out of Retirement, to the best-selling crime and horror collection, Dark Minds. Featuring many well-known writers, all proceeds from the sales of Dark Minds will go to charity.

A graduate in philosophy from Leicester University, Mark lives in Staffordshire, and is currently writing a follow-up to Red Is The Colour. When he isn’t writing he enjoys time with family and friends, watching TV and films, playing guitar/piano and going for long walks.

My ‘Real You’ Interview with Mark Fowler 

Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

As a child I loved reading, escaping into the world of books. I was also a daydreamer with an extremely active imagination. Whenever I was bored, particularly in the classroom, I would drift into my own world, which often seemed a lot more fun. Of course, not everybody appreciated my ‘absence’, and I think my parents got sick of hearing… “Mark would do much better if he paid attention and got on with his work.”

I started writing poetry and then songs. It was a few years later when I began writing short stories. I had written more than a hundred when I decided that it was time that I tried to write a novel. I’d wanted to write a full-length book for a long time, but doubted that I had the skill or the endurance to do so. That book turned out to be Coffin Maker, and I sent it out to publishers with high hopes. Of course, it was rejected, many times. But by now I had the bug: I knew that writing novels was what I wanted to do more than anything else.

Over the following years, I wrote many novels, sending them out, collecting my rejection slips along the way. I would, from time to time, return to earlier works, like Coffin Maker, rewrite, or re-edit, send them out again, move on to a new book, and so on. I sometimes had seven or eight books out there, doing the rounds. It was like spinning plates.

Twenty years after starting work on Coffin Maker, the book finally saw the light of day, published in 2014. I followed it up with the release of The Man Upstairs, the first in a proposed series of Frank Miller Mysteries. In 2016 Bloodhound Books accepted my psychological crime thriller, Silver, which was published the same year. Bloodhound Books are due to publish my latest book, a crime novel, Red Is The Colour, in July this year.

Describe yourself using three words?

Happiest when writing.

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

I’d kept putting it off, believing that none of my ideas were good enough to sustain a longer project. And then one day the time felt right and I changed my way of thinking. Instead of having the ‘perfect’ idea for a plot, I decided to undergo a journey of exploration. I knew that my theme was death, and once I had an idea for my main character I simply began writing, to see where the journey might take me. I’ve never regretted making that decision as I had a wonderful  adventure with Coffin Maker, and I’m still very proud of that book. When readers tell me how much they have enjoyed it, I get a very special feeling.

What time of day do you like to write?  

It varies. Pretty much any time really. I go through different phases. For a long time I did most of my writing in the evenings, and then it switched to mornings when I had the time. I find that whilst a regular routine can be helpful, breaking that routine and trying something different can also be very productive.

What is your favourite book and why?

I would probably say The Bible. My parents bought me a children’s edition when I was very young, and I loved the illustrations and found many of the stories so magical and even frightening in some cases. It is more a library than a single book and packed with amazing stories, characters and settings. I still feel like I’ve only scraped the surface of that book.

How did you pick the title of your book?

I wrote a short story once, Furniture Maker, a very dark story but with a vein of humour. I was pleased with the story and there was something about the title that I really liked. I was thinking about it one day when it kind of morphed into Coffin Maker, which I decided I liked even more. It stayed in the back of my mind and it eventually led to the creation of the actual character. I never once thought about titling the book anything else.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?   

Not specifically, no. But things do leak through from the real world from time to time. I recalled a very bad-tempered person, a very thin person, who was also in a position of some authority over me at the time. I think some of that person might have leaked into the character of the Coffin Maker. While writing the book I identified to a degree with the character Hieronymus, and would like to think that there is just a pinch of me in there.

What’s your favourite word?

Compassion.

If you were a colour what would it be?   

Different colours, depending on the day. Today I’m blue, but tomorrow I may well be orange.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?  

This is a good one and there is no easy answer. I’m always very torn on this. With most of my short stories, I tended to set off on a new adventure, to see what happened; a kind of act of creative faith, if you like. Many times it worked out fine, but sometimes it didn’t.  That is maybe not a problem if you are writing two-thousand words, but when writing a seventy-eight thousand word novel it can be a bit scary, to say the least. I try to have a minimal plan, a safety net, of sorts. I like to know enough to have faith that I can go the distance. With some books, I have known a little more, but if I over-plan it generally kills the thing off before I’ve even started. It is quite thrilling to set off knowing very little sometimes, but scary too.

Who is your favourite Author?

I don’t have one single favourite, but I’m a big fan of Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Ruth Rendell, Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, Minette Walters, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy, Thomas Harris, Jim Thompson, Du Maurier, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and countless others.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Jeeves, Wooster, Hannibal Lecter and Hamlet. Then I wouldn’t know whether to laugh, scream or cry!

What book are you reading at the moment?

Re-reading Silence of the Lambs, funnily enough.

Where in the world is your happy place?

Home.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Invisibility.

Are you working on a new project?  

Always.

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Lizzie’s Daughters ~ Rosie Clarke ~ @Aria_Fiction #QA #Giveaway

 

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LONDON 1958. Lizzie Larch battles to keep her daughters safe and out of harm’s reach. Perfect for the fans of Nadine Dorries and Lyn Andrews.

Lizzie adores her beautiful and clever daughters and will do anything for them. Both possess a wonderful creative flair but have fiercely different characters. Betty, the eldest, is headstrong like Lizzie’s first husband whilst Francie is talented and easily influenced.

When Betty runs away after an argument with Sebastian, heartbreak and worry descend on the family.

At great risk to her health, Lizzie finds herself pregnant but is determined to give Sebastian the son they craved.

Sebastian meanwhile is plunged into a dangerous overseas mission using his old contacts to track Betty to Paris and to the lair of the rogue that seduced her.

Consumed with guilt, can Sebastian right the wrongs of the past and finally unite his family and friends?

My Q&A with Rosie Clarke

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Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey. 

Rosie Clarke is happily married and lives in a small Cambridgeshire village with her husband.  She has now written well over 150 books under various names, which you can find at www.lindasole.co.uk and news of Rosie Clarke at www.rosieclarke.co.uk

Rosie has been writing for about 30 years now and has been successful with various genres but Lizzie’s Secret was a best seller at amazon and is one of her most successful and these books are what she really enjoys writing these days.  In the past she has written quite a few historical romances as Anne Herries and other sagas as Linda Sole and Cathy Sharp.  The books based in London’s East End that she is now engaged in writing are very close to her heart and evoke memories of a childhood spent with Grandma and Uncle Tom in one of the suburbs and many trips into the city for pantomimes, visits to Petticoat Lane and the Mall after the coronation, Princess Margaret’s wedding and other events. She well remembers seeing the scars of the war, bombed-out sites where the grass was growing through that still needed clearing, and the shortages and rationing that followed.

Describe yourself using three words?

Happy ~ Wife ~ Author

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

I’ve always loved making up stories and was at a stage in my life when I needed something to keep my mind occupied because my beloved dog was unwell.  Being an avid reader of romance at that time I wrote a historical romance that was eventually published as The Witch Child, under the name of Lynn Granville.

What time of day do you like to write?

I prefer mornings because that’s when I am fresher and able to sit at my computer for several hours.  However, I read through what I’ve written in bed so perhaps that’s work too, though it always seems like pleasure.

What is your favourite book and why?

Of my own books I think probably I like Lizzie’s Secret best so far but when it comes to other authors there’s so many to choose from: For years I’ve said that Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is my favourite book and it still comes high on the list, but there are so many other books I enjoy and recently one of the authors I’ve most enjoyed has been Matthew Harffy.  He writes excellent books on Saxon England.  The Serpent Sword is the first in a wonderful series. I really enjoy this series of books because this author brings the period to life in a way that is easily understood even if like me you only know a smattering of the history.  His hero becomes real as the series progresses and so he is one of the authors I would rate with my favourites.

How did you pick the title of your book?

Lizzie’s Daughters is the third in a series of books set in WW11 and it took a lot of consultations with my agent and publisher to decide what the first book should be.  We tried things like Hats Off for Lizzie Larch!  and Stylish Hats and Broken Hearts, lots of different ones that were liked but not quite right and then I thought of Lizzie’s Secret and everyone approved.  After that it was easy enough to go on with Lizzie’s War and now Lizzie’s Daughters.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No, not in whole, though every character I write has some basis in an observation I’ve made of someone.  A lot of them have my opinions and some have characteristics of people I know.

What’s your favourite word?  

Love

If you were a colour what would it be?  

Yellow

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I know how it starts, how it ends and bits all the way through, but the rest comes as I write.

Who is your favourite Author?  

I have a list of favourites.  Elizabeth Gill in sagas, also Carol Rivers, Nadine Dorries.  In ancient history, Matthew Harffy.  In Regency Georgette Heyer.  In mysteries, Anita Davidson.  They are the books I mainly read, though I try lots of other authors. Often I find a new author when her book is sold for 99p on amazon and then, if I love the book, I go back and buy everything she or he has written.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Scarlet O’ Hara, Gone With the Wind, because I admire her guts for doing whatever she has to, to protect her family and the land she loves.

Beobrand, The Serpent Sword, because he is a fierce Saxon warrior but comes over as such a real human being that you can identify with his fears and needs

Arabella, Heyer Regency of the same name, because she taught me to love bold heroines, who were enchanting and mischievous.

Sebastian Winters, from Lizzie’s Secret, because he’s the kind of male guest you need at any dinner party, guaranteed to keep all your female guests happy.

What book are you reading at the moment?

I’ve been reading the third of Anita Davidson’s mystery trilogy:  Knightsbridge Mystery

Where in the world is your happy place?

My home, in particular, my garden and my study.  I also love holidays in Spain.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

I would like to be able to stop all the terrible wars that are hurting people at the moment and restore the destroyed homes to what they were so that there were no refugees.  Unfortunately, only God could do that.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  

He wasn’t really a villain, though the Romans thought so.  I would like Spartacus to have taken his people away from the Roman Empire to freedom.

Are you working on a new project?  

Yes, I have a wonderful new series called The Mulberry Lane series.  The first is The Girls of Mulberry Lane and that is available in August we hope.  I am working on the second at the moment, probably title A Wedding at Mulberry Lane, but that is not yet fixed as the book isn’t finished.  After that, there are others planned about this community in London set in WW11.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  

Not at the moment, I’m afraid.  I was recently on Radio Cambridgeshire and I tweet fairly often but that’s about it. What I can tell you is that the Lizzie books are coming out in mass market paperback over the next few months and Lizzie’s Secret is already in hardback, which means it can be borrowed from the library.

Thank you so much for giving me space on your blog and I hope your readers will enjoy the frank answers to your questions.  Best wishes, Rosie

Thank you, Rosie Clarke and Aria Books for being on my blog today.

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LONDON 1938. A gritty, heart-warming and wholesome drama about two girls united in friendship and tested in love. Perfect for the fans of Katie Flynn and Nadine Dorries.

Lizzie Larch is a twenty-year-old hatmaker in London’s East End. She is happy and popular, but she carries a secret. Seven years ago she was viciously attacked and recovered in a private sanatorium where she miscarried a child.

Lizzie has no memory of the night of the attack, but secrets cannot stay secret for long. When she starts courting her boss’s nephew, shocking revelations surface, and threaten to destroy their newfound happiness.

Set in the East End of London at the dawn of World War II, Lizzie’s Secret is about how ordinary people learn to survive – and triumph – through hardship and tragedy.

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My Husbands Wives @gerhogan @Aria_Fiction #Q&A #SneakPeak

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Better to have loved and lost, than never loved.

Paul Starr, Irelands leading cardiologist dies in a car crash with pregnant young women by his side.

United in their grief and the love of one man, four women are thrown together in an attempt to come to terms with life after Paul. They soon realise they never really knew him at all.

The love they shared for Paul in his life and which incensed a feeling of mistrust and dislike for each other, in his death turns into the very thing that bonds them and their children to each other forever.

As they begin to form unlikely friendships, Paul’s death proves to be the catalyst that enables them to become the people they always wanted to be.

My Q&A with Faith Hogan

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Faith Hogan was born in Ireland.  She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.  She has worked as a fashion model, an event’s organiser and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, children and a very fat cat called Norris.

She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair – an international competition for emerging writers.

Her debut novel, ‘My Husband’s Wives,’ is a contemporary women’s fiction novel set in Dublin. It will be published by Head of Zeus on 4th of May 2017 in Ireland and is available in all good book shops. She is currently working on her next novel.  

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Follow Faith on Twitter at @gerhogan or like her on Facebook.comFaithhoganauthor/ or, if you’re really interested, you can catch up with her on www.faithhogan.com

Describe yourself using three words?

Just three?  Mammy, Wife, Writer-Reader!

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

I’ve always written, but getting around to writing a novel took time – in the end a forced stay in bed when I was pregnant with my twins meant I no longer had an excuse not to! And once I started, there was no stopping me!

What time of day do you like to write?

I tend to write in the mornings – but any time is good, so long as the WiFi is switched off!

What is your favorite book and why?

It’s probably Ivanhoe – because it has everything and I think no matter how many times you read it – there’s always something new in there!

How did you pick the title of your book?

Full credit goes to my publisher on that one – she had the title before I even signed the contract!

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No – I think books are much too tame! Seriously, most characters develop on the page, they grow as I write, they can start off as one thing, but evolve into very different people as their journey continues – a bit like us, really.

What’s your favourite word?  

‘Friday’ is pretty nice!

If you were a colour what would it be?  

It would probably be something earthy, creative and positive – I do like green – so maybe India Green?

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I tend to have an outline before I start – that involves sitting for a while staring in to space – oh yes, and making cups of coffee and eating biscuits!

Who is your favourite Author?  

Gosh – again, just one???  At the moment I’m reading the Chilbury Ladies Choir and enjoying that so this week, it’s Jennifer Ryan! But honestly, there are too many to narrow down.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Lizzy Bennet (Pride & Prejudice) Gloria Hatter (One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson) Bridget Jones and Miss Marple – I’d imagine that you’d either laugh with them or at them!

What book are you reading at the moment?

The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

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Where in the world is your happy place?

It has to be my own comfy chair, with a cuppa at my elbow and a book in my hand – bliss.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

I wouldn’t mind borrowing Hermione Grangers Time Turner now and again, just to fit a bit more into the week!

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

Do you know, I think most of them get their just deserts – in real life, I’d be looking for the good, but don’t we read to escape? To live for a while in situations where everything is tied up neatly at the end?  

Are you working on a new project?  

Always….

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  

I’m looking forward to launching my debut paperback in Ireland in May this year – down in dear old county Mayo – details should be all over Facebook as they’re more concrete and everyone is welcome!

My Husbands Wives ~ Sneak Peak ~ Extract 

Grace Kennedy was not what Evie had imagined. Of course, she’d seen pictures of her in the Sunday papers; she always struck her as a bon vivant, glass in hand, glamourous type. She was smaller, more delicate in the flesh. Evie had imagined her taller, stronger, more garrulous, but this woman was not much over five foot, with long dark hair that gave her the appearance of a student. Her eyes were emerald sensitive orbs that seemed to reflect more than most eyes capture. They sat in dark hollows, the legacy of losing Paul; Evie knew what it was to cry over that. Her voice, low and even, was cool and compassionate at a time when others would be crazy with a mixture of grief and rage. Evie couldn’t help taking in the house. The smell of heavy dark coffee, perforated by the sea breeze and fat exotic candles lingered in the air. The hall with warm honey walls was an eclectic mix of old and new, antiques and modern pieces, sitting harmoniously together. She couldn’t stop noticing things, like Paul’s umbrella still standing to attention in a large ceramic crock in the hall or the picture above the fireplace, the Kennedy–Starrs. They seemed the perfect family, smiling for the camera in what was obviously a posed sitting, taken less than six months earlier. Evie peered up at the portrait, tried to hide her obvious interest. She stifled a pang of something she would not acknowledge as jealousy; Paul was wearing the tie she’d bought him just last Christmas. It was wrong, it was all wrong. Perhaps Grace Kennedy was confused? The way she spoke, she called him her husband, but what about that picture? They all looked so… happy. Evie would be glad to leave the place. She knew that if she had to wait another minute she might lose the tenuous grip she had on her composure. That would be the next worst thing that could happen today. The very worst had already happened.

‘What about Delilah?’ she asked Grace. Evie caught her breath when she saw Delilah. She was a striking mix of Paul and her mother; she had his height and his way of bending forward when she spoke and listened, but her hair was dark and her eyes held you far longer than you could account for. She had wanted to meet her for so long, and now today, well… anything but this. ‘You can’t just leave her.’ Evie dropped her voice, sensing that her familiarity with the child had thrown Grace somewhat. She lowered her eyes. There was no point having a fight. It was too late to make a lot of difference at this stage. ‘It could be on the news. You don’t want her to hear it when you’re not here.’ Evie shook her head. No child should have to lose a father like this, especially not a man like Paul. She was sure he would have been such a good father; if only they’d had that chance.

Grace stared at her as though there was something more to say. Evie had a feeling she wasn’t keen on her even referring to the child by name. For a moment, Evie wondered what exactly Grace believed her relationship with Paul to be. She quickly put the thought out of her head. Of course, Paul would have explained to Grace. He would have told her exactly how things were – why not, they were soulmates after all, Paul and Evie. Grace pulled a phone from her oversized soft leather bag. Evie listened as she spoke to a woman she called Una; a neighbour, she presumed. She quickly filled the woman in, nodding thoughtfully over the expressed sympathies as though they were her due and asked the woman to keep an eye on Delilah until she returned.

‘Okay, we may as well get this over with,’ Grace said after she left Delilah in the kitchen with Una, a tall blonde woman who had appeared, it seemed to Evie, before she had time to hang up the phone, giving Grace a swift hug, and then nodding silently to her.

Grace marched down the tiled path to the waiting car opposite. The officer who had already broken the news to Evie was charged with bringing them to identify Paul. The car was unmarked, the detective in plain clothes; that at least was something to be thankful for.

The drive from Howth to Dublin seemed to go too fast and, still, it felt to Evie as if this day would never end. The journey was silent. Evie’s mind was a muddled warren; she remembered glimpsing great hulking bridges turned to bulky stone dragons, forever crossing black water, never getting to the other side. She couldn’t remember if she had breakfast, dinner or tea. She couldn’t remember if she heard the radio news, or sat and considered life while the bells rang out above the village from the Church of the Assumption. All she was aware of was the sound of the gulls, jeering her from across the bay. She’d changed into her tweed suit. It was light grey, probably too warm for today. But it deepened the colour of her eyes, straightened her stride and made her feel there was purpose to her movements.

‘Well, we’re here,’ the officer said with a forced geniality neither of the women could feel. It felt as though they were in the hospital’s belly, though they hadn’t descended any stairs that Evie could remember. There were no views here, none worth hacking out a window for, it seemed. They made their way to what passed for a chapel of prayer, but Evie suspected that it was a place kept only for the dead. The youngster who showed them through had been respectful. She asked them to wait. They needed someone else, someone more official for this business. In a small room, an antechamber more than a waiting room, Evie sat with Grace while a clock ticked noisily overhead.

‘This is going to be hard,’ Grace said needlessly and Evie thought, for just a fleeting moment, that she was glad she was not alone. They walked together, stood composed above the long and narrow form that lay beneath the heavy starched sheet.

‘He looks…’ Evie sought the word, but it eluded her.

‘Peaceful?’ Grace twirled a strand of her long dark hair between nervous fingers. There were no prayers, no sign of the cross from either woman. Evie did not believe in that mumbo jumbo. ‘Maybe, he’s gone to somewhere better?’

‘Maybe.’ Evie stopped herself from adding that, in her opinion, it could not have got much better for him than what they had all those years ago, and he knew it too. They stood for a while, taking in his face. He had transformed into a younger version of himself, the lines and cares and stresses waxed away from his brow. Hard to imagine, one sharp blow and it was all over. She almost envied him. The life he chose, the life she pushed him into, had led to this, where at least he seemed to get some peace. She turned on her soft kitten heels, nodded to the official summoned to take her signature. ‘Yes. It’s him; it’s my husband. Paul Starr.’

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Last Witness @CarysJAuthor @Aria_Fiction #QA

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The page-turning sequel to the best-selling psychological thriller Wrong Number. With her husband gone and his legacy in her hands, Amanda Thorne is hell-bent on revenge. Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge her husband. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved-ones have been dealt with. Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McAllister. So, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started. McAllister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals, and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness to the truth? A compelling, heart-stopping thriller which you won’t be able to put down. . .

My Q&A with Carys Jones

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Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

Describe yourself using three words?

Small, crazy, caring.

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

I wanted to write a story with heart. I’d spent years saying I would and then at 23 I was really well, due to a surgical complication I was on long term leave from work so suddenly had all this free time and writing was a welcome distraction from what was going on with my body.

What time of day do you like to write?

In the morning after breakfast.

What is your favourite book and why?

The Little House on the Prairie. My Mum gave me her copy of it to read when I was a little girl. I loved the connection of us both turning the same pages and also the way the story transported me away from rain soaked England to the wide open prairies of America. It felt magical.

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How did you pick the title of your book?

With Last Witness I can take no credit, the awesome team at Aria came up with it.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No, never. I think that’s a dangerous game to play.

What’s your favourite word?  

Cellar Door. It’s two words, I know. Blame my love of the movie Donnie Darko (from which I’ve stolen my selection).

If you were a colour what would it be?  

The brightest shade of pink.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I plan out absolutely everything.

Who is your favourite Author?  

I’m a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and John Green. I love stories that pack an emotional punch.

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You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Dracula so that he’d turn me into a vampire and I can become immortal. Yay. Shane from Last Witness to see if he lives up to how I’d imagined him to be. Fiver from Watership Down so that I could adopt him and give him a nice, comfortable life like he deserves and finally Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights as I’ve always had a bit of a literary crush on him.pic_detail52dc13e6ea8cf

What book are you reading at the moment?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and its so much fun. If you love anything 80s related you need to read it.

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Where in the world is your happy place?

Disneyland. When I can’t get there my pink writing room. It’s crammed full of Disney stuff.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Teleportation. Think of all the time I could save and the places I could go!

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  

Ooh. Tough one. I think most villains tend to deserve the endings they get… If Dracula counts as villain I’d let him have a happy ending since at the aforementioned dinner party he did give me eternal life so I feel like I owe him.

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Are you working on a new project?  

I am. I’m working on two really exciting projects at the moment. I can’t really say anymore at this point sadly.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  

Not that I can think of but I always update my social media sites with news of any events I’m involved in.

You can purchase your copy of Last Witness here: Amazon UK

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