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Today I’m on the ‘The Wife’s Revenge’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

5FXzZvnwI live in Brighton with my husband and a tabby cat called Chester. After a career in public sector admin, most recently at the University of Brighton, it was time to stop dreaming about being a writer and actually do something about it! Fast forward to the present, and now I’m both traditionally published and self-published, with five women’s fiction novels under my own name, and five ‘cosy’ reads, writing as Zara Thorne. I’ve also published a book of short stories, most of which were previously published in The People’s Friend magazine. ‘The Wife’s Revenge’ is my first foray into the psychological suspense genre.

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Sometimes the lie is safer than the truth.
Fran made the biggest mistake of her life when she had an affair with Ben. Both families live in the village of Oakheart; their children are friends. Fran’s guilt shadows her days. But it’s no more than she deserves, or is it? At least she’s managed to protect her husband, Hector, from the harsh truth.
But for how long?
Tessa has left her troubles in the past and now has the perfect life. Ben might have his faults, but his life has not been easy. They need each other, and Tessa will do whatever it takes to eliminate any threats to her marriage.
Threats from women like Fran.
A cliff overlooks a disused chalk-pit. The locals call it High Heaven. It’s a place of secrets. And it’s where Oakheart newcomer Maria died. When Fran discovers a link between Maria and Ben, disturbing questions arise to which she has no way of knowing the answers.
Faced with an ultimatum from Tessa, time is running out for Fran. She’s scared, every minute of every day.
But where does the real danger lie?

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#CoverReveal #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 : Ten Tales for a Dark Tomorrow – Kevin A. Kuhn @Big_Kuhna #Scifi

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours, to reveal the cover of

Ten Tales for a Dark Tomorrow
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Kevin A. Kuhn

But first some information.

About the Author :

Author PicKevin A. Kuhn is a proud member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. His first novel, Do You Realize?, won five independent literary awards and spent time as a number one Amazon best seller in four countries. He is also a retired technology executive who currently teaches at a major business school. Kevin lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife, Melinda, and their five kids—three human children and two schnoodles.

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Title: Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow
Expected Publication Date: October 21, 2019
Genre: Speculative Fiction / Sci-Fi / Anthology

Ten speculative fiction stories inspired by the original Twilight Zone series, including cautionary tales, horror, science fiction, and more.
In the spirit of that iconic, timeless show, these mysterious and gripping narratives explore parallel worlds, faraway planets, dystopian societies, and unsettling reality.
• A toddler shifts through parallel worlds, changing into different versions of herself. What would a mother do for her daughter?
• A chef finds an alternate food source on a remote world. When the new chef arrives, will he be forced to reveal a horrific secret?
• A twelve-year-old Earth girl is randomly chosen to rule the galaxy. Why are galactic administrators so desperate to stop her?
• Humanity is on trial, annihilation at stake. Can an underdog alien lawyer save us?
• Time seems to stand still as a young boy bikes with his troubled friend. Is the friend causing this phenomenon—and what if he doesn’t stop it?
Explore space and time—and confront humanity’s deepest fears—with Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow.

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She says nothing, content to burrow into my chest. I look at the top of her head: thick blond hair, a line of pink scalp at her part. She’s wicked smart for her age, and I’m still trying to get used to that. The doctors have used words like gifted, genius, and prodigy. She plays piano pieces that most couldn’t master at any age. She can multiply three-digit numbers in her head instantly. She reads voraciously and beat me in chess the first time we played. People say she is a gift. I smile, but only I know what she is. She’s my child, but she isn’t—she’s a version, a duplicate.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Darkest Hour – Rachel Churcher @Rachel_Churcher

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Today I’m on the ‘Darkest Hour’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

lm36auoARachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.
She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.
Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.

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dURq0GKQBex Ellman and Ketty Smith are fighting on opposite sides in a British civil war. Bex and her friends are in hiding, but when Ketty threatens her family, Bex learns that her safety is more fragile than she thought.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.

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Today I’m on the ‘The Angel of Evil (The Great Devil War #4)’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicI WAS BORN IN DENMARK ON A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT IN NOVEMBER 1976 …
… and I began writing when I was a teenager. My first book was a really awful horror novel titled Nidhug’s Slaves. It didn’t get published. Luckily.
During the next 7 years, I wrote nearly 20 novels–all of which were rejected–while working as a school teacher. The rest of the time I spent writing.
In 2000 I published my debut fantasy book, The Battle of Caïssa, and that’s when things really took off. Since then I’ve published more than thirty-five books for children and young adults in genres ranging from fantasy to horror and science fiction.
My books have been translated into more than 15 languages and my series about the superhero Antboy has been adapted for film, which is available on Netflix. An animated tv series is currently in development.
A musical of The Devil’s Apprentice opened in the fall 2018 and the movie rights for the series have also been optioned.
I live in Copenhagen with my wife, two boys, a dog named Milo and spiders in the basement.
About THE GREAT DEVIL WAR: The Great Devil War was published in Denmark from 2005-2016, beginning with The Devil’s Apprentice.
Even though the story (mostly) takes place in Hell and deals with themes like evil, death and free will, it is also a humoristic tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective. A tale that hopefully will make the reader – young or old, boy or girl – laugh and think.
Welcome to the other side!

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The angel of evil coverTitle: The Angel of Evil (The Great Devil War #4)
Publication Date: October 20th, 2019 (Today)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Multi-award winning series, published in 10 countries, movie rights optioned!
Continuing the dark adventure that begins with The Devil’s Apprentice, The Die of Death and The Wrongful Death.

SPOILER ALERT!

Nothing will ever be the same. Satina is gone, kidnapped by the enemy. Disobeying Lucifer, Philip heads out to find her, journeying into the deep darkness of Outer Reach.
But nothing can prepare Philip for the horror that awaits—or the demons he will face.
Meanwhile, Lucifer’s kingdom is threatened as the Great Devil War draws closer. All Hell is about to break loose…
THE GREAT DEVIL WAR is a gripping, humorous and dark tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective, making the reader laugh and think. It’s filled with biblical and historical characters and set in a world beyond your wildest dreams. Or nightmares.

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The Devil’s Apprentice
The Die of Death
The Wrongful Death

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#Blogtour @hashtag_press @literallypr / #QandAs : Pivotal #pivotalnovel – Nikki Vallance @Nikki_Vallance

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Today I’m on a blogtour to promote ‘Pivotal’ by Nikki Vallance.
Before I let you read my Q&As, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ZfW8ogVANikki Vallance is a writer and coach who works with others to unlock their writing talents. She runs coaching programs and one to one sessions to help aspiring writers achieve their goals.
She began writing ‘Pivotal’ nine years ago, whilst still working in her recruitment career, following a flash of inspiration in a session with her own coach. She has given talks and presentations on her writing process and career.
‘Pivotal’ looks at the multiple paths a life may take at the crossroads of each significant decision. Nikki is fascinated by what makes us who we are and how much control we have over our destiny, and interviewed a number of hypnotherapists in researching the book.
Nikki is married with her own blended family of five children. Although a beginner, she’s a big fan of Argentine Tango, which she hopes to dance in Buenos Aires one day.

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3cS6mAHZTitle: Pivotal
Author: Nikki Vallance
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Hashtag Press
Publication: October 17, 2019
Availability: Paperback & eBook
ISBN: 9781999300678

Dulcie Braybrooke is breaking through as a celebrated ceramicist.
Elizabeth is a lonely City head-hunter.
Annie is a teacher who’s lost her verve.
Liza is a lap dancer with a strong will and a tough life.
When a mysterious bequest throws each of the four into chaos, they seek support in the guise of hypnotherapist, Dr Kath O’Hannon. Through a process of self-discovery, their new-found knowledge weighs heavily, as they unpick four decades of life choices. They could accept the windfall, yet if they do, something entirely unexpected lies around the corner…
‘Pivotal’ is a relationship mystery, which portrays the impact of a shared life-changing dilemma on four seemingly unconnected lives. It follows a cast of strong women in their forties whose lives are disrupted by an extraordinary event, and explores the common experiences and dilemmas of ordinary women, who might be questioning the paths they have chosen. A book with many twists and turns, it is a mystery within a mystery. A story with relatable characters that prompts the reader to consider the decisions we make in life, the paths we take, and what could happen with even just the slightest change of direction.
Is it self-determination or destiny? How many doors does one person open in a lifetime? When you pass through a door, does your life change forever? Or, do you have power over who you become through the choices you make?

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve changed direction several times in my career. I have a chemistry degree, studied and worked as a Big 4 auditor before falling into a long successful career in recruitment.
I guess though, I’ve always been a writer, having written an anthology of poems as a child, a number of songs and a daily teenage diary. Although I continued to use my skills during my career, creative writing took a back seat for quite a while.
In 2003 I qualified as coach and I ran my coaching business for a number of years alongside my full-time positions, working with senior managers and executives to help them unlock their career potential.
I began writing my novel ‘Pivotal’, whilst still working in my recruitment career, following a flash of inspiration in a session with my own coach.
Then in 2016, I decided to combine my writing and coaching skills and launched The Writers’ Pod to help others nurture their writing talents. Working for myself also gave me the flexibility to juggle the two and opportunity to focus on finishing my own novel.
I live in Hertfordshire with my second husband. Between us with have a blended family of five children across two hemispheres. Although a beginner, I’m a big fan of Argentine Tango, which I hope to dance in Buenos Aires one day.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I’ve always loved reading. I must admit some of the best stories I’ve read have been those treasured books of my childhood. All the Enid Blighton’s, Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH (Robert c. O’Brien), Gobbolino The Witches Cat (Ursula Williams), The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), 101 Dalmatians (Dodie Smith) and its lesser known but equally – if not more so – brilliant sequel, Starlight Barking (Dodie Smith).
I went on to read all sorts of fiction from Nevil Shute to Iris Murdoch, Oscar Wilde to James Herriot, Dickens to Daphne Du Maurier. Having discovered a second-hand bookstall in our local covered market, I even consumed the Mills and Boon back catalogue with a guilty voraciousness.
Now, I read an eclectic mix ranging from thrillers to historical fiction to romantic comedies. I’m always excited to read books by debut authors too. It can be a bit of a risk but it’s a great way to find new favourites, as I did in 2017 when I read Ruth Hogan’s, The Keeper of Lost Things.
In non-fiction I’m a sucker for books supporting Positive Mental Attitude and wellbeing. I’m also fascinated by what makes us who we are and how the brain works. I’m currently reading an excellent book by Jodie Jackson – You Are What You Read. If you are disturbed by today’s doom and gloom news and want to feel less despondent and more empowered, it might be just what you’re looking for.

Is there an writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
It would have to be Mary Wesley. Firstly, she became a best selling author in her seventies, which fills me with admiration and should give hope to any aspiring novelist that it’s never too late. More importantly I loved every single one of her novels, which are full of sass, guts and individuality. I’d ask her how she was always able to find one perfect word where others would use ten.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d invite PJ from my novel, Pivotal. He’s a professional Argentine Tango dancer and could teach me to dance. If we put in the hours, like they do on ‘Strictly’ I hope I’d have half a chance of getting past the basic steps!

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I wouldn’t say I have any rituals. I do write my first draft longhand. I find it helps my creativity flow more easily. I tend to write for about 2 hours at a time which produces, on average 1200 words. I annotate the scribbles with a shorthand code where I notice repeated words and for any continuity checks or further research. I pick these up in the second draft as I type– a kind of first edit.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Often people ask me where they might find inspiration to write and imagine it’s hard. My ideas come from all around me. Sometimes, there are so many it’s like trying to tame wild horses! Usually, that happens when I’m meant to be working on an edit or have a deadline to meet.
All of my characters are fictitious so no-one around me need worry. Having said that when Ali Smith on Desert Island Discs described the process of writing a novel as “a giant hoover, it just hoovers up everything that comes through you” it completely resonated with me. Maybe a gesture or a phrase from someone I know will appear somewhere…

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a bit of both. For most of my stories I have a clear idea of the main story arc, characters, twists etc but then I write free flow and see where the characters take me. For Pivotal, the premise and the four main characters were clearly formed almost as soon as the idea came to me. During the middle section I did create a spreadsheet with a timeline and family trees for the main characters to maintain consistency. With multiple points of view, twists and turns I might otherwise have literally lost the plot!

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Many people say they’ve always wanted to write a book but have no idea where to begin, so you might say the biggest challenge is getting started. For those that do start, many keep it secret or do not finish for fear of being judged as ‘not good enough.’ This lack of confidence weaves a common thread through writers’ lives. Those who succeed are the ones who find a way to tackle it when it threatens to take over. A good support network or group, a cheer squad and a coach can make all the difference.
Often people complain about a lack of time too. If you dig a little deeper, more often than not there’s something else going on. Either it’s back to a lack of self-confidence or it doesn’t feature as a high enough priority for them. When it comes down to it, we all have the same number of hours in a day. If you want something badly enough you have to make space for it.
In a nutshell: Do keep writing and Don’t give up. Persistence is the key to success.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m definitely writing more novels. I have three strong story outlines and long lists of ideas for further novels. I’ve already started book two which is still contemporary fiction but this time based on a true story romance. I’d love to write historical fiction too and have two front runners as ideas for this genre. I’m also keen to capture my experiences and knowledge in a guide for new writers to encourage them to keep writing.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Two thirds of the way through there is a scene in the club where Liza works. Something might kick off…

The club had an edge to the air. It fizzled and cracked with tension. Liza knew times like these were dangerous; testosterone and excessive alcohol an unstable mix. Throw a spark to that tinderbox and it would surely ignite. Tonight, Candy was the spark.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Nikki Vallance.

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Today I’m on the ‘A Fool’s Circle’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and giveaway.

About the Author :

18702441Suzanne Seddon was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow, Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for magazines and newspapers.
Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go ahead and transform her play into a novel.
Not one to shy away from exciting challenges, she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.
Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst the public’s consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and clear.

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60875320_1234084736769336_3279425594575552512_nTitle: A Fool’s Circle
Publication Date: March 17th, 2019
Genre: Thriller / Domestic Thriller / Suspense

Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.
As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.
For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.
Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.
But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder?

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Today I’m on the ‘Man At The Door (Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Book 3)’ blogtour, organised by Baker’s Blog Tours and Promo.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

3d fleury_juliette_gbFor almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan began every day of his working life with either a victim waiting in a hospital emergency room, or a call to a street corner or a blood-soaked room where someone had been left for dead. Murder, assaults on a level that defied humanity, sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the individuals who were no more than objects to the offenders: all in a day’s work.
It was exhilarating, exhausting, and often heartbreaking.
As a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, Desmond P. Ryan wrote thousands of reports detailing the people, places, and events that led up to the moment he came along. He investigated the crimes and wrote synopses for guilty pleas detailing the circumstances that brought the accused individuals before the Courts. He also wrote a number of files to have individuals deemed either Not Criminally Responsible due to mental incapacity, or Dangerous Offenders to be held in custody indefinitely.
Now, as a retired investigator with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond P. Ryan writes crime fiction.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.

Synopsis :

MATD coverMan At The Door, the third in Desmond P. Ryan’s Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Detective Mike O’Shea solves a homicide, juggles an increasingly complex personal life, and continues to hunt for the cop-killer who has remained at large for the past thirteen years.
It all begins at 6:10 a.m. on a Friday morning when Glen Brebeuf calls demanding answers. He had reported his former lover, Elizabeth MacDonald, missing the previous day and Detective Mike O’Shea finds himself cleaning up the mess some rookie had made of the initial call.
Within hours, Mike takes over the investigation and is on the doorstep of the missing elderly woman’s home, determining that Elizabeth MacDonald—Sibby Mac to her friends—is not missing.
Sibby Mac has been murdered.
Along with Detective Ron Roberts and Detective Sergeant Amanda Black, Mike kicks the investigation into high gear. Very quickly, the ex-lover and a high-profile political figure become prime suspects, but, without a body, would there be enough evidence to charge either of them?
A day spent sifting through rancid garbage at one of the city dumps comes up empty for Mike and Ron, but a foul-smelling steamer trunk reported in another jurisdiction provides the eureka moment they need to proceed.
Meanwhile, Mike is doing double-duty, still investigating what he believes to be a link between the accused he has up in court now and his old partner’s killer.
And then there is his mother. Sensing that her son needs her, Mary-Margaret O’Shea has moved into Mike’s home—and his personal and professional life—pending further notice.
As the pieces of the Sibby Mac investigation start to fall into place, Mike follows up on a hunch and decides to take a detour on his way to work one morning. Using every trick in the book, he ends up saving a life, nearly ending another, and almost getting himself killed in the process.
Whether as a stand-alone or as your next step in the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, Man At The Door will keep you reading far too late into the night following Detective Mike O’Shea through the twists and turns of a homicide investigation. Once you’re done, take a breath and get reading for Blind Spot, coming out in early 2020!

Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
My absolute pleasure. Thank you for asking me.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Well, I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and lived there until about a month ago when my wife and I moved back to her home town of London (Ontario). I joined the Toronto Police Service (it was the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force back then) in 1987 and,after almost thirty years, retired as a detective. Having spent all of that time writing reports, court documents, and other legal stuff, I decided to take all of that experience and turn it into something, and here I am. Or, more importantly, here is ‘The Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series’.
Fun fact? I’m a classically trained pianist. True story.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Truth to tell, I did not read a lot growing up. To compensate, I did my undergrad degree at the University of Toronto in English Literature. I really enjoyed Dickens and anything by F Scott Fitsgerald. And then I discovered Raymond Chandler, Joseph Wambaugh, Peter Temple. And Maya Angelou and Paulo Coehlo.
I look for strong—often unconventional—characters and a story with moral undertones and subtle social commentary.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would love to be able to sit down with Charles Dickens and ask him how the heck he was able to keep track of so many characters and so many storylines while working on such a tight deadline.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Oh, that’s a great question! I feel like I spend enough time with the characters of my own books, so I’d choose someone else. I think I’d have to say Don Quixote, although, really, I think he’d be the type of character you’d want to go for a couple of pints (or bottles of wine) with! He’s kind of a hopeless romantic in the truest sense of the word who stumbles across fabulously interesting characters while pursuing some hapless quest. I’d definitely be humming (if not outright singing) ‘The Impossible Dream’ at some point during our meeting!

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
You know, I don’t. As un-sexy as that sounds, I have none. My time is incredibly crunched so I organzied my day to give me a couple of hours to write and, when those hours arrive, I sit down and start. If I’m absolutely not feeling it, I edit. But I sit down and do something every day.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Haha! Increasingly, I am drawing names from people I’ve known, although I have yet to cast those names as pivotal characters. The ideas come from my years on the job, with the twists and turns that I imagine.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter whose plots get hijacked by my characters. I try to nail down the chapters and what needs to happen to keep the story going, and then, out of nowhere, a character will pipe up and the chapter’s flow will shift or another chapter will have to be added or…. I find the whole process kind of amusing and am sometimes qutie surprised at the outcome(s).
MaryMargaret O’Shea, for example, was just supposed to be a bit player in ‘The Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series’. The more I wrote her, however, the stronger a character she became, such that, by the time she appears in ‘Man At The Door’, she is practically taking over the subplot. As a result, I’ve had to give her her own cozy series (coming out soon!).

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The only real suggestion I would make is to stick with it. If you think it’s good, somebody else will, too. Maybe a lot of people will. And that would be great.
Writing is a very solitary activity, and we/I look for external validation. Be open to the possibility of what that may look like: a traditional publishing deal, seeing your books on the shelves of your local library, doing a reading at a book club, interacting with readers via social media, or maybe something more personal like typing ‘The End’ on your 70,000-word manuscript. Whatever the case may be, if you’ve got it in you, write it down.

What are your futureplans as an author?
There are three more books in ‘The Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series’. Before that, though, I’ll be lunching the MaryMargaret Cozies. I’m toying with the idea of a noir based on D/s Robby Williams, but we shall see. A number of readers really love Detective Julia Vendrameni and have asked about a series for her. Or D/S Amanda Black.
Or maybe I’ll do something competely different!

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Absolutely! Grab a quick cuppa and enjoy.

The two men walked quickly from the car to the front door. Mike fumbled for a few moments with the house key he had taken from his pocket.
“Here, let me. The door can be ornery. There’s a trick to it.”
Standing back, Mike watched Brebeuf effortlessly unlock the door and push it open.
“You’ve done this before.”
“I told you I always watered her plants when she went on vacation, Detective,” Brebeuf sniffed.
Even though Mike had been to thousands of crime scenes during his career, none were more unnerving to him than homicide scenes, particularly after the body had been removed and the air had had time to settle. Maybe it was the influence of his mother’s version of Irish Catholicism, so deeply steeped in spirituality and otherworldliness, or maybe it was just his own imagination, but Mike always felt as though the deceased was watching him trample through their last worldly address. Shake it off.
Mike directed Brebeuf to the kitchen and pointed to the cluttered island. “I’d like you to take a look at this.” He noticed the chalked circles that were Forensics’ calling cards around various patches of red on the floor and wall and hoped that Brebeuf would not. “What do you see?”
Brebeuf pointed to the roll of plastic wrap that lay within the quagmire of random things. “This isn’t hers.”
“What isn’t hers?”
“This. Plastic wrap. Hated it. Doesn’t belong here.” The words practically exploded out of Brebeuf’s mouth.
“I’ll make a note of that. Tell me what else you see.”
“The cards, the scrabble pieces… She cheated, you know.”
“Okay.” Mike looked around the room to see if there was anything else to bring to Brebeuf’s attention.
“And she was terrible at it. I think it was the only thing she was terrible at. Everything else…” Brebeuf’s voice seemed to change very subtly, and Mike noticed the man’s shoulders starting to shake.
Shit. He’s crying.
“I’m sorry, Detective,” Brebeuf sniffled. “I thought I would be okay with this, but I guess I’m not. Can I have a picture of all of this and just write down what it is and where she got it from? I’m really not up to this now.” Turning abruptly, he walked out of the kitchen.
“Yeah, sure.” Mike followed behind as Brebeuf locked up the house. As the two men walked down the steps, Brebeuf stopped abruptly at the bottom one.
“She’d be so annoyed if she saw this.”
“What’s that?”
“This.” Brebeuf pointed up at a gouge in the wood of the second step from the top. “I knew he would damage the stairs with that trunk.”
“Who?” Mike’s hand froze on the car keys he had been hunting for in his coat pocket.
“The man at the door.”

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Desmond P. Ryan.

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