Q&A with #Author Louise Mullins @MullinsAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #Psychological #Thriller

Louise Mullins is an accomplished author with eight psychological thrillers  available!
I invited Louise to the blog for a Q&A to tell us more…….

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) To date I’ve written eight psychological thrillers. My next release, Lucky, is the first in a crime thriller series based on the Rio Grande river that separates the US and California from Mexico, known as Death Valley. Inspiration came knocking in the form of an idea when researching a previously published title. It’s a serial killer thriller, but the main themes are human trafficking, drug smuggling, and corruption.

Geraldine Jackson is a homicide detective. She is investigating the death of a Mexican journalist and the suspected suicide of a local escort, when two Hispanic women are found murdered in the South Valley district of New Mexico, US. The connection to the three seemingly unrelated crimes is Lucky.
Lucky is a strong, confident woman, who is addicted to methamphetamine. She supports her habit by working as a prostitute. She leaves California when offered work in a high paid strip club in Mexico, but within weeks she is trafficked, and her dream job soon becomes a nightmare.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Anything can spark an idea, but it’s often the characters that leap out at me first. They springboard the plot basis with their incessant chatter, until I sit down and take note of what they have to say. I write a synopsis first, then a chapter breakdown, but the end arrives once I’m there.

I begin my research as soon as my character has given me a general life story to base my novel on. The research aspect continues until I have a complete first draft, which usually takes four weeks to write, and may only be 50,000 words. The second draft involves a total rewrite, and this is where I add and cut words until I have a complete novel. Editing can take up to three months. I polish the manuscript until it shines, proofread like a reader, making final changes and adjustments as I go until I’m ready to send it to my betas. Only with their approval, will I send the novel to my publisher.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) Chevy Stevens, is by far my top shelf author. All her titles are original, thrilling, and totally believable. There have been some fabulous debut authors this year that are worth mentioning, including: Kristen Lepionka, Amy Gentry, Patricia Gibney, Gemma Metcalf, Alice Feeney, Lucinda Berry, Carol Wyer, Sarah Stovell, JP Delaney, Kate Medina, C. J. Skuse, and L. V. Hay. But the standouts for me were Andrea Mara’s The Other Side of The Wall, and Caz Frear’s Sweet Little Lies. I’ve no doubt they will become big names for 2018.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I devoured books as a child, but my most memorable, well-read novel, was Junk by Melvin Burgess. I guess this book introduced me to crime, and gave me a good foundation for how to plot a book on the growth of characters.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) When my husband asked Alexa who Louise Mullins was, and she told him I was a crime author.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) Without a doubt, my husband. He is my rock. My parents have supported me from the moment I told them I wanted to be published. And my children have given me the strength to keep writing.

LM
Louise Mullins
Authors links:
http://louisemullins2010.wixsite.com/author
https://www.facebook.com/LouiseMullinsAuthor
https://twitter.com/MullinsAuthor

*Huge thanks to Louise for taking part in a Q&A on my blog!

Books on offer:
What I Never Told You- FREE until 5th December.
The Perfect Wife- FREE until 5th December.
One Night Only- FREE until 6th December.
Why She Left- FREE until 6th December.

So let me tell you more about the novels currently available for free!

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What I Never Told You 
Synopsis:

Two women’s lives collide when a husband, father, and son is accused of unspeakable crimes.

Kate thought she’d never have to set eyes on the man she blames for ruining her childhood again, but she was wrong. Teresa has always stood by her son, believing in his innocence, but the evidence is compelling. When a trial date looms a shocking event turns both their worlds upside-down, forcing them to confront their darkest fears.

Can Kate accept the past she’s tried hard to forget and is forgiveness possible for Teresa, the mother of the man painted as a monster?

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The Perfect Wife
Synopsis:

THE STUNNING THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, LOUISE MULLINS, DUBBED THE QUEEN OF DOMESTIC NOIR.

Annette is happily married, living in a beautiful house with her husband. Her two older daughters have left home. She no longer has to work. Life is perfect. But one day changes all that, awakening a sinister past she’d rather forget.

Annette thinks her husband is having an affair. He says she has been living a comfortable delusion for the past ten years. Annette decides to uncover the truth, but doing so might unearth more than she is prepared for.

Who should you believe?

What happened all those years ago to cause such friction in this couples otherwise content life?

And why is their marriage now on the brink of collapse?

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One Night Only
Synopsis:

THE KINDLE BESTSELLER IN PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME THRILLERS.

Claire is an ordinary woman with a son and career. But below the facade of happiness lies the foundations which threaten to shatter the home she’s made for herself and her son. She is in thousands of pounds worth of debt and with nobody to help her out she has no option but to accept an offer from a stranger. One which is far more dangerous than she thought possible.

‘The man I am going to meet is called Ewan. He is a builder. He has green eyes and a kind smile. That is all I know. For One Night Only I am his and then I will be debt free.’

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Why She Left
Synopsis:

THE NEW PULSE-POUNDING THRILLER
FROM AMAZON BESTSELLER, LOUISE MULLINS

What do we really know about the people we love?

When his wife goes missing, Scott attempts to
piece together the fragments of her past
whilst remaining under the watchful eye of the police.
What he discovers though is more shocking than
he could have imagined, forcing him to
question everything he thought he knew about her.

Is it too late to save her?
Have they both fallen victim to their own destruction?

 

Publication Day Q&A with @Rahiemthewriter #Author of, A Butler Christmas @ProdigyGoldBks #NewRelease #RomanticThriller

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A Butler Christmas by Rahiem Brooks
Synopsis:
Naim Butler, a rainmaker, has perfected the art of sentencing mitigation, as a partner with Manhattan power-firm, Baker and Keefe. He’s the kind of captivating and accomplished man that therapists vent too. His bachelorhood is turned upside down when an old flame, Sinia Love, drops a seventeen-year-old son into his lap forcing him to balance this revelation and his budding romance with Brandy Scott.

Professionally, Naim’s assigned to prove a man’s innocence of murder is filthy work itself, but catastrophic when an envious lover of Sinia Love’s sets out to kill him while hiding amongst the glitterati of Manhattan’s upper crust.

“Brooks’s clunky first Naim Butler contemporary romantic thriller has strong characters…The well-developed relationships among the characters propel the story until the addition of suspense very late in the book…”–Publishers Weekly

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) Yes, certainly. I have worked as a legal researcher for a criminal defense attorney, which spawned the idea to cover a topic in a novel that could paint a picture of the current state of the criminal justice system. Naim Butler, the main character, grew up in poverty-stricken Chicago. He escapes that life and heads to New Orleans for college before being recruited by a law firm in New York City. He works as a Sentencing Mitigation Specialists and having the time of his life as a NYC Bachelor. And, then it happens. A child that he created in Chicago seventeen-years earlier drops into his life unexpectedly. Life gets complicated by a son, and his new romance with reporter, Brandy Scott. But he is a strong man that makes it work, although, someone has to die in the process.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Writing is fun activity for me. I am a plotter as I need to know what things need to happen to satisfy my readers. I am on book number six, and I know that they will call you out with errors, so I research and try to get things right.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favorite authors are quite commercial. James Patterson (his actual written novels and the ones stamped with his name) is my favorite author machine. I begin my reading life with Along Came a Spider and I often skim through a copy as a teaching tool of scene setting and plotting. I am a crime fiction lover, so I enjoy John Grisham ( his voice is authentic to the legal thriller) and Sue Grafton.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I didn’t read much as a team. Like Naim Butler I grew up in poverty, so reading wasn’t high on many people’s list of hobbies. I did read an old encyclopedia set that my grandmother had. She still has it. I like learning new things and that lead me to reading around nineteen.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) My favorite moment is being on panels and at conferences. I have a blast kicking it with readers and writers.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My support comes from my author friends that I regard as colleagues. I can contact them and run ideas by them and they get it. Most people not into books cannot relate to me trying to make believable dialogue in a manuscript. (chuckles)

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Rahiem Brooks
Authors links:
Twitter: @rahiemthewriter
Facebook: @novelistrahiembrooks
Instagram: @rahiemthewriter
Website: https://prodigygoldbooks.com/33%25-off-pre-order-1?olsPage=products/a-butler-christmas-by-rahiem-brooks&olsFocus=false

*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.