Truth And Lies by Caroline Mitchell
Meet Amy Winter: Detective Inspector, daughter of a serial killer.
DI Amy Winter is hoping to follow in the footsteps of her highly respected police officer father. But when a letter arrives from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, it contains a revelation that will tear her life apart.
Responsible for a string of heinous killings decades ago, Lillian is pure evil. A psychopathic murderer. And Amy’s biological mother. Now, she is ready to reveal the location of three of her victims—but only if Amy plays along with her twisted game.
While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Haunted by blurred memories of a sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies.
But what if, from behind bars, Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?
Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?
A) I’m originally from Ireland but now living in a village on the coast of Essex. An ex-police detective, I use real life experiences as inspiration for the characters and plotlines in my books. My latest book has very much been inspired by real life serial killers, Fred and Rosemary West. DI Amy Winter wants to follow in her Superintendent father’s footsteps. But when he dies, she receives a letter from prison, informing her she is the daughter of the worst serial killer couple Britain has ever known. Her biological mother is willing to strike a deal – Amy must work with her in order to find the bodies of three of her murder victims, or she will take her secrets to the grave.
Q) How did you get into writing?
A) A life changing experience led me to the world of writing, when I encountered paranormal activity in my home. I was a police officer at the time and many of my colleagues witnessed what we went through. Word quickly spread and every day I was asked about it. My husband said I should write a book so we could share our story. I was more than surprised when it hit No.1 in the Amazon ‘Supernatural’ category soon after publication day. Five years later and it’s still top of the charts. After self-publishing that book I decided to take writing seriously, and the DC Jennifer Knight series was born. Digital publishers Bookouture signed me and after writing a few more books I was signed by a fantastic agent. The rest is history, as they say.
Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?
A) I’m a lifelong fan of Stephen King. He truly is a master of the craft as far as I’m concerned. His characters appear on the page as real life characters and his dialogue is incredibly real. I also highly recommend current day crime authors Angela Marsons and Mel Sherratt. Real life gritty crime at its best.
Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?
A) There wasn’t a lot to do where I grew up in Ireland, so I read everything I could get my hands on and went to the library most days. One of my favourite books from childhood is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I also loved Heidi, and other classics. As I got older, my reading tastes evolved, and I read anything from Flowers In The Attic to Wuthering Heights and IT by Stephen King.
Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?
Oh my word, there have been so many! Hitting the No.1 bestseller list with Silent Victim in the US, UK and Australia was a huge milestone for me. One of the most recent surreal moments was meeting Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and having Lee Child take our picture! Definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment.
Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?
A) My husband pushed me to keep going in the early days when I felt like giving up. He had a belief in me that could not be shaken and did not waiver when I gave up my job to write full time. From the off, a certain band of book bloggers and readers championed my work. I will always be grateful for their support. Such people receive no payment for all their efforts. They read, review and spread the word purely for the love of books. I’m also a believer in the law of attraction and know how important it is to stay positive and express gratitude every day.
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CM: Many thanks for having me!
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