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Q&A with @Jamalthewriter #Author of, Project Terror @ProdigyGoldBks #CrimeFiction #AmericanNoir

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Project Terror by Jamal Lewis
Synopsis:

In a street war, there’s always a body to be discovered.

Lamar Dunken is a dedicated monster who presents the perfect image of a street terrorist. He knows how to respond when a desperate crisis threatens his operation, and he exacts horrifying tactics to get things under control.

FBI Special Agent Livingston is faced with the serious task of investigating Lamar’s tactics while connecting killings start to terrorize Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Also, a violent criminal locked behind bars a year before Lamar was even born is back on the streets and looking for him. Lamar is forced to call on his deepest strength to face his accusers and ensure that the values that he holds most dear will survive.

The nightmare has begun.

Again.

Q&A:

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

A) I have a military background. United States Army, precisely. I was a military brat and then I enlisted myself. But I also have a poverty-stricken background. It wasn’t pretty in either place, leading to the setting of PROJECT TERROR. The housing project where the story takes place is a place that my mother forbid me to hang, but of course, I did anyway. I watched the FBI and DEA take out whole communities with drug busts and sought to cover that in PROJECT TERROR. But I add a twist. I wondered what that big drug bust would have looked like if an undercover agent moved into an apartment in the project months before the bust. So, I tossed him into the book and crafted a plot around him, making for a delightful crime thriller (if that is possible).

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

A) It was an process like no other. I am not a typer, so I hand wrote the book on notepads and blank paper. I then had it typed before submitting it to publishers, and ultimately signing with Prodigy Gold Books. The team there was similar to boot camp instructors. They warned me of the process before signing me and assuring that I was ready for the editing process and the pre-publication promotion, and even this interview and publicity phase. I didn’t know that so much went into this process, but I am here and looking forward to getting my second novel all typed up.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favorite authors are Iceberg Slim and Walter Mosley. I like the way they depict stories about the struggle and success of urban communities. They played a role in forcing me to write a story from my angle.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) My teenaged reads were text books and the early Dr. Suess and Bernstein Bears classics.

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

A) My favorite moment was finally being signed and the start of the editing process. Having a professional point out plot holes and character flaws were a gut-punch, but worth it. I am an amateur boxer of sorts, so I can take a punch.

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

A) My support comes from my family and friends, and my Prodigy team. My mother is my rock, along with one of my sisters.

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Jamal Lewis 
Author Bio:
Jamal Lewis was born in Philadelphia, a former boxer, and military brat. He pursued a writing career while serving a federal prison term after allowing his life to take a terrible turn resulting in him being shot four times. His debut crime thriller, PROJECT TERROR (Prodigy Gold Books, 2017) was released Halloween 2017 on his birthday.
Author links:
https://prodigygoldbooks.com
Twitter: @Jamalthewriter
Book: PROJECT TERROR by Jamal Lewis releases on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Q&A with @WendyDranfield #Author of #YA novel, The Girl Who Died #Indie

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The Girl Who Died by Wendy Dranfield
Synopsis:

Fifteen year old Hannah has killed her best friend, Katie. Whether or not it was intentional, only they know. With the police and Katie’s family desperately demanding answers, Hannah’s world is torn apart as she has to decide what to do next and whether that involves doing the right thing. Hannah’s choice is made more difficult due to her new closeness with Katie’s older brother, Josh. The traumatic event of Katie’s death unearths secrets best left untold, but to leave them untold would put another life at risk.

Longlisted for the Mslexia Novel Writing Competition and adapted from Wendy Dranfield’s previously published short story ‘Blue’ (published by Fish Publishing and also available in Wendy Dranfield’s short story anthology ‘End of the Road’).
*Novel currently available via kindle unlimited or for just 99p in Ebook*

Q&A:

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

A) I have been an avid reader ever since I was small, always preferring books over dolls for presents, and that love of reading resulted in an inevitable love of writing. I started writing stories from about ten years old and I still have some I wrote as a teenager (they’re not good but they make me smile!). I eventually completed some Creative Writing modules as part of my degree and found they really helped me focus on writing every day.

The Girl Who Died was the first novel I wrote. It centres around fifteen-year-old Hannah, who thinks she’s killed her best friend, Katie, and then has to deal with the aftermath. From dealing with the police investigation to starting a friendship with Katie’s devastated older brother, Josh, Hannah is put in some awful situations that she isn’t mature enough to deal with. It’s not an easy read when we learn what Katie was going through before she died, but I believe it’s important to be honest when writing Young Adult fiction. When I was a teenager I would have liked to have read something like this, to show I wasn’t alone in what I was going through.

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

A) This novel started as a nightmare I had when I was fifteen years old. I must have been arguing with my best friend that day because I dreamt I killed her, cut her up into tiny chunks and then buried her in various places in our local field! I woke up drenched in sweat and feeling the worst guilt I’d ever experienced. Not because I thought I’d killed my best friend (we had a love-hate relationship!) but because I thought I’d get caught! It took me a while to realise it was a dream. But that dream stuck with me for years and I finally turned it into a short story in my early thirties. That story got published in the ‘Fish Anthology 2010’ and I had such a good response to it that everyone wanted to know what happened next to Hannah, the main character. I decided to find out by continuing the story and that turned into the YA novel ‘The Girl Who Died’. Although I wrote it in my thirties (I’m 39 now), I’ve received great feedback about how realistic the fifteen-year-old characters are, which is great.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) Stephen King’s earlier books such as Pet Sematary and IT had a huge influence on me growing up and I still read everything he writes. I’m also a huge fan of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones series, which was unexpected for me because I hadn’t read any fantasy before that. I am currently working my way through everything ever written by Joyce Carol Oates as something about her writing draws me in. I also love Daphne Du Maurier and Shirley Jackson.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I grew up on Stephen King. I would search the local car boot sales for any of his books I could find and ended up collecting them. I prefer his earlier work such as Pet Sematary and IT because I’m a horror fan at heart, but I still read everything he writes. I’ve learnt a lot from him. At college I had to read Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and that became a favourite, which meant I went on to read his other work. It’s so important to read widely and not just stick to one genre. I’ve started reading crime thrillers this year and have realised I love them too!

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

A) When I got a story traditionally published for the first time I was so proud of myself. I had entered a short story competition but I wasn’t bothered about winning the cash prizes, I just wanted to make sure I was at least one of the runners up as they would be published in the anthology. Once I found out I was a runner up I couldn’t have been happier than if I’d have won the money. Receiving five complementary copies of the anthology and seeing my work in a ‘real’ book for the first time was a huge moment for me. It made me realise for the first time that I can start saying out loud than I’m a writer. I didn’t feel like I was pretending anymore.

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

A) I never had anyone to encourage me while I was growing up and I never told school/college/work friends that I was writing in my spare time, as I felt embarrassed about it. It was only when I met my husband at 25 that I revealed my writing hobby, and it took me a couple of years before I could show him any of my work. I had such low self-esteem due to my upbringing that I didn’t feel confident enough to submit to competitions or publishers until I was in my thirties. My husband has supported my writing ever since we met. I’ve recently finished writing my next novel, a crime thriller, and my husband read the whole thing as a beta-reader for me. At 85,000 words long and in a genre he’s not keen on, that’s true love!

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Wendy Dranfield
Author links:
Twitter: @WendyDranfield
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13513643.Wendy_Dranfield
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Dranfield/e/B00XGLIHAK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1476544391&sr=8-1
Instagram name: wendydranfield

WD: Thanks Abby!
Huge thanks to Wendy for being part of a Q&A on my blog! I wish her much success with her writing career!

The author also has two short story collections available:
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Ends Of The Road

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It Lies With You

 

 

 

#BlogTour Q&A with @Author_KSHunter #Author of, Just One Time #PublicationDay @rararesources

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Just One Time by KS Hunter
Synopsis:
The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.
A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.

Q&A:

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

A) I’ve written three novels before Just One Time, but not as K.S. Hunter. One of them was a top ten bestseller in the UK and it also reached number one in Australia. Just One Time is a different type of genre from what I am typically known for, so K.S. Hunter was born.
Just One Time begins with David Madden, whose marriage is on the verge of collapse because of a ‘mistake’ he made two years earlier, arriving at a theatre in London. There, in the dark, he loses his phone, and the woman next to him offers to ring it to help him find it. He gives her his number and unwittingly invites her into his life. Once she’s in it, she won’t go away, not until he sleeps with her, just one time.
So it’s a steamy psychological thriller, very much a modern-day Fatal Attraction, which explores the idea of desire, seduction, obsession and revenge, and I hope it offers readers the kind of final act they have never seen before.

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

A) I love the theatre and what I described above happening to David happened to me. Well, the first part did. But when I gave my mobile number to a stranger, it got my imagination stirring and I really wondered what it would be like if she got in touch, found out where I lived, found out all about me and wouldn’t go away. Of course, I’m glad that didn’t happen, but without that chance encounter Just One Time and K.S. Hunter wouldn’t exist.
I parted company with my literary agent after my third novel. When I started Just One Time, I spoke with a number of agents and editors. They liked what I was writing, but I was surprised to learn that although erotic fiction is popular with readers, publishers are still very cautious about it – despite Fifty Shades….
It was during that time that another conversation with an agent led me to the idea of writing under a pseudonym and then that made me think about self-publishing: controlling the whole process and really trying to see what kind of impact something I write could have if I didn’t follow the traditional route. It’s been an interesting journey and so far, so good.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) K.S. Hunter would have to go for the steam and thrillers, so let’s say Gillian Flynn, E.L. James, John Lutz and Harrold Robins. But if I stop pretending for a moment, I would say Ian McEwan, Sophie Hannah, Tennessee Williams and Wilkie Collins.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I remember having lots of books in my room when I was a kid, but I don’t remember reading them. I don’t think I ever read a YA book as a teenager (not even sure if that genre existed then!), but I distinctly remember the moment when I got into reading. My dad was an avid reader, so I asked him for a book. He suggested The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon. And that was where my love of reading began. From that moment on, I read what he recommended and they were always adult novels.

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

A) Seeing my second novel climb the charts the way it did. Now with the internet you can watch chart positions climb by the hour. It’s such a thrilling sensation. 500, then 250, then 100, then 58, then 21, then 9… and finally 6. And when my agent reported sales of 7,000 copies in one day, that was a pretty special moment too.

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

A) As this is my fourth, I’ve just got on with it really. Throughout my time writing, a number of authors have been particularly supportive and encouraging. Top of that list is Sophie Hannah, who I would say really mentored me through my first two books.

Author Bio – K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.
Social Media Links –
https://www.facebook.com/author.kshunter
https://twitter.com/Author_KSHunter
Website: http://www.AuthorKSHunter.com

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

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Q&A with S.D Mayes @authorMayes #Author of, Letters To The Pianist @BHCPressBooks #Extract #ww2Fiction

Delighted to welcome author S.D Mayes to the blog for an author Q&A.

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Letters To The Pianist by S.D Mayes
Synopsis:

A FAMILY TORN APART … A PAST THEY CAN’T ESCAPE

In war torn London, 1941, fourteen-year-old Ruth Goldberg and her two younger siblings, Gabi and Hannah, survive the terrifying bombing of their family home. They believe their parents are dead, their bodies buried underneath the burnt remains – but unbeknownst to them, their father, Joe, survives and is taken to hospital with amnesia.

Four years on, Ruth stumbles across a newspaper photo of a celebrated pianist and is struck by the resemblance to her father. Desperate for evidence she sends him a letter, and as the pianist’s dormant memories emerge, his past unravels, revealing his true identity – as her beloved father, Joe. Ruth sets out to meet him, only to find herself plunged into an aristocratic world of sinister dark secrets.

Can she help him escape and find a way to stay alive?

Q&A:

Q) Firstly, for the readers can you introduce yourself and your novel?

A) Thanks, Abby, my name is S.D. Mayes. I’ve been a human interest journalist for nearly twenty years, and Letters to the Pianist is my first historical suspense novel.

Q) WW2 fiction is one of my favourite historical fiction genre’s. What is your research process for your novel? Is it difficult to bring war torn London alive on the page?

Yes, it is a tough call, but what inspired me to write the book was finding my mother, Ruth’s memoires after she died three years ago. She wrote about how her family home was bombed in the blitz and the subsequent evacuation to stay with relatives after she and her two siblings were left orphaned. I had a real eye opener into the turmoil of that time. Ruth the protagonist is inspired by her and the bomb scenes are based on real events that she described.
I also did a ton of research, reading endless online accounts from people who lived as children during that time. I also watched many documentaries on Hitler and the aristocracy, which was a fascinating learning curve.

Q) The novel revolves around the Goldberg family; can you tell us a little more about them? And the inspiration behind this family?

A) Yes the Goldberg’s are, Rose and Joseph Goldberg and their three children, Ruth 14, Gabi, 12 and Hannah, 10. They all live in a terraced house in Hackney, East London. And they were inspired by my mother, Ruth and her two younger siblings, Derek and Shirley. Rose is based on my grandmother Rose and the complex fractious relationship she and my mother Ruth had. Joseph the father, is completely fictionalised.
The weird thing is, I recently had a Facebook friend offer to look into my ancestry, and discovered that my Grandmother’s Rose’s maiden name was actually Goldberg. I really thought I’d chosen the name at random. How weird is that?

Q) Your novel has quite a young central protagonist Ruth Goldberg. She is 14 years old at the opening of the novel and then the novel picks up just four years later. Do you think there is also an added YA appeal to the novel? And If so do you think the novel would work well in education settings, to add a real life feel to world war two history coursework?

A) Yes the novel spans the years, 1941 to 1946, so we see Ruth age from 14 to 19 during the course of the story. Thank you for asking this, as I definitely feel that many schoolchildren could relate to the young ones in the story, and could learn about the war from what they go through – little ones clambering onto the train in the evacuations, split up from their families, and learning to live with relatives they don’t know, or far worse, complete strangers. My daughter has studied the Nazis and WWII in her GCSE’s and she agrees that this story would help in their understanding of the turmoil of that time. I’d absolutely love my novel to be added to coursework. That would be a dream come true.

Q) The novel also deals with the tricky subject of a character’s amnesia. Did you have to do medical research into this and the available resources in 1941? Did you learn anything that surprised you?

A) I did so much research on amnesia and Savant Syndrome which is explained in the story, when Joseph Goldberg’s severe concussion, after the family home is bombed, enables him to play the piano as beautifully as many of the great maestros. I studied a man in the US who hit his head on a shallow swimming pool after diving in, and acquired savant syndrome with the incredible ability to play the piano. It is a fascinating symptom which was first discovered over a hundred years ago, and doctors to this day still cannot fully understand it.
I’m not sure we’ve move on much over the years. I learnt from talking to doctors, that the brain is incredibly complex and to this day the medical profession still only understands 10 % of how it works. So in over a hundred years, medically we are still no further on in establishing the issues with amnesia and when memory will return, or anything to do with the mysterious savant syndrome and why the brain rewires itself as a consequence of concussion or from a neurodevelopmental disorder. Yes, we have gone from X-rays to CT scans and MRI scans, so we can take a picture of the brain, but that’s it!

I don’t feel that this is an insult to the medical profession; more that our brains are incredibly complex and we are beautiful fascinating instruments – with more potential than we could ever imagine.

Q) Ruth’s father Joe, is a pianist in the novel. What was the inspiration behind this element of the novel?

A) I’m not really sure what inspired me about the character becoming a pianist. It just came to me. But I enjoyed choosing and listening to the classical pieces he played. I also asked a friend who played the piano, for information.

Q) Due to the pianist theme, I can imagine this novel to have a beautiful soundtrack. Did you write to any music, in particular?

A) No, I didn’t write anything. That would be a bit beyond my skills. But there is an example of music in this paragraph: ‘On stage, illuminated by the spotlight, Edward bent over the imposing ebony Steinway, his fingers swift and sure, dancing lightly and then crashing across the ivories. He played plays Mozart’s Overture from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ with such ferocious passion, his body twisted and turned, his face contorted and his eyes rolled wildly. Then he eloquently changed key and with tender emotion played Liszt’s, ‘Dreams of Love’ …
There is one song that runs through the novel, the old time classic, ‘You Made Me Love You’ first recorded in 1913 and written by James V. Monaco, with lyrics by Joseph McCarthy.

Q) Since your novels release, what has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) I think actually receiving copies in the post in published form, bound and printed with a beautiful cover – which was designed by the publishers, but thankfully, I absolutely love.

Q) Who is your support network when you are writing?

A) Support .. hmm I think my support comes from online bloggers and reviewers such as yourself. I don’t get much support at home. Everyone wants attention and my cat, Saphy always plonks herself down on my laptop and paperwork, and then refuses to get off.

Q) Finally, what is planned next in your writing career? Will you continue to write in the ww2 fiction genre?

A) I do plan to write a sequel to Letters to the Pianist – which is about the Goldbergs five years on – called ‘The Silk Swastika’. I have an entire plot synopsis. I just need to write it!
I love the WWII era and my favourite books are Atonement by Ian McEwan, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally.

There’s a Goodreads giveaway of a signed paperback, that ends on the first day of Hanukkah, December 12th, in honour of the Goldberg family in the book. Here’s the giveaway link:
Goodreads giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/263008-letters-to-the-pianist

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S.D Mayes
Author links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorMayes
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorMayes/
Website: http://www.authormayes.com

Extract:
I hope you enjoy this book extract from my 1940s suspense novel, LETTERS TO THE PIANIST – set in Britain, during and after WWII.

This extract is taken from a third of the way into the story, when Edward is visiting his father-in-law’s country estate in Shropshire with his wife, Connie. The family and some mysterious guests have just eaten game for dinner, after taking part in a rather sinister pheasant shoot, and Edward has just seen the entire table, including his wife, raising a toast to Hitler. Confused and overcome with nausea he covers his mouth with his hand, and staggers towards the door.

This gives you a snapshot of the central theme of the story – how the protagonist, Edward – a Jewish man with no memory of the past, is attempting to make sense of the strange family he has married into.

Stumbling into their bedroom, Edward flopped down onto the four-poster bed. Connie swept through the door after him, her signature Chanel permeating the air like a scented breeze. Sitting on the edge of the bed, he felt her stroke his forehead, feeling the coolness of her fingers contrast with the heat emanating from his brow.
‘How are you, darling?’
He wrinkled his forehead. ‘I don’t feel well.’
‘But you must eat, Eddie. Are you going to join us later?’
He groaned. ‘I’ve got one of those awful migraines. Do apologise for me.’
Connie leant over and kissed him on the lips, stroking his cheek as he turned his face away.
‘Is everything all right, darling?’
‘I just didn’t think you were an Adolf fan?’
Connie pouted and folded her arms. ‘Oh, so that’s what this is about. Honestly, Eddie, you are being silly. I merely raised an innocent glass of claret to a dead man. We must all learn forgiveness for the damned, and I can’t sit there like a party pooper. Daddy would have thought me terribly improper for disrespecting his comrades.’
‘Forgiveness,’ said Edward, staring at her blankly.
‘Yes, Daddy’s philosophy has always been to raise a toast and bless your enemies. It’s a family superstition … in case you meet them in hell.’ Connie giggled.
He closed his eyes, feeling more confused than ever.
‘Do come down when you’re hungry, darling.’ She stood up and smoothed down her dress. ‘I can tell chef to fix you something light, perhaps some scrambled eggs and smoked salmon?’
‘Thank you,’ he said wearily. He waited for the door to shut, relieved to be left alone. Family superstition. Could that really be true? Despite the many times he tried to whitewash it, there was something about his father-in-law’s nature that was deeply disturbing. It was like hearing a violinist play a rapturous melody that lifted your spirits until, without warning, there was that one shrill, discordant note, so unbearably, piercingly out of tune, that it made you want to scream for it to stop.

*Huge thanks to S.D Mayes for taking the time to complete a Q&A and be part of a post on my blog. I wish you every success with your writing career.

 

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.

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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
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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?