Kill Me Twice – 12 Words with Anna Smith

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Anna Smith is an award-winning journalist who spent a lifetime in daily newspapers, reporting from the front line all over the world, and who has been the first on the scene in many world shaking events. She now writes full time, using her vast experience as a journalist to create the hugely popular series featuring Rosie Gilmour, a gritty Glasgow journalist who tears down the walls of corruption and will stop at nothing to get her story.

Today, as part of her blog tour for the latest Rosie Gilmour release Kill Me Twice, Anna is taking on the LifeOfCri.me 12 word challenge.

 

Rules
 
Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)
 
Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.

 

LOC: Kill Me Twice is the latest novel in your series featuring Rosie Gilmour,  What can you tell us about it?

AS: Rosie tears down the wall of lies, from showbiz to Westminster.

LOC: How would you sum up Rosie to someone new to your writing?

AS: Rosie’s a gritty, tough frontline journalist with a shade of vulnerability.

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

AS: I become wrapped up in Rosie’s life, I forget the real world!

LOC: What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt in your writing career?

AS: If you believe in your story and characters, someone else will.

LOC: Any tips for aspiring authors?

AS: Finish what you started, and keep writing. Have faith.

LOC: Describe your perfect day

AS: Morning walk on a sunny in Spain or Ireland, writing in the afternoons.

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

AS: The Burning Room, Michael Connelly

LOC: Why?

AS. Been so busy this year, I’m still not finished it. But it’s brilliant!

and finally just for laughs……

LOC: Thanks to author David Mark you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of a TV Talent show, with only, a wagon wheel, your teenage diaries and a human foot. What do you do?

AS: Read diary: ‘I knew the road trip had gone wrong when I woke up next to a severed foot.’

 

9781784294793Dangerous secrets threaten to destroy lives from the sink estates of Glasgow to the corridors of Westminster in this latest case for Rosie Gilmour.

A beautiful model’s death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour’s darkest case to date.

When rags-to-riches Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn’t jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell – alcoholic, depressed herself and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that’s not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets…

Back in Glasgow, Rosie’s research into Bella’s life leads to her brother, separated from her in care years before. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict and rent boy, but what he reveals about Bella’s early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she’s dead.

As Rosie’s drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she’s about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment…

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12 Words with Howard Linskey

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Howard Linskey is the author of trio of books, The Drop, The Damage and The Dead, featuring David Blake. He is also the eyes (and everything else), behind Behind Dead Eyes the second in a series of books set in the north east of England, and sequel to No Name Lane.

Having recently read, and loved, No Name Lane, it was a delight to catch up with him again at both CrimeFest and Harrogate, and get him to participate in the LifeOfCri.me 12 word challenge.

Here’s what he had to say…

 

12 Word Rules

Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)

Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.

 

LOC: Your latest release Behind Dead Eyes is the second to feature DS Ian Bradshaw and journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton. What can you tell us about it?

HL: It’s a north east based crime mystery with some shocking outcomes.

LOC: How was it starting out with these new characters after your previous David Blake series?

HL: Reinvigorating to write something entirely new with different characters and situations.

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

HL: Chaotic winging-it with a bit of planning either end of the story.

LOC: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt in your writing career?

HL: Stuff I make up is actually published as a book.

LOC: Describe your perfect getaway.

HL: Great food and wine, writing, family, a sea view from my window.

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months and why?

HL: Ian Ayris’ ‘Abide With Me’ is original, authentic and superbly written.

and finally just for laughs……

LOC: Thanks to author Quentin Bates you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of a TV Talent show, with only a Phone book, a pair of wellies and a corkscrew. What do you do?

HL: Use the corkscrew then make a bottle of wine disappear. That’s magic!

12 Words with David Mark

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img_3005David Mark is the author of the DS McAvoy series, which includes, Dark Winter, Original Skin, Sorrow Bound, Taking Pity and his most recent release Dead Pretty.

 

Rules

Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)

Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.

 

LOC: Your latest release Dead Pretty is the fifth in your series featuring DS Aector McAvoy.  What can you tell us about it?

DM: One Girl Missing. One Girl Dead. Link? Depraved vigilante? Or pure evil?

LOC: How about some hints about what’s up next for our favourite Gentle giant?

DM: Family ties to murder …New York … trailing a religious killer. Cruel Mercy.

LOC: How does being a full time author compare to your previous career as a journalist?

DM: It’s better. I smile. I drink less. I have less money. Ace.   (LOC: Shhh… we’ll pretend we didn’t notice)

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

DM: Obsessive cogitation, deep journey into imagination, structure, plot, flavour – then do it!

LOC: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your writing career?

DM: Getting bloody published. Ten years of failure and despair then overnight success.

LOC: Describe your perfect day

DM: Coffee, extreme weather, platitudes from loved ones, uninterrupted writing. Lottery win.

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

DM: The Girl in Green by Derek B Miller.

LOC: Why?

DM: Beautifully written, very interesting and a bit odd. Great characters and tone.

and finally just for laughs……

LOC: Thanks to author Angela Marsons you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of a TV Talent show, with only an ironing board, a box of matches and an armadillo.  What do you do?

DM: If it’s for Sky Arts, just balance all three on my head and allow the viewer to interpret my inner pain and artistic vision.   (I’m going to forgive the breach in word count, just ‘cus I *love* that answer)

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12 Words with Michael Wood

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imageMichael Wood is a proofreader and former journalist in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. His first novel featuring DCI Matilda Darke, For Reasons Unknown, was released in the autumn of 2015. The follow-up, Outside Looking In, is out now in ebook format by Killer Reads at HarperCollins.

Today, as part of his blog tour, I’m the one on the Outside Looking In, (did you see what I did there? *grin*) as Michael takes on the LifeOfCri.me. 12 word challenge.

 

 

Rules 
 
Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)
 
Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.

LOC: Your new release Outside Looking In is your second Matilda Darke novel, what can you tell us about it?

MW: It’s a thriller about looking in from the outside

LOC: As a long term reviewer for the renowned website CrimeSquad, what’s it like to be receiving your own reviews?

MW: Absolutely petrifying

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

MW: Well structured and organised. Very lonely. I love it.

LOC: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt in your writing career?

MW: I am only a newbie, so I’m still learning

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months and why? 

MW: The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh

MW: She is a genius psychological thriller writer

LOC: Describe your perfect day

MW: Write about 5,000 words, plenty of coffee with no interruptions.

and finally just for laughs…...

LOC: Thanks to author Quentin Bates you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of Britain’s Got Talent, with just a phone book, a pair of wellies and a cork screw.What do you do?

MW: I only need the phone book to call a cab and leave

12 Words with Quentin Bates

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screenshot_2016-02-20-02-20-13-1.pngQuentin Bates was born in England and through a series of coincidences found himself working in Iceland for his gap year.  One year turned into ten, plus a wife and children.  After a move back to the UK he began work as a nautical journalist and editor of a commercial fishing magazine.  His Gunnhildur Gisladottir series was born through the author’s own inside knowledge of Iceland and its society, along with the world of exploring crime.

Thin Ice is the fifth installment in the Officer Gunnhildur series and is available now.

As part of the Thin Ice blog tour, today Quentin takes the LifeOfCri.me 12 word challenge.

 

Rules 
 
Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)
 
Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.
 

LOC: You’ve just released Thin Ice, the fifth in your series featuring Officer Gunnhildur, what can you tell us about it?

QB: Two villains, two kidnapped women, a bag of cash and no petrol.

LOC: Gunnar has an interesting home life, is this typical of an Icelandic lifestyle, and to the more European lifestyle, or as unplanned for you as it was for Gunnar & Gisli?

QB: It just evolved, but she copes with everything I chuck at her.

LOC: What’s the most challenging part of switching between writing your own novels and translating those of others?

QB: No problem. It’s the same toolbox but a different set of tools.

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

QB: There’s plenty of swearing and watching the kettle boil.

LOC: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt in your writing career?

QB: I never imagined a gang of crimewriters could be so much fun.

( LOC: Ooh… crimewriters, not crime writers?  That’s skating on “Thin Ice” with the word count….   😉  )

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months?

QB: Jonathan Dark or the Evidence of Ghosts by AK Benedict

LOC: Why?

QB: Tough choice, but this book is bonkers, magnificently imaginative and just enthralling

LOC: Describe your perfect day

QB: Distant mountains, sounds and smells of the sea, fish for dinner.

and finally just for laughs……

LOC: Thanks to author Leigh Russell you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of Britain’s Got Talent, with a stick of celery, a top hat and a panda. What do you do?

QB: Bribe panda with celery to wear hat for winning Fred Astaire impression.