Matching The Evidence by Graham Smith Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

So today is my stop on the blog tour for Matching the Evidence by Graham Smith, published by Caffeine Nights.

About the book:

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United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically, DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson.

Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them.

Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers.

Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime.

About Graham Smith:

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Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. For the last eleven years he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.

As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

My thoughts:

Matching the Evidence is the first book I’ve read by Graham Smith and it was definitely an interesting introduction to DI Harry Evans. This book follows on from Snatched From Home, which I haven’t read, but it still works well as a standalone novella. Previous incidents are mentioned in MtE, but it works in such a way that it makes the reader eager to find out what his backstory is.

Events in Snatched From Home have lead to Evans and his team essentially being punished by having to do football hooligan crowd control when Milwall are up against United. What follows is not what I expected. There is much more to this book than meets the eye but won’t go into detail, as it being a short book I would surely give something away!

Funnily enough, I don’t tend to read much UK crime fiction, which is odd as being Irish we’re next door neighbours. However, Graham Smith’s writing style is gritty and engaging and it makes me want to know more about the characters. DI Harry Evens especially, is one to watch out for. I really like how he is portrayed, and I want to know what happened to him to make him the way he is. I love a flawed detective, and yes I know there’s tons of them out there already, but there’s always room for another.

Matching the Evidence addresses much more than hooliganism, there is also the horrendous treatment of illegal immigrants and we get some of the story through their narrative which is tough to read.

Graham Smith has packed a big punch in a small novel. Well written, with intriguing characters and a plot that flows easily, Matching the Evidence was a great introduction to this series and it’s one I will be watching with interest to see where it goes. Highly recommended!

Matching the Evidence is out on the 8th of September and you can preorder your copy by clicking here.

There is also a stellar line up of bloggers taking part in the tour, so here’s the info you need to keep up with it!

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Huge thanks to Graham Smith, Caffeine Nights Publishing and Noelle Holten for allowing me to take part in the tour!

Happy reading!

Weekly Wrap Up August 28th

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a good week. It’s hard to believe that the kids are back to school next week here and it’s FINALLY back into a routine! I can’t wait! 😊

I’ve had another busy week on here with a couple of reviews and two blog tours as well as the usual Saturday Series post! 

As regards reading, I’m still slow but I managed to read one book, bringing my total books read this year to 114 so far. Not bad when my target was 75!

So anyway, back to this week’s posts!

On Monday, I had the pleasure of author Cat Hogan joining me for a Q&A as part of the blog tour for They All Fall Down:

Blog Tour Q&A with Cat Hogan- They All Fall Down


Tuesday’s post was another blog tour. This time it was Valentina Giambanco with a guest post to coincide with her latest novel, Blood and Bone:

Blog Tour- Blood and Bone by Valentina Giambanco


Next up was a review I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks, a debut from Elizabeth Heathcote called Undertow. I thoroughly enjoyed this one:

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote


As usual, I had the Triple S post yesterday. I was joined by Hemmie Martin as she discussed her own series as well as some books she’s read and enjoyed:

Saturday Series Spotlight- Hemmie Martin


Last, but by no means least, I reviewed the superb Pendulum by Adam Hamdy! Definitely one to watch out for!

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

That’s been my week on the blog! Next week sees another very busy week with blog tours, and I’ll hopefully have a review as well. I’m currently reading The Constant Soldier by William Ryan before I go to meet him on Friday evening in Limerick so that will be a nice break from the norm! 😊

What you’ll see on here next week:

  • Matching the Evidence by Graham Smith blog tour
  • A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley blog tour
  • First Monday Crime spotlight on Jane Corry
  • Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson blog tour
  • August Book Haul post
  • Q&A with Jackie Baldwin 

How has your week been? 😊

Pendulum by Adam Hamdy

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*My thanks to Katie at Headline for my ARC of Pendulum by Adam Hamdy*

About the book:

You wake. Confused. Disorientated.
A noose is round your neck.
You are bound, standing on a chair.
All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope.
You are about to die.
John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable.
Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour.
He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.
The momentum is in his favour for now.
But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum…

You have one chance. Run.

About the author:

Adam Hamdy is the author of the forthcoming Pendulum trilogy, which will be published by Headline in November 2016. New York Times bestselling author, James Patterson, said: “I read Pendulum in one gloriously suspenseful weekend. Definitely one of the best thrillers of the year.”

As a screenwriter, Adam has worked with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently developing original TV dramas with networks in the UK and US.

In addition to his film and television work, Adam is building a reputation as an author. After garnering critical acclaim, Adam’s self-published second novel, Out of Reach, was republished by Endeavour Press in 2015.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors.

Adam has a degree in Law from Oxford University and a degree in Philosophy from the University of London. Adam is a seasoned skier, rock climber, CPSA marksman, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organisation, the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association, and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

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My thoughts:

I had seen Pendulum pop up on social media weeks ago, and that cover really caught my eye so when there was a proof up for grabs I immediately asked if I could red and review and I am SO glad I did!!!

Pendulum is a high octane game of cat and mouse, stretching from the UK to the USA and back again. This transatlantic book is one of the most interesting crime novels I have had the pleasure of reading lately.

When we meet John Wallace, he is literally at the end of his rope. Put there by a masked and armoured man, he has no idea why he has been chosen and what is going to befall him. What follows is a pulse pounding rollercoaster filled with some very intriguing characters along the way.

I’m not going to dissect the book, but I will say this, Adam Hamdy has created a superb beginning to a series. It is full of mystery, action and it asks the reader so may questions along the way that it will make your head spin.

I loved Pendulum. I loved the characters, the way the story plays out, the interwoven threads that the author begins to unravel without the reader even noticing. So subtle, yet so brilliant and unexpected.

I may sound like a weirdo, but I loved the antagonist! The way Adam Hamdy has written the killer makes it possible to visualise them completely, and I have to say, if this was a movie it would be AMAZING to see the killer on screen!

Pendulum is a promising beginning to this series, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next one!!!! Highly, HIGHLY recommended!!!

Pre-order your copy here. Happy reading!🙂

Saturday Series Spotlight- Hemmie Martin

Hello!

So its Saturday morning, which can only mean one thing, its the Triple S post. This week its the turn of Hemmie Martin.

About Hemmie:

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.
Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in and around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far. Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and two contemporary women’s fiction, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises. Mental health often features in her novels due to her background of forensic mental health nursing. Hemmie is a member of The Crime Writer’s Association.

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Wednesday’s Woes

 

When I was a child I adored Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series. Being an only child, the characters became my friends and I loved getting to know them more as the series progressed. I loved the camaraderie, the adventures, and George, as I too was a tomboy – it gave me permission to be as I was in a world later dictated to by ‘Jackie’ and ‘Blue Jeans’. I read some of the books to my own daughters when they were young, and I enjoyed revisiting the stories again and seeing the pleasure in my daughters’ eyes.  

At High school I wrote all my English essays about a fighter pilot – Hayden Moss. My teacher said I’d written a book about this character over the years, but I look back now and think that perhaps that was my first foray into writing a series.

Later, I adored Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple series, preferring this character to Poirot, I suppose I have a preference towards a female protagonist. Having said that, Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus is a tremendous character and series, so that blows my theory out of the water.

I’m coming across new authors on a daily basis thanks to blogs such as this one, so my TBR pile is growing taller each day, especially as I currently prefer reading paperbacks rather than using my Kindle.

My own crime series featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, is currently comprised of four novels – ‘In the Light of Madness’, ‘Rightful Owner’, ‘Shadows of the Mind’, and ‘What Happens After’. Each book is a complete story, but if you want to read Wednesday and Lennox’s backstory in chronological order, then the above order will do just that.

Wednesday is a competent DI, but lacks confidence in herself at work and as a daughter, hence she sometimes exhibits passive-aggressive traits. She fiercely guards her private life from her work colleagues, especially her mother’s mental illness. However, overtime, thanks to a crime that encircles her mother, and her half-sister’s role as a journalist, some of her private life is revealed, causing her anxiety, as she fears it will prevent her from rising up the ranks in the police force.

She is also anxious about mental illness lurking in her own mind, and she wonders whether other people see it there?

Thanks to a shameful event in her past, Wednesday remains single, fearful of trusting men again. Her half-sister, Scarlett Willow, has no such worries, and being bi-sexual, is never short of a partner of either gender, and it’s only when she begins dating Lennox that it causes concern for Wednesday. She is struck by worries of how it could affect her working relationship with Lennox, and twinges of jealousy – something she learnt to live with as she and Scarlett grew up together. Scarlett is striking in appearance, whereas Wednesday is rather plain.

I’m at the planning stage for the fifth novel in the series, which the publisher is keen to publish towards the end of 2017 – so I had better get on with it!


Useful links:

Winter Goose Publishing- Hemmie Martin

www.hemmiemartin.com

Hemmie Martin Amazon Author Page


Huge thanks to Hemmie Martin for taking part in the Saturday Series Spotlight post!🙂

Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

 

*My thanks to Quercus and Netgalley for my review copy*
About the book:

My husband’s lover. They said her death was a tragic accident. And I believed them . . . until now.

Carmen is happily married to Tom, a successful London lawyer and divorcé with three children. She is content to absorb the stresses of being a stepmother to teenagers and the stain of ‘second wife’. She knows she’ll always live in the shadow of another woman – not Tom’s first wife Laura, who is resolutely polite and determinedly respectable, but the lover that ended his first marriage: Zena. Zena who was shockingly beautiful. Zena who drowned swimming late one night.

But Carmen can overlook her husband’s dead mistress . . . until she starts to suspect that he might have been the person who killed her.

My thoughts:

Undertow is a gripping psychological thriller. Combining domestic noir with psychological elements makes for a great read. I was hooked once I started reading it, and that’s always a good sign for me!

The author has done a brilliant job in portraying the characters and their various back stories. Some of them were also genuinely horrible characters, which made me second guess their motives at times but I really enjoyed the sense of menace and tension that builds throughout the novel leading up to its climactic ending.

While I had made some guesses along the way, it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book. I think because I read so many books of this genre I seem to figure out some of the plot twists early on.

However, in a market saturated with this genre, Elizabeth Heathcote has done well to stand out. Undertow is an assured and confident book, and I would definitely recommend it.

Blog Tour- Blood and Bone by Valentina Giambanco

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Blood and Bone by Valentina Giambanco and I have a great guest post from the author for you all! Before that though, here’s all the info!🙂

About the book:

After two years in the Seattle Police Department, Detective Alice Madison has finally found a peace she has never known before. When a local burglary escalates into a gruesome murder, Madison takes charge of the investigation. She finds herself tracking a killer who has haunted the city for years – and whose brutality is the stuff of myth in high security prisons. As she delves deeper into the case, Madison learns that the widow of one of the victims is being stalked – is the killer poised to strike again? As pressures mount, Madison will stop at nothing to save the next innocent victim . . . even if it means playing a killer’s endgame.

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About the author (via Amazon Author Page):

I was born in Italy and came to London after my Italian A-levels to do a degree in English & Drama at Goldsmiths – it was an amazing time in an amazing place.
My first love has always been movies and as soon as I walked into a cutting room – actually a cramped college edit suite with an old two-machine system – I knew I was home.
I started in films as an editor’s apprentice in a 35mm cutting room making tea and sharpening pencils. Since then, over almost twenty years, I have been involved in many UK and US pictures, from small independent projects to large studio productions.
I was an early reader and have always kept notebooks of ideas for stories I wanted to write: when I started my first novel, THE GIFT OF DARKNESS, I only knew that it would be about a young homicide detective who is forced by circumstances to investigate a case with a criminal. And the story would be part procedural, part thriller and full of the twists and turns I loved in my favourite books and movies.
I set the Alice Madison series in Seattle because I had fallen in love with the city many years earlier and it was a way of being there. Seattle and the ruthlessly beautiful wilderness of Washington State have shaped and inspired the stories in every way and continue to do so.
I live in South West London but I spend most of my day in the Pacific Northwest.


 

And without further ado, I’ll hand you all over to Valentina…

The day I met a homicide detective

I was sitting across the table from a homicide detective and she was watching me, taking the measure of me in a way that made me aware of every word I said and how I said it. The room was small – was it one of their standard interview rooms? I caught myself checking for a one-sided mirror but the walls were a uniform pale shade of oatmeal, more office than police. In the room there was nothing but a table with four chairs, a homicide detective with far better things to do and a crime fiction writer who was trying very hard to be calm and collected.

  I should have realised that being in that room in the headquarters of the Seattle Police Department was not a place conducive to get the detective to open up to me and speak candidly about her job and what it is like to be chasing down murderers and violent felons. This was the place where they did the chasing down. It was far more likely that she would get me to talk to her than vice versa.

I write crime fiction, more specifically I write about a homicide detective, Alice Madison, in the Seattle Police Department, in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, which explain why my research had led me on a grey March day – only hours before my plane would take me back to my London home – to be across the table from the real life version of my character. And why I was feeling under scrutiny and slightly apprehensive.

The meeting had been organised by her former detective sergeant and sparing the time to see me in the middle of her day was a kindness – a kindness I did not want her to regret.

She was in her early fifties and had sharp eyes and the poise of someone used to run things and get things done. She had come to policing quite late – when she was thirty-four – but her colleagues had seen an aptitude for a particular kind of work and, after years in other units like patrol and sex crimes, had encouraged her to apply to Homicide. Two and a half years later she had investigated six cases out of Seattle’s yearly quota of 30-35 murders, and – for her sins – found herself talking to me.

When I’m talking to an officer, and I have little time to develop a connection, I always try to get straight to the core of policing: there is a huge mythology about the work police officers do and it has been represented in a thousand ways in books and films – many times possibly misrepresented. What would she have liked the public to know about being a detective that is not always portrayed in the media?

She considered the question and I knew I’d get a straight answer. Detectives need to know how to document things, she said, they need to know how to prepare against the defense because when it goes to court their case needs to be watertight.

I nodded, trying not to interrupt her stream of thoughts. Detectives need to be hard working and tenacious, she continued, with a long attention span. Sure, they need the ability to talk to people but they must be very good with paperwork too. Shoddy paperwork can lose a case. Families don’t get to pick the detective that leads their loved one’s murder investigation and talking to them is like walking a tightrope. I asked her why. Because you cannot give them the complete assurance that you will find the murderer and they’ll go to jail, you just cannot make that kind of promise. But, she continued, what she does say is ‘I promise we will never stop looking’. And when she said it I believed her.

What did she remember most about her first case as a primary detective? Mostly, she replied, the pressure of not messing up, of doing things right, dotting the Is and crossing the Ts. That pressure was all consuming. She was being totally honest and I was more grateful than I could say.

We spoke about the pressures of being a mother with teenagers and working night shifts, of the arrangements come undone because at the last minute a suspect had been arrested and she had to question him instead of having lunch with her daughter on her way to a job interview.

I could have stayed in the little room for hours listening to her talk about the job she obviously felt so passionately about but I was aware that beyond the door she had cases to go back to and work to do. Incidentally, her partner had not joined us because they’d had a murder at the weekend and she was too busy. It kind of puts things into perspective.

As a last note I asked her if there was something particularly irksome in the way films, television and books portray women detectives and I did get a smile. She had watched a film the other day, she replied, and the detective looked frumpy, as if she hadn’t even brushed her hair when she left her house. Women detectives wore business casual, she said, and they brush their hair. I thought about a French television series with a woman homicide detective, I thought of her scrunched up pony-tail and the strap of her vest which was constantly threatening to fall off her shoulder. It was almost distracting from the story. The real detective had a point.

I thanked her and she took me downstairs through security. We said goodbye and I went back to my hotel and she went back to the weekend’s murder. She was brilliant, I thought, absolutely brilliant. My character is twenty years younger and a completely different person but I would love for her to grow up to be that kind of detective.

 

Huge thanks to Valentina for joining me on the blog today! Blood and Bone will be out in paperback on August 25th and you can order a copy by clicking the link below:

Blood and Bone by Valentina Giambanco

Keep up with the tour:

Blood and Bone blog tour poster

 

Blog Tour Q&A with Cat Hogan- They All Fall Down

Today, I’m thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for They All Fall Down, written by Cat Hogan. In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t read They All Fall Down, YET!!! It’s on my shelves ready and waiting though!🙂

About the author:

Cat Hogan was born into a home of bookworms and within spitting distance of the sea. Her father, Pat, a lightship man, instilled in her a love of the sea and the stars. Her mother, Mag, taught her how to read before she could walk.
Writing, storytelling and a wild imagination is part of her DNA.

The beautiful County Wexford, Ireland is home to Cat, her musician partner Dave, two beautiful sons Joey and Arthur, and her tomcat Jim Hawkins. There they live a life of storytelling, song and adventure. The other love of Cat’s life is food. A self-professed foodie, there is nothing she loves more than feeding a houseful of friends round her kitchen table.

When she is not conjuring up imaginary friends, she can be found supporting local musicians and writers of which there is an abundance in her home town. One of her first endorsements for her novel is also her favourite and comes from fellow Wexfordian of Artemis Fowl fame.

‘If the Gone Girl met the Girl on the Train, they would have come up with They All Fall Down’ -Eoin Colfer.

They All Fall Down is Cat’s debut novel.

Find Cat on Twitter: @Kittycathogan

And on Facebook: Catherina Hogan Wordsmith

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About the book:

Ring-a-ring o’ rosie . . .
… Someone wants to play.
… Who’s not playing the game?
… Now Someone must pay.

Jen Harper likes to play it safe. She is settling into life on the outskirts of a sleepy fishing village with her little boy, Danny. Life by the sea – just how she wanted it.

When she meets Andy, she feels the time has come to put her baggage and the scars of the past behind her. Then she is introduced to Scott, Andy’s best friend, and is stung by his obvious disdain for her. Why is Scott so protective of his best friend? What is the dark secret that threatens all of them?

In her attempt to find answers, Jen must confront her demons and push her relationships to their limits. By digging up the past, she puts Danny and herself in danger. Will she succeed in uncovering the truth before they all fall down?

Raw and energetic, They All Fall Down is a fast-paced and addictive novel exploring the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY:

They All Fall Down by Cat Hogan

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And without further ado, onto the questions🙂

 

Bookish ones first:

 

Can you tell me a little about your journey to publication?

 

It was a quick one! Within a year of the first draft, They All Fall Down was on the shelves. It has been such a whirlwind really; I’ve barely had time to catch my breath. I love every minute of it all so far and I have met an amazing bunch of people.

 

What made you choose to write a psychological thriller?

 

Funnily enough- that happened by accident. I thought I would be lighter than that and funny – but no, my subconscious took over very early and the story started. It was dark. I think I censored myself a bit- it could have been a lot more twisted. In effect, the genre chose me. The next couple of books are darker. I think I have found my voice.

 

How would you describe They All Fall Down to readers who have yet to pick it up?

 

They All Fall Down is set in Ireland and tells the story of six people. Eoin Colfer has described it as ‘an intoxicating cocktail of psychological thriller and emotional roller coaster’. It explores the depths of flawed human nature, the thin line between love and obsession and the destructive nature of addiction. It doesn’t fit neatly into any genre per se- but it’s a great story.

 

What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?

 

I’m a bookworm- always have been and books always came before the writing. I LOVE getting so engrossed in a book you lose hours and before you know it, it’s three in the morning. You just have to read one more chapter.

My favourite thing about being an author is getting messages to that effect from people. Readers have skipped dinner, ignored the kids and stayed up half the night- just because they couldn’t put my book down. That to me is magic.

 

What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?

 

The crippling self-doubt! It was all fine and dandy when I was sitting at my kitchen table in the small hours, writing the book and dreaming about getting a book deal and hitting the best seller list. Then it happened and the book is out there for all to see, and all to have an opinion about!!!

So far, the reviews have been really great and readers are excited to see what comes next. That’s pressure- now people have an expectation and the next book has to be better. I’m nervous about that. I know I can do it, but it still keeps me awake at night.

 

Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?

 

Book ten will be completed and I’ll still have a head full of ideas. There will be a movie- of that I am sure. It’s on the vision board- it will happen! Graham Norton’s couch will be visited!! Would love to have a couple of plays doing the circuit as well. Book signings all over the globe- and of course, a house in the sticks.

If you are going to dream- dream big! And then just GSD ( get sh*t done- my catchphrase, along with HFS, holy flying sh*tballs- if you hear me saying that, you know big news is coming! )

 

What’s next for you?

 

Next on the cards for me is a tour of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland. As a nod to my late father, who worked for Irish Lights until his sudden death in 2001, all I wanted on the cover of the book was a lighthouse- hence the location of They All Fall Down. You can imagine my surprise when the first publisher to come back to me was Poolbeg- I had my lighthouse after all. I have been in touch with CIL and I am going to use the lighthouses of Ireland as a writers retreat over the winter. I’ve gone from visualising a lighthouse on the cover of my book to writing a book in one. I think Dad would be proud, he spent his life maintaining the lighthouses and bouys around our coast, keeping all seafarers safe, and now I will sit in those same lighthouses, writing the next best seller.

 

Less bookish questions:

 

I saw somewhere recently that you describe yourself as a bibliophile (high five for that!), so can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?

 

Kate- that is a really cruel question. How can you expect me to choose? There are too many to choose from and so many I have yet to read. I’m going to play the game here and list 5 books I couldn’t live without.

  1. Stephen King, ‘On Writing’- this book saved my sanity. Since I was a teenager, I have loved SK. He’s a genius. This book- a combination of his memoirs and writing advice is gold.
  2. Wally Lamb, ‘I Know This Much is True.’ If you haven’t read his work, you are missing out. A gifted writer and the characters stay in your head for a long time.
  3. Anthony Bourdain, ‘Kitchen Confidential’ – My background is in hospitality. I trained in hotel management and spent years in hotels, restaurants and bars. This book is hilarious and anyone who has worked in the industry can certainly identify.
  4. Edgar Allen Poe- any of his work/ all of his work. I started reading him as a young teen. He’s dark and a bit twisted. Just how I like it.
  5. Craig Shrives, ‘Writing with Military Precision’, the only grammar guide ever to make me laugh out loud.

 

Now that I have started, I could talk all day. I love books in all different genres. Not a huge fan of the classics. I DETEST ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen- I think that might be PTSD from school though. One of these days, I’ll give it another go.

 

Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?

 

Maybe the Bible? Best selling book of all time.

 

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

 

It’s a mad house here most of the time. I have two small boys: Joey (11) and Baby Arthur (3). When I’m not doing school runs, or washing, or cleaning or trying to catch up with friends over coffee, I love to cook. It’s my therapy. As I mentioned, I spent years in catering including training in kitchens. I love food and everything about it from growing to cooking. I’m at my happiest when I have a few friends over for dinner and a good bottle of red.

My partner is a musician so the other big love in this house is music. A lot of his friends stay with us when they are passing through on tour. At the moment, there are four guitars, a base, a cahone and a banjo resting against the wall in the sitting room.

 

Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?

 

See above

 

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

 

I went to Madrid last year with my friend for 5 days. We stayed in a little apartment right in the city centre and I fell in love with the place. Everything about it. Everything.

In my head at the moment, I am in Marakesh.  A trip might be on the cards sooner rather than later- research😉

 

Favourite food?

 

It would be easier to tell you the foods I hate. Sardines and chicken liver pate- Yeugh. On principle I will not eat foie gras, veal or eggs other than free range. I struggle with lamb as well.

If I had to pick one food to eat right now, it would be my mam’s roast beef lunch.

 

Favourite drink?

 

Tea, tea, tea and more tea. I could not survive without it. I do like a really good red wine with a meal as well. I don’t drink as much water as I should- it’s just boring. Give me a cup of really strong tea with a little bit of sugar and a splash of milk, I’ll be your friend!!


Huge thanks to the lovely Cat Hogan for joining me today. It’s been fun! if you want to catch up on the blog tour here’s the poster!😉

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