Today is my stop on the blog tour for Simon Booker’s latest novel, Kill Me Twice and he has kindly answered my author questions! More on that in a bit, first though, the all important bookish information!
About the book:
Karl Savage is dead.
He must be. His ex, Anjelica, is in prison for murdering him in an arson attack. Multiple forensic experts testified to finding his charred remains.
So when Anjelica begs investigative journalist Morgan Vine to prove her innocence, it seems an impossible task. It doesn’t matter that Karl was abusive. That Anjelica has a baby to care for. That she’s petrified of fire. The whole world knows Karl is dead.
Then he turns up outside Morgan’s window . . .
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About the author:
Author and screenwriter Simon Booker writes prime time TV drama for the BBC, ITV and US TV. His credits include BBC1’s Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Holby City and The Mrs Bradley Mysteries starring Diana Rigg; ITV1 thrillers The Stepfather and The Blind Date; and Perfect Strangers, the CBS romantic comedy starring Rob Lowe and Anna Friel. He has written many plays for BBC Radio 4, worked extensively as a producer in television and radio and as a journalist.
Without Trace was his debut novel, the first in a series of psychological thrillers featuring Morgan Vine, a single mother and investigative journalist who specialises in miscarriages of justice.
Simon lives in London and Deal. He is a volunteer facilitator in Restorative Justice, working with offenders at HMP Brixton.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I write prime time TV drama for BBC and ITV (Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Mrs Bradley Mysteries etc), and now books – thrillers featuring single mum and investigative journalist Morgan Vine.
How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
I started writing for The Observer when I was 15, and have been writing ever since. Journalism, radio plays, TV drama, films, books, shopping lists….
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My fave answer to this one so far!!!
How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your books?
I’ll leave that to thriller genius Simon Kernick, who says: ‘Simon Booker’s fast-paced, twisting thrillers are a must-read for anyone who loves a good page-turner.’
Do you think social media helps in regard to promotion and drumming up publicity for a new book?
It’s an essential part of the mosaic of promotion, Every little helps.
What’s your most favourite thing about being an author?
What’s your least favourite thing about being an author?
Guilt over not having written.
Where do you see your writing career 5 years from now?
Still going strong, I hope. Books and TV.
What’s next for you?
A new book project I can’t say much about and a new TV project I can say even less about. Sorry.
I often wonder are authors voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kind of books do you enjoy?
I read crime to know who’s doing what, but I read a lot of other genres too and, unusually for a bloke (or so I’m told), I read a lot by women. I’m mad about Elizabeth Strout, Maggie O’Farrell and am currently loving Lottie Moggach’s new book UNDER THE SUN
Can you tell me your all time favourite book, or if you have to, your top 5?
Breakfast At Tiffany’s; Travels With My Aunt; Olive Kitteridge – will 3 do..?
Has there been any books you’ve read that you wish you had written?
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Feeling guilty because I’m not writing.
Have you any hobbies that aren’t book-related?
My partner is also a crime writer (Mel McGrath – Give Me The Child is her new one). We live in London but also have a writing bolt hold by the sea, in Deal, Kent, so long blustery walks are a regular feature of life. Otherwise, we spend a lot of time indulging our cat, Minou.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Wherever is next in the diary, I’ve never gone on a safari but very much want to see animals in the wild.
Fresh dressed crab
Depends. Red wine, or a nice cuppa
Last but not least, why writing? Why not something else?
I can’t do anything else.
Huge thanks to Simon for answering my questions, and to Imogen at Bonnier Zaffre for making it happen! Make sure to follow the blog tour: