Author Q&A with Jack Kerley

A couple of weeks ago I finally built up the nerve to ask one of my favourite authors if they would be willing to do a Q&A for my blog and I’m so excited because he said yes! 😊

Jack Kerley is the author of the Detective Carson Ryder crime series, one of my all time favourite series to read. I got the recommendation off Goodreads for his first book, The Hundredth Man, and as I’m a bookworm I went and bought the first four. I read and loved them all so needless to say I went and got the rest of them too! 😂

Here is my collection (any that aren’t there are on my kindle!) :

When I was reading up on the books, I found out that 3 of Jack’s novels are no longer available in the US as they didn’t sell hugely! The Hundredth Man, The Death Collectors and The Broken Souls, and I have all three so that instantly makes them more special to me!

I know I’m rambling on, but I can’t recommend these books highly enough. I would happily read the series again from the start, and you should know by now that I don’t usually re-read!!! 😉
Huge thanks to Jack for agreeing to this! 😊
Anyway, without any more fangirling from me, here is my Q&A……

 

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

In high school when I discovered I got better grades by writing in a more complex fashion; using larger words, basically. Teachers would often overlook the vapidity of my presentation in favor of its polish. That was a revelation.


How long does it take you to write a book?

I once figured that if I stacked my writing into traditional 40-hour weeks, a book averages about seven months.

 

What is your typical routine when writing like?
After a quarter-century as a adverting writer and producer, I tend to treat it like a standard job. I hit my desk in the morning and work until my head gives out. I work at home until I get bored with its urban surroundings (across the river from downtown Cincinnati), then go to our cabin in the Kentucky mountains for a change of venue, always a good thing for my work.

 

How did you create Carson Ryder?

Through a joke. When writing my first novel The Hundredth Man, I had no idea how to commence, so I had a character tell my favorite joke in a morgue. The joke-teller became Harry, the joke was used as a description for Carson and they both developed from there. The joke also gave me the title for the book, not bad for a clean joke.


And Harry Nautilus for that matter? Both are wonderful characters.

My characters tend to write themselves, thus I make no outline, since the stories could change on a line of dialogue, and frequently do.

Is there another book in the works?

A book is in the works, though I’m not sure it’s in the series. See what I mean about not being in charge?

 

How much research do you do for your books? Do some books require more research than others

A lot. Whether it’s a depiction of human trafficking, sociopathy, collecters serial-killer art—or many other diverse and disturbiing topics—I want verisimilude to guide the reader into an unfamiliar world. And yes, some topics take more research time than others.

 

How do you like to spend your down time? 

Outdoors. I hike, bike, canoe, build trails at our cabin. I also greatly enjoy cooking, brewing beer and woodworking.

 

Do you get writers block? If so, how do you break through the wall?

I’ve never had writers’ block, probably from my advertising days where, if you didn’t produce, you got fired.

 

What is the hardest thing about writing a series?

Keeping it fresh and offering new insights into familiar characters.

 
What is your favourite thing about Ryder? 

His basic goodness and belief in humanity, despite bouts of cynicism.

 
When it comes to publishing, do you proofread your book or do you ask someone else to do it? Do you have proofs done up for reviewers before the final book goes to print? Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? How do you feel about positive/negative reviews and feedback? *I’ve grouped these questions together as they are all related!*

Authors shouldn’t proofread their books, at least not me. It should be someone new to the book who can divorce her- or himself from the story and see it on a word-by-word basis.

Proofreading is done by the publisher.

Again, mostly handled by the publisher, although I often answer writing-oriented blogs that question me directly. Every writer gets both positive and negative reviews, often of the same book. I absorb them all.

 

Do you read much? If so, what do you like to read?

I read anything and everything. My favorite mystery/suspense novelists would include James Lee Burke, Robert Crais and, as an early influence, John D. MacDonald. But I also enjoy non-fiction, particularly books on psychology and culture. I just finished a book titled The Comedians, a history of stand-up comedy; fascinating!
Finally, How can readers discover more about you and your work? 

I have a website, Jackkerley.com that I should update more often, but it provides a list of all books, brief synopsis, and chronology.
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So, there you have it! 😊 I can highly recommend Jack’s website as all the information you need about him and the books can all be found there!

Website:

www.jackkerley.com

Amazon Author Page:

J. A. Kerley


Happy reading 😊 📖

My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 2!!!

Ok, so this is part 2 of my Best of 2015. You can catch part 1 HERE!!

In this post I’m only talking about book series. Once again, these are in no particular order!!

My Favourite Book Series of 2015

  • Ragnar Jónasson’s Dark Iceland series.

The first two books are Snowblind (read my review HERE) and its follow-up Nightblind (read my 5  STAR review HERE). I loved both of these books, the latter just edges it for me though. One of my absolute favourites of the year. Orenda Books are on a publishing roll! 🙂

 

  • LJ Ross DCI Ryan Series

Holy Island and Sycamore Gap are both superb reads. I love Louise’s writing style and they are both fantastic books. My review for Holy Island is HERE and my 5 STAR review for Sycamore Gap is HERE.

 

  • Angela Marsons’ DI Kim Stone series

WOW! One of the only words I can use to describe these books. I devoured them one after another for Bookouture Thriller Week. Each book is brilliant in its own right, but I reviewed the three together in a triple decker revie. You can read my 3 x 5 STAR review for Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls HERE!

 

  • Caroline Mitchell’s DC Jennifer Knight series

Bookouture have some great authors and books this year! I read both of these supernatural crime thriller books this year and thoroughly enjoyed them. Don’t Turn Around is a superb introduction to DC Knight and you can read my review HERE. The follow-up is Time To Die. This book was way creepier than the first, I likened it to Hitchcock’s The Birds, and you can read my 5 STAR review HERE.

 

  • Mel Sherratt as Marcie Steele

These books aren’t a series, but I feel they have to get a mention as they are written by crime writer Mel Sherratt and they are chick lit. Not my usual genre at all, but I read and loved both Stirred with Love and That’s What Friends Are For (read my 5 STAR review HERE). Although not a series, I’m still including them!

 

Well, that’s part two finished with! Any standout reads for you this year?! 🙂

My Top Ten Books & Series of 2015 Part 1!!!

This is my first ever Top Ten list that I’ve done for the  blog and my god but it’s hard!

I’ve read so many great books this year, more than any other year, so there are a lot of standouts for me.

I’m also mindful of the fact that I don’t want to offend any of the lovely authors whom I have ‘met’ over the past year thanks to Twitter and Facebook.

While compiling the list, I’ve noticed that quite a few books I’ve read fall into the category of series as opposed to standalones, so I will separate the lists into two posts instead.

 

TOP 10 BOOKS

In no particular order:

  • For Reasons Unknown by Michael Wood.

 

An absolutely stunning debut novel that has left me wanting more since I finished it. You can read my 5 STAR review HERE.

 

 

  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson.

 

A masterclass in epic plot twists, this book had me hooked from the first page. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Funnily enough, I never wrote up  a review after I finished it. Another 5 STAR book for me.

 

  • I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh.

 

Another contender for best plot twists, my jaw dropped when i go to the biggest twist. I just couldn’t believe it. I had to re-read the previous pages to make sure I had read it right!! You can read my review HERE.

 

  • Normal by Graeme Cameron

 

This book was unique in that you are essentially in the mind of the killer as opposed to reading about them. It was a brilliant take on the normal style and I loved it. My 4 STAR review is HERE.

 

  • I Am Death by Chris Carter

 

No list of great books is complete for me without including a book by Chris. This year’s release was I Am Death and it was superb. I love all of Chris’s books but I was eagerly anticipating this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. My 5 STAR review is HERE.

 

  • The Widow by Fiona Barton

 

This book is one to watch in 2016. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of the book from the publisher and loved it. You can read my 4 STAR review HERE.

 

  • The Perfectionist by Simon Duke

 

Another one to watch out for, released in January 2016. I was lucky enough to help Simon with some promo on my blog and get to read an ARC of his book. I really enjoyed it, it has a great plot twist near the end! I gave it 5 STARS and you can read my full review HERE.

 

  • The Lobster Boy and The Fat Lady’s Daughter by Charles Kriel

 

This book deserves to be on this list because it is one of the most unique, fun and different books I have read in a long time. It was a breath of fresh air when I read such similar books all the time. My 5 STAR review can be read HERE.

 

  • The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette

How could I not include this book?! A superb book based on the London Bombings. I loved this book, and it was an easy 5 STAR read from me. My review in full is HERE.

 

  • The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

I read this as part of Bookouture Thriller Week and absolutely loved it! I read it super fast, it was just so engrossing. You can read my full 5 STAR review HERE.

 

In my next post, I’m going to be listing my Best Book Series of 2015! 😊

 

 

Silent Scream, Evil Games and Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

I’ve decided to review these three books together because in the interest of honesty, I loved them all and to review each alone would be like writing the same review 3 times! 😂

About the books: (via Goodreads) 

Silent Scream: 

Even the darkest secrets can’t stay buried forever…

Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …

Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country.

But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.
As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop the murderer before they strike again. But to catch the killer, can Kim confront the demons of her own past before it’s too late?
Evil Games: 

The greater the Evil, the more deadly the game…

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment.
Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time – it’s personal.

Lost Girls:

Two girls go missing. Only one will return.

The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.
And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.
Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…
Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?

My thoughts:

I’ve had Angela’s books on my TBR since Silent Scream came out and I kept telling myself I’d get to them eventually. I attempted to get to them during Bookouture Thriller week but alas, time was not on my side. I made it my mission to read them this month after doing up a guideline for what books I wanted to read. You can read my Hello November post here.

I started Silent Scream on Nov 17th and worked my way through the three books until I finished Lost Girls on November 22nd. Not too bad, 3 books in 5 days. 😊

I wish I didn’t wait so long to read them, but at the same time I’m glad as I got to read them all in quick succession. I absolutely devoured all three as they were just brilliant!

Angela Marsons has a wonderful way of writing. It draws you into each story and makes you feel like you know these characters. I love that in a book, as it engages you and you want to solve the crimes just as much as DI Stone and her team do.

I’m not going to go into detail with my thoughts on each book. The synopses are above so you have an idea of what each one is about. I will however, talk about my favourite characters.

First up is Kim Stone obvs. Stone is a wonderful example of a woman hardened by past traumatic experiences which make her the strong willed detective that she is. While she may be cold, she is effective and has a heart underneath it all.

Bryant is also a great character. The closest thing to a friend that Stone has, he provides a sounding board for her, along with some light comedic relief at times.

Dr Alex Thorne in Evil Games. One of the most vile, ruthless and emotionally destructive villains I have seen in a long time. Thorne made my blood boil, for so many reasons. I even tweeted Angela saying how much I hated the doc! 😉

Special mention goes to Dougie who is also in Evil Games.

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DONT WANT SPOILERS!!!! (I warned you… 😂)

I don’t know how to say how great Dougie is without possible spoilers hence the above message just in case I inadvertently reveal anything!

Dougie suffers from severe Autism but there’s just something about him that made him stand out for me. Towards the end of Evil Games, in my mind, Dougie is a hero!

I don’t know what else I can say about Angela’s Kim Stone series other than it’s absolutely fantastic. One of the best series I’ve read in a long time. I can’t wait for book 4 to come out! 3 of the easiest 5⭐️ reviews I’ve given on Goodreads this year!

If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for?! 😉

Silent Scream Buy Here

Evil Games Buy Here

Lost Girls Buy Here

Happy reading 😊📖

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 12

A book you have wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t…

I’m going to tweak this slightly to series as opposed to book!

While I’ve had loads of books on my TBR for quite some time, there are some on there that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while, and others that I’ve been saving to read one after another!

The first books are by Sarah Hilary and focus on DI Marnie Rome:

  
These have been on my TBR for quite some time and I’ve read the reviews and I keep thinking I must read them soon. Alas, I haven’t gotten to them yet! But I will!!!! 😊
Next up is the lovely Angela Marsons and her 3 books featuring DI Kim Stone:


  
I have Angela’s 3 books on my Hello November TBR post which you can read here. I had planned on getting to them during Bookouture Thriller week but the time ran away with me, I’ll still get them read this month!

I’ve been saving these five books because I want to savour them as I read them! I sound like a crazy book lady!

I am, and I’m damn proud of it! 😊

Mini Review: Jack Kerley No One Will Hear… Her Last Scream

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Product description:

“A serial-killer targets the country’s most vulnerable women in this new thriller featuring Detective Carson Ryder.

They thought they were safe at last…

Across the US, a secret network of crisis centres permanently relocates women in serious danger from domestic abuse. But now someone is killing them before they reach their destinations.

Detectives Carson Ryder and Harry Nautilus are having trouble gaining the trust of the volunteers who run the scheme. The only way in is for an undercover police officer to pose as a threatened woman, making herself a target and drawing the killer out.

Reinetta Early is the ideal candidate – but she also happens to be Harry’s niece. He always promised his sister that he would keep Reinetta safe from harm. Suddenly he’s unsure if he can even keep her alive…”

This is book 8 in the Carson Ryder series from Jack Kerley, and it doesn’t disappoint! I’ve already mentioned Kerley in an earlier post!

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I don’t like going into detail as I don’t like spoilers, but I can honestly say that I found myself flying through the book trying to figure out who the killer was, and when the time came, I wasn’t really expecting it! Kerley has a way of ramping up the tension and then flying through the climax in the last few chapters. With other authors, this annoys me but with him, not so much!

If you’ve never read any of Kerley’s books, I would highly recommend them! I find they really hook me after only a few pages!

I’m off to Amazon to do some shopping 😉

Currently Reading…

I had a book called The Crucifix Killer by Chris Carter on my Amazon Wish List for a while so when I popped into Easons for a look recently I was surprised to see it there as I hadn’t expected it!

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Even better, it was in a buy one get one free deal! So I managed to get four of Chris Carter’s books at a really decent price!

I find that I get wrapped up in authors and decide I have to read as many of their books as possible in order!
Examples of these are –
Lee Child
Jeffrey Deaver
Patricia Cornwell
Jack Kerley
Michael Connolly

I’m now onto The Executioner and so far so good! Will definitely be reading all of Chris Carter’s books as soon as possible!

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