#BlogTour #Review : A Vicarage Reunion by Kate Hewitt. @katehewitt1 @NeverlandBT

Today I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for another Kate Hewitt book.  Those of you who follow my blog regularly may have noticed that I’ve done a few blog tours for this author, this one is for a new series she has written about the Holley sisters of Thornthwaite in the Lake District.  Read on and find out what I thought and at the bottom of the post there are details of a giveaway, open internationally.

Blurb: Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District, where homecomings and surprises await the four Holley sisters… 

Esther Holley, the eldest in the family, has always had her life firmly in control until a miscarriage knocks her off course. Two months later, still emotionally spinning, she separates from her husband Will, a sheep farmer and man of few words and moves back in with her parents. 

Life as a singleton thirtysomething living in her parents’ house is miserable, but Esther is determined to re-boot her life, including going on a few unfortunate dates.  She’s shocked when tight-lipped Will shows up on her doorstep determined to woo her back. They’ve been married for seven years, but Will wants to return to the beginning, dating and getting to know each other again. 

New challenges face them as they start over-and new chances too. Can Esther and Will save their marriage, especially when faced with the hardest decision of all?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36662846-a-vicarage-reunion?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B077KFNJKK/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Review:  As I’ve enjoyed Kate’s previous works it’s not much of a suprise to find out that I enjoyed this one too.  There is a previous story, A Vicarage Christmas, which I haven’t read yet though that did not affect reading this story at all.  They are connected but work equally well as stand-alones.  The author writes about situations with a lot of knowledge.  As someone who has also woken up, as Esther did, and realised that my marriage was not as it seemed I could both relate to what Esther was going through and also appreciate the mixed emotions and turmoil that she was feeling.  The feelings of confusion and not knowing what happened and what to do next came across really well and were well-written. I particularly liked the fact that Will’s perspective was shown and it wasn’t just one sided, we get to hear how he is feeling too.  

The setting of the Lake District was nicely done but almost secondary to the story.  The other characters, of which there were a few, were also well-written but not too involved in the story.  This was a tale of Esther and Will and although the other characters were relevant and contributed to the story the main focus was on Esther.

While this story deals with serious issues like the marriage separation and Esther’s miscarriage it is a light read.  It’s one of those books you are happy to go back to and one which, for me, I kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened in the end.  

If you’ve enjoyed previous books by this author then you’ll enjoy this one. If you’re new to this author but are looking for something realistic, light and easy to read while being enjoyable and getting you involved in the lives of the characters then this would be a good book to start with.  It’s exactly what you want to read on these frosty, cold and damp evenings so get yourself settled with a nice warming drink and enjoy.


About the author: 

Kate is the USA Today-bestselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. 

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots. 

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

Giveaway

1st prize: £10 Amazon Gift card

2nd prize: A paperback copy of A Vicarage Christmas

Open Internationally 

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#BlogBlitz #Review : Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe by Richard Dee. @RichardDockett1 @rararesources

Today I am taking part in the blog blitz for Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe. It’s such an unusual title for a book so read on and find out more about it, including what I thought.

Blurb: Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn! She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past. But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets. Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands. In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

Universal Purchase Link – https://www.books2read.com/u/4XoQ6e

Review: This is the first of Richard Dee’s books I have read but the eagle-eyed among you will remember he was on my blog last month during my 2018 Plans and Resolutions series. I bought this book before that was organised but hadn’t had the chance to read it so this blog blitz was the perfect opportunity.

Science fiction is a genre I’ve read in the past, long before I started blogging, and one I want to get into again so this seemed like a good place to start and it was. Andorra Pett is a feisty, if accident prone, character who is trying to make a fresh start on a mining station by opening a cafe. As a character I found her likeable and irritating in equal measures. For someone who wanted to run a cafe she seems to have put very little thought into it but manages her first day simply through sheer hard work and help from others, which is both irritating and appealing. The effort she puts into the cafe and other things on the station makes up for her shortcomings elsewhere.

There is a host of supporting characters, who help Andorra (Andi) out as she learns about the station or investigates the ‘surprise’ that she found in the cafe when she took over.

This is a light and cosy book, clearly sci-fi from the location but with elements of crime and romance in it too. I enjoyed it but found there were a lot of characters and a lot of jumping around for me. If there was more depth and a few less characters and a bit better flow to the story then I think I would have enjoyed it more.

It’s definitely different and if you want to try science fiction but aren’t sure you’ll like it then this is a good introduction to the genre. There’s enough familiarity, like bacon rolls and wheat fields, for it to tricky to get into.

Author bio:

A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

He can be found at http://www.richarddeescifi.co.uk

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RichardDeeAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/@RichardDockett1

#Guestpost : Karen Ankers, author of The Crossing Place.

Today I am thrilled to bring you a guest post and a poem from Karen Ankers, author of The Crossing Place.  Karen has written a fabulous post about herself and her writing and I hope you enjoy reading it.  Book information, author bio and links are further down the page but before you get there make sure you read the poem, it’s stunning!

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Guest post:

I have always enjoyed playing with words. So my first attempt at serious writing was poetry, because I loved (and still love) the way that words in a poem work on more than one level, creating a powerful resonance.  I joined a local poetry group when I was seventeen and to my surprise they liked my work.  They went on to publish my poems in several of their anthologies and I probably wouldn’t be writing today if it wasn’t for that early support and encouragement.  When I got married and had children, I allowed my energy to be diverted from my writing, although I still wrote poetry occasionally.  It wasn’t until my children were older that I decided to take my writing seriously.

When I moved to Anglesey in 1997, I joined a writing group led by my friend and fellow poet Fiona Owen, who really encouraged me to develop my work.  I also joined a local repertory company and it was the experience of being on stage that led to my starting to write plays.  So far, I have written eight one-act plays, which have been published by Lazy Bee Scripts and have been performed in the UK, USA, Australia and Malaysia.  One day, maybe, one will be performed near enough to my home for me to go and watch it!  In my plays, I try to give a voice to those who would otherwise not have one and although the subject matter can sometimes be rather dark, it is always thought-provoking.

Last year I published a collection of poetry.  One Word At A Time contains 53 poems and is described by poet/performer Laura Taylor as “a collection that shines with honesty and integrity”.  I find that poetry is an excellent way of exploring emotions and ideas.

Earlier this year, my first novel, The Crossing Place, was published by Stepping Stones Publishing.  A dark-edged love story set in Chester, where I grew up, this novel ran the risk of never being finished.  I actually started writing it about fifteen years ago.  When I thought it was finished, I sent it to a publisher.  They, quite rightly, sent it back, because it was nowhere near ready.  However, their comments about it were very positive, and I decided it was worth reworking.  But life got in the way and it was shelved.  Many years later, I started writing a different novel, but found that my heart really wasn’t in it.  When I mentioned this to a writer friend, she suggested I have another look at the earlier novel, because I obviously needed to get it out of my system.  I moved some of the characters into it that I had created for the second, unsuccessful one, and the story took on a new life.  After many, many hours of being thoroughly unsociable and staring at a computer screen, it was finally finished and was published in January.

People ask me sometimes whether I will ever settle down to one kind of writing, but that’s not going to happen.  I am a storyteller, and stories find their own shape.  Sometimes if I’m struggling to write something, it’s because I’m trying to force it into a shape that doesn’t fit.  I recently gave up a soul destroying job and am waiting to see what life will be like as a struggling wordsmith!  It’s great, though, when someone asks me what I do, to be able to reply, “I’m a writer”.   My diary is filling up with invitations to talk to writing groups, so it looks like being a really interesting and creative year.

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Here is one of the poems from One Word At A Time.  A poem inspired by a very short meeting with a young lady in London last year.  A lady whose life was not going as well as she deserved, but whose story I felt I had to tell.

 

 

 

MEETING AT EUSTON

 

a girl with city faded eyes

excuses her request for a pound

says she’s never been on the streets before

tells me in a worn tobacco coated voice

she needs the money for a bus

 

as if I need a reason to be kind

 

the coin in my hand is bright

as she once was

has unquestioned value

as she once did

perhaps

when her eyes and soul still shone

before promises and practised lies

took her light as deposit

on oxygen and pavement space

the metal that slides from my palm to hers

courts the sun

just for a second fairytale gold

illumines the touch of our hands

and in that moment more is passed

than money

 

skin meets soul remembered skin

blood beats between us

each strengthening the other

in the time it would have taken

to turn and cross the road

 

The Crossing Place

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Blurb:   The Crossing Place is a dark-edged love story. Laura is frustrated with her mundane life, her boring job, and marriage to a man she no longer loves. But she does not expect things to change so dramatically and so suddenly. An accidental encounter with a homeless stranger leaves her shaken and confused, before a series of unsettling dreams disturbs her further and leaves her questioning her own sanity.

When Laura meets Paul Jayston, a handsome, charismatic past-life counsellor, she is very sceptical about his beliefs. When he suggests that her dreams might be memories of a past life, she insists there must be a rational explanation. One particularly difficult dream has her turning to Paul for help and advice, but when she is confronted by revelations about his past, Laura has to make a choice. Should she allow herself to be guided by the alternative world-view of a man with strange ideas and a questionable past, or should she try and deal alone with the unsettling things she keeps seeing?

When danger comes from an unexpected source, both Laura and Paul find themselves having to confront not only very real threats in the present, but also doubts and fears from the past.

Links:  

https://www.steppingstonespub.com/shop/the-crossing-place

https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Word-Time-Karen-Ankers/dp/0244926409/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517181176&

https://sites.google.com/site/karenankers/

https://www.facebook.com/steppingstonespublishing/videos/455831204814583/

https://www.facebook.com/karenankers37/

http://www.lazybeescripts.co.uk/Authors/Author.aspx?iIA=410

 

Author bio: 

IMG_7054x50 Karen Ankers lives in Anglesey, North Wales, where she draws inspiration for her writing from Wales’ mythic landscape and from the Celtic storytelling tradition.  She started her writing career as a poet and has had poems published in various magazines and anthologies.   Her first poetry collection, One Word At A Time, was published last year and she regularly reads at local spoken word events.  She also writes one-act plays, in which she tries to give a voice to those usually ignored and unheard.  These plays are published by Lazy Bee Scripts and have been performed in the UK, America, Australia and Malaysia.  Her first novel, The Crossing Place, was published in January 2018 by Stepping Stones Publishing.

 

 

#Review : Winter at West Sands Guest House by Maggie Conway @conwaymd910 @HQDigitalUK @NetGalley

Today I have a review of the lovely Winter at West Sands Guest House for you.  I initially heard about this book through seeing the cover on twitter, it is a gorgeous cover, and given that it is set in St Andrews, Scotland, somewhere not a million miles from me, I was intrigued and decided to give it a go.

Many thanks to HQ Digital UK and Netgalley for letting me have a copy of this book to review and thanks to Maggie Conway for writing such a lovely story.

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Blurb:   Eva Harris has her hands full juggling a young son, a disobedient dog and running her thriving seaside guesthouse, so really the last thing she needs is to be distracted by her new neighbour, ridiculously handsome but arrogant Ben Matthews.

For one thing, she’s got nothing in common with the man, Ben’s a high flying lecturer at the town’s university while she barely scraped through high school, for another he’s fresh out of a relationship while Eva hasn’t been on one single date since the death of her husband, seven years ago!

She’s determined to keep her distance, but in a small town like St Andrews that’s easier said than done, and it doesn’t help that everyone, including her son Jamie, think Ben is wonderful! Breaking out of her sad but safe little bubble might be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do, but Ben might just be worth the risk…

Buy link:   Amazon UK

 

Winter at West Sands Guest House: A debut feel-good heart-warming romance perfect for 2018 by [Conway, Maggie]

 

Review:  As I said above I spotted this book because of the cover on twitter, just shows that covers are so important in getting people interested in the book itself.  I think it’s fair to say that from reading what I’ve written above you’ve probably guessed that I enjoyed this book and you’d be right.  This is a lovely winter’s tale of love, misunderstandings and the infamous Scottish weather.

While the writing on the book says it’s a Christmas romance I would say you can read it anytime, Christmas does happen in the story but as the book starts in August and covers from then till January Christmas isn’t central to the story.   As long as you want a cosy, light read this will be perfect at any time of year.

We meet Eva, her son and their dog right at the beginning of the book and are introduced to them and their situation before their new neighbour, Ben arrives.  Initially the two homes and occupants couldn’t be more different, Eva’s house is warm and welcoming just like her whereas Ben’s is cold and uninviting.  Ben has moved north for a fresh start somewhere new but having just come up from London is unused to the friendliness that he encounters in Scotland.

As you would expect things soon start to change but to say more would be giving away too much.  Over the rest of the book we learn more about Eva and why she hasn’t dated since her husband died, why Ben moved so far from London and whether they will become more than just friends.

This is a light and lovely novel, perfect for a cosy read when the weather is miserable or when you just want to be enveloped in a warm hug.  That’s essentially what this book is, a warm hug so if that’s what you’re looking for, regardless of the time of year, this is definitely worth checking out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#CoverReveal : The Windmill Cafe (Book 1) by Poppy Blake. @Line_Reader @poppyblakebooks

This evening I am thrilled to be involved in the cover reveal for the first book in The Windmill Cafe series.  The cover is lovely and summery and I’ve included the blurb and a pre-order link below, should you wish to use it.  So, scroll down, have a read and then check out this lovely cover.

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Blurb:  The Windmill Cafe is open for business!

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

 

The book is released on 9th March but can be pre-ordered here.

 

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#BlogTour #Guest Post : Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis. @canelo_co @ElliePilcher95 @OllyJarviso

Today I am taking part in the Unconvicted blog tour and have a guest post for you from Olly Jarvis.  He’s written a fascinating post about defending people who are guilty, something that I have to admit I’ve always wondered about.  So read on and find out for yourself how they do it and don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the tour today.

Book Blurb: In a razor-sharp legal thriller, Jack Kowalski must win two challenging trials to save his reputation and his career

Junior barrister Jack Kowalski is crushed. His client Timothy Smart appears to have committed a monstrous crime while on bail – a bail application Jack fought hard to win.

When a high-profile Polish footballer is charged with rape and demands a fellow countryman represent him, Jack must overcome his guilt and get back to work. Before long he takes on a second case, a GBH for instructing solicitor Lara Panassai, who Jack remains desperate to impress. But neither case is what it seems, and Jack will face an extraordinary uphill battle to see that justice is done…

The second Jack Kowalski novel, Unconvicted is a gripping courtroom drama written with the expert insight of a practicing criminal barrister, perfect for fans of William L. Myers, Deborah Hawkins, and Scott Turow.

Links to Book: 

Amazon (UK)

Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Defending the UNCONVICTED.

When I started writing legal thrillers, I had twenty years of experience as a criminal defence barrister to draw on. I wanted to show the reader what it’s really like defending people on serious charges, week after week, the relentless pressure. 

By far the most common question I’m asked is : how can you defend someone you know is guilty?

The short answer is: if the defendant tells me he committed  the crime alleged, I can’t defend him in a trial, but if he pleads guilty, I can try and persuade the judge to keep his sentence as low as possible. Some people have a misconception about sleazy barristers,  telling clients what to say to get them off. Nothing could be further from the truth. A barrister can never knowingly mislead the court. These are fundamental principles that hardworking legal aid lawyers live by, up and down the land.

Personal opinion on a client’s guilt or innocence plays no part in my job. It’s for the jury to decide, not me.

For every trial that was ever prosecuted, there had to be a defence advocate.  That is the system of justice that we as a society have all signed up to. If a barrister could refuse to defend a case where he thought the client might have done it,  the whole system would break down, people going unrepresented and an explosion of miscarriages of justice. Every person charged with an offence in the crown court is entitled to a defence barrister who will defend him without fear or favour.

Of course, principles aside, it’s very challenging defending someone I suspect is guilty, particularly, sexual offences. Week after week, it can grind you down. 

Unconvicted,  my latest novel, explores these thought processes. Jack Kowalski, a newly qualified barrister has to learn the hard way about getting too emotionally involved in a case, and asking himself the ultimate question – did his client do it? 

If a barrister starts hearing that voice in his head, pre-judging a case, mistakes get made.

The road to justice is never straight forward. It’s hard and it’s ugly, for everyone involved. 

For all the celebrated cases in the news, where monsters were successfully prosecuted to conviction, there was a defence barrister who had to endure the horror of defending the trial – and do their very best.

Olly Jarvis

Author Bio: 

Olly Jarvis is a writer and criminal defence barrister, originally from London but now working in Manchester. Drawing on his experiences, he writes both fiction and non-fiction with a particular understanding of the pressures and excitement of life in the courtroom. He wrote the highly acclaimed Radio 4 drama Judgement, and wrote and presented the BBC documentary Mum Knows Best. He is also the author of Death by Dangerous. Olly has two children and lives in Cheshire.

Link:  Twitter: @OllyJarviso

#BlogTour #Guest Post : Killed by Thomas Enger.  @OrendaBooks @EngerThomas @annecater #Killed #HenningJuul

I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour today.  As I’ve not yet had the chance to read any of the previous Henning Juul books I decided that making the final book my first read wasn’t a good idea.  Therefore, instead of a review I have a guest post from Thomas Enger for you, in which he discusses research or not researching before you begin to write.  It’s a very interesting post and I hope you enjoy reading it. 


Blurb:  Crime  reporter  Henning  Juul  thought  his  life  was  over when his young  son  was  murdered.  But  that  was only  the  beginning… 

Determined  to  find  his  son’s  killer,  Henning  doggedly  follows  an increasingly  dangerous  trail,  where dark  hands  from  the  past emerge  to  threaten  everything.  His  ex-wife  Nora  is  pregnant  with another man’s  child,  his  sister  Trine  is  implicated  in  the  fire  that killed  his  son  and,  with  everyone  he  thought  he could  trust seemingly  hiding  something,  Henning  has  nothing  to  lose  … except  his  own  life. Packed  with  tension  and  unexpected  twists, Killed  is  the  long-awaited  finale  of  one  of  the  darkest,  most chilling and emotive series you may ever read. Someone will be killed. But who? 

To research or not to (or how to) – that is the question

by Thomas Enger

A question I often get from pupils doing a paper or whenever I’m participating on panels/festivals here or there (mostly there), is the topic of research. How you do you do your research, when do you do it (before, during or after the first draft?) or sometimes I’m even asked if I do any research at all. First, let me just very clearly state that I’m not a doctor. I’m not a psychiatrist. I’m not a carpenter. I’m not a weather man. I’m not a politician. I’m not a teacher (at least not anymore, I did have a four-month sting as a gymnastics teacher back when I was 21). I’m not hit man. I’m not a hit woman, or a woman, for that matter. I’m not a butcher (although that can sometimes be argued…). I’m not a secretary for a shady lawyer, either. I’m not a real estate agent, would you believe it. I’m not a 74-year old woman or an astronaut. You get where I’m going with this. So if I’m ever going to make any sense at all in the books that I’m writing, a certain element of research has to apply.

That means I go online and search for stuff or places. I talk to people. I e-mail them. Ask all kinds of stupid questions, just to get an inkling for the topic or just to see if there is something in that specific line of work that I can use (to my advantage). I also travel quite a lot, and take pictures of the places that I’m writing about, just to make sure that I get everything right. Not that it has to be, I’m writing fiction, so I can easily manufacture a bridge or a lake here or there, if I want to or the story requires it. But it adds to the story’s credibility if I can keep myself within some form of reality. When it comes to medical issues, for instance, that is especially imperative. I can’t invent new ways to perform open heart surgery (a closed one, for instance, would look weird) or treat a cancer patient with anti-histamines and still proclaim with a certain level of authority that those little blue pills somehow made the patient cancer-free. Things that people can google themselves and double-check, need to be accurate, or at least very close to it.

When I get ideas for a book, the instinct in me tells me to start writing right away, as the idea is fresh and fun and free from friction. But what I’ve learned over the years is to give myself enough time and space, or patience, as some might call it, to develop a feel for the story first before I dive into the material. That means giving the story a preliminary cast, and when I do that, research always place a small part. If I need a janitor in there somewhere, I might research that profession a little bit. Bad example, but it would be good to know a little bit about what it’s actually like to be a female in a very male dominant part of, say, politics. Like in the Ministry of Defence, for instance. Then I would try to talk to someone with that kind of experience or background, and see if there are specifics in her everyday life that I can use.

If I know that the story is going to involve drug trafficking or problems related to immigration, then it’s always good to know some details of how things really work in the society I’m portraying before I start to create a story around that topic. For me, the characters always come before the topic, so that was a bad example, too. But you know what I mean. I hope.

I don’t want to over-do the research, though. I want to leave a lot up to my own imagination, and sometimes I just write and do the research after. I can write a scene exactly the way I want it to play, and then go back and see if a gun actually could spit out 22 bullets per second, or if I have to make do with 3. Again, not the best of examples, but I’ve found that research sometimes can be limiting to what I want to write. It certainly might limit my options, so the best thing, for me, at least, is to have a certain feel for the terrain before I put my boots on, so to speak, and then go wherever I want in that terrain, hopefully without getting my feet too wet. That was a better example, right? A decent analogy, at least?

But don’t take my, uhm, word for it. Every author has his or her own path or methodology, and it’s always a matter of trying and figuring out what works for you. If it doesn’t, then try a different angle the next time around.

What I’ve found to be quite amazing over the last eight or nine years (that’s how long I’ve been doing this professionally) is how incredibly forthcoming people are when I approach them, looking for help (first aid). They are so eager to help in any way they can, and for that I am eternally grateful.


Author bio: 

Thomas  Enger  (b.  1973)  is  a  former  journalist.  He  made  his  debut  with  the crime  novel  Burned  (Skinndød) in  2010, which  became  an  international sensation  before  publication.  Burned  is  the  first  in  a  series  of  5  books  about the  journalist  Henning  Juul,  which  delves  into  the  depths  of  Oslo’s  underbelly, skewering  the  corridors  of  dirty  politics  and  nailing  the  fast-moving  world  of 24-hour  news.  Rights  to  the  series  have  been  sold  to  26  countries  to  date.  In 2013  Enger  published  his  first  book  for  young  adults,  a  dark  fantasy  thriller called  The  Evil  Legacy, for  which  he  won  the  U-prize  (best  book  Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.