What I’m currently reading – I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I’m currently reading I See You, the second novel by Sunday Times Bestseller Clare Mackintosh.

Clare Mackintosh

You see, I read her first novel I Let You Go (see her interview here) in April last year when I was on a spate of reading psychological thrillers. It was a story so cleverly written that I got to a crucial point (I don’t want to say too much!) which made me fling my book on my lap and gawp open mouthed to myself (no-one else in the room plus hubby doesn’t read -scoff- so he would never get it).

So I’m unbelievably excited to be reading this! Unfortunately I can’t read it as much to my leisure as beforehand (in case you’ve not heard I’ve not long been thrown into motherhood and  yup I seem to use this as an excuse for everything at the mo. Must organise oneself and not harp on about it).I See You

What’s this book aall abooot then?

Check this out:

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation; just a grainy image, a website and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

Argh I’m terrified already! I’m a few chapters in and I’m looking forward to snuggling under my duvet on this wet and miserable summer evening to read a few more. I’m freaking myself out at the thought of someone watching every move I make …

I See You has been released today so grab yours here I See You

i see you

Love Missuswolf xxx

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Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … Kerry Ann Richardson

Monday 25th July 2016

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Today I’m hosting an author to watch out for – the lovely K A Richardson.

Richardson is a Crime Writer who has just won the July author of the month over at the UK Crime Book Club woohoo! She released her debut novel With Deadly Intent back in April. Her second novel I’ve Been Watching You was released in June. Both novels are climbing their way up the Amazon charts and with the impending release of Time to Play (released 22nd September – pre-order here), you could say it’s been a busy year for Richardson.

She’s achieved all of this working while working in a (very important) full time job too!

KA Richardson Author Pic

I downloaded With Deadly Intent to read while I’m on maternity leave (ever the optimist I With Deadly Intentknow!) Well, optimism does get you somewhere – cue naptimes, bedtimes and throwing-the-baby-at-hubby-after-work times;  all of which provide ample opportunity to grab a couple of pages. But I didn’t want to grab just a couple of pages. I wanted chapter’s – I stayed up late and got up early – I wanted to get to the end of this story to find out exactly what that deadly intention was ;-).

Hi Kerry it’s fab to have you here!

 Congratulations on the success of your first two novels! It’s been an exciting year for you. I’ve just finished reading your debut novel – what was the inspiration behind With Deadly Intent?

With Deadly Intent started as the 15000 words I needed for my dissertation for my MA Creative Writing. I was a CSI (crime scene investigator) at the time of completing my MA and instinctively knew that writing crime was something that appealed – I decided to draw on my CSI experience and use the processes in the novel to make it a little less police procedural and a little more something that readers might enjoy. The characters just came alive and I carried on writing after I’d finished (and passed) my MA. Love that you’re enjoying it Gemma!

I've Been Watching YouHow would you compare writing With Deadly Intent to anything you’ve previously written?

I’ve always written – whether that be little handwritten books stapled at the sides for the teachers in primary school, or poems written to help deal with emotion through school and into adulthood – crime writing differs from that as it feels almost real to me – I create these characters who become my best friends for some time – though I’d never do to my friends what I put these poor characters through. My previous work was more focussed around emotion I’d say, where the crime novels are based around things that hopefully, are believable, scary, and give people a little insight into my characters and their lives.  

How do you organise your writing time around working a full time job?

With great difficulty at times! Sometimes it’s not so bad – I write a lot when I’m on annual

Time To Play

Available 22nd September 2016

leave so family holidays are always good writing times. I also try to structure my time when I’m on rest days – this tends to work and my friends and family are very understanding if I say I can’t go somewhere as need to finish a scene or a chapter. I also have an autoimmune disease so it can be a bit of a battle at times but I get there in the end.  

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?

It’s a little clichéd but writing is something I’ve always done, either as a coping mechanism or to express myself.

Generally my earlier writing was just for me and would never see the light of day. I see a lot of things as inspiration – books especially. Enid Blyton is definitely one of my earliest inspirations – the books I mentioned making for the teachers were handwritten, stapled at the sides and usually full of cat characters (the teacher loved cats). There was always a little mystery though – I loved the famous five and secret seven. As I got older, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was introduced – this resonated with me – I had intense emotional feelings when I read this – and reread it I don’t know how many times. I remember sitting at school and watching the movie in English with tears streaming down my face – yes I was laughed at, but the point is it made me feel. Later I fell in love with the Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – I loved how he made someone like Sherlock, who is a sociopath, always in control, and quite dislikeable really, to life and made him into someone likeable who solved crimes with Watson. I think all of those impacted in some way on what I eventually would come to write.

famous-five-01-1991Ah we have very similar interests – I loved reading a good mystery adventure story like Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven too.  

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and are able to let your creative juices flow?

I have two places really – my office which is upstairs and in a state of messy chaos – I can lock myself away and bury myself in the book. It has my lovely book shelves in it, all my old writings, and I work at my grandad’s old desk.   

The other place I enjoy writing is, a little stereotypically, coffee shops. Primarily starbucks but I’ll happily write in any as long as the chairs are comfy and I have a plug for my laptop – I love the smell of coffee, and I love the background noise. It’s amazing what snippets of conversation you pick up when sitting there that could potentially form something for your novel!

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.KA Richardson

Oooo tough question.

I’m a really positive person – I believe in the power of positivity and love inspirational quotes, living a positive life etc. But I also suffer depression, I have done for years, and am on antidepressants. I don’t mind raising awareness of depression and will mention this at random times but most people don’t realise I suffer with this as generally I come across as a really upbeat and positive person. I’m good at projecting that mask we all wear and I find people look at me incredulously when I say I have this disease. I deal with it by accepting that some days are just worse than others and living each day as if it’s a new one. I focus on the good things I have in my life as a rule and look both forwards and upwards which helps me cope.

You’re such an open, honest and positive person – thanks for sharing with us about your depression, I can imagine that’s not easy to deal with.

Thanks for your time Kerry and I wish you all the best with your books.

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Grab your copy of With Deadly Intent here

With Deadly Intent

http://www.kerryannrichardson.com/

Find K A Richardson on Facebook

@kerryann77

Amazon Author Profile

Love Missuswolf xxx

Cuppa and a Catch-Up – An Author Interview with … none other than the super fab ‘The Unmumsy Mum’ – Sarah Turner (eeek!)

Sunday 10th July 2016

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I am unbelievably excited that I have the one and only Unmumsy Mum featuring on my blog today! Argh! Sarah Turner is the author of Sunday Times No. 1 Bestseller The Unmumsy Mum, derived from her award winning blog ‘The Unmumsy Mum’.



 

 

Sarah Turner pic 2 Hi Sarah (or Unmumsy Mum – can I call you that? What do you prefer?! Sorry just super excited to have you here!)

Haha! Lady Unmumsy of Mums please. Just kidding, Sarah’s fine.

You describe your blog as a collection of honest outpourings about life as a mum. I was a mum-to-be when I started reading your blog and it was so refreshing to read something that wasn’t sugar coated and well, just real life. What made you decide to voice your motherhood experience on a blog?

Thank you! The slightly airbrushed accounts of parenthood had left me feeling a bit rubbish, like perhaps I wasn’t up to the job, so the blog was really my way of documenting that feeling and hoping (with everything crossed) that others were feeling the same. It turned out they were – in their thousands! – and aside from follower numbers and blog hits and the all the other madness that came with it, the on-going feeling of reassurance that I’m not alone has been the single best consequence of pressing submit on that very first post!

Sarah Turner picHow did you juggle motherhood and writing your book? For all the mothers who write or want to write out there, please let us in on your secret …

I wish I could tell you that there is a magic formula but the truth is ‘juggle’ is exactly the right word. I didn’t always juggle successfully either, some months I felt like I was letting the boys down by not giving them my full attention and other months I felt like I was letting my publishing team down by missing deadlines. The whole process involved a lot of late nights, copious amounts of prosecco and a few tears. It was hard work. That said, it was definitely the most fun I have ever had while working hard.

When you have time (!) to read (or should I re-phrase this to what did you read in your pre-unmumsy days?) Who are your favourite authors?  

I do try to read but it has definitely fallen by the wayside since I started writing my own! The last book I read was The Girl on the Train and before that I was sent a proof copy (author perks!) of A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart which explores the relationship of a dad and his autistic son. It was brilliant, actually. One to watch. 

Unmumsy

Me making Mat Leave look glam – faking the ‘supermum’ (washing on the line and reading in the garden, everything’s under control blah blah) that Lady Unmumsy talks about in her book. If this pic had audio there’d be a wailing baby and I’d be swearing under my breath.

How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on? 

Not a moment as such but it was probably just my dad, who is a (now retired) English teacher. I always loved writing stories when I was little and my dad’s encouragement played a massive part in that. I kept diaries for years, so writing has always been part of my life. I think blogging is an extension of that.

Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world (if you can with small people around!) and are able to let your creative juices flow? 

Interestingly (or annoyingly, whichever way you look at it!) I don’t actually have a desk. With no spare room/office and the boys’ rooms full to bursting I just haven’t ever claimed a workspace as my own. However, I did write quite a lot of my first book at Exeter library and I feel relaxed there. Otherwise, I write on my lap in front of the telly. Not very glamorous I’m afraid!

And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know

Oh god, I’m useless at these. I never know what sort of fact I’m supposed to provide. That I have a phobia of sharks? That I have terrible eyesight? Actually, a more interesting fact that not many people know is that I was a helpline volunteer for a rape and sexual violence charity for two years. It’s not something that comes up in day-to-day conversation but if I ever get the chance to shout about it I do, because the work undertaken by such charities (alongside the inspiring stories of the survivors themselves) is pretty incredible.           

Thank you for being here today Sarah and best of luck with the book.

Pleasure. Thanks for having me.

If you’re one of the few that haven’t read Sarah’s blog or book, check them out here …

Theunmumsymum.BlogSpot.co.uk

Love Missuswolf xxx

Little Gems – What Ella is reading …

So this happened in March  – I got myself my own Little Wolf.

Ella and me fun

I fear I’ve become one of those pushy mams (mums) where I’m forcing my interests on her at three (nearly four – good god where does time go?) months old.

In my defence, I received a lovely little pack from the health visitor that included these two books; Baby Talk by Stella Blackstone and Clip Clop by Nicole Smee. She encouraged me to read to Ella and the geek in me needed no persuading.

Baby Reading

So Ella sweetie, I’m really sorry but you’re in for a very loooong ride of Mammy’s ridiculous crack at reading stories to you.

Reading to Ella

I fear she may be the more sensible one

Love Missuswolf xxx