Thursday, 24 January 2013

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

An interview with a kind-hearted hunk

Detective Inspector Paolo Storey has found a few minutes to answer some personal questions. Paolo is the hero of Bad Moon Rising (published by Crooked Cat Publishing) and is currently midway through solving more crimes in the second in the series, Someday Never Comes, which I hope will be available later this year.

Describe yourself to me.
I’m just over six feet tall, have dark brown hair, hazel eyes and scar on my cheek in the shape of a crescent. I have my Italian mother’s olive complexion, but my Scottish father’s features.

How did you get the scar?
Many years ago, a criminal I was chasing threw a full can of beer at me as he ran. It hit me in the face and the rim cut into my cheek, leaving me with the scar. It bled so much, by the time I caught him I looked like I’d been through an abattoir.

What would you say was the defining event in your life?
My daughter was killed in a deliberate hit and run. I had my back to the car, but Sarah was facing it and saw the driver aiming for me. She pushed me out of the way and the car hit her instead. She saved me but died in my place. I haven’t yet found the driver of the car, but I will one day.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?
My mother died when I was quite young, so I don’t really know what she would have predicted for me. My father wanted me to go to university and become a doctor, so I definitely didn’t live up to his expectations.

What moves you, or touches your soul?
Seeing my other daughter, Katy, smile. She looks like my mother and when she smiles the entire world lights up.

What are your strengths?
I never give up. I cannot bear to let criminals get away with anything and want to hunt down every last person who has preyed on another human being in some way.

What are your weaknesses?
I never give up. I don’t know how to let go of lost causes.

If it were possible, what superpower would you have?
That’s a difficult one. I think I’d like to have super hearing, so that I could eavesdrop on lowlifes and stop them before they commit their crimes. But that would also mean I’d hear things I shouldn’t, so maybe that’s not such a good idea.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I shut down and wouldn’t let anyone get close to me after Sarah died. As a result, my ex-wife had to deal with her grief alone. She has never forgiven me and I don’t blame her. I’ve never forgiven myself for adding to her pain.

What are you most afraid of?
Losing my other daughter. It’s a bad world out there and she’s already been through so much. If I could wrap her in cotton wool, I would, but she wouldn’t thank me for it. She’s very feisty.

What, if anything, would you change about your life?
I’d go back in time and give Lydia, my ex-wife, the support she needed after Sarah died.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

An interview with … me!

Nancy Jardine, author of The Beltane Choice and Topaz Eyes, interviewed me on her blog, She said, He said. Find out more about my writing, my other persona, my characters and what happens to Detective Inspector Paolo Storey and his team in Someday Never Comes, the sequel to Bad Moon Rising.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review of The Drop

I have to start by putting in a disclaimer – I have read every one of Michael Connelly’s books and love his style of writing, so I might not be as unbiased as I should be when writing this review. No surprise then that I loved The Drop!

Harry Bosch, now back after a brief retirement, is working on open and unsolved cases. His current workload consists of an old sex crime, with some very suspect DNA results, and the (apparent) suicide of the son of one of Harry’s old enemies, a local politician who has made no secret of his dislike of Harry – a dislike bordering on hatred.

We move through both cases as Harry’s private life becomes increasingly difficult, in the shape of his teenage daughter with whom he is trying to build a relationship.

When Harry’s investigations uncover some dark doings in the force and local government, he is encouraged to look the other way. But that has never been Harry’s path through life. When he sees corruption, he has to root it out and this book is no different in that regard.

Added to his troubles are his doubts about his partner, David Chu. Something else he has to resolve in order to get to the truth.

There is more soul searching than in most Harry Bosch novels, but that simply adds to the enjoyment of the story.

As I said, I might be biased, but there are few writers on a par with Michael Connelly and this book is right up there with his best.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Interview with a killer

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be interviewing the main characters from Bad Moon Rising, published by Crooked Cat Publishing.

I’ve decided to conduct the interviews in the order in which characters appear in the novel. As Bad Moon Rising open with the killer in the act of saving someone’s soul, he gets to go first.

Obviously, in this interview he won’t want to tell us who he is, but we can find out a lot about how his mind works.
Describe yourself to me.
This is so typical of the way the world is today. Why would your first question be to ask about my looks? What I look like isn’t important. What is important is my work – my reason for being on God’s earth. I am here solely to do his will.

What would you say was the defining event in your life?
The day my mother showed me how to keep myself pure. It was on that day I discovered that she loved me and wanted to keep me free from temptation.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?
I have no idea what my father wanted for me. He was a weak man. He couldn’t control his base urges, which caused my mother great heartache. I am fulfilling my mother’s destiny by purifying the souls of sinners, so I think she would be proud of my work.

What moves you, or touches your soul?
The only time I am moved is when I mark a former sinner to guide her into God’s arms. At that moment, my soul soars upwards with hers.

What are your strengths?
I am single-minded, determined and let nothing stand between me and my goal.

What are your weaknesses?
I would rather not answer that.

I’m sorry; I have to insist you answer all questions. What are your weaknesses?
I … I have … urges like my father. Sometimes it is hard to hold back and wait to mark the sinners. Sometimes … my Dearest Lord, I’m so sorry, but sometimes I am weak. I want to do more than mark them. Dear God, I feel so ashamed. Sometimes I want to enter their foul bodies.

I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you. Let’s move on. If it were possible, what superpower would you have?
I would choose to fly, so that I could simply swoop in and carry off the souls to be saved, rather than picking them up by car. I’d be able to work faster.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
In the past I allowed lust to take over my mind, but I have since found ways to control and use my urges to carry out God’s great plan.

What are you most afraid of?
Nothing. I have the Lord on my side. As long as I do his bidding, I have nothing to fear.

What, if anything, would you change about your life?
If I could go back in time and change just one thing, I would have started God’s work earlier. Tell me, Ms di Plino, are you pure enough to live, or would you like me to help you find the Lord?

Um, thank you for your honest and unflinching answers. I think it’s time I found somewhere safe to hide until you’re caught.
God has made sure that I can never be caught because I don’t exist.


Next week I’ll be interviewing Detective Inspector Paolo Storey. In the meantime, I’m going to barricade myself in a safe room.