Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers. Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels … Continue reading
Special guest author interview – MJ Arlidge the author of stunning debut novel Eeny Meeny agreed to answer a few brilliant questions from the members of my online book group. Here they are, but first the blurb of his book Eeny Meeny and a link to my review
Blurb: Two hostages. One bullet. One lives. One dies.
They were going to spend the rest of their lives together. Soul mates. But when a young couple wakes up alone together, disorientated and trapped, they are yet to grasp the true horror of their situation. They have no food, no water. Instead there is a gun loaded with a single bullet and a mobile phone with enough power only to deliver a short message: ‘when one of you kills the other, the survivor will walk free’. For their captor it’s simple: set the scene, watch, wait and leave the victims to do the killing. Tortured by fear, desperation, starvation and thirst, there’s only one way to end their ordeal: one of them must die.
Autor Bio: Peter Donovan was born in the beautiful and historic City of Bath, England in 1974. After 30 years living in the United Kingdom, he emigrated to Melbourne, Australia in 2005 where he now lives with his wife Joanne and his two British Blue cats, Cobalt and Sapphire. Peter has worked as an Aircraft Engineer and a Power Station Operator. He has always been interested in science, both fact and fiction. From an early age he remembers pulling things to pieces and trying to improve them, driving his mother and father to distraction; only later in life learning how things went back together again! Peter’s wife of 14 years, has listened to many weird and wonderful ideas that Peter thought would make a good story. Eventually her comment, “For Christ’s sake stop talking about it and write it!” gave him the nudge he needed to begin.
“In a few short years, I’ve been into space with the help of the Chinese, seen the end of the world, averted disaster in the US, rebuilt a space shuttle and now I’ve won the lottery and travelled in time. The life of an author never gets boring!”
2012 Nibiru Rising, was his first published book in paperback. Peter has since gone on to publish 2013 Nibiru’s Shadow, also in paperback and has released 2012, 2013, Legacy and now Aeon as eBooks. He is currently working on his fifth novel Duplicity, the sequel to Aeon.
Do you have a favourite character of those you have invented?
Most of my characters are amalgamations of people I know or have seen, those small traits that you notice in others when out on the street. I try to make them able to do the things I can’t, or say the things you ordinarily couldn’t get away with. My favourite character with this light easy going air is from my latest book Aeon. She is called Alice. She is Australian, early twenties and smart, although she doesn’t show it. She says what she thinks and has no pretence. A quality we all wish we had more of.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I think starting late in life helps here. I write because I enjoy it, not because I have any special expectations of what will come from my writing. If I have a bad review, I chat with other writers and read my good reviews. Not everyone will like everything they read.
I also try to participate in Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (#IWSG) on the first Wednesday of every month. It’s always good to read about other writer’s insecurities and have them comment on yours.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
My first memories of writing are using my little toy typewriter to create a neighborhood newspaper. I typed up each copy and sold them for ten cents. I was in 4th grade. So I guess you could say yes, I’ve always enjoyed writing.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
John Phelps is the author of a stunning debut novel called Visits, you can read my review here.
1.- This is your first book, where did the idea for Visits come from? I honestly don’t know. Over the years, I’ve had several book ideas; some of which I started writing but never finished. The idea for Visits just popped into my head one day and eventually turned into a finished book.
2.- What genre is Visits and what is your target market? Some folks have called it a psychological thriller so I’ll go with that. I like reading horror, thrillers, some mystery and maybe a little sci-fi. So my target market is probably the folks who like the same kind of books that I do.
What are you writing at the moment?
The third book in the Sava series. It’s a fast-paced tear through Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain. Readers also learn more about the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Mark Sava’s mother, and how that led to him becoming a spy.
I had the pleasure of interviewing indie author Layton Green for the release of his latest Dominic Grey novel, The Diabolist, the third in the series. I have read and reviewed the first two: The Summoner and The Egyptian.
These three books, were my big surprise this year, I read The Summoner and The Egyptian back to back, and was completely thrilled with them, they are two of my favourite books I have read to far this year.
The Diabolist is the third in a series of Dominic Grey, will there be any more book in the future with Dominic as a main character?
I am honoured to interview this amazing author who has written a stunning debut novel. CLICK HERE to read my review, it is one of the best books I have read this year, and I am not one to rate 5 stars out of 5 very often.
Despite the sense of accomplishment that came with holding the first copy of The String Theory in my hands, I still consider myself a reluctant writer. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy writing, I’ve found those solitary late nights when my fingers struggle to keep pace with my thoughts to be almost euphoric. But for me, writing was never about a grand dream of commercial success. Writing for me is an escape.
Watchers is / was my debut novel. With a number of favorable reviews already, first and foremost my plan is to continue the series. I have a storyline up through a trilogy with the intention to allow a continuance past that if the fan base is there.
I have three other stories in the works, as well – all them in some way or another focus around dreams. One is a little darker, one focuses on the concept of déjà vu, and the last is set in a more fantasy-rich environment.
2.-How did you come up with the story idea?