I’m excited to share with you today an interview from a good friend of mine, Rebecca Bradley, whose first book, Shallow Waters, took the world by storm when it was released in December 2014 and became an Amazon bestseller. In this second novel, we see the progression of Hannah and her team as they investigate a new crime. But we soon learn that all is not what it seems. I beta read this book and loved it straight away, it’s such an original concept. Here’s Rebecca to tell us a little more about it.
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
With a rising death toll and a city in panic, DI Hannah Robbins finds herself up against a killer with whom she has more in common than she could possibly know.
Who is your favourite character and why?
It’d be too obvious to say Hannah, so I’m going to say Detective Superintendent Catherine Walker. She’s a strong leader who demands a lot of her unit and because their every action reflects back onto her, she expects high standards from them. She’s not easy to write. Trying to get this strong woman correct without drawing on old tropes of hardnosed bosses isn’t easy, but I like her. She’s a challenge.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
I adore Karin Slaughter because her novels are so character driven. You care about the characters and this makes me keep turning the pages. I’d pick up one of her books without looking at the description on the back. The same can be said of David Jackson. Two authors who write great characters without skimping on the plots. If I could write characters with equally great plots, at just 20% of what they write then I’d be more than happy.
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
I like to work with a tidy space. I become frustrated with too much crap all over my desk. I have one notebook and a laptop but if I print anything off; maps, images or articles of interest, I keep them in a box file stored on the bookcase behind my desk. What tends to happen though, is that I often find things have migrated onto my desk in piles, so I have to have a tidy up every so often, otherwise I can’t work.
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
Tea. I can’t function without a cup of tea at the side of me. I’m probably 20% tea.
Please share your blurb with us
A rising death toll. A city in panic.
A young mother is found dead in her home with no obvious cause of death. As DI Hannah Robbins and her team investigate, it soon becomes clear that the woman is the first in a long line of murders by poison.
With the body count climbing, and the city of Nottingham in social meltdown, the team finds themselves in a deadly race against a serial killer determined to prove a point.
And Hannah finds herself targeting an individual with whom she has more in common than she could possibly know.
Thank you so much for having me. I really enjoyed answering these questions.
About the Author
Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drink copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis.
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