Today I welcome my very dear friend Rebecca Bradley to the blog, as she releases her debut novel, Shallow Waters. I always love doing these interviews with writers on their exciting day, but usually I can only say that I am looking forward to reading their book. However, on this occasion, I had the rare pleasure of reading it early and cannot recommend it highly enough. If you are looking for a tight police procedural with a gripping plot and an intriguing lead character then do give it a go. Here’s Rebecca to tell us more about it.
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
Shallow Waters is a novel about people, their depths, their lives, and how far they are willing to go.
Who is your favourite character and why?
This is a hard one for me as there are a few characters I really like and that includes some of the male characters as well. It would be too easy to go with Hannah the protagonist, so I’ll look at one of the others and say – Evie. She loves biscuits and wears purple nail varnish to work. What’s not to love about that.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
Another difficult question Jane! Before I started writing myself I read mostly American crime fiction. I loved James Patterson for how his short chapters made it feel as though I was progressing through a book faster and my long term favourite author is Karin Slaughter for her great crime reads, but mostly because they are so character driven. You become immersed in their lives and care about them so much, you root for them and find yourself holding your breath as you read. What else can you ask for in a crime book.
Since I started writing myself I have started to read more widely, and specifically British crime as they say you need to understand the market you want to enter. It’s here where I am now unable to answer because there is such a wealth of talent in the British crime writing world that it’s impossible to single the authors down. I have found a whole host of new authors to read and keep reading, yourself included!
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
It’s reasonably ordered, though I can’t say the same of my desk which tends to pile up with all sorts of rubbish and needs a good clear up every so often. It’s because I have notebooks for the crime book club I run as well as one for my blog, another for the novel I’m working on, diaries, then my kindle and a couple of books can also find their way on there as well. My writing process though consists of tapping away at my laptop. An initial idea is scribbled into a notebook and expanded into a typed synopsis and then work is started. The notebook is then used to figure knots out as I find pen and paper quite freeing. You can just keep scribbling until it starts to turn into something coherent.
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
I’m a tea addict and can get through multiple cups in a day. I definitely have to have one at the side of me if I’m writing. And usually a couple of biscuits as my waistline will attest to!
Please share your blurb with us.
I’d love to:
When the naked, battered body of an unidentified teenager is found dumped in an alleyway, post-mortem finds evidence of a harrowing series of events.
Another teenage death with the same MO pushes DI Hannah Robbins and her team on the Nottingham City division Major Crimes Unit, to their limits, and across county borders. In a race against the clock they attempt to unpick a thick web of lies and deceit to uncover the truth behind the deaths.
But it doesn’t stop there. When catching a killer isn’t enough, just how far are the team willing to push themselves to save the next girl?
Thanks for having me Jane.
Rebecca Bradley lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and her one-year-old Cockerpoo Alfie, who keeps her company while she writes. She 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, in her writing of course.
Once a month Rebecca hosts a crime book club on Google+ hangouts where you can live chat about a crime book everyone has read and has members in the UK, the US, France and Australia
She blogs regularly at rebeccabradleycrime.com
DI Hannah Robbins will return in 2015.