Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Rebecca Bradley’s new release – Fighting Monsters and I have an interview with Rebecca to share with you!! Before the interview, let’s find out a bit more about the book…
24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.
For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.
But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.
Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?
MY INTERVIEW WITH REBECCA BRADLEY
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I started writing properly in 2010, writing to the point where I would sit down regularly and finally finish a full novel. Long before that I had attempted to start first chapters but had never progressed it any further. I was just one of those people who always said, ‘I’d love to write a book.’ It wasn’t until I was approaching a significant birthday that I decided if I didn’t do it now then I would never do it, so I sat and I started and I continued sitting at my laptop and kept adding words. Eventually (after a lot of editing) it became my first novel, Shallow Waters.
- What inspired you to write this book?
To be honest, it grew from a first line on a synopsis I was attempting to write to figure out the story.
A jury finds a gang leader not guilty of killing a cop and the next day he’s found murdered in his car with the name of a witness in his pocket. What happens next? What’s the story behind it?
I was intrigued enough to continue with it and it was a work of exploration.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
Where do you turn if you can’t trust the police?
- What are you up to next?
I have two projects I need to get on with. I have two synopses written up. I am feeling extremely energised and enthusiastic by writing this year and wish I could do everything I want to do and do it right now. Unfortunately, I can only write one thing at a time. Currently it’s DI Hannah Robbins 4. As of yet unnamed. I hate titling books. It really is the thing I can’t do!
The other synopsis is the second book to another series I have started. But, as well as those two I have planned, I am also excited about the one after those. It’s a standalone. It’s nice to play around and write something different.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
I love crime fiction and my two favourite authors are Karin Slaughter and David Jackson, close second are Tammy Cohen and Sharon Bolton. I would read anything that any of these authors wrote. I think they are brilliant storytellers, but they are also amazing character crafters. Character is key, it’s why we become invested in a story, because we are rooting for one of the characters, whether we like or dislike them. We are attached to them in some way. And I wish I could write with just a fraction of their talent.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Donna, I really appreciate it. It’s been an interesting experience answering these questions, making me look at how I work. Thank you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca is an ex-police detective and lives in Nottinghamshire with her family and 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.