The idea of this is that a writer puts up a post on his or her own blog answering ten questions about his/her work in progress, and then “tags” three – or five, depending on which version you see – other writers to do the same. Then, the writer posts a link to his/her “tagger” and to the people he/she is “tagging” so that readers who are interested can visit those pages and perhaps discover some new authors whose work they’d like to read.
I was tagged by John Hudspith, author of: Kimi’s Secret
John’s creativity and amazing imagination have created a heroine like no other and placed her in a world like no other to face dangers and creatures like no others. In short, his story is unique and the telling of it exceptional.
The writers I have tagged in my turn appear at the bottom of this post.
What is the working title for your book?
Someday Never Comes. The title comes from a Credence Clearwater Revival album and exactly sums up the feeling of the girls held captive by human traffickers. One of the older girls tries to keep up the spirits of the new arrivals by telling them that someday they will be rescued but, for too many of these girls, someday never comes.
Where did the idea come from for this book?
Whenever I see mention of human trafficking, I always wonder how these people get away with it. Why does no one report them to the police? What kind of people are they? How do they keep the girls hidden and yet also send them out on the streets to work? What happens to the girls as they get older? Do they ever escape? How are they prevented from running away? All these questions led me to Someday Never Comes. I needed to set DI Paolo Storey to work, tracking down the guys at the top.
What genre does your book fall under?
As with Bad Moon Rising, Someday Never Comes is a crime thriller.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I have a real aversion to people spelling out what characters look like. I like to draw my own pictures when I’m reading, so I’m going to skip this question. I know who my characters resemble in my head, but that doesn’t mean my readers would see them the same way.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Evil men prey on young girls, but one man cares enough to stop them.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Bad Moon Rising was published by Crooked Cat Publishing. They want to see the full ms of my next book when it’s ready, so hopefully Someday Never Comes will join the first Paolo Storey novel in the same publishing house.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I can’t answer that one yet because I haven’t finished the first draft. However, I do have the full plot mapped out chapter by chapter, so it’s just a question of finding the time to complete it.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I haven’t found another book close to the storyline, but my themes are a cross between those of Val McDermid and Minette Walters – crime, but with a strong psychological emphasis.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Recent news items about girls being stolen from other countries and forced into the sex trade made me wonder just how these evil people are able to get away with their deeds. I decided to do some research and, as a result, Someday Never Comes was born.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Although the subject matter is dark and exposes the baser aspects of human nature, DI Paolo Storey is a character readers can believe in. He’s far from perfect, but I’d like to think there are real life versions out there in the world who care as much as he does about bringing evil people to justice.
The following three writers are all exceptionally talented, which is why I am tagging them for The Next Big Thing.
JJ Marsh – author of Behind Closed Doors (a Beatrice Stubbs crime novel)
Jill grew up in Wales, Africa and the Middle East, where her curiosity for culture took root and triggered an urge to write. After graduating in English Literature and Theatre Studies, she worked as an actor, teacher, writer, director, editor, journalist and cultural trainer all over Europe. Now based in Switzerland, Jill works as a language trainer, forms part of the Nuance Words project and is a regular columnist for Words with JAM magazine. She lives with her husband and three dogs, and, in an attic overlooking a cemetery, she writes.
Gillian Hamer – author of The Charter
Born in the industrial Midlands, Gillian's heart has always yearned for the wilds of North Wales and the pull of the ocean. She has written obsessively for over a decade, predominantly in the crime genre. She has completed six full length novels and numerous short stories. She is a columnist for Words with Jam literary magazine, a regular theatre goer and avid reader across genres. She splits her time between Birmingham and a remote cottage on Anglesey where she finds her inspiration and takes long walks on deserted beaches with her Jack Russell, Maysie.
Catriona King – author of A Limited Justice (a DCI Craig crime novel)
Catriona is a doctor who also trained as a forensic medical examiner in London, and has brought that experience to bear in her debut novel, in which Marc Craig and his team comb well known Belfast streets in the hunt for a triple murderer.