Welcome back, Clare. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Blame Lisa, my editor. I had a random email from her along the lines of ‘I was driving along and four titles popped into my head. Here they are. Do with them what you like, or nothing at all.’ So I did. And this isn’t the first time that’s happened either. Turned came about in a similar manner.
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Umm, tough choice. Problem is they all live in other countries and travel is forbidden right now. So it’d have to be a virtual one, but if not then they’d come to my house. And if I chose some I’d upset others… But Jan Elder, Marianne Evans, Mary Manners, Dora Heirs, Marion Ueckermann, Delia Latham. Because it’d be fun and I could make them a proper English high tea.
I know some of those authors. It would be a fun high tea, for sure. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Umm, honestly, I haven’t really read much historical Christian fiction. So it’d be Loree Lough and Nicola Beaumont (assuming gothic counts as historical.)
It does. I love Loree Lough. You might try one of my historical novels sometime. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
Right now, it’d be never having the house quiet or to myself. I need total silence in which to write and I just don’t get that right now. And I’m not as rich as people like to think either. It’d be easy to sit back and say, yeah, I’ve written 60 books or just over. Aren’t I clever? But no. I’m just blessed to be able to do something I enjoy and make a tiny bit of money to put into the house occasionally.
I know that feeling. Tell us about the featured book.
Just when things couldn't get much worse, they suddenly do. With DS Zander Ellery in jail, his partner DC Isabel York fights to clear his name. Not an easy task when she is suspended from duty and the evidence against him is compelling.
Finally, pieces begin to fall into place, but to catch the Prayer Slayer once and for all, both officers must walk down a dark path where their very souls are at risk of being taken.
Sounds interesting. Please give us the first page of the book.
The long, far too hot summer turned from June into July without a break in the weather. Detective Constable Isabel York exited the bus, the wall of heat hitting her like a lorry full of bricks. A blast furnace would be a more apt description, not simply of the weather, but her professional life, too.
The Professional Standards Department had cleared her of any wrongdoing. Her boss, DI Holmes, wanted her in his office at nine o’clock on the dot tomorrow morning. She hoped and prayed that meant her suspension was over. That left one question uppermost in her mind. Where would he transfer her to?
Some backwater town, most likely. Or traffic. In the few weeks since she’d joined the murder investigation unit, or MIU, DI Holmes had sacked or transferred several officers. Each one had annoyed him or transgressed or broken one of his rules. He’d have no qualms about tossing her out on her ear.
The only thing that hadn’t fallen apart was her personal life. Although, she had to admit to herself, since she had none, there was nothing to destroy.
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