Author Q&A with UK Crime Book Club

I recently took part in an author chat in UK Crime Book Club (on Facebook,) and got asked some brilliant questions. I thought I’d share some of the questions and my answers. I hope you enjoy them.

Would you ever consider one of your books being made into a film?
I think both The Abattoir of Dreams and The Liar’s Promise would make great films, but for very different reasons. One emotional, one scary!

Mark, I totally agree with that but who would you choose for Michael (in The Abattoir of Dreams,) and The tall man (in The Liar’s Promise?)

I haven’t given it much thought but, someone like Christopher Lee for the Tall Man (if he were still alive!) And the young boy who plays Paco in You on Netflix (Luca Padovan,)   would be a great Mikey if he could do an English accent.

      

Which was the last book you read that scared the life out of you?
The Father of Lies trilogy by Sarah England, but especially the third in the trilogy, Magda.

Does your girlfriend ever worry about you, sleep with one eye open?!
She does when I ask her to mimic being strangled! But never mind my girlfriend, I sleep with one eye open!! LOL

Can you tell us something about yourself that would surprise us?
Yes. I once mistook my daughters escaped hamster, that was sat on the arm of a rocking chair, as an orb. Thinking the house was possessed, me and my girlfriend fled downstairs. A sure sign my imagination was doing overtime!

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Interview with Author Social Media Strategist, Frances Caballo.

Today I’m delighted to be joined by Frances Caballo. If you’re an author who is struggling with social media, and how best to use it to help sell your books, then I highly recommend you visit her website and read through her posts. I’ve learned a lot from Frances, and am now looking forward to this interview. Lets begin:

Just like Joan Stewart (The Publicity Hound,) you were involved in journalism before moving towards helping authors. What was it that made you decide to focus on author social media?
After working as a reporter and then as an editor, I decided to use my skills in the non-profit sector. After working in that industry for 16 years, I decided to become a consultant. To promote my business, I knew I needed to learn social media. In the process of learning social media, I changed the course of my career and decided to specialize in social media to help authors. You see, I’d been a literature major in college, was writing a novel, and was a member of two writer organizations. So the transition felt natural. Authors had always been my favorite people.

 

You have written a number of non-fiction books. Have you ever thought about writing any fiction, and if so, what genres would interest you?
I started a novel in 2000 but haven’t revised it sufficiently to turn it over to an editor. The book is a historical fiction novel. In terms of reading, I like literary fiction, historical fiction, and thrillers. Continue reading

Interview with mystery author and blogger, Anne R Allen

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Today I’m pleased to be able to welcome mystery author Anne R Allen to the blog. Anne is the author of ten books, including the bestselling CAMILLA RANDALL MYSTERIES and HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE, co-written with NYT bestseller Catherine Ryan Hyde. Her latest is SO MUCH FOR BUCKINGHAM, a humorous mystery about Internet trolls.

Lets begin.

Did you always want to write? Were you inspired from an early age from the books you read as a child?
I’ve been a writer pretty much since I could hold a crayon. I used to write stories in the margins of my coloring books to go with the pictures. My parents were both PhDs who taught literature at the university level, so I was born into a house full of books. My parents read to me every night. Books were always part of my life. I was especially inspired by the Wizard of Oz series. I think because the hero was an independent little girl.

How quickly did you become involved in the ‘Kindle Revolution’? Could you see the potential from the beginning?
I wasn’t one of the first to join the Kindle crowd. I’ve always been with small presses and let my publishers make decisions about format. But as soon as they put my work on Amazon as ebooks in 2011, I saw my sales soar, so I knew they were onto something. I already had a blog, and it was easy to see how my online presence could influence online sales, so I made a point of learning to use social media.

I think I learned the most about online marketing from the fantastic women of the Indie Chicks Anthology. They invited me to join because I was with an “indie” micropress, even though the rest were self-published. They taught me the ropes.

You write both fiction and non-fiction. Do you enjoy writing one more than the other?
I probably write a lot more non-fiction than fiction—if you consider the amount of time I spend writing blog posts—but my heart is still with my fiction. Writing fiction is hard, but I love it. Writing non-fiction is easier, but it doesn’t give me the same sense of joy.

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