The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors!

The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors!

I am really pleased to be taking part in The Next Big Thing: Authors Tagging Authors! 
I was tagged by my really good friend, author Ginger Myrick and it’s my pleasure to keep this going. 

So, what I do is answer the questions below, tag a new set of authors, then they answer, tag authors, etc.

I’m answering questions about my second novel, Relative Deceit, which has been released today in paperback and is also currently available through Amazon!

What is the working title of your book?

The working title was actually Jane Bancroft, which is the name of the heroine but that was too bland and I was worried people would think it was just a romance.  It’s a crime/thriller/mystery and so I needed a title which reflected that.  Eventually we came up with Relative Deceit which explains the plot rather well.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I started the book over ten years ago and then it got shelved.  I really cannot remember where the idea came from for it, but I do remember that I wanted to write something a little darker than what I usually write.

What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Historical Fiction, but also a Crime/Mystery. 

What is the one sentence synopsis for the book?

Driven by jealousy, greed and desire, nothing, not even Jane, will stop Gregory Rogers from taking that which he believes is his… including murder.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took me years!  It sat on a disc for about 10 years.  When I finally picked it up again, it took me another 4 months to finish.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Siobhan Finneran who plays Sarah O’Brien in Downton Abbey would be perfect for Mrs Barnard.  The way she plays O’Brien really resembles Mrs Barnard’s character and life.
I don’t know who I would pick for Gregory Rogers.  Years ago I would have said someone dashing like Gabriel Byrne or Ciaran Hinds… but now they’re much older than the character.  Perhaps William Moseley (Peter from Narnia) would be nice as William now that he’s all grown up.  I, also, have to admit that I think Paul Copley (Mathews from Hornblower) would be great as Samuel Harris too.   Oh, the possibilities are endless!

What other books would you compare this story to, in your genre?

Good question!  I can’t think of any one book specifically but readers have said that it has the feel of Agatha Christie and Downton Abbey / Upstairs Downstairs in it.

What else about the book might pique the readers’ interest?

Greed, Jealousy, murder… lots of murder actually 😉  There’s love and romance, it’s full of emotion really, both positive and negative.  There’s mystery and of course the cops! 😉

Relative Deceit is available through FeedARead and Amazon.  It will be out in paperback through all major stockists before Christmas! 

And for the authors I have tagged:


Judith Arnopp – Author of Peaceweaver, Dear Henry, The Song of Heledd, The Forest Dwellers, and A Tapestry of Time.

Nicole Kuhn – Author of Mohawk Moon, and Mohawk Sunrise.

Jo Ann Butler – Author of Rebel Puritan (A Scandalous Life).

Michele KallioAuthor of Betrayal.

Miranda Stork – Author of Erin, Conner, Craving, Playing with Fire, An Ill Wind, and With You In Spirit.


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