Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Exclusive Chat with Jane Isaac!

I was delighted when crime fiction author, Jane Isaac, took 'time out' during the hectic run-up to her book launch to come and chat with me!

Her latest book, Before It’s Too Late, was published only yesterday by Legend Press and has already got great reviews.

About the Author:

Jane Isaac lives with her husband and daughter in rural Northamptonshire, UK where she can often be found trudging over the fields with her Labrador, Bollo. Her first novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, was nominated as best mystery in the 'eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.' The sequel, The Truth Will Out, was selected as a ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-Thriller.com.

Jane was runner up ‘Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2013’ and her short stories have appeared in several anthologies. When she is not writing, Jane loves to travel and spend time with her family. She believes life should be an adventure.

Here's the Story:

 I concentrated hard, desperately listening for something familiar, the sound of life. I heard nothing. Just my own breaths and the wind, whistling through branches above… The thought made me shiver. I am buried alive."

Following an argument with her British boyfriend, Chinese student Min Li is abducted whilst walking the dark streets of picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon alone.Trapped in a dark pit, Min is at the mercy of her captor. Detective Inspector Will Jackman is tasked with solving the case and in his search for answers discovers that the truth is buried deeper than he ever expected.

But, as another student vanishes and Min grows ever weaker, time is running out. Can Jackman track down the kidnapper, before it’s too late? 

Now over to Jane:

1. Who is your favourite character in Before it’s Too Late and why? 

I should probably say DI Jackman because he is hopelessly addictive, but I think I’ll plump for DS Davies who assists Jackman with the police investigation. She’s sharp and engaging, but also bubbly and always manages to find the humour in any situation.

2. What alternative title did you consider? 

I’m rubbish with titles. The novel had several working titles but none that I dare share(!) or that really fit. It wasn’t until I had completely finished that the panic set in - I had a huge brainstorming session with my husband and this one cropped up.

3. What's the nicest thing anyone has said about your books?

In a recent review for Before It’s Too Late, Lizlovesbooks said this about me, ‘…for me she represents the very best in emerging UK crime fiction and is definitely one to watch.’ That was pretty special.

4. What do you enjoy most about the writing process?

The research. I know it sounds weird, but I have a real passion for travel and love to get out and visit settings, learn about the local culture and explore new areas. Very little of what I do actually appears in the book though!

5. Which novel do you wish you’d written?

 Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. (I'm with you there, Jane - AJ)

6. Can you list 3 of your favourite reads, this year? 

Normal by Graeme Cameron, Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes and Thrilling Cities by Ian Fleming.

7. Describe one hard lesson you’ve learned about writing. 

Not to take rejections and bad reviews to heart. They are just somebody’s opinion, and not everyone will enjoy your work. Although with a new book just out, I might need reminding.

8. What are you working on now? 

I’m working on a new Detective Inspector Jackman novel, so will shortly be back off to Stratford upon Avon for field research – well, that’s what I call it!

9. Which authors would you invite over for dinner to get to know better?

Robyn Davidson, author of Tracks, and Ian Fleming (after reading Thrilling Cities). Yes, I know that Ian is dead, but this is imaginary, right?

10. Which one question would you want to make sure you asked them? 

What’s the most interesting and strangest place you’ve visited in the name of research?

Jane's new book, Before it's Too Late is available here.

Connect with Jane at www.janeisaac.co.uk  Twitter: @JaneIsaacAuthor Facebook: Jane Isaac Author  

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AJ Waines is the author of: The Evil Beneath and Girl on a Train.
  •  Both books went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.
  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

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