Hunter by name – Hunter by nature.
Can DI Hunter Wilson keep Edinburgh safe when he is the hunted?
Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is woken in the early hours of the morning by a call from his son. Cameron’s flatmate was murdered. Why would anybody want to kill a young woman recently arrived in the city?
Hunter must call in the new Major Incident Team (MIT) to lead the investigation due to the reorganisation of police services. Hunter’s ability to be involved, however, is put in severe doubt when someone from his past decides to take revenge on him. He goes missing, and his team have no idea where to look for him. Who would want to stop Hunter in his tracks?
Meanwhile, Hunter’s team must work closely with the MIT, with or without him, to solve the murder in this taut crime thriller.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write crime thrillers and all three of the novels I have published so far have largely been written at home. I prefer to write in the afternoons. I like to write somewhere quiet so, if I have the house to myself, I write in the living room surrounded by the cats. If the house is busy, I park myself in my local library and write there.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
I wrote my debut novel, Hunter’s Chase, straight from beginning to end with no planning! However, now I am more organised. I write my notes and outlines for my books long hand in notebooks. But when I get to the point of writing my novels, I draft them on the computer. It is so much easier to make changes and to edit as I go that way.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
My stories are conceived on chocolate and sparkling water, although my characters tend to prefer curries and beer!
– What is your favourite book?
I have discovered several excellent authors new to me in the last few years. These include Michael Jecks, Joan Livingston and Wendy Jones. However, I do mostly read crime novels and thrillers. Another of my favourites is Katharine Johnson. Her novel, The Secret, is an enthralling mystery set in a village in Northern Italy. I must class this amongst my favourite books.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
My novels, Hunter’s Chase, Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force form the Edinburgh Crime Mystery series. My main protagonist in a Detective Inspector called Hunter Wilson and my novels are set in Edinburgh. At present I use Edinburgh as the back drop for the crimes Hunter solves. But there is an area of the city known as Hunter’s Tryst and I would quite like to write a romance for Hunter based in that district. Watch this space!
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I never base characters on people I have met, living or dead. They are all creatures of my imagination. I do, occasionally use an interesting name I have heard before, but I give the characters in my novels the traits I need them to have.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I have notebooks all over the place! I have one on my bed side table to record any bolts of genius that strike me during the night, but I also have a note book in the kitchen, the living room, the dining room and a friend gave me a waterproof notebook for my birthday. I used that when I was out and about making notes for my most recent novel Hunter’s Force. (I live in Scotland – it rains a lot!)
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I always say that I will read anything. Having said that I do not choose to read horror novels and rarely find sci-fi engaging.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I do not like the idea of co-writing a book. I know many successful books have been written by two or more authors including the Nicci French novels and brilliant historical novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society co-written by Mary Anne Schaffer and Annie Barrie. If were to co-write a novel, it would have to be a thriller and, I would most like to write it with the fabulous Erin Kelly. Her novels, The Poison Tree and He Said/She Said are amongst my favourite modern novels.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I love to travel and my family often say I would go to the opening of a paper bag. I think if I had to travel for research, I would choose to go somewhere that is on my bucket list and that I have not visited yet. For me, I think it would be Borneo. I would love to see the Orang-utans there. Maybe I will send Hunter there for an investigation one day!
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About the author
Val Penny is the author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. The first on the series, ‘Hunter’s Chase’, was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018 while the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’, was published on 09.09.2018 and they will publish the third in The Edinburgh Crime Mystery series, Hunter’s Force on 03.03.2019. All books are available to order from Amazon.
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