Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.
The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.
Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?
- Did or do you like to read comic books/graphic novels? Which ones?
I used to devour superhero comics when I was very young, then moved on to the Asterix books. Later, I got into the Archie comic books for a while. It’s been a couple of decades since I last picked one up, but I’m sure I’d still get a lot of enjoyment from them.
- Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
Both my parents were keen readers. My dad preferred non-fiction, but my mother always had a novel on the go.
- When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?
Not as victims, but as the bad people – I do that all the time.
- How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I am really bad at choosing names. It’s the one part of my writing that causes me anguish. I struggle to find appropriate names and have a horrible tendency to use the same initial letters four or five times in a book without even realising it. It’s only when I do the first edit that I change things around to avoid having a Christine, Christy and Chris in the same book!
- Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?
I am a columnist for Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and also write articles and short stories for magazines.
- If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?
I think I would be so overjoyed they wanted to film my books I’d be incapable of insisting on one or the other! To be honest, I don’t think it’s possible to create a film or series that is exactly as the author created it but I’d like it to be as close as possible to my original ideas.
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
There are two women who were incredibly powerful during times when men ruled absolutely. Catherine the Great of Russia and Eleanor of Aquitaine. I would love to ask not only how they rose to power, but also how they were able to hold on to it.
- Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I have a friendly pathologist who answers questions for me. I call him Doctor Death.
- Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Not really. I prefer to work out solutions to plot problems on my own.
- What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)
The reviewer who gives comments is always a bonus, but anything that indicates readers are enjoying my books is wonderful.
Thank you, Lorraine Mace and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.
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