Former Detective Inspector Jack Lunn is enjoying the quiet life.
Twenty years on from being medically retired from the job with Hampshire Police, he’s earned his quiet routine of long walks in the New Forest.
However, Jack’s peace is shattered when he discovers the body of a friend and local landowner while on a fishing trip.
Drawn into the investigation, he comes face to face with an old colleague, and the police investigation machine he thought he had left behind.
As family secrets are exposed and a reporter takes an interest, Jack and his partner’s eldest daughter Gemma, a former military intelligence officer set to work to uncover who killed his friend.
As the body count rises, can they both unravel the mystery before it’s too late, or will Jack’s life be sacrificed as just so much dead drift
When and where do you prefer to write?
I have a first-floor study which looks out over the garden, fields, and woods behind my home. It’s been tough writing from home, as that space is also my ‘day job’ workspace. Getting the separation between work and writing can be challenging. For me, the mornings are best for creative writing, and I rewrite and edit in the afternoon/evening.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
I like music in the background, but don’t like to be interrupted if I’m writing. If I’m struggling with dialogue, I’ll stick on ‘The West Wing’. Aaron Sorkin is brilliant at ‘walk and talk’ exposition.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
You’re not seriously expecting me to put my neck on the chopping block and name check a living author, are you? I have too many writer friends to upset. I lived in the New Forest for 30 years and Conan Doyle is buried at Minstead, which was close to where I lived. So, I guess the writer of ‘A Study In Scarlet’ wouldn’t be a bad choice
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I am trying hard to be the ‘good one’ in real life, so it would definitely be the ‘bad one’ in fiction.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
David Bowie. From my early teens I was a fan and was lucky enough to see him in concert. Huge talent, intelligent and constantly evolving and musically challenging himself. I have more of his tracks on my Spotify than any other artist.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
If the weather is half decent, I will be on my patio first thing, with coffee and a book and I always read a few pages before turning in for the night. I never get on a train or plane without a book.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
It is diverse array of places, to be honest. The kitchen, as I love to cook. By the side of a river or lake, as I love to fish. With my partner, drinking coffee, chatting and people watching at Hanushka, in the Old Town, Hastings. It is a lovely coffee shop with oodles of books that are available to buy, and I’ve availed myself rather too often.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Well, this is the first time for me and it is a bit like holding your child for the first time. I wish my Mum and Dad were around to see it. I am so grateful for all the support that I’ve had from my fellow authors. I must mention K T Foster, my editor, who always had sage advice and of course SpellBound Books for having faith in me and my series.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
‘Dead Drift’ has a double meaning, as it’s a term used in fly-fishing and also has significance at the beginning of the story.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
They were photo’s I took at places that are in ‘Dead Drift,’ which is set in and around the New Forest, in Hampshire. I have an idea for the cover of the next in the series, but no spoilers yet.
Thank you, A.J. Hill and Zooloo’s Book Tours
About the author
Born in West London, the middle of three boys, Andy won a scholarship to Lord Wandsworth College. He represented the school at most sports and also played rugby for Hampshire at Under 18 level.
After university, working life began with H. M. Customs & Excise, mostly on Mobile Task Force Units and Rummage Crews out of Southampton. He then moved to the Police as a beat bobby in Dorset.
He now works in property and lives in the South Downs, West Sussex. Often found at crime writing festivals and an avid reader, Andy regularly files reviews with the renowned crime fiction eZine Shotsmag.
You can see Andy chatting about writing and Dead Drift with renowned crime writing interviewer, Jacky Gramosi Collins (Dr Noir) for Noir At The Bar – Edinburgh via the link below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1yjeTDVD5c