Julian Finch, widower and fisherman, awakes to learn that the bodies of two colleagues have washed up on the beach of Drake Cove. The close-knit community is under fierce public scrutiny due to a long-standing tradition called “The Culling”, the annual slaughter of pilot whales for consumption. An act which divides the nation.
The suspects are the extreme animal rights group, the Fighters Against Animal Cruelty (FAAC) who go wherever the politics is trending. They’ve been harassing the small fishing town for many years, smashing up their boats and sending vicious hate mail.
Tensions mount after a viral video, uploaded by the FAAC of Julian killing a pregnant whale, causes uproar online and in real life. In the aftermath, Julian becomes the victim of hate crime. In order to avoid further life-threatening attacks, Julian and his daughter take refuge in the home of Frank Blothio: ex-fisherman turned writer and political activist who does not have the best history with the animal rights movement, or Drake Cove as a whole.
As Julian integrates into the Blothio way of life, he discovers heinous secrets and disturbing truths lurking beneath the skin of his hometown that will change his life forever.
Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
I haven’t read a comic since I was kid, big fan of the Beano. I’m a big fan of graphic novels or noir-comics, the darker stories the better. The ones that come to mind are Frank Miller’s Sin City Series, The Hard Goodbye, That Yellow Bastard. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland – a deep study plunging into the Joker’s past and his psyche. Then there’s James O’Barr’s The Crow. Utterly beautiful, heart wrenching and inspired by a real tragedy. His fiancé was run over and killed by a drunk driver and in order to deal with the pain of losing her, all of his emotion was used to create the lead character, Eric Draven.
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
My parents. I remember reading or listening to an audiobook before bed. According to my mother, she’d come in and check on me and would have to lift a book off my face where I’d fallen asleep. Shocked I didn’t suffocate.
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?
I’d be lying if I said I haven’t based characters or storylines on certain people from my past…
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Sometimes they just pop into my head. Sometimes I research them .online. Matthew Waldemar, a rather menacing character from my second novel, From the Deep was found on the back of two DVD cases.
Do you write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?
I write reviews for the books I’m reading and I post them on Amazon, Goodreads, social media etc. Before my debut novel was published, I used to write scripts for an audio erotica community on Reddit. It was lovely experience. I have also written a short film screenplay– I’m currently writing the novel version of this. I’m hoping it will be my third novel.
If a 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 would be happy with the ‘based on’ as you can’t transfer the entire novel for screen because they are different mediums. There will have to be changes. As long as the movie or TV series captures the essence and heart of the story and characters in the books, I think that’s what matters.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Charlie Chaplin. What an artist.
Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
This is a stage of research I’d love to climb to when it comes to building my stories. One of my favourite authors, Jodi Picoult wrote a novel set on death row in prison and she actually went to prison and interviewed inmates and the wardens. I’d love to do something like that.
Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
My boyfriend. I bounce ideas off him all the time. I write crime thrillers, dramas and romances under another name and I was chatting to him about a particular scene. The novel is set in Hong Kong and I talked about the detectives walking around the city. My boyfriend was born in HK and he responded with: “Why don’t you have the character go around the city on the MTR?” I had no idea what it was and it’s the HK train version of the London Underground. It made sense. The leading characters are police officers, they won’t want to waste time walking around, they need to get to their destinations fast and without stress. So, with his input, I changed it.
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)
Ratings are always great but I do enjoy reading the comments my writing receives whether they liked the story or not, I find it inspiring. Someone has taken the time out of their day or they’ve chosen my work to escape to. It means so much to me.
Thanks for having me!
About the author
Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi-genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and their felines. Her debut novel Forgive Me was published by indie press house, DarkStroke Books in 2021 and it reached #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts on Amazon. She is currently working on her third novel, Bittersweet Injuries and would love to pursue a full-time career in writing.
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