Arriving at work to find she’s lost more than five-and-a-half days (133 hours), Briony Chaplin, has no recollection of where she’d been or what had happened to her. She is distraught. Has she been ill, or had a breakdown, or could she have been drugged and abducted?
Doubting her own sanity, Briony is fearful of what she’ll find. Yet she’s driven to discover the truth. When she trawls her memories, she’s terrified by visions, believing she may have been abused and raped.
Assisted by her friends Alesha and Jenny, and supported by a retired detective, she’s determined to learn where she’s been and why.
- Did or do you like to read comic books/graphic novels? Which ones?
As a child, I read the Beano and Dandy and I read DC comic books – a long, long time ago
- Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
For me it was a case of nurture rather than nature. I was quite academic as a child but I didn’t read very much other than non-fiction. My real introduction to reading fiction came after I met my wife (author Elly Grant) and I realised how much enjoyment she received from reading . Once I started, I never looked back
- 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?
How could I ever admit to such a thing? I don’t believe I’ve ever chosen to make a victim of someone I knew, although I’ll sometimes note descriptions or characteristics of people I come across and store them for use in my writing
- How do you come up with the names for your characters?
I don’t have a particular way for selecting names. I choose based on what I think is a good name for the personality of the character, but sometimes go back afterwards to make a change if I think the fit isn’t right or if I’ve inadvertently created confusion by using similar names for different people.
- Do write other things beside books (and shopping lists 😉 )?
I have a background of working in business and finance which has often required me to write reports and presentations. I have also written a number of short stories, flash fiction and articles.
- 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?
As film and TV is a completely different medium, I accept there are some things you can write which cannot practically or economically be recreated on screen, equally there are opportunities to do things which can’t effectively be written in a book. Having so said, I’d prefer it to be very close to the original
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Albert Einstein. A brilliant and playful mind and a humanitarian. What more could you ask for?
- Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I don’t have one specific source I repeatedly use. As do most writers, I carry out research using the internet and go to people or organisations who are specialist in the subject I’m investigating at any particular time. In the past, I’ve sought information from the FBI, Special Branch, Police Scotland amongst others.
- Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
My wife is the author, Elly Grant. We use each other as a sounding board when we’re writing or exploring new ideas
- 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)
Much as it’s very satisfying to get a highly rated review, it is much more meaningful when the reviewer explains why and lets you know what they liked or disliked about your book. Constructive criticism always has a value.
Thank you, Zach Abrams and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it’s only fairly recently he started writing novels. “It’s a more honourable type of fiction,” he declares.
Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller ‘Ring Fenced’ and the financial thriller ‘Source’, as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.
Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title ‘Mind Your Own Business’. The first, ‘So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord’ is already available.
Website : http://zachabrams.wix.com/zach-abrams