Sometimes chasing a dream can become a nightmare…
Alecia Preen is living in poverty and desperate to make a better life for herself. Having moved to a new area for new beginnings after being disowned by her family, money was fast running out. She is struggling to make ends meet.
With the intention of charging lonely men online for her services, Alecia realises she can supplement her income by being unscrupulous. In meeting Jake Parker he requests that she role-plays as a psychiatrist, but he makes her aware of an underground millionaires playground called Sordida. He warns her to stay away.
As Alecia’s curiosity gets the better of her, she is amazed by the wealth and decadence on offer. Sordida is not the club she had anticipated because behind the legendary name lurks a very dark secret. A secret that could cost her everything.
He pays by the hour and Alecia pays in ways she had never imagined.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I like to write in small chunks in the evenings, but I prefer to spend a solid six hours at least on weekends. I have a desk in the far corner of my living room and I prefer to write there in peace as I try to get into the minds of my characters.
Do you have a certain ritual?
It depends on the scenes. For instance, in my first novel, Mummy’s Boy, I watched a lot of online videos about suicide and death. It was really upsetting and depressing, so I’d write some chapters after viewing all the content to portray the emotional turmoil. In my second novel, You Let Him In, I researched a lot on mortuaries and car accident scenes. I try to imagine that it’s me and if it was what would I want to say.
Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
It has to be Diet Coke, and chocolate digestives. I drink a TON of it. I’ll always make sure I’m stocked up on both when my editing schedules come in.
What is your favourite book?
Rose Madder by Stephen King. This was the first time I experienced book rage at a character and never wanted to see the main protagonist win over the bad guy. It stands out more to me for the way it made me feel reading it than for the story itself.
Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I have thought about this lately, because I’ve started to get ideas for cosy Christmas reads. I live in Devon and there are so many parts that would make perfect locations for romantic comedies. If I wrote in a different genre, I would likely use a different name and keep J A Andrews for thrillers.
Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I think it’s really hard for any writer to actually deny this. Some of my characters are based on the traits of people I know. For instance, I might have taken the traits of two people I know and made them into one character. I’ve fictionalised the whole circumstances around them, but there are times when I’ve been stuck and thought, oh how would that person react.
Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I use an app on my phone called OneNote. I type short notes into it when ideas or situations pop into my head if I’m out and about. These notes are in sync with the same app on my laptop so I can seamlessly open it and carry on from anywhere.
Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t like reading science fiction novels. I get bored and the books are so much longer usually than thrillers. I like fiction that could be related to a real life scenario in the present day. I don’t mind sci-fi movies or games, but you wouldn’t find me rushing to read one.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’d love to co-write with a favourite author of mine called Rona Halsall. In fact in anyone reading this hasn’t read any of her work, I can really recommend Love You Gone. She’s a fantastic author and I can’t get enough of her books.
If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’d love to write a thriller that is set in the most remote part of Newfoundland Canada, and research it’s history. My Grandfather is from there, and it would be nice to portray the Newfoundland that he experienced growing up in the 1920’s into a novel. I’m sure it was a very different place way back then, and lots more forestry and bears.
Thank you, JA Andrews and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
JA Andrews is the author of gripping twisty psychological thrillers. Mummy’s Boy, and You Let Him In, are his full length novels, while Glimmer of Hope is a shorter story as a Kindle exclusive. As well as writing fiction, JA Andrews enjoys reading a mix of genres, watching various reality TV and spending time with family and friends.
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