Missing in Wales, the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister. The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon.
Alys is fine – don’t try to find us
Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?
DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
Firstly, thank you for inviting me onto your blog today. I write in the lounge usually very early in the morning when the house is asleep and late into the night.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not as such but I do need to write in complete silence so, in a world where headphones rule, I can be found wearing ear defenders.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
I don’t eat when I write but there’s always a mug of strong tea to keep me company.
– What is your favourite book?
I am David, by Anne Holm. An amazing voyage of discovery about a young boy released from a prisoner of war camp and left to find his way back home.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
No. I write in a few genres as it is. Children, Romance, Psychological and now Crime Thrillers.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not as such. I’ve included friends that have asked to be characters but apart from that.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes, although I usually don’t have it on me when an idea hits and write on whatever scrap of paper is to hand. I’ve even used the back of receipts in the past.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t enjoy books that scare me, so horror isn’t really my thing.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Valerie Keogh. She’s also an Irish nurse/author and we write in similar genres. We understand how each other’s writing mind works so it could be fun.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
France. It’s only a stone’s throw away from Guernsey and there’s plenty of it we’ve yet to explore.
Thank you, Jenny O’Brien and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Jenny O’Brien was abandoned in Dublin at the tender age of 17 by her parents when they decided to move to Wales. It was only on the completion of her studies that she was finally able to join them.
She’s an avid reader and book blogger in addition to being a RoNA book judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so.
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.
Jenny currently resides on the island of Guernsey with her husband, children and cats. She works as a nurse and writes in her spare time.