A young woman has been murdered on Ripton Beach.
DSS ‘Archie’ Baldrick and DC Ben Travers eventually identify the body as that of Lucy Martin, who has been renting a bach in the area. Her husband, Oliver, seems to know very little about his wife or her background.
What was Lucy hiding? Why has she no family or friends?
As the number of suspects mounts up, Archie begins to conclude that the real answer lies in Lucy’s dark and mysterious past, and that the murderer may be just a little too close for comfort …
Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?
No, I’ve never read a graphic novel, though I did love comics as a kid so I’d be keen on giving them a go if one was recommended to me.
Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?
From my mother mainly, though everyone in my family read a lot. Even now I share a lot of books with my mother as we seem to like the same sort of things.
3. 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?
Never! Often the people who die in my novels are really quite nice, or have at least tried to be good people (and are not based on anyone I know!).
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Names seem to just pop into my head. I don’t always go with my first thought, but once I’ve decided on a name I find it just about impossible to change it. I try not to use the names of people I know really well, but sometimes family names creep in there – even though the characters may not be anything like that real person.
Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?
I write a few emails, mainly because I have family overseas and it’s not always convenient to ring them. I used to write articles for magazines but since I discovered the joy of writing fiction, factual stuff now seems a bit too much like homework!
6. 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?
I’d be happy with a ‘based on’ version of my books, mainly because it would be so difficult to portray everything in the books on screen within such a tight time frame. I really enjoy crime series on TV which are ‘based on’ books by other authors – so yes, how wonderful would that be?
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I’d like to interview Kate Atkinson as she’s my favourite author. I love the way she writes and I feel I could learn a lot from her.
Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?
I have a friend who used to be a policeman and I’ve run a couple of my stories past him before getting them published. He’s been very helpful to me, especially as most of what I feel I know about the police is based on English authors/crime series and mine are set in New Zealand, where the police force is quite different.
Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?
Before we moved house (and region) last year I belonged to a writers’ group who were very helpful and supportive. You could take along a piece you were having trouble with to the group meetings and they would offer suggestions and advice (which you could either take on board or ignore!). I’m keen to get involved in the local writers’ groups here in the Waikato (NZ).
10. 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)
I do like some explanation of what reviewers like or don’t like about my books as I can learn something from that. At the same time I’m happy to just have stars – not everyone has the time or inclination to write a review.
Thank you, Christina O’Reilly and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Christina is a writer and professional proofreader living in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Four of her short stories have been published, one in a magazine and the others in anthologies produced by Page and Blackmore, Rangitawa Publishing and most recently in Fresh Ink: Voices from Aotearoa, produced by Cloud Ink Press.
As well as being a finalist in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards, Christina’s first crime novel Into the Void was longlisted for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Memorial Prize for an unpublished novel.