The Custard Corpses by M J Porter / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @coloursofuniso

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A delicious 1940s mystery.

Birmingham, England, 1943. While the whine of the air raid sirens might no longer be rousing him from bed every night, a two-decade-old unsolved murder case will ensure that Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is about to suffer more sleepless nights. Young Robert McFarlane’s body was found outside the local church hall on 30th September 1923. But, his cause of death was drowning, and he’d been missing for three days before his body was found. No one was ever arrested for the crime. No answers could ever be given to the grieving family. The unsolved case has haunted Mason ever since. But, the chance discovery of another victim, with worrying parallels, sets Mason, and his constable, O’Rourke, on a journey that will take them back over twenty-five years, the chance to finally solve the case, while all around them the uncertainty of war continues, impossible to ignore.

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Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

I write at home and tend to set time aside to do so. I didn’t used to be able to write well at home. It’s something I’ve taught myself. I did like to write in local cafes, but luckily, I moved away from this before the pandemic struck so I wasn’t entirely unused to working from home. I almost always wear headphones, or write to music as a way of distracting myself from whatever else is happening around me.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

No. I like to set myself a target wordcount each day, or each week, but I don’t beat myself up if I don’t make it. I prefer to do the majority of my writing in the morning before my lunch, because hunger makes me keen and gives me an edge.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

Decaf tea, coke or a nice fruity squash, and of late, some fruit teas as well. It depends if I’m feeling tired, cold or in need of some stimulation. I do need an unending supply of fluid to keep me going.

– What is your favourite book?

The only book I can quote from is Wuthering Heights, so I guess it must be on my list of favourites. I’m not the sort of person to reread books many times, but I have reread all the PERN novels by Anne MCcaffrey on countless occasions, so I think they’re my favourite series. Of them all, I’d pick out The White Dragon and All the Weyrs of Pern as two particular favourites. I love the way the story builds throughout the series.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

At the moment, I’ve written fantasy, historical fiction and historical mystery. I would also like to try my hand at some sci-fi and do have an idea, but haven’t yet managed to quite make it work. So yes, I am open to other genres although switching genres is quite daunting.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I try not to, but sometimes I will ‘borrow’ peoples phrases.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

No, I don’t. I try and hold onto them in my head, although it can be a great relief to eventually write them down, but only when they’re ready to come out. I am a huge daydreamer and sometimes, I plot my novels in that way.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I used to read a great deal of pretty gruesome crime fiction, but now I tend to keep it a little lighter. I don’t think I particularly dislike any genre, although I don’t like horror, mainly because it scares me and sometimes, I’m still pretty terrified of the dark even as an adult, as I live in a rural location without many street signs.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Now, that’s a hard one. Unfortunately, two of my all-time favourite writers are no longer with us, but if I could, I’d love to write with Anne McCaffrey or Terry Pratchett.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I would love to travel to Iceland because I think the stories of how Iceland were settled, and subsequently developed, are fascinating. And, having visited the islands of Orkney a few times, and been informed the landscape is quite similar, I know I would love the starkness of the landscapes and seascapes.

Thank you, M J Porter and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the Author 

I’m an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest) and fantasy (Viking age/dragon-themed). I’ve recently written a relatively modern mystery novel set in 1943. I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!

I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!

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Author Links

Website: http://www.mjporterauthor.com

Blog: http://www.mjporterauthor.blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/coloursofunison

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mj-porter-76959885/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m_j_porter/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/coloursofunison/_saved/

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/mj-porter?list=about

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Porter/e/B006N8K6X4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163404.M_J_Porter

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/coloursofunison

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Book Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Custard-Corpses-delicious-1940s-mystery-ebook/dp/B08VHLRK93

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Custard-Corpses-delicious-1940s-mystery-ebook/dp/B08VHLRK93

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Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Custard-Corpses-delicious-1940s-mystery-ebook/dp/B08VHLRK93

Universal Buy Link: mybook.to/TheCustardCorpses

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The Custard Corpses by M J Porter / #Interview #BlogTour @maryanneyarde @coloursofuniso

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A delicious 1940s mystery.

Birmingham, England, 1943. While the whine of the air raid sirens might no longer be rousing him from bed every night, a two-decade-old unsolved murder case will ensure that Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is about to suffer more sleepless nights. Young Robert McFarlane’s body was found outside the local church hall on 30th September 1923. But, his cause of death was drowning, and he’d been missing for three days before his body was found. No one was ever arrested for the crime. No answers could ever be given to the grieving family. The unsolved case has haunted Mason ever since. But, the chance discovery of another victim, with worrying parallels, sets Mason, and his constable, O’Rourke, on a journey that will take them back over twenty-five years, the chance to finally solve the case, while all around them the uncertainty of war continues, impossible to ignore.

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Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

I write at home. Before Lockdown, I used to like writing in coffee shops, but I’d been moving away from that so I was prepared and able to write from home when there was no other choice. I like there to be lots of natural light, and I have a large screen because otherwise I get headaches from squinting at the screen. (I have my zoom function turned up to 300% in Word).

I’m happy to write at any time of the day. Ideally, I like to get up and complete the majority of my writing in the morning, have a long break, and then go back to it later on. But, sometimes, I get caught up and simply can’t stop myself from writing, and editing at any old time.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

I listen to music when I write, most of the time. It means others at home can go about their usual business without distracting me, and it’s become one of those things that allows me to create. I stick my headphones on, choose my music, and start typing.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

It would have to be with one of the authors who first made me want to write for myself, so Katharine Kerr or Anne McCaffrey. I know Anne McCaffrey always said her PERN books were sci fi, but without a bit of historical fantasy embedded, they wouldn’t have been so wonderful. And Katharine Kerr is amazing. I love her Deverry books. I still remember my first purchase in Forbidden Planet in London (I think it was called that). What an epic moment in my life.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

Oh, I want to be the complex one who can be good, but can also be badJ

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Ah, I’m not really sure I know. I would like to have a chat with no end of characters from throughout history – I’d certainly like to have a chin-wag with Elizabeth I, about all her intended beaus and whether Robert Dudley was really her favourite.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Sitting in my ‘chair,’ in the kitchen/lounge or very occasionally, outside. I mostly read on my kindle unless I’m researching, and then I like a proper ‘book’ to leave random notes in which amuse me years later when I come across them.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

Sitting at my desk, or out walking in the countryside or to the beach. There’s not a lot else these days.

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 The lake at the top of Cragside – I walk there once or twice a week.

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What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

I’m always excited when a new book is released, but also quite relieved that it’s complete and released into the wild.

How do you come up with a title for your book?

I have no idea how I came up The Custard Corpses. It really did just appear out of nowhere. I often start with a title, and then write the book around it, but sometimes the title appears later on, and I have been known to change titles before publication.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

For a long time, I’ve made my own covers, and will continue to do so, but I have worked with a cover designer for The Custard Corpses. I knew exactly what I wanted, but didn’t have the skills to design it myself. It was a fantastic experience.

But usually, I have a firm idea in mind for a cover, and I design it using stock images and the ‘font’ that I use on almost all books.

Thank you for inviting me to your blog today.

Thank you, M J Porter and The Coffee Pot Book Club

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About the Author 

M J Porter writes historical fiction set before 1066. Usually.

This is M J’s first foray into the historical mystery genre and the, relatively recent, twentieth century.

M J writes A LOT, you’ve been warned.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.mjporterauthor.com

Blog: http://www.mjporterauthor.blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/coloursofunison

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mj-porter-76959885/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m_j_porter/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/coloursofunison/_saved/

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/mj-porter?list=about

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/M-J-Porter/e/B006N8K6X4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163404.M_J_Porter

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/coloursofunison

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Book Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Custard-Corpses-delicious-1940s-mystery-ebook/dp/B08VHLRK93

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Custard-Corpses-delicious-1940s-mystery-ebook/dp/B08VHLRK93

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Custard-Corpses-delicious-1940s-mystery-ebook/dp/B08VHLRK93

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Custard-Corpses-delicious-1940s-mystery-ebook/dp/B08VHLRK93

Universal Buy Link: mybook.to/TheCustardCorpses