Tensions are building on the notorious Holds End estate.
The local community centre is fighting for survival and the murder of 15-year-old Lewis Matthews remains unsolved…
Wannabe teenage singer, Bill Robinson, just got out of hospital after surviving a vicious attack. He thinks he knows who attacked him…and why. When a violent feud escalates between him and local thug Charlie McDonnal, Bill vows to find the killer and help save the community centre by taking part in the local singing contest.
How can music bring a shattered community together? And can Bill keep his own demons at bay long enough to win the singing contest and find out who killed Lewis Matthews?
- When and where do you prefer to write?
If I had my way, I would write all day every day. It’s always in my head, so holding it at bay until I’ve got the opportunity is really, really hard sometimes. I do get some hours in the day, as I’m self-employed, so if all my other bits of ‘work’ are done, I can get into some writing. But my main time of day is the evening, once my youngest child is in bed! I have a desk set up in my bedroom at the window and although ideally I would love a room of my own, this works out pretty well most of the time.
- Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really. I tend to write with music playing, so I will go to YouTube, choose a band I’m in the mood to listen to, and then just let the suggested songs play.
- Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Mostly coffee! But if it’s a Friday night I might have a glass of wine or cider with me.
- What is your favourite book?
It’s probably The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger. I have read it so many times and could quite happily pick it up again today and read it and I would get something different from it.
- Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I write in a lot of different genres anway. I’ve written a YA dystopian, a YA coming-of-age, a crime thriller series, women’s fiction and a family mystery. I don’t think I would ever write romance or erotica as it’s just not me. I don’t think I would consider fantasy either, but I would definitely like to write horror, and I do have a YA post-apocalyptic series on the go.
- Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not deliberately, but yes, it happens a lot. Sometimes I will picture someone I know when planning a character, as it helps to have that visual image. Sometimes I see a stranger and think they look perfect for one of my characters, so I will then describe them that way. Sometimes I pick little bits from people I know to write into appearances, mannerisms, speech of back story. It sometimes happens without you realising it!
- Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes, I do. I write my novels in longhand first in a notebook and that notebook will come everywhere with me, just in case. I also have a notepad app on my phone which I tend to write poems and blog article ideas into.
- Which genre do you not like at all?
I’m not a fan of romance or erotica. It just doesn’t do anything for me.
- If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Either my favourite indie author Kate Rigby, because we are very similar in our style and content and we are really good friends with very similar world views. Or my 12 year-old son Dylan. We have written two Supernatural FanFictions together which has been so much fun. One of us writes a bit then passes it to the other to carry on. We have just started planning a more serious story, which I can see becoming a novel. It’s about a strange little town and its inhabitants and will definitely cross into horror territory.
- If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’m not very well travelled at all, so anywhere would be exciting to me! I think probably a country like Norway or Sweden or Iceland though. I’ve always been curious about their landscapes and their way of life so would love to set a book there.
Thank you, Chantelle Atkins and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Chantelle Atkins was born and raised in Dorset, England and still resides there now with her husband, four children and multiple pets. She is addicted to reading, writing and music and writes for both the young adult and adult genres. Her fiction is described as gritty, edgy and compelling. Her debut Young Adult novel The Mess Of Me deals with eating disorders, self-harm, fractured families and first love. Her second novel, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side follows the musical journey of a young boy attempting to escape his brutal home life and has now been developed into a 6 book series. She is also the author of This Is Nowhere and award-winning dystopian, The Tree Of Rebels, plus a collection of short stories related to her novels called Bird People and Other Stories. The award-winning Elliot Pie’s Guide To Human Nature was released through Pict Publishing in October 2018. Her next YA novel A Song For Bill Robinson will be released in December 2019. Chantelle has had multiple articles about writing published by Author’s Publish magazine.
Website/blog : https://chantelleatkins.com/
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