An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.
Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…
When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
The Good One, of course!
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
On one of my super horses, or walking the dogs.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Only if I’m in a hurry to catch a train.
6. What are you most proud of?
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
“Wow, I did this!”
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never give up.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
Morning, afternoon, evening – whenever I have the time really – no set hours. Or when I have a good idea spring to mind – sometimes that’s in the middle of the night. Only in my office where I can close myself off from the rest of the world.
Thank you, Justine John and Love Books Group
About the author
After thirty years in corporate life in London, half of which was running a successful events company, I decided to take a chance to write the novel that was ‘in me’ since I was a child. Gilding the Lily is the result of this and is a domestic noir story which I hope will keep you on the edge of your chair/sofa/bed/train/plane-seat….