Someone thinks they know who she is… and what she did.
But she insists it’s a mistake.
All Beth has ever wanted is a quiet life for her and her family. And that is what she has, until one evening a note is pushed through the door, with two words scrawled in menacing black ink; Found you.
As Beth’s neatly crafted life begins to unravel, an unseen menace torments her and those she loves. But who’s behind the threats?
Somebody is out to get Beth, but do they have the right woman?
Beth faces losing everything, and there is far more at stake than just her marriage…
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I work full time as a graphic designer, Monday to Friday, so my writing has to fit around that, unfortunately. But I find that my best writing happens later anyway, so it kind of works for me.
I find I can get into a much darker frame of mind when I’m writing late at night.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not at all. I just have to make myself comfortable, and I prefer to have silence… but that part isn’t always achievable. I’ve got two Labradors who pester me most of the time, so I generally have one, or both of them pressed up against me when I’m trying to write.
– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Coffee… lots of coffee.
– What is your favourite book?
This probably changes quite a lot depending on my mood, but at the time of answering this, I’d say it’s ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’, by Lionel Shriver. I found it quite difficult to get into at first, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. It haunted my thoughts for a long time… so sad, and shocking. I like books that keep me thinking, long after I’ve finished reading them.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I’d like to try writing a full-on horror story, but I’d need a really original idea before I attempted that. I’ve also got an idea bouncing around my head for a sort of tragic love story, but it would probably be very dark, so not sure it would fall into the romance genre.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
My main characters, never… I’d be far too worried that they might read it and know! But there may be the odd minor character inspired by people I’ve crossed paths with.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I do have a notebook, but I don’t take it out with me. It stays in the house. If I have an idea while I’m out and about, I make a note of it on my phone (usually a voice memo). I take a lot of photos too, when I see places and think they would make great settings, I’ll take a picture to remind myself.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I would never slate any genre, but for me, in terms of reading and what I enjoy, I tend to steer away from full on fantasy type stuff. Which is odd, because I adored Lord of the Rings.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Oh wow… this is a tricky one. So many great authors out there. I think it would be fun to write with Stephen King though. He has a very dark mind, and I’ve always enjoyed his books.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’d have to make it somewhere worthwhile, and somewhere I’ve never been. Austria perhaps? I think I could set a nice dark mystery in Austria! It’s not just because it looks beautiful and I’d love to visit… honest! 😉
Thank you, Dan Scottow and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the Author
Dan grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to London in his early twenties. After more than ten years living there, he decided enough was enough, and packed his bags for Scotland in search of a more peaceful life. Dan works as a graphic designer, but dreams of the day he can give it up and write full time.
Besides writing, he enjoys painting, watching a good scary film, travelling the world (at least, he used to!), good food, a gin and tonic or two, long walks on the beach with his dogs, and of course, reading a great book.
Dan’s debut novel ‘Damaged’ was released in January 2020, published by Bloodhound books.
Facbook page: @danscottowauthor