Daniel and Anne-Marie’s marriage isn’t just on the rocks, it’s about to go six feet under. Anne Marie Mills is out of work, out of love and out of whisky. Everyone else is out of patience. When Anne-Marie is found dead who is to blame? The neighbours who despised her drunken rants? The husband who wondered how much more he could take? Or is there another killer in the neighbourhood?
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1.When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write with a pen and paper with the radio playing quietly in the corner, but normally I only write when I am supposed to be doing something else. Recently I ended up scribbling notes on to a damp piece of paper because an idea struck me when I was doing the washing up.
I am a goldilocks of writers, I can’t write if it’s too hot and I can’t write if it’s too cold. Everything has to be just right.
2.Do you have a certain ritual?
My favourite ritual is sacrificing a glass of wine to the mighty gods and goddesses of creativity, then placing the offerings of chocolate at the sacred desk, procrastinating for twenty minutes then watching a DVD. Doesn’t always work but it’s fun to do.
3.Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Tequila or coffee, or sometimes on very special occasions coffee with tequila.
4.What is your favourite book?
I don’t really have a favourite book, some books are amazing until you reread them (and I do a lot of rereading) some books are great until you actually read them 😉 and other books are chicken soup for the soul.
Some of the books I would classify as chicken soup books would be any of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, Confessions of a Middle aged woman by Sue Townsend. I like food writing for comfort, travel writing for adventure, medical writing for knowledge and forensic and true crime writing for inspiration… inspiration for writing crime novels of course, not anything else.
5.Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Of course, I started off writing poetry and fanfiction in a completely different genre to what I write now. I like to dabble in mixing crime and psychological at the moment because there are so many different places it can take you. I keep attempting to write film / play scripts in horror and sometimes even attempt my own food and travel stories. I like the challenge of writing, of pushing out the boundaries and combining different genres and elements. A book I want to write in the future combines fantasy with murder. I think it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with writing and I prefer to write what interests me.
6.Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Oh yes, sometimes, but I probably shouldn’t go into details.
One thing I will say is that I have worked in customer service for a very long time and have met a very interesting range of people.
7.Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I used to, but now I grab random pieces of paper or type whatever into an email to myself on my phone, (this is especially handy at night, when I don’t want to turn on a light) I have on occasions, written a particularly dark line on a random piece of paper at work, lost it and had to ask my co-workers if they have found it, so I do recommend taking a notebook wherever you go. Otherwise you might have some explaining to do.
8.Which genre do you not like at all?
A few years ago I would have said Romance. But I have really gotten into an online romance comic recently. I think the best writing makes you interested in a genre you have previously dismissed. Normally I will look at most genres, but I am really really fussy on styles of writing, if it hasn’t gripped me by page 3 then I have other stuff to read.
9.If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Shakespeare or Terry Pratchett, but if you are having problems bringing them back from the dead, George R R Martin or Stephen King.
10.If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I would travel anywhere, probably wouldn’t research though, (unless it was forensics and ballistics in the USA) I would willingly visit any country to travel around, try their food, hear their stories, histories etc, meet their eccentric aunt Ethel and experience their weather. As long as I don’t have to write a proposal to get there or share a room with anyone, I am happy.
Thank you, CM Thompson and Love Books Group Tours.
About the author
CM Thompson lives in Nottingham, she has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Portsmouth. Her first novel, What Lies in the Dark, came out in 2014. She doesn’t have much to put in her bio because she spends too much time reading and playing Candy Crush. She can be found on Twitter @cmtwrites.