Bailey’s Writing Tips podcast’s fifteenth special episode (length 32m10s) launched today, 19th April, featured my interview with crime novelist Lesley Cookman (http://www.lesleycookman.co.uk). Here are the questions I asked her:
– Please tell us about you (how long have you been writing and how did you start?)
– How did you go from non-fiction to crime; is it what you like to read?
– Your eighth novel ‘Murder to Music’ has just been released, what was your experience of your novel acceptances?
– The map of Steeple Martin on your website looks very typically English village; is it exactly as you imagined it or did you get some external influence on the way it ended up looking?
– Has anyone compared it with an Agatha Christie Miss Marple setting?
– You’ve set the books in present time, have you ever been tempted to go back in history?
– Presumably the reason for setting your books in South East England is because you live there are therefore know it well. Libby goes to Cornwall in ‘Murder in the Green’; do you think the coast and murder goes well together and do you envisage anywhere more exotic for her?
– ‘Murder Imperfect’ and ‘Murder in Midwinter’ feature pantomimes, and you’ve even written a ‘How to’ book on the subject (http://tiny.cc/dmbtq) – how did you become involved in the theatre?
– Did you base Libby Sarjeant on anyone in particular?
– How many books do you plan for the rest of the series and/or do you plan to deviate from the series?
– Your books are available in paperback and ebook; have you found sales have increased with availability or both formats or is it difficult to judge?
– Do you like the covers of your books?
– How much research do you have to do for your books?
– I notice that you have a link to the Romantic Novelists’ Association (http://www.rna-uk.org) on your blog, do you write any other form or genre of fiction?
– Do you find the editing takes longer than the writing? And which do you prefer?
– What advice would you give aspiring writers? – Considering it’s a heavily covered genre, but has never been so popular, is there a trick to writing fresh crime?
– What’s your favourite aspect of your writing life?
– Have you ever received direct feedback on your writing from your readers; people that you didn’t know already?
– You mentioned in a Facebook post that you’d been a guest at London Book Fair and “felt like a real, proper author”. After eight novels, what do you would need to do for you to be a real, proper author?
– Your website is www.lesleycookman.co.uk with links to buy your books on Amazon (http://tiny.cc/dzwry) – are there any other way of finding out about your work, to buy your books or perhaps meet you at a book signing?
Links to the podcast recording available on my website’s home page (http://morgenbailey.com) and in the ‘Where to find me’ menu on this blog.