I’m delighted to welcome the lovely Rachel Amphlett to the blog today. Rachel is a prolific author of crime thrillers, and fans will already know her for her bestselling Dan Taylor series. On the 3rd of December she launched Scared to Death, the first in a new series featuring Detective Kay Hunter, and this week she shares the cover of the second in the series, Will To Live, which is scheduled for publication on the 4th of April 2017. Here’s Rachel to tell us a bit more about her upcoming release.
Can you describe your new novel in one succinct but sensual sentence?
DS Kay Hunter’s search for answers brings danger far closer to family and friends as the hunt for a killer becomes overshadowed by a disturbing vendetta against her.
Who is your favourite character and why?
I’m kind of smitten with Kay Hunter at the moment because the whole series is a new challenge for me as a writer. I like the fact that she’s resilient – she’s had a hell of a lot thrown at her personally, but her focus remains on bringing a killer to justice and hunting down those who have wronged her.
Which authors have been your main inspirations?
When I was a kid, I shot through the Famous Five series at a very early age and I loved the action adventure books by CB Rutley – old stories from the 1940s that my Nan and Grandad sourced at second hand bookshops for me. By the time I was in my teens I was reading stuff by Dick Francis, Jack Higgins and Alistair McLean. I got into crime and thriller novels by the time I was in my late teens/early twenties. Michael Connelly, Michael Crichton, Robert Crais, Ian Rankin, Peter James, Lee Child and Val McDermid remain firm favourites – I’ve devoured interviews with these writers because I always learn something from them. I enjoy fast-paced reads, and I think that’s reflected in my own writing.
Apart from crime authors, I enjoy books by CJ Sansom, Robert Harris and Ken Follett as well – I completely lose myself in the settings they create.
How does your writing process work; confusion and paper flying everywhere or calm and ordered?
It’s quite calm, actually! Once I have the initial nugget of an idea, I’ll jot it down in a notebook and if it resonates then I’ll start to get different scenes popping into my head. I’ll begin with the usual questions: why did he/she do that? Why now? How does it happen, that sort of thing and from there it’ll ferment and percolate a bit before I do a bit of research to get me started. The outline will be perhaps 20-30 scenes before I start the actual writing. I like leaving some room for organic growth through the characters as the story evolves, but it’s important to me to know the basic structure before I begin – it keeps me on track.
What is your guilty pleasure when writing? (Chocolate, wine, coffee…)
Cheese on toast, haha – not very rock n’ roll, eh?
Please share your blurb with us
When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as “Suicide Mile”, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.
As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.
With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.
When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…
Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…
Thanks so much, Rachel, it sounds amazing! Will to Live will be available for pre-order soon. You can order Scared to Death, the first in the Detective Kay Hunter series here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.
She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.
An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.
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