Afternoon lovelies. Today I’m on the blog tour for Love Me Tender and bringing you a Q&A with author Lorraine Mace. Enjoy my lovelies……
about the book
Title: Love Me Tender
Author: Lorraine Mace
Series/Standalone: Standalone Fifth Book in D.I. Sterling series
Estimated page count: 236
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Headline Accent (21 Jan. 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
IF HE WANTS YOU . . . THERE’S NO ESCAPE.
A brutal murder . . .
Responding to a tip-off, newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Paolo Sterling arrives at an apartment block to find the dismembered body of a young woman. And with no indication of a break-in, all signs suggest the killer was known to her.
An abduction in plain sight . . .
Then the victim’s friend is snatched with no witnesses and the unanswered questions mount up.
At the same time, Sterling’s team are leading the surveillance of a local club, thought to be involved in a drug operation. But when one of his colleagues ends up in hospital close to death, Paolo begins to lose his grip.
A detective on the edge . . .
With the odds stacked against him, and time running out, can DCI Sterling uncover the truth before it’s too late? Or will this case finally tip him over the edge?
q&a with lorraine mace
Crime thriller series
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I was born and raised in South East London, but have lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France. I am now settled on the Costa del Sol in Spain. I live with my partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoy sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. My knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop my waistline from doing the same, I run five times a week.
I have been a columnist for Writing Magazine for about twelve years and have recently stepped down from writing two columns for Writers’ Forum and also my role as head judge of the magazine’s monthly fiction competitions in order to concentrate on my own writing. I am currently writing two standalone psychological thrillers for Headline Accent.
What inspired you to start writing?
I thought it would stop the voices in my head demanding to have their stories told. I was wrong. I no sooner deal with one set of characters than another set turns up!
How many books have you written and published?
In fiction, I have five in the D.I. Sterling thriller series (LOVE ME TENDER being number five) and two children’s books. Vlad the Inhaler – Hero in the Making and Vlad’s Quest – Hero at Large
I have also written and had published a number of non-fiction books.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Vlad the Inhaler – Hero in the Making. It was the first book I wrote and proved to me that I could do it.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
They just come to me as I think up the characters. I rarely have to think about names, but that does mean I sometimes have to go back and change some of them because I might find I’ve three characters all starting with the same letter.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
It would have to be Paolo Sterling. He’s resourceful, funny, good-looking, intelligent and can cook!
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Georgette Heyer and Terry Pratchett – both for the same reason. Each of them had a knack for characterisation that anyone who wants to write could learn from. I write crime, so probably those authors might seem an odd choice, but I could pick up one of their books I’d read countless times before and would still get sucked into the lives of the people they wrote about as completely as the first time I’d read the book.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
I wrote a ghost story which was picked for the school magazine. I remember I hadn’t worked out the ending in advance, so panicked but somehow came up with something that worked.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Oh, wow! How much time do you have? I’ve worked in insurance, as a beauty consultant, a bookkeeper, marketing director of a lock company, waitressed, been a barmaid – and those are just some of the jobs I’ve taken on over the years.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Back to my younger self and to tell me to stop worrying about what anyone else might think of me. It’s okay to be me.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Catherine the Great – she ruled Russia at a time when women had little power but somehow she made the country follow her. She wasn’t even Russian and arrived from Germany as a young woman. I’d love to ask her how she managed to achieve her position when the vast majority of women were not allowed a voice, far less a position of such immense authority.
What are your favourite things to do?
Running, swimming, cooking, reading and trying to improve my Spanish – not necessarily in that order.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
When I was living on the side of a mountain in South Africa I had to leap over a scorpion which had settled in the bathroom doorway. It was waving its stinger, but otherwise was completely still. I was terrified of being stung, but had to scoop it up with a dustpan and brush and take it outside.
And finally, if you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Start sooner! I didn’t start writing seriously until I was in my late forties. I would give anything to have all that wasted time back again.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Lorraine for chatting with us.
Have a wonderful day everyone, and I’ll see you tomorrow.