Good afternoon everyone. I hope you’re having a lovely Saturday! First up today I’m on the blog tour for Mum’s the Word by Lorraine Turnbull, and am delighted to bring you an author Q&A. Enjoy……
about the book
Title: Mum’s the Word
Author: Lorraine Turnbull
Genre: Cozy crime
Estimated page count: 285
Formats available: Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Fat Sheep Press (22 April 2021)
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
When Ann-Marie Ross murders her abusive husband and feeds him to the pigs, she thinks she’s got away with murder and secured the future of her Scottish cider farm. But she soon finds herself having to keep more than one deadly secret to protect those closest to her.
As four women embrace their new-found independence, Ann-Marie is tormented by the threat of discovery.
A darkly comic tale of murder, friendship and Love.
q&a with lorraine turnbull
Non-fiction agricultural, Memoir, cozy murder.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m married and living in South West France. I like dogs and sheep. At the moment I have three Cocker spaniels and no sheep, but by February will have a starter flock of Causses sheep at my new smallholding. I’m Scottish and have missed visiting family during the pandemic, but hope to make up for it when safe. I’m pretty upbeat most of the time, but have a terrible temper when its unleashed.
What inspired you to start writing?
Demands from many agricultural course attendees and a delight in sharing information in an encouraging sort of way.
How many books have you written and published?
Ive written and published 5 so far and am working on no 6.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
I have to say Sustainable Smallholding is my favourite – it’s exactly the kind of book I’d buy with no hesitation. I hope in future it will become a classic ‘go to’ agricultural reference book.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Sometimes, it’s a hard process to fit the character and setting to the name, sometimes, they just pop into my head.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Oh God, definitely Isa from Mum’s the Word. Her no-nonsense and clear approach to life would keep me going.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
Since childhood, Robert Graves novel, I Claudius has been my favourite – I’ve read and re-read it until the pages have become thin and yellow and the spine cracked. But, I won’t replace it – it’s part of me. He really draws the reader in with fine character building and suspense. Every time I read it, I get something new from it.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
I’ve kept all my old primary school ‘busy books’ with drawings on one side of the page and stories on the other. I wanted to be a farmer way back then, and I wrote about it frequently. Nothing has really changed.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Oh numerous, but including Police Officer, Library Assistant, agricultural tutor, Passport writer, shelf stacker.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Probably to ancient Egypt to Cleopatra’s time. I’d like to know the woman behind the myth, to see the Great Library of Alexandria and to experience (for a very short time) how the Egyptians lived.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Albert Einstein. I think he was the most amazing man. I’d love to just sit and chat about what he thought about the world generally, see what he’d make of climate change and man’s inhumanity to man.
What are your favourite things to do?
I like to do night time nature photography. I’ve got a super camera and lens that lets me take the most amazing starry night photos. To capture the myriad of stars and the colours of the sky is incredibly humbling. I like short walks too, to visit chateaux or by the river, or through amazing gardens.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Nothing I would call strange.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Wear sunglasses, don’t smoke, learn grammar & punctuation at any early age, and don’t let anyone belittle your dreams or ability.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
My most recent book is Mum’s the Word. The story began as a chance conversation with my husband about how easy it is to get away with murder if you can keep your mouth shut! With my police background, I incorporated the tendrils of real events and police procedure, but hoped the strong and inspiring characters and the peppering of humour lifted the subject. You’ll have to read it to answer the three important questions posed by the book –
Does Ann-Marie get away with murder?
Is there a happy ever after?
What happens to Troy?
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Lorraine for chatting with us.
Back again soon