Evening everyone! A late one from me today as it’s my Husbands birthday and we’ve been out all day!!  But I didn’t want to not bring you this brilliant Meet the Author interview with the lovely J.E. Rowney. We’re talking psychological thrillers, typo’s, characters, her most recent book. I Can’t Sleep and more….


Women’s Fiction and Psychological thriller

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’ve written three standalone women’s fiction novels and a three book series. This is my first psychological fiction novel. I plan to continue writing in both genres in the future. I love reading thrillers, and it’s been a great experience writing “I Can’t Sleep” – I can’t wait to share it with readers!

How long does it take you to write a book?

It took until I was 38 years old to write my first novel. I had written on and off over the years, but I started a job with long train commutes and started to write while I was on the train. I guess once I got my head in the game I wrote my first book in about eighteen months. My second book took seven years to write. Life got in the way. Now it takes me a month to write a first draft. I am so much more focussed on writing, and it’s a great feeling.

Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?

I know this is a predictable answer, but I Can’t Sleep is definitely my favourite. It’s my first psychological thriller as I have previously written women’s fiction/chick lit books. I read a lot of psychological fiction and I wanted to write in the genre that I love. I enjoyed doing something different, and I love the book I have created. It’s the type of book that I would love to read.

Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?

Definitely not Becky,  the protagonist of I Can’t Sleep. I’ve written a series of books about a student midwife called Violet, and following her journey through four books has given us chance to get to know each other well. It would be good to spend some time with her – but I’d be a little worried about how her anxiety would respond to being stuck on an island. If there was a coffee shop that would be a different matter!!

Name one book you think everyone should read and tell us why?

The best book I have read this year has been “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara. I would t advise everyone to read it though. It’s a heavy, emotional read with flashback scenes of abuse. I had to put the book down a few times, but I loved the characters, the story and the writing.

My absolute favourite book is The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I read it shortly after its release and I have reread it almost every year since. It’s such a great book. If I could spend time with any characters from any book it would be the classics students and Julian.

What’s your favourite film of all time and why?

I could reel off a list of psychological thrillers that I love, or run through every Christopher Nolan film, but actually, when it comes down to it, my favourite film is probably Enchanted. It’s an unusual choice I’m sure, but it’s such a feelgood film. Whenever I have a bad day I can watch it and smile. And sing along, of course.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

It hasn’t happened to me, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I have had the great fortune of falling in love gradually, and I have a wonderful partner. Love is different for everyone, however you find your way to it – or however it finds you.

Describe yourself using three words only…….

Always looking forwards.

You win a million pounds – you give half to charity.  Which charity do you pick and why? What would you do with the rest of the money?

I would definitely choose an Alzheimer’s research charity. My grandmother suffered with the disease for ten years before she passed away two years ago. Seeing her deteriorate was terrible. My mother has also recently been diagnosed. I would keep some living expenses for myself and my family, but the rest of it would go to that charity.

Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?

I usually either start with an idea for a plot or an idea for a character. It’s very rare that the setting is the most important thing to me. However, I am currently writing another psychological thriller that is very much focussed on the setting.

I Can’t Sleep was driven by the creation of Becky. I had an idea about the plot, but Becky herself came to me as a very real-feeling character.

What is the funniest typo you have ever written?

I’m not sure about funny, but I often typo my name (Jayne) as either Kanye or Maybe. I type quickly, and I do make mistakes sometimes! I’m not sure whether I prefer being Kanye or Maybe…

What is your favourite time to write, and why?

I am a total night bird. I hate getting up early in the morning, and I’m sure my brain doesn’t start working until the afternoon. My best writing happens after midnight! I would stay up all night and sleep all day if it didn’t mean that I missed out on going to the shops and socialising.

And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?

“I can’t sleep. Not since June 16th, 2018.Not since what happened…”

Traumatised by the events of her past, exhausted by insomnia, Becky Braithwaite believes that a new start will help her to recover. She leaves home to fulfil her brother’s dreams, and honour the life he never had but she soon finds that escaping from the past is not as easy as she imagined.

Is her fatigued mind playing tricks on her, or is danger really lurking in the shadows?

This unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you turning the pages to find out the truth.

SHUTTER ISLAND on sleeping pills.

“a cracking thriller with a killer twist” – Stuart James (author of ‘Apartment 6’)

Available from Amazon: https://readerlinks.com/l/1455442

Where to find J.E. Rowney online: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Bookbub

thanks so much for coming over and chatting to us lovely!

Here’s my reviews of I Can’t Sleep and Life Lessons for those who are interested.

If you have any questions or comments for Jayne, make sure you get in touch!

Have a lovely evening everyone

Chelle x

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