Happy Friday! Today I’m super excited to have Noelle Holten with us on Meet the Author! This lovely lady is talking to us getting started with writing, missing her gorgeous dog Buster, and about her fabulous new book Dead Inside….and the future ones to come!
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I am one of the PR & Social Media Managers for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and I was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. I worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. I have three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. My hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via my blog.
Dead Inside is my debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
What inspired you to start writing?
I have always had a keen interest in writing but never thought I was good enough or that people would be interested in reading anything I wrote. I attended a writing course in March of 2017 – Crime & Publishment and after a lot of support and encouragement, I left the course on the Monday (March 13th) and finished the first draft of what is now Dead Inside by May 19th 2017.
How many books have you written and published?
My debut is out in May of this year but I have finished my second novel (Dead Wrong) which will be out in November of this year. I started Book 3 in June after being offered a further three book deal back in April 2019!
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Well I think my debut will always be the answer even though I have only written two books…so far. It was in my head for years and draws on a lot of personal experiences – so I will always have a special place for it.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Friends, or just random names that I think work for the character.
Many are randomly chosen but I also used friends as they helped me through some dark times and I wanted to give them something back!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Probably PC Kat Everett as she is just hilarious – and kickass. Or Dr Kate Moloney as she shares the same interests that I do – so conversations would be good fun.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
I have way too many to choose from. So, I am going to bow out as I don’t want to miss anyone out – there are a lot of amazing UK, American and Scottish crime fiction authors I adore. Oh- way too many people – my head is swimming with answers. What I can say is that crime fiction has a fantastic mix of sub genres and talented authors – I don’t think I will ever be disappointed.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
Really morbid and depressing poetry in my teens. Ha ha ha! True story!
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
I actually don’t consider myself as a writer/author and don’t feel like it is a job as I just enjoy doing it! I am currently one of the PR & Social Media Managers at Bookouture. I was a Senior Probation Officer for 18 years prior to this (I left in 2017). I used to be a manager in a grocery store for 10+ years. I generally find a job and stick with it until I have to leave (for my own reasons) or I feel like I have done all I can in that area and need a challenge.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
I would actually just like to go back to 2016/2017 and relive the last year I had with my dog- Buster – I miss him like crazy and would do anything just to spend even one more day with him.
What are your favourite things to do?
Reading, blogging, writing, attending book events or festivals.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Just do it. I actually only started writing 2 years ago – but then I wonder if I had started earlier would my experience be lost. Perhaps I started exactly when I was supposed to.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Craig Russell’s The Devil Aspect – a phenomenal read!
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Dead Inside – out May 31st(ebook) and August 22nd(paperback)
‘Kept me hooked … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons
‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole
‘A brilliant debut – gritty, dark and chilling. Noelle Holten knows her stuff’ Mel Sherratt
A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.
The killer is just getting started…
When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.
The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.
And he is Lucy’s husband.
Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?
Thank you so much Noelle for a wonderful interview. I absolutely love Dead Inside and CANNOT WAIT to read book 2 and 3!! Your answer about travelling backwards to spend one more day with Buster made me cry – I love my dog so much I don’t ever want that day to come so really feel for you and send you BIG hugs!
If you have any questions for Noelle then give her a shout. You can read my review of Dead Inside here.
Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!