Morning my loves. Today I’m on the blog tour for Retribution and am thrilled to bring you a brilliant Q&A with the author, Christina O’Reilly. But first, here’s everything you need to know about the book. Enjoy…..
Author: Christina O’Reilly
Genre: Crime Fiction
Series/Standalone: Second book in a series; Can be read as a standalone
Estimated Page Count: 185
Formats available: eBook
A young woman has been murdered on Ripton Beach.
DSS ‘Archie’ Baldrick and DC Ben Travers eventually identify the body as that of Lucy Martin, who has been renting a bach in the area. Her husband, Oliver, seems to know very little about his wife or her background.
What was Lucy hiding? Why has she no family or friends?
As the number of suspects mounts up, Archie begins to conclude that the real answer lies in Lucy’s dark and mysterious past, and that the murderer may be just a little too close for comfort …
q&A with Christina
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m a writer and freelance proofreader, and I live in the Waikato region of New Zealand. I was born and brought up in England before my family emigrated to NZ. I have two sons and five small grandsons!
What inspired you to start writing?
I used to write lots of stories as a child but it wasn’t until my sons left home that I began writing again. A leaflet for a correspondence course arrived in the mail and I thought, why not give it a go? That was nearly 20 years ago.
How many books have you written and published?
I have written six novels but only published two of them (Into the Void and Retribution – my 2 crime novels).
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Some years ago I wrote a book called The Missing which was aimed at the 10 -14 years-old age group. It tells the story of a modern-day boy of 12/13 and the parallel story, 100 years earlier, of an underage soldier in the First World War. My great great uncle was killed at age 23 in 1917 so the story was kind of based on some of his possible experiences. I think it’s a moving story and I’d like to get it published soon.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
Names seem to just pop into my head. I don’t always go with my first thought, but once I’ve decided on a name I find it just about impossible to change it. I try not to use the names of people I know really well, but sometimes family names creep in there – even though the characters may not be anything like that real person.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I would choose Detective Constable Ben Travers, because he’s young and capable and cool under pressure. He would be the character most likely to get us out of there!
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
That’s a hard one! I have so many favourites. At the moment it is probably A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson. It’s a very moving, thought-provoking and surprisingly funny novel. She’s definitely my favourite author – I’ve read all of her books several times.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
When I was very young I used to write lots of stories about the adventures of a little man called Sidney. They always ended happily, with him going home for his tea! Illustrated (badly) by me too of course.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
In my younger days I was a perpetual student – university, teachers college, a diploma in herbal medicine. As a student I had a few jobs in cafes and retail businesses. I got married quite young and had two sons, so then I was a stay at home mother. In those days not a lot of mothers of young children went out to work so I never really had a career. It seems strange to have found what I really wanted to do (write novels and proofread other people’s writing) so late in life.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
Purely as an observer it would be great to go back to some interesting times in history: the court of King Henry the eighth, for example – but I wouldn’t want to get involved in it! They were dangerous and uncertain times and I’d like to hold on to my head! I have a great interest in the World Wars, but getting in amongst it would be a different matter.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have a conversation with my grandfather who died about 25 years ago. I have always regretted not asking him more about his early life and his experiences during the Second World War. He was such a lovely man and I still miss him.
What are your favourite things to do?
I love to read, and to write! I’m also a fan of cryptic crosswords and puzzles generally. I’m not sporty but I do love to dance – at the moment I’m keen on line dancing (great music and no need for a partner). I love discovering new places to visit, shopping, cooking and having friends around for dinner. An evening out in a nice restaurant is also a highlight.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Recently have one of my nephews, Dion, died quite young. On the day of his funeral, which I was unable to attend, I applied to join a closed Facebook group. As part of the signup process they sent me a four letter password. It was DION. Thinking about that still gives me goosebumps.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Don’t rush your edits or final copy. Make sure it’s as good as it can possibly be before submitting it for publication.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
A Fortunate Life by A.B. Facey. This was written by a man in his eighties, looking back on his life. It was actually an awful, really hard life but he endured it with stoicism and positivity and in the end regarded himself as fortunate to have lived it. It puts the reader’s own life into sharp perspective.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Retribution is the second book in the ‘Archie’ series of novels, featuring Detective Senior Sergeant John (‘Archie’) Baldrick and DC Ben Travers. In this novel a young woman has been murdered on Ripton Beach. Archie and Travers eventually identify the body as that of Lucy Martin, who has been renting a holiday house in the area. Her husband, Oliver, seems to know very little about his wife or her background. What was Lucy hiding? Why has she no family or friends? As the number of suspects mounts up, Archie begins to conclude that the real answer lies in Lucy’s dark and mysterious past, and that the murderer may be just a little too close for comfort…
The novel is set in the Manawatu region of New Zealand.
Where to find Christina online: Facebook
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Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to the tour, and to Christina for coming to chat with us!
Hope you enjoyed this lovelies. Have a perfect Sunday!