Morning and welcome to a new week! It’s the first day of school for me today (well uni!!) – yay! Today I’m on the blog tour for The Course of Conviction by Cheryl Butler and am delighted to bring you an interview with the author, but first up here’s all the info you need…..Enjoy! Also, find out how to grab your free copy of Book 1 whilst the tour is running….
book blurb & info
Having responded to Abbie’s absence in his own inimitable style, an unexpected reconciliation sees Joe conflicted by a need to seek revenge and a need to seek gratification, but as he wavers between hope and hatred, an unlikely reunion throws all those involved into further turmoil, deepening wounds and threatening fragile minds. Battling for normalcy, accusations and revelations abound until a devastating discovery proves almost fatal. There are lessons to be learned and theories to challenge, but who is really responsible for the endless stream of fear and betrayal? Dark minds and dirty deeds will only cause destruction when obsession knows no bounds.
Explicit – strictly 18+
Published by: Little Bee Publishing on 4th June 2020
Formats available: Paperback & eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Book one in the Obsession Trilogy, A Proclivity to Prurience, will be free over the course of the blog tour on Amazon
q&a with cheryl
First of all, can you please tell us about your latest book
Yes: The Course Of Conviction is the continuing tale of the lives of Abbie and Joe. From its predecessor, A Proclivity To Prurience, we gained an insight into the personalities of the two main characters and, of course, the crux of Joe’s obsession; now, we get to see the true nature of these very interesting and somewhat disturbing individuals, how their relationship develops and the consequences of that. Some of the supporting characters from the first book play significant roles in The Course Of Conviction, and as before, there are a few surprises for all involved.
Where do you find inspiration for your novels?
Everywhere! I’ve watched films and television programmes and certain characters have given me ideas; talking to friends, I’ve suddenly been struck with sketchy plots, and sometimes, the beginnings of storylines just appear in my mind. I’ve yet to use the life of anyone I know in a story, but there’s still time.
What characteristics/personality traits do you and your lead character have in common?
Ha! I need to be very careful here… I think there’s a little bit of me in all my characters, good and bad, but I totally get Joe’s obsessive nature. If I really like something, I obsess about it, but let’s call it passion instead.
If your book/series was made into a movie, which famous actor/s would play the lead characters?
This is something I’ve considered a great deal in the four years since I started writing, and I can never quite find someone that fits, other than Eddie Redmayne; he’d make a great Eddie (purely coincidental). I was, however, hugely impressed by Paul Mescal in Normal People – who wasn’t? – so he’d have to be there somewhere, and whilst he’s not quite how I see Joe, I’m sure I could make an exception. As for Abbie, possible Emilia Fox or Keeley Hawes, and for Rose, Eve Myles; Joan, none other than Judi Dench, but Jesse… maybe that’s the role for Paul – let’s ask him. When I first watched Lucifer, Tom Ellis was exactly as I saw Joe, but only in the first series; after that, he became less brooding.
Who is your writing hero?
I don’t have one – shocking, I know. All my heroes are in music.
Which book do you wish you had written?
Wuthering Heights, always. I love the dark story, but the circumstances surrounding its publication just add to its appeal. For a young woman – the daughter of a clergyman – to have written such a tale, with no experience to draw upon, is just phenomenal.
What advice would you give to someone considering taking the plunge and attempting to write their first novel?
Do it now, and don’t listen to advice! The internet is full of tips and advice for authors, but there is no formula; if there was, all books would be the same, and there’s too much sameness in the world today. Write whatever and however you like and stand out. And have the odd bottle of wine handy.
If you could have a dinner party and invite three other writers (living or dead), who would you invite?
Emily Bronte, obviously, JK Rowling and it would have to be Sally Rooney now.
What’s the one question you wish I had asked and what’s the answer?
Q: Cash or cheque?
A: Cash will do very nicely, thank you!
about the author
Having worked in a variety of industries, Cheryl has met many interesting people and, with a profound interest in what makes them tick, she has spent a lifetime of asking ‘What would I do in that situation?’ and ‘What if things happened this way?’, creating a multitude of plots and twists that she had always dismissed until one storyline nagged her constantly and she decided to alleviate herself of the burden, committing her ideas to virtual paper. Assuming she would run out of steam five chapters or so in, she amazed herself by writing two novels within a year and A Proclivity To Prurience was born. It was difficult to write, given the themes, but Cheryl felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a task in itself, but, every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so and her characters took on a life of their own.
Cheryl loves character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aims to produce that kind of work herself, and she’s not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – she can’t read or write horror as she scares far too easily!
Aside from writing and her family, Cheryl’s greatest passion is music and she can easily lose herself in a favourite album or song, rather like she does within a book she’s writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.
Organised by: Damppebbles
Thanks to Emma for inviting me on to the tour, and to Cheryl for chatting with us!
Have a wonderful day everyone, and a good week!
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