Today I’m pleased to welcome Sharon Bolton to the blog. Sharon is the best selling author of books including Sacrifice, Little Black Lies and the Lacey Flint series, which started with Now You See Me. Her latest book Daisy in Chains is published by Bantam Press on 2 June 2016. Sharon will be one of the panel at the next First Monday crime event on 6 June, held at Goldsboro Books, London.
Sharon kindly answered a few of my questions.
1. On 6th June you’ll be taking part in the First Monday Crime event held at Goldsboro Books, alongside Peter James, Chris Morgan Jones, Mark Hardie and chaired by James Kidd from the Independent. What can we expect from the evening and what are you most looking forward to about the event?
A discussion about crime writing is invariably a conversation about humanity and consequently can take many forms. The four panellists on 6 June write very different books, so the line of questioning could go in any direction. Talking about what scares us is the best way I know of reaching a greater understanding of any given group of people. I always love talking to crime writers because they are people who’ve thought long and deeply about what it means to face difficulties, and how best we can overcome them.
2. There has been increasing popularity of literary festivals and events such as First Monday over the last few years. Why do you think this popularity has occurred and what do you think is the appeal of such events?
I think the rise of the literary festival speaks to the flourishing culture of creative writing in the western world. There are hundreds of thousands of books published every year, and hundreds of thousands of people who are interested in writing. A gathering of any sorts gives us the chance to meet with like minded people, to discuss the craft and to learn from each other.
3. Can you tell us a little about Daisy in Chains?
Hamish Wolfe is serving a whole life sentence in Parkhurst prison for three counts of murder. He has always protested his innocence and a cult of admirers has formed to campaign for his release. Maggie Rose is a criminal barrister and a true crime writer. She has a formidable reputation for getting convictions overturned, but only gets involved if she thinks she can win. Hamish wants her on his side. She isn’t interested. He won’t take no for an answer. Daisy In Chains is the story of the relationship between two people, separated by the long arm of the law, and of how their love affair flourishes in the most peculiar of circumstances.
4. Having written both standalone novels and novels featuring returning characters (the Lacey Flint novels) what do you feel are the benefits and downsides to each?
There is a familiarity to the series. One knows one is working with a proven formula. The series though, can become quite unwieldy, or can see characters failing ever to develop and move forward with their lives. The stand alone, whilst initially involving more work, gives the chance to start anew and to offer a story of greater completeness.
5. What do you do when you aren’t writing? What do you do to relax and get away from it all?
I read a lot, as most writers do, and watch crime drama and films on TV. I go for long walks with my dog, cook for my family and run in the Chiltern Hills with a local running club.
6. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
Moby Dick. I’ve never managed to finish it, and don’t believe I ever will, so I’d be guaranteed a nice long life.
7. I like to end my Q&A’s with the same question so here we go. During all the Q&As and interviews you’ve done, what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?
Q. How do I feel about Quentin Tarantino buying the film rights to my latest novel? A. Thrilled, but I want script approval.
You can find out more about First Monday and book tickets for the event by visiting Goldsboro Books website.
About the Book:
“Famous killers have fan clubs.
Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.
Who would join such a club?
Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.
Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .