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Interview with Author Charlaine Harris



Interview with Author Charlaine Harris 


Charlaine Harris, debut author of The Sookie Stackhouse Novels and other books. #1 New York Times best-selling author, has given up some of her time to give an interview to Lu's Reviews. So without further ado here it is. 


Lu's Reviews: First of all I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for everyone here at Lu's Reviews and our wonderful readers. 

Lu's Reviews - What was the first book that got you interested I'm reading and writing? 

Charlaine Harris - I was always interested in reading, and writing was an extension of that love of the written word.


Lu's Reviews - What was your favourite childhood book?

Charlaine Harris - I had many favourite books since I was an avid reader. I read "Jane Eyre," "Rebecca," and "Pride and Prejudice" many, many times.

Lu's Reviews - Who is your favourite author?

Charlaine Harris - I can't really narrow it down to one writer. I get excited when I get a new book by Anne Bishop, Daniel O'Malley, Robert Crais, Patricia Briggs, Lee Child, GM Malliet, Thomas Perry, Leigh Perry, Dana Cameron . . . the list goes on and on.

Lu's Reviews - Who inspires you? 

Charlaine Harris - Any time I read a book I find exciting and fresh, I try to do better as a writer myself. Reading a book I can't put down is the best stimulus to my own creativity.

Lu's Reviews - How did you first get into writing? Getting your first book published? 

Charlaine Harris - I always wrote, from when I was very young. It hardly seemed achievable to me, but I knew I wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first book when I was in a creative writing class in St. Louis, MO (I lived there one year). Fortunately for me, the teacher of the class was a former editor at Houghton Mifflin, and she recommended my book to an editor there. HM bought the book.

Lu's Reviews - Do you do a lot of research before writing each book? 

Charlaine Harris - Not a lot, because I don't always know what I'm going to need for the book. Questions come up during the writing that I didn't anticipate. I do a lot on the fly.

Lu's Reviews - Do you always want to be an author? If you weren't an author what job would you do? 

Charlaine Harris - I always wanted to write, as I've said. I was a typesetter for a while for a couple of companies (a newspaper and an ad agency), but I am not a good employee. I work much better on my own. Maybe I would be a librarian?

Lu's Reviews - How long does it take you to write a book? 

Charlaine Harris - It takes as long as my contract says I have.

Lu's Reviews - Do you believe in writer's block? 

Charlaine Harris - I believe that writers can paint themselves into a corner. If you can't think of where to go, you need to back up and come at the story again from another angle and see if that removes the blockage.

Lu's Reviews - Do you believe there is power in words? 

Charlaine Harris - Absolutely. Words are powerful, never doubt it.

Charlaine

Thank you again for taking the time to do this interview. 

The interview will be posted on my blogs at:

www.lu-ellensreadingandreviewingblog.co.uk 
www.lusreviewsblog.wordpress.com 

I shall also post links to the interview on my Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

Lu's Reviews 


Goodreads Interview with author C J Tudor

Goodreads have given me access to there interview with the author of The Chalk Man, C J Tudor after my review of her book. So here it is.


 The Chalk Man is a creepy coming-of-age murder mystery that bounces between 2016 and 1986, when readers first meet 12-year-old Eddie and his friends. They invent a game: drawing chalk figures on the ground to pass secret messages. But the game turns sinister when the figures start to appear on their own and lead them to the body of a girl. 
Thirty years later, Ed thinks the past is behind him. Then he receives a letter containing just two things—a drawing of a stick figure and a piece of chalk. 
The Chalk Man is a debut thriller from English author C.J. Tudor. Although Tudor says she's always loved writing, she didn't "really knuckle down to it" until her mid-thirties. Tudor left school at age 16 and has worked a variety of gigs, including waitress, copywriter, and radio scriptwriter. She wrote this first novel while she was running a dog walking business. She chatted with Goodreads about the innocent spark for her creepy novel and the allure of childhood fears. 

 

Goodreads: How did you come up with the plot of your debut novel? 
C.J. Tudor: A friend gave my little girl a tub of colored chalks for her second birthday. We spent the afternoon drawing stick figures all over the driveway. Then we went inside and forgot about them. 
Later that night, I opened the back door and was confronted by these weird chalk drawings everywhere. In the darkness, they looked incredibly sinister. I called out to my partner: "These chalk men look really creepy in the dark…" 
GR: How do childhood fears play into your development of your debut? 
CJT: I think we spend a lot of our time being scared as children. Our fears are both real and imagined, and sometimes the two collide. Yet, conversely, as children, we're also drawn to things that make us scared. We want to see a ghost or go into the woods and find something creepy. 
Children live in a strange parallel world. One that adults can't enter. There is stuff going on when you're a child that you would never discuss with your parents or teachers. You can't tell them how one playground is off-bounds because the big, scary kids play there or how you won't walk a certain way home from school because the man at Number 43 freaks you out. Or why you don't like going to the garage to get the washing when it's dark (because a zombie might get you)! 
In a way, I think our childhood fears never leave us. I used to live in a house with a cellar. The door was in the living room. There was no lock, and it used to gape open just a bit. I could never relax—I always imagined a hand creeping around the edge. In the end, I put a bookcase in front of it!! 
GR: Let's talk twists! How did you pull off the twist in your novel? 
CJT: Well, I do believe in the adage that you have to earn your ending. A twist is no good if it comes out of nowhere. It must be something that the reader could reasonably piece together themselves, or it's just a big, fat swizz! 
So although I knew the ending I had in mind, it was important for me to leave bread crumbs throughout the book so the reader might have an idea of what happened, but, hopefully, not a full one. And if they did guess, they could feel pleased. Guessing a twist just before it's revealed is half the satisfaction. You know, that "Damn it, I was right all along" feeling! 
GR: Tell us about your main character, Eddie. What were the challenges of writing him both as a child in 1986 and as an adult in 2016? And what drew you to Eddie? 
 
CJT: Well, I wrote the 1986 and 2016 sections separately. I wrote all of 1986 first and then threaded in 2016. So I was fully immersed in young Eddie's voice, and I think that helped when I moved on to older Ed. I already knew exactly who he was and what had shaped him, so it all felt really organic. 
I love Ed, although, in many ways, Ed is the opposite of a likable character. As a child, he's odd, a bit of a nerd. As an adult, he's awkward, unsociable, cynical. He doesn't make good decisions. He's not heroic or handsome or sexy. 
But then in real life, people aren't. It's their flaws that make them interesting. If someone was amazingly nice, clever, and good-looking, they'd be unbearable, wouldn't they?! 
And despite his flaws, Ed has an endearing dark sense of humor, and he does try to do the right thing, even if it doesn't always work out. I see a lot of myself in Ed, which is perhaps a tad worrying! 
GR: Which writers are you influenced by, and how do those influences show themselves in The Chalk Man
CJT: Well, obviously Stephen King is a huge influence. I make no secret of the fact! There are even a few cheeky nods to King books in The Chalk Man. But then, in a way, the book is an homage to all the stuff I loved as a kid in the '80s: King, Spielberg, The Goonies, etc.
Another favorite writer is Michael Marshall [Smith]. He has an amazing imagination, and I love his bleak humor. I'm also a big Harlan Coben fan. I've always been drawn to dark, creepy stories. But I never wanted to write typical procedural crime fiction. It doesn't interest me. Nor does domestic noir. I like to take a mystery and then twist it a little, take it down a different path. A more unusual one. 

GR: What are you currently reading, and what books are you recommending to your friends? 
CJT: I am about to start The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave. Books I have recently recommended to my friends are The DryBehind Her EyesThe Innocent WifeYou Don't Know Me, and The Woman in the Window
GR: What's next for you? Any preview you can give readers? 
CJT: I've just finished book two, and I'm working on number three. Book two is also a very creepy thriller. It's set in an isolated former mining village in Nottinghamshire. 
When Joe Thorne was 15, his little sister, Annie, disappeared. And then she came back. Twenty-five years later, in the same small community, a ten-year-old boy is bludgeoned to death by his own mother. Joe returns to work as a teacher at the failing school, but also to find answers. However, coming back to the place where he grew up means facing the people he grew up with, the things they did…and what they found! 
I think it's darker and twistier than The Chalk Man. I have definitely upped the creepy. So be prepared! 

The Missing by Chris Mooney

The Missing by Chris Mooney

Title: The Missing
Author: Chris Mooney
First Published: May 07
Publishers: Penguin 
Pages: 416
Price on Amazon: Paperback: £6.99 Kindle: £4.99
ISBN: 1405915897

Darby McCormick finds a woman hidden under a porch at a crime scene. This woman is very traumatised and extremely emaciated. Is she linked to the missing girl? When a DNA search reveals the woman has been missing for five years, questions start racing through Darby's head.

With Darby on the hunt for a serial killer, can she escape her past or is it about to catch up to her? She's searching an unknown killer however, Darby is not unknown to him. 

Having read the seventh book in the series first and giving it a Diamond review. I couldn't wait to read this book and make a start on the series from the beginning. I have to say I was not disappointed. A fantastic, well-written book. A brilliant plot, which keeps you wanting to turn the page and needing to know what happens next. With amazing characters, wonderful plot twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. 

I have certainly found a new favourite author and series. I read this book rather quickly as I just couldn't put it down, I found myself needing to know what was going to happen next. I can see where all my money is going to be spent this month. 


Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating -  Five out of five stars
Would I Read Again? -  Definitely 
Would I Recommend? - Most definitely 
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

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New Work Station

Hey Guys, 

Thought I'd share my new work station with you. Ever sit in bed holding your tablet reading or working away and sit there thinking the longer the night goes on the heavier your tablet seems to get? Well I do, also when I'm working during the day, I have a bad back and it hurts to be sat forward leaning to reach the table to that I can write. So I took to the wonderful Amazon looking for somthing and I found this wonderdful lap tray. It has a little draw for my pens to be kept in, believe me they are like gold dust in my house. It has a little cup holder. It also raises up and has a little ledge to stop my tablet or book falling off. Its a wonderfull little table and has made my working and reading life that much better.

So Here it is (In its laid down position) 




And here it is again (In its sat up position)