I do love a good twisty crime thriller and so I’m delighted to be part of the blog tour for Vile City by Jennifer Lee Thomson. I haven’t had the time to read this one yet, but it definitely sounds like my kind of read, and it’s on my TBR pile of crime thrillers, in the meantime I’m thrilled to have Q & A with Jennifer Lee Thomson.
Where did the idea for Vile City come from?
For Vile City I was walking through Glasgow city centre with my partner when we took a short cut down an alleyway to avoid the crowds. It was the middle of the day yet so spooky that I thought imagine coming down this way at night alone. So I created Shelley Craig who goes down that very alleyway to find her boyfriend who was answering the call of nature. She gets worried when he hasn’t come back and discovers him unconscious on the pavement. That’s when she’s grabbed.
What was the hardest part of writing vile city?
My main character Shelley Craig makes a decision in Vile City that I really don’t agree with, but as an author of fiction the characters make the decisions not you as the author.
Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?
I write in the early hours of the morning. I can sit for seven hours straight writing without taking a break. I read out my writing and act bits out. Crazy, but it works.
Have you always wanted to be an author, and when did you first realise you wanted to write?
I’ve been writing stories since I was a wee girl and used to keep a diary. My professional writing career started when I was 15 and wrote an article on superstitions for a girl’s magazine called Jackie.
Do you write an outline before you start writing?
I start with an idea and see where it goes. I ask myself what if this happened? I don’t plan – I find that boring. If I want readers not to see what’s coming next, I have to keep the same mystery for myself.
You have published books under three different names including Jennifer Thomson and Jenny Thomson why three names?
I write under different names to distinguish between my different books. My self-help books on bullying, living cruelty free and dog care are written as Jennifer Thomson. My fiction is as Jenny Thomson. Vile City and the rest of the books in the Vile City series, as well as my subsequent fiction will be written under Jennifer Lee Thomson in tribute to my late dad who passed away after a long battle with cancer. He always wanted me to use my full birth name.
How did you come to get published by Caffeine nights?
They publish one of my favourite writers, horror writer Shaun Hutson and when I saw they published crime novels I thought I’d submit Vile City. The publisher liked the outline and asked to see some sample chapters. I was delighted when six weeks later they got in touch to say they liked the book and wanted to publish it.
What do you think makes a good story?
Great characters and a fast moving plot. I hate overlong description and think most readers do too. I always skip it.
Can you describe Vile City in five words?
Gritty, entertaining, mysterious, page-turning, paranormal.
Can you describe yourself in five words?
Meticulous, funny, hardworking, determined, optimistic.
And just a few quick ones to end the interview
Anything vegetarian. I’ve been veggie for 31 years and it’s the thing I’m most proud of.
Stephen King. I also love Craig Russell, Anna Smith, Stuart MacBride, Simon Kernick and Camilla Lackberg.
Kindle or book?
Book. I love the new book smell. Kindles are great to use when travelling and on holiday.
DI Duncan Waddell has big problems. He’s borderline diabetic, his boss thinks he’s in the Army and the paperwork is piling up faster than the underwear at a porn shoot. The last thing he needs is the country’s biggest case to land on his lap.
Three women have gone missing in the city he’s fast coming to despise, victims of the GLASGOW GRABBER as their assailant has been dubbed by local hack and all round pain in the backside, Catriona Hastie.
Shelley Craig’s the Grabber’s latest victim, snatched as she and her boyfriend took a shortcut through Glasgow city centre. And she’ll do anything to make it home.
Handling this baffling case is stressful enough without Waddell’s pal DC Stevie Campbell, who’s in a coma after being attacked by a suspect, starting to talk to him. Trouble is, only Waddell can hear him.
Jennifer Lee Thomson is an award-winning crime writer who has been scribbling away all her life. She also writes non-fiction as Jennifer Thomson and fiction as Jenny Thomson.
This is her first book as Jennifer Lee Thomson in tribute to her late father who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Books 2 and 3 in the series are already written and she’s working on book 4.
Jennifer is an animal rights and human rights advocate and has a rescue dog.
She also writes the Crime File series of books as Jenny Thomson. Book 1, 2 and 3, are out now. They are in order, Hell to Pay, Throwaways and Don’t Come For Me and feature tough rape survivor Nancy Kerr and her ex-Special Forces boyfriend who fight crime together.
In her spare time, she plans how to survive the zombie apocalypse
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1301634.Jennifer_Thomson
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vile-City-Jennifer-Lee-Thomson/dp/1910720739
Amazon Canada https://www.amazon.ca/Vile-City-Jennifer-Lee-Thomson/dp/1910720739
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My thanks to the author Jennifer Lee Thomson, Kate Moloney and Noelle Holten for my ARC, questions & answers and allowing me to be part of the Vile City blog tour