Why Lie? Lisa Hartley Tells the Truth

Tell No Lies Book Cover Tell No Lies
Lisa Hartley
crime, detectives, mystery, thrillers, female sleuths
19th February 2018

Now they’re coming after Caelan’s team…

A tortured body is found in a basement. Drug dealing and people smuggling is on the rise. Then police start going missing.

There seems to be no connection between the crimes, but Detective Caelan Small senses something isn’t right.

Plunged into a new investigation, lives are on the line. And in the web of gangs, brothels and nerve-shattering undercover work, Caelan must get to the truth – or be killed trying.

And then there’s Nicky...

Utterly gripping, written with searing tension and remarkable dexterity, Tell No Lies is a blistering crime novel for fans of Angela Marsons, Rebecca Bradley and Faith Martin.

An Interview with Lisa Hartley

New Book: Tell No Lies

How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?

I usually have an idea at the back of my mind for a while – maybe a couple of weeks? It might be the main theme of the book, maybe part of a sub plot, or even a minor scene that will set up major events later on. I don’t really have a notebook or make a list to choose a theme from. I tend to start writing before I make any concrete decisions about topics and wait to see where the story goes.

 How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

Much of the research I do for this series is based on locations, or how a character can get from one part of London to another, and how long it might take them. For this book, I spoke to my partner who grew up in one of the areas mentioned. Because I don’t really plot before I start writing, I tend to do the research as I write, and as necessary.

 What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?

Generally: newspaper articles, interviews. Google maps (and street view). I also use relevant books such as Blackstone’s Senior Investigating Officer’s Handbook for my series featuring CID officer. For this book: mainly Google maps, and the Transport for London website to plan Tube journeys. I also read articles about people trafficking, accounts of drug use and talktofrank.com.

 What do you read when you are ill in bed?

It would depend how ill I was feeling. Probably a book I’ve read before, so it’s familiar and a comfort. Maybe an Agatha Christie?

 What is your favourite genre?

It has to be crime, doesn’t it? But I love historical fiction too, and of course historical crime fiction…

 If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

There are loads, and more every month. Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, C.J. Sansom, Toby Clements, S.D. Sykes, Ann Cleeves, Abir Mukherjee, Jane Harper, Nicci French, David Jackson, Alex Barclay, Joseph Knox, Sara Paretsky, Rachel Howzell Hall, and so many more I can’t think of at the moment. Sue Grafton and Helen Cadbury are two writers whose work I’m really going to miss.

Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?

It’s probably predictable for a crime writer to say Agatha Christie, but I’m going to. The first “grown up” book I read after the Famous Five and Secret Seven was an Agatha Christie, and I’ve been hooked on the genre ever since. Christie had the knack of conjuring up a character within a few short sentences or even less, and Poirot and Miss Marple are wonderful creations. Her books are short, but if you want an easy read and a clever plot, they deliver every time.

Author Bio:
Lisa Hartley lives with her partner, son, two dogs and several cats. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Studies, then had a variety of jobs but kept writing in her spare time. She is currently working on the next DS Catherine Bishop novel, as well as a new series with Canelo.

Twitter: @rainedonparade

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Who writes the stories?

Interview with an Accidental
Accidentally Paranormal
Dakota Cassidy
humour, contemporary, fantasy

USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author of The Accidental Dragon, Dakota Cassidy is puttin' on her tiara, sharpening her fav hot pink pen, and kicking her feet up on the desk to ask the hard questions. Get the inside scoop on all the hot, sexy cast members in this free, uproariously funny interview with the girls of her Accidental series. Find out who's doing what to whom and more, as Dakota hosts the interview of the decade!

Dear Readers, It's been seven (seven!) years since the release of book one in my Accidentals series, and now, on the cusp of releasing book ten (hold me!), I figured it was high time I put together something that would not only help new readers jump into the fray several books in, but also help me remember what I wrote way back when. (Hey, I ain't gettin' any younger, and my brain is stuffed full of makeup tips and reality TV trivia.)

So I called up my pals Nina, Marty and Wanda, who schlepped all the way out to my home in Oregon--with a few other fan-fave characters in tow, for Interview With an Accidental. During an intimate interview by moi, you can meet the ladies who have been mainstays in all of my Accidental books--if Nina lets anyone get a word in between all her, um...colorful commentary.

Grab a cocktail and enjoy a gabfest with the girls, as well as a bonus chapter from my next book, Accidentally Aphrodite--for the low, low price of free! Consider it my way of saying thanks for keeping me company on these crazy Accidental adventures. May you join me for many more!

So Dakota, I have to ask – who writes your stories? You? or the characters in your head?

Dakota Cassidy is an author with a kooky sense of humour and a wild imagination as demonstrated in this book.

Here a number of her characters come to ‘visit’ her, in her office, and she converses, argues, and generally interacts with them. As do her pet dogs and cats.

Peculiar, much. Funny, yes.

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Brooklyn May destructs her lover

Questions for Author Brooklyn May:

author of

A Lover’s Destruction

 Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? 

I chose this particular topic to portray how everyday struggles can make you feel as though your life is spinning out of control.  Our biggest failure is often trying to handle things on our own instead of turning to God and leaving it in his control.  I have often felt this way in my own life and marriage and realized how once I began to pray and fully mean it, everything began turning around for me.

How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time? 

I don’t really sit and dwell on what I want to write.  I often have different ideas that pop into my head and I jot them down for later in a notebook and just go with the flow when I get the time to write.  While writing one thing, my mind may even drift off to ideas that I would like to use for later publications.

How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? I don’t really do any research. 

I am in school full time pursuing a degree in Business Administration and do enough research for school purposes.  I enjoy writing so I use information that I already have.  For this book in particular, I don’t know a lot about witch craft on a personal level, however, I do know people who are into that and I have had enough conversations with them over the years to know the basics.

What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote? 

I use the knowledge I already have and avoid any writing that would require me to do research.  That’s what I love about fiction, you know not to take it too seriously.

How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience? 

I prefer to stay away from topics that would involve authority figures and if I did use them in my writing it would not be anything specific and nothing negative. I have a great respect for law enforcement.

How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted? 

Writing is a hobby.  I’m not trying to make a living off of it, I do it for my enjoyment.  I knew from the beginning I wanted to self-publish just because I wanted to be able to make all the decisions regarding the book.  Most importantly, I enjoy doing it and I hope someone out there will enjoy reading it.

Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up? 

Honestly, I never really checked into what I needed to do to find a publisher.  So I’m not sure if it helps to self-publish on e-books first but it seems like it would be helpful.

Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?

I absolutely recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher. I am a hands on person so I like to know every step and every detail.  I believe self-publishing gives you more insight as to how things work.  Once you build an audience, you may not even need a publisher.  However, if your audience is starting to grow but you need that extra little push, I believe having an audience built up first will make you more noticeable to publishers.

Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?

I’m not at the point yet where writing provides an income for me to live on and I’m okay with that. I believe writing is something you need to go into with realistic expectations.

Most people are not going to be an overnight success.  It takes a lot of hard work, persistence, and dedication.  You have to be open to criticism and rejection.  Not everyone is going to like your work and that’s okay.  Everyone has different taste.  Although I have written several things over the years, A Lover’s Destruction is the first title I have published.

This has been a learning experience for me.  I know a lot more now than I did when I started.  I believe you continue to grow as a writer with each new project you begin.  I plan to continue to write and publish and if someone offers to publish me one day then that is great, if not, then I still get to do what I love.

What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour? 

I have never been on a book tour but I think it would be a wonderful experience and hope to have one in my future at some point.

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Charlton James and his business

Charlton James talks about his new book
Somebody Else's Business
A novel of drama, tragedy and intrigue.

To answer the question why I chose the topic "Somebody Else's Business" 

As human beings, we're giving the innate choice of decision making which are outside of the natural instincts of protection, procreation, and providing food as within the animal kingdom. 

Animals don't get involved in other animals affairs unless there's an issue with encroachment or the issue of the  natural order of things. As Human beings we're giving the choice to rationalize how we engage others. We also take it upon ourselves to judge others as we see fit. 

So the topic of being involved in Somebody Else's Business is something that we all are guilty of. I approached the story line from the position as a story teller, what makes it unique is how its presented. The characters are used in developing the story line to transition smoothly and methodically to bring the lesson to light.  Case in point, the elements of emotions, tragedy, camaraderie, and relationships, deliver  the lesson.

 How long to I think about a topic before I write about it?
 Topic's come about indirectly, as in this case I went about it and created the title on a whim as a short story to help my wife. I started with the two characters Tiffany and John,  and proceeded from there. I didn't use any notes, I  created the characters as they came to my imagination and began to expound from one dialogue to the next.
 How long does it take to research a a topic before I write?
 It took me 3 years to write this book and during that time I put in a lot of hours in research in order to be  sure the historical facts and customs of people weren't  compromised, 

This book has such a broad spectrum of people and cultures. The facts should be presented as natural and authentic in order to keep the material balanced and well transitioned. As far as notes your writings and how you convey them in your rough drafts of the book are the notes themselves, by the way, for this book I believe I may have upward to 20 complete copies of rough drafts and edits before I turned it loose to be printed.
 What resources did I use for writing this book:
 I used something that we're all born with, imagination! I would watch people while sitting in Starbucks, as people  stood in line to purchase coffee I would watch faces and body language to create my next character.  

Of course there's life experiences as well, Being that we continually learn from living and interacting with each other there is also the dynamic of watching things as they have played out with yourself or someone you know involved in a similar event. Life tells a story, you just have to deliver life experiences and your interactions with people.

How many times have I been rejected before this novel was accepted?
  Again, we come to the words: unique experience! Everyone has one. For me, this is the first book I have written! 

It's amazing that was accepted the first time out! I felt like  the rookie batter up for the world series and hit a grand slam! No kidding, I am still amazed at  how people are accepting my book, its really an overwhelming sense of being. I started with a project and developed it, and developed it. I then went over it again to fine tune it, and what I released as a finished project was viewed as " We understand what you are saying!" That's the beautiful "sense of being" that I mentioned.
 I didn't self publish on e-books before  a publisher picked me up, in fact I am a self publisher as we speak. I presented the manuscript in book form, from there I presented the e-books, and now I have both the book and e-book formats world wide, its definitely a lot of diligence involved, and it will be the whole way.

Every time you create something, expect the long days and effort  to insure things are as you intended them to be. I/E the books overview/ description/pricing and availability, interviews and submissions, there is definitely a lot of due diligence involved.
 Would I recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher?
 Writing as with most things in life that have lucrative benefits, it depends on where you are at the time and who you know! It's every aspiring writers dream to be picked up by a major publisher, just  as it would be every high school ball player to be picked up in the majors or be a first round draft pick, or a student who has just received a masters degree to be picked up  by a fortune 500 company.
 Who wouldn't want that? The reality is everyone can't be a first round draft pick. After making this adjustment, we have to go for what we know, which means polishing up on our self worth and investing in ourselves to produce the best product before releasing it to the public for acceptance. 

In this instance, you create a book that is well thought out and rounded and leave no room for "I should of did this, rather than that'"  When you do your due diligence, in your presentation your efforts will eventually been seen by others. It may not be as fast as being picked up by a major publisher, but when you have no choice but to self publish as I did, eventually people will notice your effort (diligence in your book) and the word will spread. 

Patience and marketing are the key. It takes money to market your book, so having employment to fund your marketing efforts is the key along with the patience of promoting your book.
 Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? and how long did it take before this happened?
 As a self publisher, your royalties are accrued and paid quarterly and depending who you are marketing your book with, royalties are paid within 60 days after the end of  the preceding quarter. 

On the other hand, were you with a major publisher you would receive a advance to live on as your book progresses, which is reversed back to the publisher as your book makes money.

 Whether you are self published, or have a publisher, it takes money for you to survive, this is why so many  aspiring authors have a steady job to rely on until something happens as life changing. 

In my instance, a major motion picture conglomerate wanted to buy the rights to my book prior to being published ( we're talking millions of dollars) I turned it down because I wanted the accolades as the creator of this book. my point here is simple, what do you want? If its the money that you're expecting to make while writing, then be prepared to write several books and keep more coming  to have sources of income. 

Should you have gainful employment as you write, write leisurely to produce work that's not stress driven. You'll lose your edge in writing under this duress. Writing should be carefree and creative to produce quality work.

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