14 April 2016

THE SILENT TWIN BLOG TOUR

I am absolutely delighted to be kicking off Caroline Mitchell's The Silent Twin  Blog tour today and on publication day to. I can't tell you how excited I am. Not only have I got a Q&A interview with Caroline but you will also find my thoughts on The Silent Twin that the end of the interview.


Hello Caroline, Happy Publication day and welcome to my blog
Hello and thank you for having me I am delighted to be here on publication day


Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
Hello! Well, I’m Irish, but living with my family on the coast of Essex in the UK. I recently gave up my job in the police to write full time and since meeting Bookouture, I could not be happier.


When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
I have always enjoyed reading, but gave no thought to writing until I experienced something very unusual in my home, in the form of ghostly encounters. My husband nagged me to death to write our story, which I self published in 2013 and named Paranormal Intruder. I got the writing bug after it published, and there’s been no stopping me ever since!


Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
I write for anyone who loves a good thrilling read, so I would call myself a thriller writer with dark undertones. Some of my books have a supernatural thread running through them, but I’ve also write crime and psychological thrillers as I know the paranormal is not for everyone. Still, it makes me happy when someone contacts me to say they don’t normally like ghostly stories, but they really enjoyed my books. I think it’s because I like to write my stories about ordinary people who experience the extra ordinary.


What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
Too long. When I worked full time it was very hard, I used to get up at 5.30am every morning and write on my days off any any spare second I could find. These days I am fortunate enough to have more time to write. I usually start off writing in a notebook, do a synopsis and plot like crazy, then move it on to my computer. I dictate the first draft then spend the next few months fixing it up and editing it into a reasonable first draft. I can write two books a year normally, although I’ve worked really hard this year and will be producing three.


Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
My work colleagues used to come up to me and say ‘oh I know who you were writing about there!’ In fact, my characters are fictional. I’d hate for anyone to think I was writing about them, particularly given the colourful characters that feature in my books. Sometimes I note down funny things that people say, but the characters themselves all come from my over active imagination :-)


Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
Only in my non fiction book, Paranormal Intruder. However when writing fiction, I really try to get into the heart of the character and feel what they must be feeling. I think it’s fair to say that while most authors don’t write about their own personal experiences, they may use their own experience of emotional suffering to describe how the character felt.


What research do you do?
I’ve worked for nine years in the police in several departments, including my work as a sexual offences trained officer, and domestic abuse safeguarding officer. I am also very fortunate to have some fantastic contacts to turn to. For example, in the diving scene for The Silent Twin, I was able to turn to the head of the police diving team for advice. I also have a very weird search history on my computer, which makes my husband sleep with one eye open!


Who would you like to co-write with and why?
It’s funny you should ask that, as the lovely Mel Sherratt and I have said more than once that we would love to co write a book. As well as being friends, we have similar dark minds, and I would love to see what we could produce between us. Maybe something for 2017?


What's your favorite book?
Oh gosh, that’s a toughie as there are so many. Stephen King is my all time favourite author, but I love a lot of the classics too. I’ve recently read ‘Wuthering Heights’ and loved it. I listen to a lot of audio books too and loved ’The Stand’ by Stephen King. Sorry, that’s more than one, isn’t it?


What's your favorite food?
Italian – pasta wins every time, accompanied by a nice white wine.


What's your favorite film?
Again, there are so many. Anything with Tom Hardy will usually suffice. I’m a massive fan of his … er … acting abilities ;-)


What's your favorite song?
I love David Grey, and have quite an eclectic taste in music. A cheerful little ditty that I have as my ringtone is ‘I can see clearly now’ by Johnny Nash. I used to listen to it on the way to work every morning and it never failed to cheer me up.


How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/paranormalintruder/?fref=ts
Twitter https://twitter.com/Caroline_writes





About the book:
I’m alone in the dark, please can you find me …

Nine-year-old twins Abigail and Olivia vow never to be parted. But when Abigail goes missing from Blackwater Farm, DC Jennifer Knight must find her before it’s too late.

Twin sister Olivia has been mute since Abigail’s disappearance. But when she whispers in Jennifer’s ear, Jennifer realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.

A damp and decaying house set in acres of desolate scrubland, the farm is a place of secrets, old and new – and Jennifer must unravel them all in order to find the lost girl. But could Olivia’s bond with her twin hold the key to finding Abigail? And can Jennifer break through her silence in time to save her sister’s life?

A darkly gripping, page-turning thriller that will enthrall fans of Rachel Abbott, Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls and Mark Edwards.


My thoughts


OMG what a rollercoaster of a ride I seriously loved this book.This is the third book in the DC Jennifer knight series, I Couldn't wait to get stuck into it after seeing the cover reveal. Everyone that knows me, knows that I’m a stucker for book covers. But to me this is the first thing you see before reading the blurb.It has to be said what a fantastic cover. And without a shadow of a doubt this is the best DC Jennifer Knight installment one to date. Caroline's writing simply gets better and better.


In this instalment Jennifer finds herself on creepy Blackwater Farm has a Family Liaison Officer investigating the disappearance of missing 9 year old Abigail after playing hide and seek with her Twin sister Olivia. Imagine being a parent and your child disappears? Well this is the case for Joanne and Nick parents of Abigail. Nick seems to have secrets to hide while Joanne is putting on a brave face. Meanwhile Jennifer starts to hear whispers in her ear and realises it is Abigail’s voice pleading to be found.  We then  follow Jennifer on a Journey in search for Abigail.The story flick’s back to diary extracts of bullying abuse building up a tense story keeping you guessing who the narrator of these extracts is. And where is Abigail and can she be found?!


Jennifer is a strong likeable and interesting character and I thoroughly enjoy this series although I will add this can read has a standalone. But this is to good a series not to miss. Giving more of an insight to Jennifer in each one.


I was totally drawn in Straight from the Prologue with Caroline’s well crafted descriptive writing skills, creating a totally creepy and eerie sense of emotional feeling.I found myself absolutely mesmerized and couldn't turn the pages quick enough.


But I can honestly say this is one spine chilling read that will make the hairs on your neck stand up,keeping you on the edge of your seat with all the twists and turns.


I highly recommend this giving it a well deserved 5 chilling stars
Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for an advanced reader's copy





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