Today it is my stop to host the Prima Facie (The Adam Stanley Series)
by Netta Newbound Blog Tour. I am delighted to welcome Netta to my blog to take part in my Q&A interview.
Morning thank you for joining me this morning
Hi Shell, thanks for having me.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I’m originally from Manchester, England, but immigrated to beautiful New Zealand in 1998 with my husband, three small kids and five suitcases.
When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer as far back as I can remember, but life got in the way. Once my children had left home, my husband encouraged me to follow my dream.
Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
I mostly write psychological thrillers. I love to place ordinary characters in extraordinary situations. A lot of my books have a strong family theme and I find my biggest readership is women.
What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
I’m getting faster all the time. My first book took three years to write and my last just three months. My average working day begins as soon as I wake in the morning and ends when I fall into bed at night. You could say I’m obsessed. It’s not all writing though—I take a certain amount of time out for social media and research. I also help a lot of my author friends as much as I can with critiquing, formatting, and designing book covers.
My actual writing process is simple – I start at the beginning and write, write write until I have a complete manuscript. I never plot. I only have a vague idea of where I want the story to go, and I’m often shocked by the twists and turns that occur along the way. Until recently I wrote everything longhand, and would transfer a chapter at a time into my laptop, but I’m trying to do away with that process.
Once finished, I’ll do several read-through’s before sending it to my wonderful beta readers, critique partners and editor. And finally I’ll read the entire manuscript aloud from start to finish with my editor.
Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
All purely fictional I’m afraid, although my family and friends try to find some likeness or other in my characters.
Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
There’s often an element of truth in my novels, but no—there’s no actual event that I’ve written about.
What research do you do?
I’m always researching something or other on the internet. I don’t think it’s safe to just try to wing it, you can guarantee there’ll be an expert on the subject keen to pull it apart if I do.
Who would you like to co-write with and why?
Stephen King – If you’re reading this, Stevie-boy, give me a call…wink-wink…
What's your favorite book?
Pet Semetary – Stephen King – it affecting me for a long time afterwards and it was the first time I really asked myself that age old question, ‘what would I do in that situation?’
What's your favorite food?
I love chicken chow mein, lasagne and fillet steak—not all on the same plate of course! Haha.
What's your favorite film?
True Romance – it’s a modern day love story (not for the faint of heart!)
What's your favorite song?
I have lots of favourite songs depending what mood I’m in, but Hallelujah makes me tingle no matter who sings it.
How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
In this fast-moving suspense novel, Detective Adam Stanley searches for Miles Muldoon, a hardworking, career-minded businessman, and Pinevale’s latest serial killer.
Evidence puts Muldoon at each scene giving the police a prima facie case against him.
But as the body count rises, and their suspect begins taunting them, this seemingly simple case develops into something far more personal when Muldoon turns his attention to Adam and his family.