Letter ‘Q’ is for the Quest for Followers and my Celebration of Follower Number 300
April Author Spotlight 2015 Karen Long, author of The Safe Word
I started blogging regularly last May, 2014. A few weeks ago, when I realized my number of followers was close to 300, I decided I’d celebrate such a special occasion with a spotlight on the blogger.
Karen Long became my Follower 300, and it so happens that she’s an author, so today the Author Spotlight is for Karen, Author of The Safe Word and The Vault.
As this happened a couple of days ago, it’s the only novel in the A to Z Blogging Challenge I haven’t read yet (although I’ve started and I’ll be writing a review once I finish reading), so I’ll let Karen do all of the talking about her novel.
What is The Safe Word about?
Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic installations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision.
Only someone capable of understanding the killer’s creative desire will be able to stop the murders and D I Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts a judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret – one that will threaten her very survival.
What type of reader would like to read it?
I’d say The Safe Word is considered to be quite dark crime fiction, probably closer in taste to Mo Hayder, Thomas Harris and Jo Nesbo than Agatha Christie. I have a strong but troubled female protagonist, whose tendency to indulge in less than safe sexual practices adds to the conflict surrounding her. I love a good twist and believe that great plotting is the secret to a good read, as are complex and believable characters. The first two novels in The Eleanor Raven series are less ‘who’ and more ‘whydunnit’. Exploring the psychopathic mind is a big part of my writing, though ‘The Cold Room’, which I’m writing at the moment, is all about the ‘who’.
What are you working on now?
I’m balancing writing a screenplay with book three in the Eleanor Raven series, The Cold Room and hoping it’ll be ready for publication in the summer. I also write a weekly blog about my life and my interest in forensic matters. I’m a big fan of authenticity, so if my character has a fight, I go and learn how hard it is and how much it hurts (a lot!). Eleanor Raven uses a Glock .19 and I have to learn how to take one apart, reload and shoot it. It’s all great fun but essential if you want a reader to stay hooked. It really matters that my descriptions of a post mortem are accurate, so not only do I read and study a lot I make sure that I go watch and experience as much as possible.
What would you like readers to know about you?
I was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During my teaching years I studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in my writing. My husband films all over the world, so a great deal of my time is spent abroad, where I indulge my love of wildlife. I’m a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family and have dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens. I’m due to take possession of a baby female raccoon in the next three weeks.
How can we know more or contact you?
Amazon UK The Safe Word
Amazon US The Safe Word
Amazon author page
Find me on Goodreads
Please take some time to check out some of the other blogs on the A-Z Challenge. There are plenty of interesting and varied topics.