Happy Wednesday!! Today, I’m joining the blog tour for Louise Mullins’s Love Me Bad and Louise has kindly answered a few questions for you all!
Many thanks to Zoe O’Farrell of Zooloo’s Blog Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to Louise for answering my questions!
Kerensa lives a life of privilege few could imagine. Loving husband. Luxury home. Financial security.
But in the attic of their sea view mansion is a secret waiting to be discovered, threatening to destroy their perfect marriage.
When their daughter’s au pair uncovers Dominic’s carefully constructed illusion, one lie at a time, it ends in murder.
In 10 words or less, describe your book?
A gothic mansion whose inhabitants are just as rotten.
Where did the inspiration for your book come from?
I spent 7 years living in Cornwall. The south west has a rich source of history to draw upon: pirates, smugglers, castles, clifftop theatres, tin mines, and of course the beaches. I like books that tell a story about a place through the eyes of those living there, especially where the secrets and lies of their past merges with the present when they are forced beneath its roof.
I wanted to go back to my roots – having spent the last three years writing procedurals – and write a standalone psychological thriller. As it fell into the genre of domestic noir, it seemed fitting to add this to my ‘Love You’ titles (the previous two being Love You Gone and Love You Dead)
Talk us through a typical day for you?
I write every weekday. My aim is for 500 words a day, so if I better this, I’m happy. I plot everything I write, then type up a paragraph for each chapter telling me what to write there. This keeps me focused. I write two books at a time to ensure writer’s block doesn’t interfere in my deadlines.
I’m also the publishing director of Dark Edge Press, so I liaise with our authors and oversee each part of the production process from approving edits to managing the content our publicist posts to social media.
What sort of books do you read and what are you reading at the moment?
I read at least 3 books a week. My current read is Left You Dead by Peter James. I’m ashamed to say I’ve only recently begun to read his books but I’m now a huge fan. He has a simplistic writing style that is flawless, and which slowly builds depth to the plot, which is always far more intricate than you are led to believe. And his characters are so well-observed that you finish a book feeling as if you know them.
Can you share anything about your work in progress?
My current novel is the third title in my Welsh-based police procedural, featuring Detective Inspector Emma Locke, who struggles to maintain the distance between her personal and work life when a girl is found wandering the streets of Newport while she’s trying to get hold of her best mate, Craig, who she suspects is suicidal.
Who reads your first draft?
My husband is the first to hear about it. And boy does he ever. He knows when I’m in full-throttle writing mode and is mutually responsible for the endings of the last six novels I’ve written, and they’re all better because of his influence. I have a small group of beta readers who are sent individual chapters as they’re written to advise me on. Then my editor gets the full digital draft.
Just for fun: what would your Mastermind subject be?
Fairies. I love anything witchy and I used to read tonnes of books about the esoteric. I was infatuated with fairies, collected them, and now know a lot about them. More than I’ve ever found useful.
Who Is Louise Mullins?
Louise Mullins writes full-time using the experience she gained in a prior life working in the field of forensic mental health, working with offenders and survivors of serious crimes.
To keep up to date with her latest releases, visit her website: www.louisemullinsauthor.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as: @mullinsauthor.
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