Guest Post By Author, Wendy H. Jones

Posted at 12:24pm on 14th July 2015

Today, I'm delighted to introduce fellow-author, Wendy Jones, who will be telling us something about her writing life, and her latest books. 

Thank you for inviting me along to the blog today, Merrilyn. It is a pleasure to join you. I am looking forward to meeting your readers. 

Did you have siblings, and if so, where did you come in the pecking order?

I am an only child so not a sibling in sight. I do however, have a huge extended family with a large number of cousins. We were all brought up together so are all very close, more like siblings than cousins.

Looking back, do you feel this influenced your life – and if so, how?

I don’t think it influenced my life much. I am sociable, and outgoing, by nature and always had plenty of friends and family to play with. However, I was also, and still am, a voracious reader so was happy with my own company as well.

Why and how did you start writing?

My mother was a secretary and if she had to go into work at the weekends I went with her. I could use the various typewriters so would write stories. I’m not entirely sure what these were now. By the age of seven I had my own typewriter and remember writing Noddy stories. From this I progressed to Nancy Drew. To me writing is an extension of reading. I just moved seamlessly from one to the other. My first serious writing was when I worked in academia, writing for academic textbooks and journals.

Are you an early bird writer?  Or a late nighter?

I’m an any time, any place kind of girl. In a literary sense of course.

How do you write?  By plotting the whole thing out first?  As you go along?  Or do you know the end from the beginning?

I am a mixture of both plotter and punster. I know where the chapters are going. I know who the killer is and their motivation. The rest of the story just flows from there and I allow the characters to carry me along.

Tell us something about your novel, Killer’s Countdown, that we might not otherwise pick up on?

There is one character in the books who is a real person, PC Brian Gevers. He has an unusual scooter and I wanted it in the book. I then liked his character so much that I have kept him and he gets a bigger role in future books. Another character, Donna Douglas, is a real name. Donna won the right to a character named after her, during a murder mystery dinner party. This was for 100 people and was to raise funds for charity.

Which character did you most enjoy writing about and why?

This has to be DI Shona McKenzie. She is feisty, funny and says and does the most outrageous things. She doesn’t really care what anyone thinks as long as she gets the job done. She is developing throughout the books and it has been good to see where her character will go.

Tell us how you developed D.I. Shona McKenzie’s character in the writing of Killer’s Craft?

Ah, now that would be telling. I can say that she is even more outrageous in what she says and does in Killer’s Craft. The Chief Inspector, her boss, is at his wits end trying to get her to toe the line. What she does is always legal, but the lines have been moved about a bit to accommodate this.

Please give us details of when the book is coming out.

Killer’s Craft is released in all formats, today, the 20th July, 2015. It will be available in all online stores, in Waterstones, and from my website.

Do you already have the third book of the series in mind?

I am already half way through writing the third book. In a world exclusive I will announce the title of the book to your readers today. Loud banging of drums and clashing of cymbals please. Here we go, it is Killer’s Cross.

Thank you once again for inviting me along to the blog today. You have been a gracious host and I love the questions.

Thank you, Wendy, for being so entertaining and informative.  I'm sure we all wish you well with your latest book - and the whole series.

Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia.

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