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I am so happy to share with you today the answers that Lorraine Mace, author of ‘Injections of Insanity’ , has given to my interview questions. Read on to discover what she replied and to discover more about her latest book!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
The first in what is now a series was meant to be a standalone crime novel. I never intended D.I. Paolo Sterling to continue into other books, but I enjoyed writing about him and his team so much it seemed natural to write a second book, then a third and so on. I’m just starting on book six in the series.
The fact that readers seem to like the books helps a lot. It’s much easier to get the words down when readers are asking for more!
What is your writing process?
I try to write at least 500 words every day, but don’t always manage it. Once I have a first draft down, I close the file and won’t look at it for at least a couple of weeks. Then I print it out and sit down with a red pen. Usually, by the end of that process I have several hundred pages covered in scratchings out, comments, bubbles with changes to be made, instructions for new scenes and so on.
I work through that on the computer, adding, subtracting, moving or completely rewriting sections and then repeat the process of leave, print, edit, rewrite for as many times as it takes to get a draft I’m happy to submit to the publisher.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I write on the computer, but my notes are written by hand. I often think of things that need to be included and scribble them down so that I don’t forget. As a result, I end up with scraps of paper all over the place that I then have to sort into some sort of order.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Paolo Sterling – he is a decent person just trying to do his best against almost impossible odds. He is still in love with his ex-wife, has lost one daughter to a hit and run, is trying to forge a strong relationship with his other daughter, wants to begin a new relationship, and help his colleagues with their problems, all while attempting to stop the evil on his patch.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I’d probably be one of the evil ones. I am always shocked (and just a little scared) by how easy I find it to inhabit the minds of my killers.
How and why did you choose the name for your main character?
My ancestry is Italian and my first husband was Scottish. I thought that would make an interesting mix, so I made Paolo Sterling’s mother Italian and his father Scottish. Once I’d decided on that, I wanted to give him a name that would point to his heritage without it having to be spelled out to new readers.
Many thanks to Lorraine for answering my questions! Read on to discover more about her book, ‘Injections of Insanity’
Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene.
The murderer, determined to avenge a wrong from many years earlier, gets close to his prey by assuming various identities.
Can Paolo win in his race against the pretender?
When not working on her D.I. Sterling Series, Lorraine Mace is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazine humour column.
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Many thanks to Lorraine for answering my questions and to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing content for this post and organising the tour it is part of.