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I am very happy to share with you the answers given by Ian McFadyen, author of ‘Blood on His Hands’, to my questions. Read on to discover his replies, more about him and his book and to have the opportunity to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway with a chance for five people in the UK to win a paperback copy of this book. Good luck!!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
The series is based in rural Lancashire, the area where I grew-up and went to school. I’d initially only intended to write one book, but I liked the characters so much that I decided to write more. My books are whodunits where the twist is normally the kernel of the book. It’s after I’ve thought of a new twist that the whole process starts. I then start to think about what sort of new characters I need. When I’ve managed work out the combination of the twist and my new characters the writing starts in earnest.
What is your writing process?
I set myself a year to complete each book, but within that timeframe I allow myself space to write as and when I feel the urge. I’m most productive very early in the morning. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I did any writing after about 3pm. I normally start a new book on 1st January … as I have done this year.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I have numerous notebooks, which are packed with scribbled notes and ideas, however I always work using a memory stick inserted into either my desktop or a very old laptop, which is sadly on its last legs.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I have many but Carmichael, as he’s the main character, must be my favourite. I like to include at least one new and very quirky character in each book (usually more), which I always enjoy crafting. If pushed, I’d probably choose Aunty Audrey from ‘Death in Winter’ as my favourite of these eccentric creations, but there are many others I like almost as much.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
One that doesn’t get murdered, preferably!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I use various ways. For some I’ve borrowed surnames from people I grew-up with, some are towns and villages (many in East Anglia where I do most of my writing) and some are just made-up. However, it’s also been known for some to be stolen from gravestones and some from dentists, optician or solicitors’ practices. It’s picking forenames that I haven’t used before that I find most tricky. Carmichael is a distant family name, my great-great-great grandparents on my father’s side (if I recall correctly).
Blood On His Hands
When a stranger enters DI Carmichael’s local church, with blood on his hands claiming to have committed a murder, Carmichael and his team are quickly summoned.
And when the man disappears, as mysteriously as he arrived, with few clues to his identity, where he came from and where he went, Carmichael quickly realises that all may not be as it seems.
The conundrum becomes even more puzzling when, in less than 24 hours, a corpse is discovered in the boot of a Bentley car down a quiet country lane.
As the body count rises Carmichael and his team remain confounded as to who is behind the murders and what motive they have for taking so many lives. In this, the eighth gripping murder mystery from the pen of Ian McFadyen, the author once again captivates the reader with an array of beguiling characters tightly woven within an intriguing, skilfully scripted plot.
It will keep you guessing right until the end…
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Author Bio –
Ian McFadyen lives in Bishops Stortford, Herts and has published seven books in the Carmichael series so far. McFadyen has built up a strong following and is particularly well supported by library borrowers – being positioned in the top 10% of most loaned authors in the last few years. Favourably mentioned alongside Wilkie Collins and Colin Dexter, McFadyen’s titles are all available in paperback and on kindle.
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