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#Interview with Syl Waters, author of ‘Who Killed Patrick?’

This sounds like a fun read – a murder mystery with a guinea pig and its human as the detectives, it will definitely be different! Read on to discover more about the author’s inspiration, their writing process as well as the book and the author! Many thanks to Syl Waters for kindly answering my questions!

Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?

There are a few things you need to know about me:

1) I absolutely adore guinea pigs

2) I love Fuerteventura

3) I’m addicted to cozy murder mysteries

So, what happened. I visited Fuerteventura on my own last year for a break away and to write. I was on the phone to my friend and I was telling her an amazing fact I’d just learned about guinea pigs. We chatted about how fantastic they are and we reminisced about having them as pets when we were younger. I got off the phone and poured myself a glass of wine. I looked about at the beauty of the island and said I should start writing a story that combines my two loves along with my addiction to cozy crime. In that moment the idea for a Mr Bob Murder Mystery was born

What is your writing process?

I need to have the first sentence for me to make a start. When that pops into my head I know it’s going to be a good day and I can go with the flow. I do have to spend time forcing this, so for example, I will think about how angry, or sad or confused a character is while having a shower or making some tea. Then I give those emotions time to grow, and usually within a few minutes I’ll be in their head and I rush to my laptop to write their story.

Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?

I usually write the outline first in pen and paper and have copious notes everywhere – lists upon lists and scraps of paper about plot ideas and characters and lots of extraneous stuff. Then I go away and have a think about the scraps of paper and thoughts scribbled down.

After percolating my brain for a while (anything from one day to several years), a switch flicks and I know it’s time to start writing ‘properly’. That means I then type out the outline and add more details (on the laptop) so I know where I’m hoping to end up. Then I type up my key characters and leave it for a few days to stew some more. Then if I feel ready, I begin.

The story I write, has to be the one I am ready to write. I can’t kid myself or pretend, it has to come from within, and I have to feel crazed and committed enough to actually make it to The End.

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?

Tamika in Who Killed Patrick? because she is such a bitch. She is one of those people in life who you love to hate, but are a tiny bit envious of because their life is so much simpler when they don’t care about anybody else other than themselves. I really want to give her such a good slap and take her down a peg or five, but at the same time I have admiration for her selfish way of living.

If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?

I’d love to be Mr Bob the guinea pig in Who Killed Patrick? He’s so clever, perceptive, intuitive and he always knows the right place to look and how to find out who did the deed. He’s blessed with a canny ability to always know and I love that. I wish I could just know things the way he does. Also, he gets waited on hand and foot by Tarah who’s number one priority is his happiness and welfare. To be loved so much is a wonderful thing.

How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?

Mr Bob is called Mr Bob because if I owned a guinea pig I would call him Mr Bob!

Tarah is actually a bit of a wet blanket, but she will find her way and so she needed to have an everyday but underused name with a twist – hence why I added the ‘H’. When I looked up the meaning I saw it meant bright star and that she was kind and caring, but also a little bit crazy, I felt that summed her up perfectly. I didn’t know her so well in the beginning, but I think she’s grown as she’s had more stuff thrown at her.

When I think of a Patrick, I think of a humble man who is the main provider and who’s family is his number one priority. Patrick, I feel, as a name, is a bit downtrodden. There’s no factual basis for that, it’s just how I feel; the name has that ring about it. You don’t often hear people calling themselves Patrick, it’s either Pat or Paddy. And so I felt with the name Patrick, there was another man inside who wanted to get out, who wanted to break free from these societal shackles and the norms which he has placed on himself.

 

Who Killed Patrick?

Sun, sea and… murder in Fuerteventura!

Boring. Going nowhere. That was Tarah’s life in the UK, before she moved to Fuerteventura to start a new adventure. But things came unstuck quicker than she’d planned. A dead guest on the holiday complex she manages threatens to pull apart her hoped-for dream life.

If she wants to keep her job and save the reputation of the business, she’s got to find out what happened to Patrick. Did he die of natural causes – or was he murdered?

Tarah’s pet guinea pig, Mr Bob, has a knack for sniffing out trouble and he suspects foul play. The mission is on: Who Killed Patrick?

With the assistance of Mr Bob and Diego, a local plumber, Tarah turns amateur sleuth to find out the truth.

Can Tarah and Mr Bob find the murderer before it’s too late? Will they be able to save the business and protect their blissful new life?

Purchase Links

UK –https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08BJ4RPTS/

US –  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BJ4RPTS/

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Author Bio –

Most people know crazy cat ladies are a ‘thing’, but I’m a proud crazy guinea pig lady! I love fun in the sun and plenty of cocktails. My happy place is flip flops. I write stories to keep me company – my characters ensure I’m never lonely and always smiling (when I’m not tearing my hair out!)

Social Media Links –

www.sylwaters.com

twitter: @waters_syl

insta: @mrbob.guineapig

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syl.waters.54

 

Follow the tour:

Many thanks to Syl Waters for answering my questions and to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. 

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