Upmarket Espionage / Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Date Published: January 15, 2016
In 1960s London, British Intelligence agent Peter Stoller is next in line to run the Agency. But when he falls in love with cab driver Charles, his life goes off the road. Charles is accused of being an enemy spy, and Peter is guilty by association. Though they manage to escape, the seeds of doubt have been planted, leaving Peter to wonder how much he can truly trust his lover. Is ignorance bliss or merely deadly?
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Yes, writing IS my career. I worked in publishing for a while then decided if I kept making other people’s books, I’d never get around to my own. Having kids gave me the perfect jumping off point for staying home and focusing on writing.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Sitting down and writing. I tend to write in my head, but then when I sit down to actually type it, I can never get it just right. It’s frustrating.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
For this book in particular, I had extremely helpful feedback from an agent in the UK. I did rewrites based on his suggestions. But then! Just as I was ready to send the manuscript back to him, he told me he was leaving agenting to become a nonfiction editor. Still, I think the novel is much better for his help.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I’m shopping a YA fantasy (first in a trilogy) and writing a Regency romance. I’ll be writing more Sherlock Holmes, too, and maybe even a sequel to Peter. I can never do just one thing! I need variety!
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I read as much as I can, even if it’s just a few pages over my lunch. I just finished re-reading Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile and now I’ve picked up Alison Weir’s The Marriage Game.
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Gay British spy investigates lover as a possible enemy agent.
This or That?
#1 - iPod or Mp3? iPod
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? depends on what it is
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? mashed
#4 – Comedy or Drama? romantic comedy
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? ah, God, neither!
#6 – Fantasy or Reality? fantasy
#7 – Call or Text? text
#8 – Public School or Home School? public school
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? hot chocolate
#10 – eBook or Paperback? paperback
M Pepper Langlinais is best known for her Sherlock Holmes stories. She is also a produced playwright and screenwriter. She lives in Livermore, California.
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Thank you for hosting me! It's a pleasure to be here today!ReplyDelete
Wonderful interview! I think variety is good in a writer's life. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I know it drives agents and publishers crazy when writers don't sort of stay within their genre or whatever. That may be one reason it's been tough for me to land an agent. I've considered writing under different pseudonyms, but that just feels like too much work. So . . . I just do my thing and to hell with the rest. #sorrynotsorryDelete