Monday, August 26, 2013

Tour Kick Off - Meet and Greet - How NOT To Commit Murder by Robin Storey

Comedy Crime
Date Published: April 14, 2013

CAREER conman Reuben Littlejohn is determined to go straight this time after his release from prison, with the help of his new wife and her wealthy family.
But he hadn't counted on stumbling across a plot to kill his parole officer Lucy, with whom he is madly in lust.  The instigator, nefarious criminal Frank Cornell, blackmails Reuben into becoming his accomplice. The only way he can save Lucy is to pretend to go along with Frank's Operation Luce End, while making sure it doesn't succeed.  Never have his skills in lying and cheating been so vital!
But if Reuben's plan fails, it's his life at stake as well as Lucy's. Add to the mix a wife who’s trying to mould him into a pillar of respectability and in-laws who think he’s a lost cause, and Reuben soon discovers that going straight can be murder.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Definitely. Whether I earn enough money writing novels to give up my day job is another matter, but regardless, I’ll keep on writing them, because that’s what I love doing. 

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

The first draft.  Getting it all down is the most difficult part  - sometimes the words flow freely, other times they come to a dead end.  I’m much happier when I’ve got something to play around with, I love the re-writing and the refining.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

My critique partner, Pam. We’ve been meeting monthly for quite a few years now. We read each other’s writing and give honest, constructive feedback. We give each other lots of moral support (with champagne) and celebrate our successes (with more champagne).Pam also rises well to emergency challenges such as ‘Can you read and critique this entire novel in the next three weeks?’

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’ve just published my second novel, romantic comedy Perfect Sex, although I actually wrote it before How Not to Commit Murder. It’s available as an ebook on Amazon.

Next I’d like to try writing a novella for something different, probably another comedy crime.  I’ve decided I’m going to do Nanowrimo (National Novel Writers Month) in 

November – I’ve been umming and ahing about it for years, and this year the time is right. I’m not sure if I can make the 50 000 word goal without having a complete nervous breakdown, but I’ll give it my best shot. At least it’s a good excuse not to do any housework for a month! 

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

Absolutely – any writer worth her salt is addicted to reading. At the moment I’m reading If I Tell You I’ll Have To Kill You, edited by Michael Robotham. Each chapter is written by a well-known Australian crime writer on how they got started, why they write crime and their writing process. It’s very interesting to read how writers from the same genre can be so different in their approaches to their craft.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

Conman trying to go straight is blackmailed into becoming an accomplice to murder. Lots of action and laughs.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3? 

MP3. I listen to music mainly when I’m in the car.

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

No contest there. Chocolate. Can I have it intravenously?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

Mashed potatoes. Is there anything more homely and comforting than a huge mountain of fluffy mashed potato on your plate? 

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

Comedy, obviously. It comes more naturally to me when I’m writing, although I do enjoy a well-written dramatic novel or movie.

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?

I have to admit I haven’t read either, but as I saw and enjoyed the movie The Notebook (and cried a little) I’ll pick Nicholas Sparks. 

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

Fantasy, of course. I live in a fantasy world (my mind) a lot of the time.

#7 – Call or Text?

Call. Sometimes it’s quicker!

#8 – Public School or Home School?

Public school. I’m glad I didn’t home school my own children – it’s hard enough being a parent without having to be a teacher as well.

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?

That’s a hard choice, but I’ll say coffee. I’m not a morning person, so having a coffee first thing when I get up at least ensures I can act as if I’m awake. 

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

Again a hard choice -  I love both.  I’ll say eBook, as I love travelling and my Kindle is the perfect travelling companion..

Robin Storey is a freelance and creative writer from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. She’s published a number of short stories and comedy crime How Not To Commit Murder is her first novel. Her comedy romance novel Perfect Sex will be published on Amazon in August 2013.
Robin enjoys bushwalking and relaxing at the beach and would love to have the time to do more of both. She also loves travelling and is planning her next big adventure – doing the Camino Frances pilgrimage across Spain. She’s also an avid reader (of course) and her favourite authors include Colin Bateman, Christopher Brookmyre, Nick Earls and Nick Hornby.

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