13 Sep 2014

Interview with author Faith Mortimer and reviews of her books: “The Assassins Village” and “A Very French Affair”

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“The Assassins’ Village (Diana Rivers #1)” by Faith Mortimer is a terrific murder mystery in the exotic location of Cyprus.  11222190 It opens with the murder of what we learn was a terrible human being before taking us into the very colourful community of theatre players. If you ever have played in an amateur group you will appreciate the writing that portrays the scene just perfectly. The book also contains some witty references to theatre and literature and throws a large array of suspects at us. The village itself has a reputation and adds spice to this wonderful mystery. The plot itself is well crafted and kept me guessing until the very end. A very accomplished and hugely enjoyable first in a promising series.

 

 

 

“A Very French Affair” by Faith Mortimer is a beautiful and tender contemporary romance set in St. Tropez where she falls head over heels for the attractive yet married Jean-Paul. ????????????????????????????????????????
A love affair ensues with plenty of complications and moral and other influences coming into play that demand considerations.
Beautifully written with heart and soul this is not just your average romance, it feels like a thoughtful character study of the pair. Fleshed out with great scenery and descriptive details, good plotting and pacing this is a surprisingly captivating and rewarding read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.  SONY DSC

First may I thank you for having me here on your fabulous blog – I am indeed honoured.

I am a British author dividing my time between Hampshire, UK & Cyprus. Since 2005 I have been fortunate enough to turn my hobby of writing into a career. During childhood, I dreamt of writing novels which readers would love, and I spent many hours writing short stories which I subsequently read to my younger sisters (probably under pressure!). I was born in Manchester, England & educated in Singapore, Malaya & Hampshire, England.

When did you realise that writing was your passion? Did anyone influence you / encourage you to become a writer?

For as long as I can remember I have always played around with words, starting with writing short stories and plays. It was when I received an A+ for an essay at school that my real interest was enkindled. When my English teacher read the essay out to my year, I felt so proud and vowed I would write a full length novel one day! It took me a while (other life events got in the way), but I’ve now written 12 novels and 2 short story collections. Two more novels are planned for 2014, the first already in the edit stage.

Tell us about your books and how the ideas for them came about.

With my Mystery Suspense novels; both The Diana Rivers Mystery Series and The Dark Mind Series, although murder is 100% employed, I do not dwell on too many graphical images. I prefer my readers to envisage for themselves how bloody or scary the scene is. The mind is a wonderful thing. Of course I mention how the victim meets their death, and there will be some descriptive prose, but I do not dwell on the subject. I believe there is too much gore written and photographed today.

My other writing love is romance, and all the books in the ‘Affair’ series can be read in any order. I must point out that I don’t write chick-lit, rather more women’s’ fiction, which has dramatic, edgy overtones and suspense as well as pure romance. Saying that, I do have a good male following among my readership too. Two further novels, The Seeds of Time and Harvest as well as being romantic also feature WW2 and action/adventure.

My ideas come from everywhere! There is always something going on in my mind…and I listen (eavesdrop) unashamedly on other peoples’ conversations! I can be going up in an elevator, or sitting in a café or at a party. People are generally interesting and snippets or a sentence I overhear gets my brain working overtime.

Tell us about your acting.

Like my writing, acting is something I’ve done since a tender age. I’ve been a member of various drama groups, and currently belong to a couple in Limassol, Cyprus where I spend most of the year. I’ve played many roles in all kinds of drama including Shakespeare, television, a commercial, comedy, modern drama and musicals. I’m lucky living in Cyprus as every summer we put on a full length Shakespeare play staged in the ancient Roman Amphitheatre at Curium.

Do you have a favourite genre, for writing and for reading?

I enjoy reading the same sort of books as I write; mystery suspense, edgy romance, but also history. If I had more free time I’d love to write historical fiction, but at the moment it’s impossible. My fans and readers, who are lovely and foremost when it comes to writing, are always asking when the next Diana Rivers mystery or romance is due out, and I can’t let them down. Who knows maybe next year I’ll squeeze another genre in but it’s looking doubtful at the moment.

Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you?

The gist of a new story comes from a simple idea and I jot an opening scene. I flesh that out, until I have a few chapters written down. As I become more involved with the story I dream up my characters and make notes, adding more description as I go along – and changing things to add to and suit the story. I generally have a very basic outline of a novel, but rarely have a complete ending. I frequently change scenes and characters as the project grows and becomes more alive. I rarely suffer writer’s block because I usually have more than one idea going on at a time. If I find I’m getting ‘stale’ I go and do something else for an hour or so…painting or walking is great for clearing a muzzy head and often doing something energetic freshens the mind for writing another few thousand words!

What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favourite thing?

It’s my world and I can do what I like with my characters and the lives they lead. Every new idea creates a fizz in my life!

My least favourite thing is writing the first chapter. I usually go over the whole thing later on, and rewrite it. When I have a new idea, I keep it to myself. I can feel it bubbling away inside and I get a bit moody until I sit down and start writing – then when the story gets going I hate to stop. If I’m forced to take a break then when I go back to it I go over what I’ve written. Even a week can put things out of kilter.

How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?

I’ve generally enjoyed the experience. I’m lucky to have a husband who is clever on the computer and can format my e-books for me. He also is great when it comes to cover ideas, although we do argue over these!

At first I was unsure about self-publishing, but after one lousy try with a so-called ‘agent’ and publisher who did nothing for their money, I was happy to go it alone. I am now in the wonderful position of making a living from my writing, doing what I love best of all – writing my stories!

What is your advice to new writers?

With my first book I wasted weeks and money sending off letters to agents and publishers. Some replies were generous with advice and quite encouraging. However, the majority gave token answers and some never bothered replying at all. If I was starting all over again it would depend on how old I was…for instance if I was young and full of life, I might try the traditional route, as well as self-publishing at the same time. That way you’re in with a chance of making some money while approaching agents etc. If I was over a certain age and doing it just for fun, then I’d self-publish and let my friends know my book was out there. You only have one life – why not enjoy it? But the most important thing is never give up. If you’re sure writing is your fortè then ‘go for it!’

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

I’m currently reading book one of a historical fiction trilogy, The Breckton Trilogy by English author, Mary Wood. The first book is set during 1876-1900, and so far I’m enjoying it. I mostly read e-books these days on a basic Kindle.

What is your life like outside of writing?

Busy! I divide my time between Cyprus and England, having friends and relatives in countries, as well as a daughter and gorgeous tiny grandson in Australia too. At home I spent hours gardening, walking, hashing (look it up!), cooking, giving parties, acting and generally enjoying life as much as possible.

What makes you laugh?

Apart from the obvious good comedy on stage and cinema, daft situations usually of my own making. We need to be able to laugh at ourselves, otherwise life would be too dull. But a nice smile and kindness goes a long way to make me relaxed – once I am laughter soon follows.

Who would you like to invite for dinner?

Johnny Depp. Great actor and still as tasty as ever. Louis de Bernieres, Donna Tartt, Prince William and Kate. Maybe one or two more actors and writers to make up a good table of eight.

What are you working on now? 

Two novels. The first is written and going through its first edit. It is book two in my Dark Minds Psychological Thriller Series. It is called, Behind a Twisted Smile and is set in the present and is about a man who preys on women – a predator.

The second, which is still in the prelim stages, is to be my second Christmas novel, set in Switzerland at a skiing chalet.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Readers and fans are my lifeblood and I’d never have got anywhere without their wonderful support! I appreciate their reviews, fan mail and constructive criticism!

If book sales take a dip (as they can do in July and August when most people take their annual holidays), it’s wonderful when I receive a personal note telling how they loved ‘such and such’ in a certain book. It’s a reviving call and I know I have my loyal followers who’re just waiting for me to write the next novel!

So I wholeheartedly say… ‘Thanks for always supporting me! You are all just brilliant!’

Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?

Only that all my books are in paperback and e-book format, available on all Amazon sites, Nook, Kobo, Apple and Google, and on sale at ridiculous prices! I’d be delighted if you read one and please let me know how you got on with it. Thank you.

Website http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com/

Blog http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com/blog

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FaithMortimer.Author

Twitter https://twitter.com/FaithMortimer

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2967303.Faith_Mortimer

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A quick look at two more of  the currently 12 books by Faith:

A DEADLY LEARNING – The newest book in the Diana Rivers series: 21455055

When author and private investigator, Diana Rivers travels to Portugal for a holiday, murder is the last thing on her mind.

On the first day of her visit, nothing bodes well at the International College of Portugal when a woman’s body is found interred behind a wall during renovation work. The striped plastic tape around the crime-scene portrays a sense of profound unease.

What with students practicing sexual rituals in the sand dunes, a suspicion of a drug factory and money laundering plus a rash of killings, her plans for a quiet break go awry.

Diana is in her element.

The Seeds of Time – Book 1 of The Crossing

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This intensely romantic yet realistic novel spans two generations and the unimaginable gulf between the Second World War and the present. When Englishman Richard Barker suffers a devastating loss he learns to come to terms with his grief. He is helped by two beautiful women, newly discovered quiet and smouldering American, Sorrel and the tempestuous and wilful, Miranda an old flame from long ago. While Richard is battling with his feelings, by chance he enters into the dark, often surreal world of his dead father’s past life spent during the Second World War in a number of prisoner of war camps. Richard lives in a world that is as tragic as A Farewell to Arms and as sensuous as The English Patient. His story and that of his father are crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love. The action is non-stop, the locations are intriguing and the characters are appealing. There is tension, romance and harrowing escapes all weaved within a story that captures the imagination and keeps the reader guessing until the very end

 

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

4 Responses to “Interview with author Faith Mortimer and reviews of her books: “The Assassins Village” and “A Very French Affair””

  1. Faith Mortimer says:

    Thank you so much for featuring me on your wonderful blog – I am indeed honoured!

  2. Sally says:

    Lovely interview, Faith. You are a busy lady.

  3. CB Blaha says:

    Great interview, Faith!

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