I am joining the blog tour for Hunter’s Rules, the latest instalment in the Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series by Val Penny, and I have a treat for you all as I am being joined for a chat by Val herself.
Hi Val. Let’s start with an easy one. Why don’t you us a bit about yourself?
I am an American author living in SW Scotland. I have two adult daughters of whom I am justly proud and live with my husband and cat. I have a Law degree from Edinburgh University and my MSc from Napier University.
I have had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, I have not yet achieved either of my childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, I have turned my hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
What inspired you to start writing?
I took early retirement when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and there were times when I suffered severe side effects from my treatment. I could not go out, spend time with friends or indulge in many of my favourite hobbies, but watching daytime television gets very old very fast, so I turned to reading. It was the only thing I had the energy to do and could do safely.
I read voraciously, as I always have and after a while, I began to feel a little better and decided to start reviewing the books I read in a blog www.bookreviewstoday.info I enjoyed doing that. Then, as I began to feel better still, I got restless, but was still did not well enough to do very much and I complained to my long-suffering husband about getting bored. It was then he challenged me: ‘If you know so much about what makes a good book, why don’t you write one?’ I did laugh.
How many books have you written and published?
So far, there are six books in my Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series and I am presently writing the second novel in my series of Jane Renwick Thrillers. I have also written and published a nonfiction book, Let’s Get Published.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
I think Hunter’s Rules is my favourite because it is actually the continuation of a short story that I contributed to a charity anthology, Dark Scotland. Of course, both stories can be read independently, but I hope that those who read both will enjoy the conceit.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I have always enjoyed unusual and interesting names. From those I have heard over the years, I often choose the first name from one place and the surname from another.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Definitely Tim! He is resourceful and strong enough to build a shelter, good company and easy on the eye.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
I enjoy most crime fiction that I read and especially enjoy Erin Kelly’s books. She wrote the novel of the TV series Broadchurch. I also enjoyed her novel He Said/She Said.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
The first book I remember writing was a handwritten story called ‘The Douglas Family’ when I was eight or nine. I still have the jotter.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go (backwards or forwards!)?
Gosh, I am not sure I am brave enough to go forwards, but if I went backwards, I would like to find out who killed JFK!
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I would have loved to meet Mother Theresa. I think she would be fascinating to talk to and learn from.
What are your favourite things to do?
I enjoy travelling – it is said by my family that I would go to the opening of a paper bag! I also like to swim, knit and spend time with friends and family. However, most of my time is spent reading or writing.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
I was walking along the Mall in Washington D.C. with a friend from Virginia, only to notice another friend from Edinburgh sitting on the bench we were approaching. It was exciting and great fun.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Persevere. Keep writing and enjoy meeting other like minded people.
Name one book you think everyone should read?
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. He is mixed race and was born in apartheid South Africa when that was illegal. He tells his story with humour and intelligence. It is a book well worth reading.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Hunter’s Rules is the sixth novel in bestselling The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. In it a bloody scene brings Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans to an abrupt end.
A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has life changing injuries, but she is alive. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two women who previously died.
Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify her assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes? When Hunter is identified as a suspect in the crime, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?
Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me Val.
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