You might remember that a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to one of my new-found favourite authors, Kristin Gleeson. Today, I have a lovely new author for you to meet. I’ve been very lucky to be given the opportunity to work with this author. I discovered her books shortly after Christmas when I took out a free 3 month subscription to Kindle Unlimited.
The author we’re meeting today is Faith Martin. She is responsible for the amazing DI Hillary Greene series. Currently, the series is being revised and republished by Joffe Books.
This interview is forming part of a larger blog tour to celebrate the release of Book 9 in the series, Murder in the Garden.
Hi Faith, It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you. Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?
Hello – lovely to meet you too! I’ve been writing for over 25 years now (which makes me feel very old.) When I started out there was no self-publishing, so I’ve always been traditionally published. I began writing romance novels as Maxine Barry (great fun – I got to write thriller/love stories set in romantic places, with sexy, good-looking men!) Then modern romance took a dip, so I started writing crime – which was my first ‘love’. I discovered Agatha Christie and other golden age authors when I was about 13, and read them voraciously. And so, as Joyce Cato, I started writing classic-style “proper” whodunits, with clues, red herrings, etc. I have to say though, it’s far easier to read them than to write them! Trying to come up with a fiendishly clever murder method gives me brain ache! But then I created DI Hillary Greene – who is the woman I’d like to be (but haven’t a hope!)
I LOVE Crime Fiction and I first met DI Greene shortly after Christmas when I acquired my Kindle. Where did you get your inspiration from?
I’ve lived near the Oxford canal all my life, so when I wanted to write a police procedural series, it had to the Oxford area – as I don’t know anywhere else! Alas, Morse (and all the other golden age authors who wrote about Oxford) cast a big shadow. So I deliberately tried to do something different. Creating a female detective was an obvious start. And avoiding the colleges/Oxford acedmia that proliferates in Morse and Lewis was another must. So I created a female detective who worked out of Kidlington Thames Valley and attended crime scenes in the local villages and market towns (and occasionaly Oxford!) Most good detectives have