Monday, 5 June 2017

BEST OF CRIME with Louise Jensen

Welcome to my latest BEST OF CRIME feature, looking at crime writers' top picks, from their favourite author and fictional detective to their best writing tip. 

Today I'm delighted to welcome 


to share her BEST OF CRIME ... 

I thought long and hard about this answer feeling I should pick something hard and gritty but in truth the mysteries that Enid Blyton created ignited my love of spotting clues, unraveling the secrets and outing the criminals, no matter how large or small a crime they have committed.

The Shawshank Redemption. I wasn’t keen on watching a prison based movie originally but as it was based on a story by Stephen King I thought I’d give it a go. I was an emotional mess by the end and it stayed with me for years afterwards.

Breaking Bad. It’s not often I root for the bad guys but I really took Jesse and Walter into my heart. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were incredible and it’s one box set I will watch again.

Hannibal Lecter. Whether reading or watching Silence of the Lambs I always get chills and secretly I quite like him… 

Anyone who has read my books knows I am quite emotional for a crime writer so I feel no shame (or maybe just a little) for saying The Famous Five. Not strictly detective I know but they solved more mysteries than most and it was my love of this series that sparked my passion for writing. 

I read a story once where the murder weapon was an icicle that melted afterwards. I thought that was quite ingenious.

I almost choked to death after part of a Cadbury’s Crème Egg got lodged in my throat. I thought afterwards if that was in a book you’d dismiss it as ridiculous.

The books I’ve written are centred around quite emotive subjects so I Google the subject and add in ‘Wordpress’ and contact people who have written relevant blogs to see if they would like to share their experiences.

Write the story you want to read. If I had sat and really thought about genres and the marketing aspect of blending psychological thrillers with emotional story lines and characters I’d perhaps never have written the books I have.

Cheese when writing a first draft and then chocolate to keep my going during the many, many hours of rewrites.

Louise Jensen is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat. Louise's first two novels, The Sister and the Gift, were both No.1 Bestsellers in the UK, and have been sold for translation to fifteen countries. The Sister was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016 & The CWA Daggers 2017. Louise is currently writing her third psychological thriller. 
Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and regularly blogs flash fiction on her website.
Find Louise Jensen on her website, FB page and on Twitter - @Fab_fiction


Publisher's description
Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend.
When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan's home.
But something isn't right. Things disappear, Dan's acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace's mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie ...or was there?

The Sister was published by Bookouture on 7 July 2016.

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