Today it's my pleasure to welcome author John Nicholl to the blog to talk about his latest book Mr Nice which was published earlier this week.
I began writing after leaving my job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire. I self-published my first book in 2015. It sold better than I could have hoped, becoming a bestseller in 6 countries. Soon after, I signed with a literary agent and then a publisher. Bloodhound Books published my ninth novel on 25 March.
If you had to give an elevator pitch for your latest book Mr Nice, what would it be?
Mr Nice is a dark and contemporary page-turner which draws on my experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker.
Your worst nightmare is about to come true...
When Megan discovers that her young daughter is missing, she thinks that her ex-husband is to blame.
But was it someone else entirely?
Someone out for revenge? Someone with a grudge?
As DI Laura Kesey begins her investigation, she discovers that the case is infinitely more wicked than she could ever have imagined.
The clock is ticking.
The search is on.
But will Kesey find Lottie before it’s too late?
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. The greater the evil, the deadlier the game.
Mr Nice is the second book that features DI Laura Kesey, if you had to describe her in 3 words what would they be?
Dedicated, determined, brave.
You’ve had a varied career as a police officer, child protection social worker, lecturer and now published author, does your previous experience come into play when writing crime novels or is it a hindrance regarding the technicalities?
I find it easier to write from real-life experience. My books, while entirely fictional, are inspired by real events. I hope this gives them a gritty realism.
If any of your books were to be made into a film, which would you choose and why? And who would you cast in the leading roles?
I’d choose Before I Met Him, a female revenge thriller in which a woman damaged by childhood abuse seeks revenge on those who prey on the innocent. The story is set in Wales, and so I’d like actors who could make that work.
What was the first book that you read that made you think ‘I would like to write something like that one day?’
Intensity by Dean Koontz
If you could give some advice to your younger self about the whole writing/publication process, what would it be?
Not even God can please everyone.
If you could write in collaboration with another author, who would you like to write with and why?
Kurt Vonnegut because he had such a fantastic imagination.
What novel(s) have you read recently that you wish you had written?
The Running Man by Stephen King. He has such an excellent way with words.
And finally, what can we expect from you next?
It’s another female revenge thriller.
For news of John and his books, visit his website http://www.johnnicholl.com or follow him on Facebook: John Nicholl Author or Twitter: @nicholl06
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