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Hello, today it’s my turn to be on the blog tour for Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle. I feel very lucky to provide you with an interview from the lovely Alice Castle herself.
Firstly here is a little bit about Death in Dulwich.
Thirty-something single mum, Beth Haldane, has her hands full – with a bouncy young son, a haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own, and bills to pay. She loves her little home in plush London suburb Dulwich, but life here doesn’t come cheap.
She is thrilled to land the post of archivist at top local school, Wyatt’s, though she secretly fears she’s not up to the job. But even Beth couldn’t have imagined how badly things could go, until she discovers a hideous crime and finds herself prime suspect.
Setting out to clear her name, Beth encounters a cast of characters who will follow her through the London Murder Mystery series, proving along the way that the nicest places can hide the nastiest secrets.
Death in Dulwich – #1 in the London Murder Mystery series.
Interview with Alice Castle
How important are the names in your book? Do you choose that the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you can recommend?
The names in Death in Dulwich are important, but they’re not allegorical. My heroine Beth’s surname, Haldane, is a very old English word meaning ‘half Dane’, which is a tiny nod at the Scandi crime novels I really enjoy, but also represents a very British heritage. Likewise, my police inspector, Harry York, is named after a good old British town: solid, handsome, and reliable. For less important characters, I must admit I sometimes let my eyes drift around the kitchen where I work and light on the first thing I see. It’s a wonder half my people aren’t called Lindt or Cadbury’s.
Are you a plotter or pantster?
I’m a plotter to an extent – I have a strong idea of where everything’s going, but I like to allow my characters a bit of wiggle room so they can surprise me if they feel strongly about the way things ought to develop.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them if they are particularly good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read every single review. And I absolutely love people who take the time to review books. It can be hard reading, if a review is less than glowing, but it’s all part of putting yourself out there as an author. I take on board everything that’s said and definitely keep things in mind when I’m writing. Having said that, I’m in the lucky position of not having had to suffer any terrible reviews so far. Mostly people are very kind and encouraging. And I often think of one particular review if I’m feeling stuck with my writing. It just simply said, ‘I can’t wait to read what Alice Castle writes next’. That one sentence has been a huge encouragement to me. It’s a lovely warm feeling, knowing that your writing has given someone pleasure and that there is a reader waiting for me to get on with it!
What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?
I find editing my own work very hard going. I edit other people’s books and really enjoy it, but it’s hard to see your own work objectively and I do find it a bit of a chore. Luckily my work gets looked at by a professional editor after I’ve had my go so it ends up nice and neat and tidy.
What are your favourite and least favourite types of scenes to write?
It’s always great fun to give your readers a shock, so the moment when a massive clue drops into place or a murder is discovered is always really exciting. I’m not so keen on the ‘furniture’ bits where you have to impart necessary information in as interesting a way possible.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Gosh that’s a hard one, I think if I could have a writing superpower I’d like it to be coming up with a best seller every time but not compromising on what I want to say. If it’s a superpower for life, then maybe invisibility? Oops, who said that?
Thanks Alice, it’s always good to get to know a little about the author behind the book!
Here are the other blogs you can visit on the Death in Dulwich Blog Tour this week.
Death in Dulwich is available in paperback and for Kindle over at Amazon
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