Today I have the pleasure of being one of two stops on Rob Ashman’s In Your Name blog tour! 🙂
Thanks to Sarah Hardy, at Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to join in.
Guest post by Rob Ashman…..
Listening to the voices in my head.
It’s never a great thing to admit in public but the inspiration for my books come from the voices in my head. I can remember, as if it was yesterday, the reaction from my friends when I first made that admission. There were knowing glances all round, they didn’t need to say a word.
When writing the Mechanic Trilogy, the characters that lived inside my head would constantly compete for my attention. They laughed, cried, argued, fought and because of the nature of my story lines tried to kill each other.
I finished the final book in the early hours of a Friday morning. I was ecstatic and went to bed, unable to sleep. I must have dropped off because I woke in the morning to the sound of silence in my head. It was the strangest feeling. I hadn’t realised but for the past five years there had been a constant stream of chatter and now it was quiet. The story had been told. To this day none of the characters involved in the Mechanic series have returned.
All was quiet until June of 2016. I was working on a project in Blackpool and staying at the Hilton Hotel. I was billy-no-mates, eating in the restaurant on my own one night, and the voices started again. This time it was someone completely new. He told me about his early life – how he had tried to commit suicide on his thirteenth birthday and how he had killed his parents while he was still a youngster. He spoke to me in the first person, which was really weird because I always write in the third person. He stayed with me for the remainder of the project and by the time it ended I had around four thousand words of this new character speaking to me.
That was a year ago and those conversations formed the backbone of my latest novel, titled Faceless, which I completed in June 2017.
The latest voice in my head, a lead character in my fifth book, also speaks to me in the first person. He is very different to the other serial killers that roam inside my head and for ages I could not figure out why. Then he told me – he is not a died in the wool psycho like the others who are compelled to kill due to their fractured personalities, this one kills for revenge. It took me by surprise. I’m looking forward to finding out how this story unfolds.
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (13th July 2017)
A chilling serial killer thriller from The Mechanic trilogy
Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.
Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.
But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?
Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control and when Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.
Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.
Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?
Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?
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About the author…..
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.
Those That Remain – 22 June
In Your Name – 13 July
Pay The Penance – 8 August
Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.
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