Today I have the pleasure of being one of two stops on Anita Waller’s Strategy blog tour! 🙂
Many thanks to Sarah Hardy, at Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to join in.
(Anita Waller, 9 July 2017)
Murder, necessary murder
Since the publication of Beautiful, in August 2015, this has been my tagline. I use it because sometimes it really is nec(essary to murder a character, because that character, in one way or another, has really upset somebody else to the point where it is necessary to murder them. See?
Let’s look at 34 days, my third published book and a massive seller both here in the UK, and in the US. It has also spawned a sequel, Strategy, a new release for August 2017.
There are two lead characters in 34 Days, Anna who is married to an abusive husband, Ray, and Jenny who was raped by this same man virtually on the eve of her wedding to Anna and Ray’s son, Mark. This rape also resulted in the birth of a son, Adam. DNA testing proved Ray to be his father.
So now do you understand about necessary murder?
Once Anna found the courage to leave Ray, he was never going to be allowed to live, and Jenny set about doing the deed with a ruthlessness that shocked Anna. She was single-minded to the extent that she killed three people; Joan Jackson and James Oswoski, with Ray Carbrook sandwiched as a killing in between those two. She needed to make Carbrook’s death appear to be the work of a serial killer, so she had to kill the other two as well.
However, Jenny had an almost-conscience; she documented the murders in a series of letters to protect her family. If she had to go to prison for the murders, then so be it, just so long as nobody else in her family could be blamed in any way. Nobody was, her planning was meticulous, and she had an alibi of strength – she was in Sheffield with Anna, supported by additional confirmation from Anna’s neighbours, while Ray was being killed in Lincoln.
But it’s only an hour between Lincoln and Sheffield…
So just why did Jenny feel it necessary to kill this man? Why didn’t she just cry rape when it first happened? Initially she was scared she would lose everything. She loved Mark, and it was so close to the wedding. The pregnancy threw everything into further turmoil, and she had to try and put it behind her, and move on in their lives.
But she couldn’t forget. Adam was the constant reminder. And then Anna left Ray. Now her reasons came tumbling out of her memories, and she contacted Anna. Ray had become a necessary murder.
He was abusive to Anna.
He had raped Jenny and never acknowledged it.
He had fathered Adam, creating an issue with Jenny bonding with her son.
Necessary murders aren’t always solved. In Jenny’s case, because of a watertight alibi, she was never suspected, and we see her at the end of the book, still keeping a distant watch on Mark and the children.
But then she develops a Strategy, and along comes book two.
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (10th August 2017)
A gripping psychological thriller from an international best-selling author
How much can one family take?
Jenny Carbrook murdered three people to make it look as though there was a serial killer at work in Lincoln, when the only person she wanted to kill was Ray Carbrook, her father-in-law, who had raped her the week before her marriage to Mark, Ray’s son.
Jenny wrote letters detailing her crimes in order to protect everyone she loved, but was forced to go into hiding before retrieving the evidence against her. Not only did she leave the letters behind but also her young daughter, Grace.
Now Jenny has a plan, a strategy, to get the letters back. But it’s not only the letters that Jenny has in her sights…
Strategy is the follow up to the international best-seller 34 Days, it can be read as a sequel or an unmissable stand-alone.
Anita Waller is the best-selling author of Beautiful, Angel, 34 Days & Winterscroft
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About the author…..
Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children, Matthew, Siân and Kirsty along with seven grandchildren ranging in age from Brad at 23 down to baby Isaac at 2 ½ years.
She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.
In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation. It was all to do with Eric Cantona and leaping over the barrier – don’t ask!
As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.
Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.
Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.
34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.
Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.
While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books will be launching her latest work, Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.
So where next? Her current work in progress is going by the working title A Legal Issue, and once again is a psychological thriller.
In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club were particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.
Her genre is murder – necessary murder.
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