Today I have the pleasure of joining in with the Danube Street blog tour!
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
Kate & I have been friends for many years and worked together on and off for over twenty. We’re like an old married couple. In fact, an old married couple who should have divorced nineteen years previously! All joking aside, we are complete opposites but know exactly what the other is thinking. Despite our differences we work well together writing mainly crime/family sagas set in Scotland.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
We are both ex-landladies who spent many years in the licensed trade. I owned a large country inn with my husband and Kate had a slick, city bar. This gave us a fund of stories and urban legends to draw upon. Customers were always telling us to write a book and our answer was always – if we did you’d never believe it.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Yes and almost, without exception, the more despicable the character the more people laid claim to it being them.
How do you pick your characters names?
We have come across many nefarious creatures in our working life and picturing their characteristics usually throws a few names or nicknames into the mix.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
We spend days, in fact sometimes weeks deliberating the who, what and where; outlining the plot and protagonists. Then, as we put pen to paper, it all goes out the window and the story often takes a completely different path. This can happen several times until it feels right.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Linda: Val McDermid, Patricia Cornwell, Ian Rankin, Dean Koontz and Agatha Christie.
Kate: Patricia Cornwell, Robert Ludlum, Dan Brown, Steig Larsen and James Paterson.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Barbara Cartland. The woman wrote over seven hundred bodice-rippers and we’d love to know how she did it and more to the point, how much money did she make?
Were you a big reader as a child?
Kate was never to be seen without her nose in a book and me? I was forever caught reading under the blankets by the light of a torch, desperate to finish my latest page-turner.
When did you start to write?
We were both late developers, never believing for a minute we had the ability. We first dipped our toe in the water writing Life Behind Bars; a collection of short stories based on our time in the licensed trade. We were shortlisted for The Peoples Book Prize for Humour and that set us on our path.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Fifty Shades of Grey, and by re-writing the last chapter it would have been a one off and not a trilogy!
Is there a book you wish you had written?
See above – think royalties!
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
Chocolate After Midnight Doesn’t Count.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Oliver Twist. Forget the coffee we’d take him to an all you can eat buffet.
Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I have been married to the same man for forty-six years and Kate has never been married – lucky devil.
What are you working on right now?
Due to my open heart surgery (Kate still doesn’t believe I have one) we have been out of commission for the past three months. But, I’m delighted to say I am well on the way to recovery and about ready to get back to work.
Tell us about your last release?
Stepping Up – a novella featuring the women of the Coyle family (from our bestselling Coyle Trilogy). The men were out of the picture and to avoid lengthy prison sentences it was time for the women to step up and they did.
Do you have a new release due?
Yes, Danube Street is out on the 4th June. This is the story of Scotland’s most infamous bordello and its even more infamous inhabitants.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
Retail therapy with a vengence.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Through our Facebook page.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
No, I think you pretty much covered everything.
Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂
From the authors of the bestselling Coyle Trilogy comes a fantastic new title.
Danube Street tells the tale of notorious Madame, Stella Gold, and her mission to turn the infamous number 17 Danube St into Edinburgh’s most exclusive brothel.
The house, situated in one of Edinburgh’s most exclusive streets, was known the length and breadth of the country; a magnet for red-blooded males, single or otherwise. Danube Street was always the first port of call when Merchant or Naval ships docked in Leith, and was the attraction, never to be missed by visiting clergymen of every denomination.
Stella Gold began life far from the bright lights of the city. Born Agnes McLeod, she was reared in the wilds of Ayrshire. The only daughter of a tenant farmer, she endured a harsh, rugged upbringing. Now, although the darling of Edinburgh’s glitterati, she finds herself the victim of a vendetta by the city’s most dangerous and violent criminal brothers,and a corrupt Chief of Police.
Survival was a constant challenge which Stella thought she had under control. How wrong could she be?