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Interview with J. F. Burgess…..

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For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and spent many years doing less than ideal jobs in and around the Potteries five towns, before finally taking the plunge and quitting work to follow my creative side. As a keen horse-racing fan, I started off in 2007 self-publishing betting how-to manuals.

Inspired by authors such as Mel Sherratt, Peter James, Val McDermid, James Oswald, Kate Ellis, and in need of a new challenge, I decided to try my hand at writing crime fiction.

After months of hard slog and sheer determination, I finished my first novel: The Killer Shadow Thieves. This is the first in a planned series of gritty crime fiction books set in Stoke on Trent, involving charismatic DI Tom Blake and his larger-than-life sidekick DS Jon Murphy.

The Killer Shadow Thieves…

Widowed detective DI Tom Blake sets off a chain of events that change his life forever, when the brutal murder of an alcoholic skinhead, and arrest of a vicious Turkish loan shark, unwittingly disrupts an international gang’s daring plans to steal the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard.

The follow-up, The Deadly Legacy, is a cult serial killer thriller, with a 200-year-old secret at the heart of a plot full of unexpected twists. This should be out in summer 2019.

In my spare time, I love to read, watch UK cop dramas and take walks along the canals of Staffordshire with my wife.

 

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

 

Most writers will tell you inspiration tends to come from many different places. I’m no different in that respect. Naturally, I read a lot of crime fiction, thrillers and also love historical and real crime books. Over the years I’ve put together a real crime reference section in my bookcase. Some of the crimes from the past are unbelievable and are a great source of material. My hometown of Stoke-on-Trent also provides plenty of inspiration. Its industrial past and unique make up makes it a great setting for gritty crime.

 

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

 

I suppose in a way they are. The people I meet can influence my characters to some extent. But I would say most of my characters are an amalgamation of different people: some from movies, books and TV dramas. In order to make a character believable/likeable I feel it’s important for them to have real human traits so the reader can connect with them, even if they love to hate them.

 

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Usually, I base names around the characters age, personality traits and ethnicity. For example, if a charter is 70-year-old white male, then he would have been born just after WW2 and his name should reflect this. So, I normally use online names popular at any given period. It’s interesting to see how name’s come and go in popularity.

 

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

 

I usually spend about two months outlining the whole plot, then put all the elements into Scrivener writing software, but also mirror that with index cards on a cork board. I find this more intuitive and it gives me a new perspective, after staring at a computer monitor all day. Although I’m swaying more towards the index cards, notes and picture these days, as its much nicer way to work. You can see everything as a whole and move things around quickly. This method give me an aerial view. You can’t really do that on a 20” monitor!

 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I like James Oswald, Peter James, Val McDermid, Kate Ellis, Mel Sherratt and Elly Griffiths to name just a few. But I’m adding new upcoming authors to my to be read pile, all the time

 

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Peter James. How did he manage to make his character Roy Grace so immensely charismatic and likeable

 

Were you a big reader as a child?

No, not really. I started when I was about thirty-five.

 

When did you start to write?

I’ve been writing for about twelve years but mostly non-fiction. But I’ve had the desire to write fiction since my early twenties

 

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Three spring to mind: Silence of the lambs, Gone Girl and The Girl with the dragon Tattoo

 

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

Blood sweat and tears or Enlightenment

 

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

Either Roy Grace, Tony Hill, or Tommy Shelby

 

What are you working on right now?

I’ve taken time out to market and manage the promotion of my debut THE KILLER SHADOW THIEVES, but the second book in the series, THE DEADLY LEGACY is a work in progress.

 

Do you have a new release due?

Not yet still working on it.

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Spend most of the day replying to reader’s and fans kind enough to buy my book, and make sure there are no problems with any of the marketing channels, before winding down over a few beers with my wife and friends down the pub.

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Readers can join me on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to my newsletter to get news about my future releases, book giveaways and competitions.  

 

Twitter: @burgess1012

Facebook: J.F. Burgess

Website: https://www.jfburgess.co.uk/ 

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions 🙂

A pleasure and thank you

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Blurb

Widowed detective DI Tom Blake sets off a chain of events that change his life forever, when the brutal murder of an alcoholic skinhead, and arrest of a vicious Turkish loan shark, unwittingly disrupts an international gang’s daring plans to steal the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard.

In a cruel twist of fate, Blake’s daughter is kidnapped and the trail propels the bereft detective on a personal quest to Miami to save her life. Operating outside the law, he enters into an illicit showdown with a mysterious artefacts Collector, almost costing him his life.

As the body count rises, Blake and his team struggle to unravel the conspiracy of a shadowy killer who leaves no trace. With only circumstantial evidence against each of the suspects, they hit a wall, until twenty-six-year-old photographs linking them to the murdered skinhead emerge. It seems the victim’s depraved past is the key to identifying the killer.

Can the police uncover the truth through all the lies and deception, and crack the case before someone else gets killed? And will they recover a legendary national treasure, worth millions, before it’s lost forever?  

Buy Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Killer-Shadow-Thieves-compelling-mystery-ebook/dp/B07J2PPD55/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1540999261&sr=8-1&keywords=the+killer+shadow+thieves

 

Author Information

I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and spent many years doing less than ideal jobs in and around the Potteries five towns, before finally taking the plunge and quitting work to follow my creative side. As a keen horse-racing fan, I started off in 2007 self-publishing betting how-to manuals.

This is my main business, but my real passion is for crime fiction, both reading and writing.

Inspired by authors such as Mel Sherratt, Peter James, Val McDermid, James Oswald, Kate Ellis, Martina Cole and Ian Rankin, and in need of a new challenge, I decided to try my hand at writing crime fiction.

After months of hard slog and sheer determination, I finished my first novel: The Killer Shadow Thieves. This is the first in a planned series of gritty crime fiction books set in Stoke on Trent, involving charismatic DI Tom Blake and his larger-than-life sidekick DS Jon Murphy.

The follow up, The Deadly Legacy, is a cult serial killer thriller, with a 200-year-old secret at the heart of a plot full of unexpected twists, which push the relationships of a rich pottery family into life-threatening conflicts.

I write tense, gripping, crime fiction mysteries with a twist – or urban crossbreed, as I call it. My thrillers take you deep inside the criminal mind.

I live with my wife and family in Stoke-on-Trent, England. You can find out more about me at http://www.jfburgess.co.uk, or on Twitter at @burgess1012. 

Check out the rest of the blog tour for reviews, and more, with these awesome book bloggers…..

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Happy reading 🙂

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