Welcome to my stop on CM Thompson’s Who Killed Anne-Marie blog tour!
Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours for arranging the following interview with CM Thompson…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
My first novel “What lies in the Dark” is a book about a serial killer and how murders can affect a community as well as how they affect individuals.
My second novel “Who Killed Anne-Marie?” is a sadder book about the suspicious death of an alcoholic and how her death affects her husband, family and her neighbourhood.
As for myself, I am not as interesting as my novels. I work two jobs and spent most of my time reading, cooking or thinking about (but not actually) writing.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
I don’t ask where the ideas come from, encase they stop. But I thinking of them as little sparks of electricity shooting across my brain that must be captured, grown and harvested before they fade away. Also I work in customer service and meet many many interesting people ;).
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Loosely yes, also people I personally have never met but have heard legends of. I am not going to go into details encase they have good lawyers.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
Sometimes a character tells me their name. The first novel I ever tried to write (unfinished, unpublished) had a character who insisted her name was Lola but I wanted to call her Rose. I still think of her sometimes, stamping her feet, insisting her name is Lola and demanding to be finished.
Other names I use baby names websites and when all else fails, I ask Twitter for suggestions.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
Ugh I don’t want to.
Maybe I will do something later.
That’s mostly the process, it can be as difficult as pulling teeth, forcing a small child to blow their nose or convincing a person to change their political outlook.
Mostly process-wise I read research, write random notes, let the notes form a massive pile on my desk, then a few months later try and make sense of it all and form some kind of loose plot. Then write a skeleton of a novel, flesh it out, edit it, edit it some more, show it to my publisher, ignore it in favour of a new idea, edit it again, consider becoming a nun / hermit, rewrite it, rewrite it again and then edit it some more. It’s a process that takes around 2-3 years.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
George R R Martin
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
Shakespeare, Sue Townsend or Terry Pratchett, I wouldn’t ask them anything but I think whatever they have to say would be interesting, unless all they do is ask “How the heck did I get here?”
Were you a big reader as a child?
I once dented my glasses as child by walking into a lamppost whilst reading.
When did you start to write?
I don’t really remember anymore, preteen I started writing awful poetry and even worse fanfiction and slowly I got better. (in my opinion) but there has always been stories.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Is there a book you wish you had written?
Taming of the Shrew, I would rewrite the ending. But then there are so many different ways of interpreting that play, so many possible versions. And to me, an ending that leaves you cold, empty or angry can inspire as much or more than a happy ending.
But honestly, if there was a book I wish I had written, I think would rewrite it in my own words, with my own plot, changing the characters so only I would recognise them. Why waste time wishing when you could be writing? 😉
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
Level 4158 on Candy Crush and still wasting time.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Nanny Ogg from the Discworld. Somewhere that serves really good coffee and cakes, with a pub very close by.
What are you working on right now?
I am working on a direct sequel to What Lies in the Dark (also an indirect sequel to Who Killed Anne-Marie?) At the moment it is a mighty pile of notes, but one day it will be a book.
Tell us about your last release?
It’s getting there. It is definitely a marmite novel, there are people who like it, there are people it resonates with and there are people who would willingly burn it. Sign of a good novel I think.
Do you have a new release due?
Not yet, it will be a while.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
First book I celebrated in a pub in Nottingham with 2 friends. Second book I celebrated with a launch party, also in a pub in Nottingham. Generally I celebrate in secret with a bottle of wine when the book is accepted for publication, then I gird my loins for the long harsh editing journey that lies ahead.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
They can either set some kind of elaborate trap up at one of the theatres in Nottingham and wait patiently. Or they can find me on Twitter @cmtwrites, Goodreads or failing that, they can send a pigeon.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
The biggest piece of wisdom I can impart at this time of my life, the biggest lesson I have ever learnt, is never to brush your teeth with antiseptic cream. Just don’t, seriously, learn from my mistakes.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂
Daniel and Anne-Marie’s marriage isn’t just on the rocks, it’s about to go six feet under. Anne Marie Mills is out of work, out of love and out of whisky. Everyone else is out of
patience. When Anne-Marie is found dead who is to blame? The neighbours who
despised her drunken rants? The husband who wondered how much more he could
take? Or is there another killer in the neighbourhood?
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happy reading 🙂