Welcome to my stop on Roger A Price’s Hidden blog tour!
Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for arranging the following interview with Roger A Price…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
I have published five novels and the last three are in the ‘Badge & the Pen’ series of crime thrillers which bring together unlikely bedfellows of DI Vinnie Palmer and TV news reporter Christine Jones. Each is after the truth; but from differing agendas, which can be fun or sometimes fraught.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
I left the police as a DI and have travelled the world with the National Crime Squad (now Agency) so allow those experiences to drive my pen.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
I stay away from that, as it would restrict where you could take a character and might offend the donor! I prefer to construct my characters as a composite of many facets.
How do you pick your characters’ names?
I just play around with them until I find a certain cadence, or rhythm. The names have to match the character, but first and second names have to sound seamless together.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I walk in to my office at home at 8.45 am and stay there until 4.30 pm, either writing, or involved in the business of writing. You have to be disciplined or you’d never finish anything.
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Tough one: so many to choose from. But apart from the mainstream authors, I like to try authors I’ve never heard of, but always in the crime fiction or thriller genre.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
George Orwell; where did he get the idea to use animals to enhance the political message of Animal Farm. Inspired.
Were you a big reader as a child?
I used to love reading all the Enid Blyton books which, like many, was my introduction to reading novels. The sheer magic of being transported to imaginary places.
When did you start to write?
An itch I never scratched as a busy detective, but I started in earnest in 2011; though a lot of my ex-colleagues said my reports were works of fiction. Cheeky blighters! Though I did use emotive language, so perhaps the flair was always there!
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?
Q 1. Any of my own books if it made them a #1 bestseller.
Q 2. Any #1 bestseller!
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
A Dangerous Business.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Dr Who; anywhere café in the cosmos!
What are you working on right now?
The next in the Badge & the Pen series is my current WIP novel-wise. And I have also written a 6-part TV drama called McCall & Stamp about two undercover police trouble-shooters which my agent is currently sending out to producers hoping to catch one’s eye; fingers crossed.
Tell us about your last release?
In Hidden we see our heroes come up against the most evil of wrongdoers: those who are involved in the scourge of people-trafficking and enforced prostitution.
Do you have a new release due?
Hidden was released in paperback and on Kindle on 1st June.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
Nowadays it’s all done online really with launch parties and virtual stuff etc. Though I do still do a series of talks before and after each release and a few in between too.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/RAPriceAuthor,
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrimethillersbyRogerAPrice
Or you can stay in touch via my website: http://www.rogerapriceauthor.co.uk where you can join my mailing list and be the first to get any giveaways; in fact you’ll receive a free short story just for joining, which is set in the days before Hidden starts.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Roger 🙂
Vinnie’s romantic holiday did not go as planned. There was an assault, his companion was threatened and the police asked them to leave.
And when Vinnie returns to his police job in Manchester, things don’t get much better, as he finds himself at the heart of an investigation that stretches from Manchester to all corners of Europe. Women are being trafficked into the UK and forced into prostitution, and while the police are diligent in their enquiries, they seem to have a rogue in their midst.
As events unravel, the lines between good and bad, police and criminals, seem to become more and more blurred… and the stakes for all involved are getting higher.
Hidden is Book 3 in Roger Price’s the badge and the pen series, but it can equally be read as a novel in its own right. Existing fans of Vinnie and Christine are bound to love it, but Hidden is also perfect for crime and police fiction lovers, and anybody who loves a fast-paced, gripping story.
happy reading 🙂