Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Girl In The Dark by Susan Willis

Release Date: 29th September 2017
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Genres:  Grip Lit / Psychological Supense

The Girl in the Dark is the latest Grip Lit novel from Susan Willis. A thrilling romantic suspense story that will keep you turning pages long into the night. 

When Kim goes to old friend, Sidney’s, photography studio to start a new food styling contract she meets his new assistant, Alex. Kim is catapulted from her mournful existence into an explosive romantic relationship with Alex. Sidney, however, is wary. He thinks, there’s something not quite right about Alex, and urges caution. 

Will Kim look back and wish she’d listened…

Do you write under your real name or is this a pen name you use? 

I write under my real name

Where are you from? 

A small town in Co-Durham, England. 

List 3 interesting facts about yourself. 

I didn’t start writing until I was 48 years old.
I develop new recipes and products for food companies, mainly M&S.
After ten years I still love the fact that people enjoy what I write. Good reviews to me are like winning the lottery. 

What was the first thing you ever had published?
Lamb in a Pot, a short story in a USA magazine 2009. I’d written the story on a long train journey because I’d been using sensory terms for lamb at work. I decided to weave them into a cook’s story when her boyfriend turns the tables and makes a meal for her. Caramelising onions, garlic and rosemary, majestic chunks of tender lamb, pebble-like new potatoes, black olives, and plump juicy tomatoes: all simmered for hours. Mama Mia! The cook had cried - this is the type of food to make me feel faint with pleasure and, desire!   

Do you have a writing routine? 

When I’m not working and intend to write, I set my alarm for one hour only to do emails and social media. I need to limit this because it can take over your day and reduce the time left for actual writing, and, after all, that’s what I love to do!  

Do you have any writing rituals? 

I try to move from my chair every two hours and take a walk around the garden to think. If it’s raining I end up in the garden shed! I often find if my character is stuck in a certain situation the fresh air helps to clear my mind and I can usually think of a way forward. 

Where did the idea for your most recent book come from? 

A couple of years ago I decided to move more into relationship themed stories instead of focusing on food. I enjoyed writing the conflict scenes and, teasing the reader so much that I’ve moved into romantic suspense. The Girl in the Dark, is based in a photography studio with a food stylist and two photographers. I read somewhere that Alfred Hitchcock was dubbed, The Master of Suspense, and was one of the first to move away from, the who done it concept, knowing exactly how to manipulate the viewers in the cinema to keep them watching the film. I was intrigued and delved into psychological suspense.

Who was the first person you shared your book with? 

My dear friend, Rosie Jones, who is also a writer. I’d waited in trepidation for her comments knowing she’d tell me the truth, warts and all. Thankfully, she loved the story, and told me it was the best thing I’ve written!  

Do you have a current work in progress? 

Yes, I have a new novel at the editing stage called, She Hit Me!  

Do you have any advice for budding authors? 

Don’t Give Up! If you have a story to tell, then do it!

About the Author

Susan Willis is a published author of three novels, and five novellas’. She lives in the North East of England surrounded by family and friends. Following publication of a love story about a chef and her boyfriend, she wrote more foodie-based love stories and wove them into her first novel, ‘Yes Chef, No Chef’.
Now Susan has ventured into romantic suspense with her latest novel, The Girl In The Dark.
Set in her home town of Durham City, this storyline is not a who done it thriller, but, a psychological page-turner which she loved writing.

Twitter - @SusanWillis69 

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