Q&A with Jan Newton – euphoniums, horses and dream locations

Q&A with Jan Newton – euphoniums, horses and dream locations

Every week we feature a Q&A session with one of our Crime Cymru authors. This week, Jan Newton talks of her love of the country and how it influences her writing. A Brief Introduction  I spent my first eleven years in Manchester, where I developed a distinctive accent and sense of humour. Along with my sister, I also developed a huge love of horses, which came from our Dad. We were lucky enough to move to a smallholding in Mellor, a small village between Marple in Cheshire, and New Mills in Derbyshire, and to increase our horse and pony collection to four. I spent every spare moment on the back of a pony, exploring the hills and moorlands, and used to get into terrible trouble for climbing out of the bedroom window armed only with a piece of baler twine, to go and ride before school. The baler twine made a makeshift bridle. Not quite as good as the real thing for...
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Q&A with Philip Gwynne Jones – Life in Venice

Q&A with Philip Gwynne Jones – Life in Venice

Every week we feature a Q&A session with one of our Crime Cymru authors. This week, Philip Gwynne Jones talks of his love of Venice and the passions that influence his writing. Give us a brief introduction to you. Hi, I’m Philip Gwynne Jones, and I’m the author of the Nathan Sutherland series which is set in Venice, the city where I’ve lived for the past eight years. Venetian Gothic, the most recent in the series, has just been published. When I started writing, I decided to use my middle name as there are a few other Philip Joneses in the media – and then, of course, I discovered Philip Gwyn Jones (note the spelling) the editor of The Bookseller magazine. We’ve been known to get messages meant for the other. What’s your connection to Wales? I was born in Swansea and grew up in South Wales. My dad worked for the old Midland Bank so we used to move around a lot...
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Q & A with Phil Rowlands

Today's question and answer session is with author Phil Rowlands. Give us a brief introduction to you. I’m originally from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire but now live in Penarth. My widowed mum wanted me to have a proper job with good prospects. I tried but the junior civil engineer career I managed to talk myself into didn’t last. I quite liked the travelling life, the laughs and the banter but it wasn’t as fulfilling as I had hoped. So, after a variety of jobs, I eventually got into drama school and after three years became a professional actor. I wasn’t the best or the worst and for a long time I loved it, especially the social side, and was quite successful but then I became caught in a TV villain/ policeman axis and decided to try writing scripts to see if I could do it. It was as hard as the performing but it worked and, more to the point, I got well...
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Q&A with Mark Ellis – from Swansea to war-torn London

Q&A with Mark Ellis – from Swansea to war-torn London

Every week we feature a Q&A session with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Mark Ellis discusses his books set in World War 2 London and gives us an insight into how he goes about the business of writing.   Give us a brief introduction to you I am a thriller writer from Swansea. Prior to commencing life as a full-time author I had careers as a barrister, business executive and entrepreneur. I write a crime series set in World War 2 London  featuring a Scotland Yard detective called Frank Merlin. This period in British history has always fascinated me. I grew up under the shadow of my parents’ experiences in the war. My father served in the wartime navy, contracted a wasting lung disease and died a young man when I was seven. My mother used to tell me stories of watching the heavy bombardment of Swansea by...
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Q&A with Chris Lloyd – About His Influences and Books

Q&A with Chris Lloyd – About His Influences and Books

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Chris Lloyd talks about his influences and his books. Give us a brief introduction to you. I was born in an ambulance and my first cot was an old suitcase, which I think explains a lot. Then we went to live in West Africa before my parents decided it was time to come home to Wales. When it was my turn to fly the nest, I lived in France and Spain, spending over twenty years in Catalonia, before returning once again to this country. I write a crime series set in my beloved Catalonia, featuring Elisenda Domènech, a police officer with the devolved Catalan police, and I spend my daylight hours working as a freelance Catalan and Spanish translator. In the meantime, I’m also writing a new crime series set in another of my favourite cities, but...
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Q&A with Gwen Parrott – About Her Character

Q&A with Gwen Parrott – About Her Character

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week Gwen Parrott talks about her character. Tell us a little about Della’s background Della Arthur is the headteacher of a small country primary school at the end of WW2 – a job she feels nobody else wanted (particularly men returning from the forces) but that she was still lucky to get, not even having made the short list in many previous attempts. She lost both her mother and father before she was twenty, but has found a substitute family in Tydfil and Nest Owen, the parents of her late fiancée, Eifion, who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Far East. She was brought up near Swansea, and played her part during the war, teaching large classes of evacuee children and fire-watching. Her acceptance of the headteacher post in Nant-yr-Eithin, a very remote village in...
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Q&A with Dylan H Jones – Characters and writing

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week Dylan H Jones talks about his character and his writing. My next project- It’s taken a while to come to fruition, but the next in the Tudor Max series should be released this summer. ‘Shadow Soul’is set around RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey, and finds DI Manx investigating the possible murder of an RAF officer. With limited access to the base, Manx has his work cut out solving the case, and when series of holiday home fires set the whole island on edge, Manx and his team are in a race against time to track down and stop more carnage and lost lives.   Visualising my characters- I’m a pretty visual person, and always like to sketch out my characters, even the minor players, giving them dimension and depth. DI Manx himself has a very distinctive, minimalist...
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Q&A with Cheryl Rees-Price- Getting to know her

Q&A with Cheryl Rees-Price- Getting to know her

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, we get to know Cheryl Rees-Price better. Give us a brief introduction to you. Hello, my name is Cheryl Rees-Price. I am the author of the Winter Meadows series and standalone thriller Blue Hollow. In my safe quiet village in Wales, where nothing interesting happens, I like to make up stories of murder and mayhem. My surroundings of mountains, rivers, a castle, and old quarry inspire the locations in my books. What’s your connection to Wales? I was born in Cardiff and lived there until the age of 7 then moved with my parents to a small village on the edge of the black mountain. I returned to Cardiff to work but later moved back to raise my two girls. With Welsh parents, grandparents, and great grandparents I guess Wales is in my blood. Do you have any tattoos? Yes,...
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Q&A with Matt Johnson – The Business of Writing

Q&A with Matt Johnson – The Business of Writing

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Matt Johnson talks about The Business of Writing. Let’s talk about ‘The Business of Writing Could you tell us about your writing routine? I think it’s important not to let a pleasure become a chore. If you want to be an author, it’s important you enjoy it. If you imagine that persuading an agent to represent you and getting published are the toughest hurdles you may well be in for a shock. It only gets harder, believe me. After that first book hits the shelves, the second has to be at least as good, and so on. Each time you raise your own bar. Allow it to slide and readers will desert you. I write on weekdays only and I try to meet a target of 1000 words in a day. That said, if I don’t write or...
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Q&A with Eamonn Griffin – Interviews and Writing

Q&A with Eamonn Griffin – Interviews and Writing

Every week we feature a Q&A with one of our Crime Cymru authors so that they can tell us a little bit about themselves. This week, Eamonn Griffin talks about interviews and his writing.   Introduction Hello. I’m Eamonn Griffin and I’m a writer. I live near Wrexham, though I’m originally from Lincolnshire. I’ve written and published five books to date. The most recent of these is East of England, a noir thriller set in Lincolnshire in the mid-1980s. As of 2020, I’m working on other books with the same protagonist; I’d like to develop East of England’s Dan Matlock – a debt collector with a troubling sense of justice that gets him into trouble every now and again - into an ongoing series lead character.     Could you tell us about your writing routine?   Well, I have a day job, so the writing and the ancillary work associated with that has to fit around the needs and priorities of that. This means in effect that I focus...
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