Promised Lies is a crime fiction novel written by Marguerite Aston. The book is due to be released on 8th June 2017. I am thrilled to be involved in the Blog tour running from 5th - 18th June 20017.
Detective Lily Blanchette has a lot on her plate. Her sister, Celine, was murdered, her parents are on the verge of divorce, and after a whirlwind romance, she married a man she barely knows.
When the bodies of two young women are found, it is clear that the killer is the same person who murdered her sister, Lily sets out to find out who that is.
As the investigation comes to life, Lily realises that all is not as it seems in her life, who can she actually trust and who is she?
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As part of the blog tour it has been my pleasure to host an interview with the author of Promised Lies - Marguerite Ashton.
How important are the names in your book? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you can recommend?
I choose major characters by the meaning. My expendable and minor characters follow a simple rule, no same first letter or same sounding names to confuse my readers. I use online name guides and babynames.net from certain periods to help keep my characters chronologically plausible.
Are you a plotter or pantster?
I come up with ideas, then see where they take me. After the first draft, I create my outline.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them if they are particularly good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I look forward to them. I don’t respond to the reviewers, in my mind I want to keep them impartial and have no input from me for future works.
Bad reviews are great learning tools with no small amount of editing. Sometimes they make a valid point and help me be a better writer.
What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?
Waiting. Patience is always described as a virtue. I have had to learn it over and again. I delve into other manuscript in process to distract me and keep me going.
What are your favourite and least favourite types of scenes to write?
My favourite scenes involve lots of tension and drama, especially the point of disguised intent. I enjoy making my readers climb into my character’s minds to see what is really going on, especially when the evidence is murky.
Least favourite involve intimacy. Intimacy is a tricky thing. For some readers, they want to know all and titillate their imaginations. Other readers want to know it’s there but like hotel room walls, knowing is one thing, having to deal with it personally is quite another.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
It’s not exactly a super power. I think that can change a personality. I’m a Jamie Sommers girl. Tragedy strikes and technology is used to rebuild her back but better. I see myself as a bionic woman with all the frailties of a normal human, just technologically enhanced to help others without being seen as “superhuman.”