And in the final post for my day of the Discoucia book tour, I present the author, Nicholas Lovelock.
Today we have another ‘Author Spotlight’, again courtesy of Rachel Gilbey at Authoright Marketing, who put the authors in touch with me. It’s Matthew Redford’s turn to say a few words today.
Thank you so much for allowing me a few moments to be featured on your blog under an author spotlight. And under the spotlight is a good description because I’m feeling the pressure! I think that’s because I’m really happy in the background and I probably need to push myself forward a bit more.
By way of an example, at work recently we had some training that included a look at personality traits and we had to fill in a questionnaire. The outcome was that under the heading ‘Extroverted versus Introverted’ I fall into the latter category. Well, I didn’t need my Food Sapiens detective, Willie Wortel, to help me work that one out!
So, now that I have got that off my chest let me introduce myself. My name is Matthew Redford; I am 36 years old; I was born and raised in Bermondsey, South London, and grew up with my family on a council estate. I’ve been fortunate enough to have an extremely supportive family who have encouraged me to grow and become the person I am today. And they never turned their back on me when I sat them down and broke the news to them that I was training to become an accountant.
I don’t believe in taking take life too seriously. I’m extremely lucky to be living the life I lead. That doesn’t mean I am not serious about things I care about, I just think its all about perspective. We all can lose perspective from time to time, but you just have to look on the front page on the BBC news website to get everything back realigned. I mean, look down the major news items and then ask yourself whether the fact that your train is running ten minutes late is actually that important really?
So what am I serious about? Well, my family comes first no matter what. My parents sacrificed a lot for me and my brother and they have laid the foundations for any success that I have in my life and career. And then there is my dear Nan who is the ripe age of 93 years young, who, as she often tells me, just needs a new pair of legs.
One thing which I think is important is that we accept we are full of contradictions. I know I am, so embrace your contradictions. For me, they add colour, depth and personality to who we all are. I’ve just said above that I don’t like to sweat the small stuff, so now let me contradict that by saying I absolutely hate it when playing a game of online chess I make a silly blunder and lose. I will chew over that for ages after the event. I am quite hard on myself in that respect. If someone was to lose their temper with me over something that went wrong, trust me, they couldn’t say anything which would be as painful as what I would inflict on myself chewing the situation over, and over, and over once more.
I mentioned at the beginning that I like to keep myself in the background, to keep myself to myself. I think this is representative of my star sign, Scorpio. Hold back; stay hidden in your shell; come out if it is safe. But always, always, keep your tail up and sting ready, just in case. And this is really important. It takes an age to build trust. But it can be lost in a second.
Finally, I enjoy humour. Make me laugh and I’m yours. I hope this comes through in my writing. My books are surreal, after all who else would write about food sapiens (you know, walking, talking food items) and the leading police detective of his generation, Detective Inspector Willie Wortel, family man and carrot.
So, that’s me. I hope that I haven’t scared you off completely and that you would like to hear some more about the Food Related Crime team. My debut book Addicted to Death was published in 2015 and my second book, Who Killed the Mince Spy? came out in time for Christmas 2016.
More information can also be found on www.matthewredford.com
Addicted to Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation
Following the murder of Benedict and Darcy Blacktail, two eggs savagely beaten to death outside their home by an unknown, fedora wearing assailant brandishing a large metal spoon, Detective Inspector Willie Wortel, carrot and the leading food detective in the police force, is called in to investigate. When the only food sapiens minister in the Government, Professor Perry Partridge, is murdered at the Strawberry Strip Club, run by the young damson Victoria Plum, DI Wortel suspects that the two cases may somehow be linked. As the Head of the Food Related Crime Division, DI Wortel is ably assisted by his human colleague Sergeant Dorothy Knox. But as their investigation begins, four celebrity chefs are sent death threats. It’s a recipe for disaster as the incarcerated evil genius MadCow McBeef is seeking parole; someone appears to have crumbled Mr Bramley’s apples; and there is an anti-GM food protestor on the prowl. And why do Oranges and Lemons think they owe someone five farthings? DI Wortel and his team must find out who is seemingly addicted to death. It will take all efforts – human, fruit and vegetable – to figure this one out.
Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Addicted-Death-Related-Crime-Investigation-ebook/dp/B010545FEQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1490869221&sr=1-1&keywords=matthew+redford
About Matthew Redford
Born in 1980, Matthew Redford grew up with his parents and elder brother on a council
estate in Bermondsey, south-east London. He now lives in Longfield, Kent, takes masochistic pleasure in watching his favourite football team snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, is a keen chess player and is planning future food related crime novels. To counterbalance the quirkiness of his crime fiction Redford is an accountant. His unconventional debut crime thriller, Addicted to Death: A Food Related Crime Investigation was published by Clink Street Publishing last summer.
Website – http://www.matthewredford.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/matthew_redford
Lee Ann Cockburn has a new book out and has kindly agreed to tell us about herself.
What can I say, born in 1968, so I am not a spring chicken, although I still act like a giant child. I am six foot one inch, very tall for a woman, I have a strong frame, so when in my uniform, I am quite a formidable lady, and receive many comments about my height and build whilst out on duty.
I swam for 11 years when I was younger, reaching Scottish National times and represented Edinburgh in the youth Olympics in Denmark when I was 15 years old and thus my broad shoulders and swimmers gait when I walk. Towards the end of my swimming career, I swam 4 hours a day and 1 hour in the gym, 6 days a week, busy me, busy parents, but I met many, many lovely people, some of which I am still in contact with today, friends forever, great times, thank you for all the good times.
I then went into a career in Rugby, playing for 25 years, 15 of those for the National side, gaining 77 full caps for my country, playing the very first international on February the 14th 1993, going on to win the first ever 5 nations championship in 1998, with a grand slam win, I have 4 British lionesses caps, all played in Bermuda, taking the field shoulder to shoulder with those competitors who you used to class as foes, but now proud to call my friends. Three nomads multi nationality caps, playing alongside some true greats, from other countries out with Britain, I played many games, attaining numerous National league and Cup wins with my clubs, Edinburgh Accies and Royal High, and finally we won the 2001 European championships. These were brilliant days, being part of a very special group of people. My international career ended in 2006, along with many other Scottish Rugby greats.
I was upset when my international playing days were over, but had this not been the case, I would never have embarked in the most remarkable achievement of my life, and that was having our two children.
Emily and I met when we joined the police in 2000, and it was then we felt the connection, but circumstance did not allow us to get together at this time. We eventually got together in 2005 and had our civil partnership in 2010, I was 6 months pregnant and Emily 3 months pregnant, and so Jamie and Harry were there at our wedding too.
I am a happy go lucky person, kind, caring, enjoy a laugh and will always stand up for what I think is right. I like fairness, respect, and good manners, there is never a reason to be rude in my books, and manners cost nothing.
Regarding my sexuality, I am glad things have moved on in Britain and people like myself and Emily and our precious children can live a life that is free from the stigmas of the past. Unfortunately though, there will always be the odd individual that feels they have the right to get in about your business in a negative way. I believe in live and let live, help one another, as there are so many other things to channel your emotions and attention into, and move away from negativity.
Follow Lee Cockburn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lee_leecockburn
Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents
Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.
High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.
Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.
Purchase from Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/porcelain-lee-cockburn/1125500067?ean=9781911525318
A local YA author is releasing her new book on 21st March, which will be free via Kindle Unlimited. Michelle Conner is a published poet and painter, as well as a writer of YA fantasy and she designs e-book covers for other authors. She is married with three children and a dog, and writes around her family life.
Her author Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/Authormichelleconnor.
Her website is: michelleconnorauthor.co.uk
Her cover design page is: www.facebook.com/michelle.ebookcoversonline/
The website for this is: http://ebookcovers.online/
She is also a personal friend; the first time we met, in December 2015, we talked for four hours almost constantly about books. I read some of the early drafts, so naturally I am biased.