Today I am delighted to have the wonderful Faith Mortimer join me on my blog. Faith Mortimer was born in Manchester and educated in Singapore, Malaya and Hampshire, England. A Registered nurse,then changed careers to oversee a number of travel and sport related companies.Faith is happily married and has two children. She divides her time between the south of England and Cyprus. Her latest book ‘A Brutal Trade’ the seventh in the Diana Rivers series has just been published on the 12th of June.
Firstly thank you Faith for joining me today, you have lived in the UK as well as Cyprus which seems to be the main location settings for your Diana Rivers series though some of your books have been set in varying other countries. Have you been to all the places that you use in your books and which country have you not used in your books yet that you would like to?
May I first thank you for inviting me on to your blog today? It’s always nice to be a ‘featured author’ and I do appreciate the lovely gesture.
I had to have a quick think with your question, but yes, I have either lived in or at least visited the countries I write about in my novels. I am fortunate enough to have travelled extensively and so far still enjoy the experience. I’d like to write about the Caribbean and the East coast of the USA, where we sailed for three years. I have touched on it, in The Seeds of Time and Harvest (The Crossing-parts 1 & 2). I also love Africa, which we’re again visiting this summer – maybe a mystery thriller, or even romance is in there somewhere?
Can you tell us more about ‘hashing’ as it’s something I for one had never heard of before until I came across it in Childhunt?
Most people think I’m talking about smoking pot lol! Hashing was started back in December 1938 in Selayang Quarry, Selangor, then in the Federated Malay States (now Malaysia), when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or “hare and hounds”, to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend. Founder member, A. S. Gispert suggested the name “Hash House Harriers” after the Selangor Club Annex, where several of the original hashers happened to live and dine, known as the “Hash House. I belong to two hash groups in Cyprus: Amathus Hash Harriers and Happy Valley Hash Harries. Harriers either run or walk the two trails and afterwards look forward to jokes and drinks in the ‘circle’. Great fun.
You have written books of varying genre, which is your favourite to write and why?
Difficult question to answer. I love my Diana Rivers series as she seems to live alongside me, but I recognise that I have to keep her stories fresh.
My psychological thrillers are a real challenge, which can leave me mentally drained at the end of the day, whereas my romances are a real change, but in no way less demanding to write. Women’s literature or romance has to be as stimulating and interesting as the best mystery thriller. I really don’t think I have an ultimate favourite!
How do you choose which crimes to use in the Diana Rivers series as there has been a different type of crime for each book so far and do you find it easier to pick the crime first then write round it?
I read a lot and enjoy good thrillers on TV and film. Sometimes I pick up on a sub plot which interests me, and I do a bit of research. If I think I can work this up into a full length story I mull it around for a few days or weeks and then jot down my ideas. The crime theme often changes, so no, I don’t have a fast rule that the crime comes first. It all begins with a tiny germ of an idea…
What sort of books did you read as a child and did you aspire to be a writer from a young age?
As a very young child I progressed from the Janet and John school books at a fantastic rate…I loved reading! I devoured all the Enid Blyton series: Malory towers, Secret Seven and Secret Five.
I enjoyed the mystery and suspense in these books and felt drawn to writing at about age ten. I did play around with a play and a story but it wasn’t until later in life that I felt confident enough to get on with a real plot and write it down on paper.
If the Diana Rivers books were to be made into a series for the screen who would you personally like to see playing the part of Diana?
I wish! Producers kindly take note!! I love Emilia Fox, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Lancashire, Caroline Catz, and Keeley Hawes – just a few British actresses. Ideally they’d have to be in their forties, so a couple in there might be a wee bit too old. We have so many fabulous actors these days, it’d be hard to choose, but I like to have the challenge!
Are you able to tell us what you are working on at the moment and when it will be due out?
I’m working on the 3rd Psychological Thriller in the Dark Minds Series. Hopefully, it will be out in the autumn but as I have a lot on this year and it is going a little slow at the moment, I’ll have to get cracking. I’m about a quarter of the way in so far, with an outline plan. It should be possible!
Lastly, what book are you reading at the moment and not including your own, which is your favourite book of all time?
I’m reading Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim. Set in the black slave times in the US, and a literary historical. Quite interesting so far.
I have more than one single favourite book. Favourite books change as I get interested in different subjects…Sabastian Faulks and his WW1 novel Birdsong is supremely excellent, M M Kay’s The Far Pavilions set in India, captured my imagination, James A Michener’s The Covenant, Chesapeake and Hawaii – I love them all. Then there’s The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (the follow up wasn’t half as good though) and Winston Graham’s Poldark series which I read back in the seventies – all favourites.
I’m sure if you asked me this question in five years’ time it will have changed yet again!
Thanks so much for having me Sarah! Good luck with your splendid blog xx
To find out more about Faith Mortimer and her books please go to http://www.faithmortimerauthor.com/