The days are speeding by. Today I’m delighted to welcome Carol Wyer onto my blog. Over to you, Carol.
Thank you so much for inviting me to do this feature. I really enjoyed answering the questions.
Tell me how you got into writing and your latest book?
I started writing in my twenties when, following serious spinal surgery I was stuck in hospital for weeks. I used to write epic, pithy letters about life in hospital – a funny look at what went on behind the scenes, and my letters to my friends and family were so well-received that after I recovered and went to work in Casablanca, I began penning children’s stories for my own amusement. I didn’t try to get them published, but in my thirties, I wrote a series of amusing animal stories that taught French to young children. It wasn’t until my son left home in 2009, that I started writing for the adult market and now I’ve just completed my 25th novel, the second in the new DI Kate Young series, which comes out next year. My writing career began with comedies but in 2017, I moved to the ‘dark side’ with the first in the DI Robyn Carter series, LITTLE GIRL LOST, and haven’t looked back since. AN EYE FOR AN EYE, published by Thomas & Mercer, comes out February 1st 2021 and is the first book in the DI Kate Young series. It is darker and more psychological than my other detective novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing it.
A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.
DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.
But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.
As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?
I’m intrigued already and can’t wait to read x
Now for those sneaky 5 questions…
1, If there was a fire in your home, what one thing would you save? (excluding humans, pets, photographs and books) photo please.
I don’t tend to hang onto objects or things from my past. I declutter regularly and when we moved house, nine years ago, we skipped everything apart from practical items. I don’t like ‘dust collectors’ and my memories are guarded safely in my mind and heart. I’m afraid I’d grab my laptop and hard disk drive as they contain future book ideas and all the copies of books I am working on. I know that’s terribly sad so if I had a spare arm, I’d probably grab Growly. He’s my bear from childhood. He’s tatty and bald but he’s been with me all my life and seen me through many a trial and tribulation. He’s also been to bear hospital in an attempt to repair various parts of him! He also modelled for the cover of a volume of short stories I wrote (see photo). Alas, he didn’t make the grade and the cover I chose was much better. 😉
2, Your first date
Ha! My first date was a genuine disaster. When I was eleven, I smashed out my front teeth and had to wear false teeth. I didn’t have any boyfriends until I was almost 16 and I met a lad on a school skiing trip in Austria. He and I attended a local disco and had the inevitable embrace. He crushed my lips too hard with his own and dislodged my teeth which fell out. Needless to say, I didn’t see him again all trip.
These first dates are proving to be the highlight of my day. Thanks for sharing.
3, If the tables were turned and you ended up on Death Row, what would your last meal be and who would you like to share it with?
Spaghetti Bolognaise, but only the way my mother cooked it. She made the best sauce ever and I never knew why it tasted way better than any other, even my own. She would never share the secret with me until she was in her eighties and finally divulged the ingredient that made it unique – an entire bottle of red wine reduced in every panful! If I got to share the meal with anyone it would have to be with my parents. Mum passed away fifteen minutes after I submitted my first crime novel, Little Girl Lost to my publisher. I would love to have one more chance to be with them both.
4, What keeps you awake at night?
Plots, twists, new ideas for stories, characters’ voices chattering away in my head like an aviary filled with noisy parrots, terrifying nightmares (One day I’m going to actually scare myself to death) and pretty much everything else in between. I haven’t had a ‘proper’ night’s sleep’ or even more than a couple of hours in a row since 1995. I try and although I fall asleep quickly, I wake up again 20-30 minutes later and … that’s it for the night.
5, What would you do if you were in a hostage situation with an axe wielding maniac?
Ask for a pen and paper so I can make notes and ask why he’s holding me hostage. I’m facinated by the human mind and what makes people ‘tick’, although the maniac would probably chop my head off before I got any answers.
Thank you, Carol. I loved hearing about your journey. Tomorrow it’s the turn of Shalini Boland.
Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is a best-selling author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.
A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST, the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today best-seller.
A second series featuring DI Natalie Ward quickly followed and to date her novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including into Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish.
Next year sees the arrival of the much anticipated DI Kate Young series, with AN EYE FOR AN EYE out in February 2021.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.
She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.
2 thoughts on “November Thriller Fest. Carol Wyer”
Jenny, thank you so much for inviting me onto your blog. I enjoyed the interview hugely, although memories of that first date have left me squirming with embarrassment.
Great series and it’s been fun to learn about the other authors this month.
Thanks Carol, you’re very welcome x