Today we have author John Nicholl visiting. Welcome!
What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker, manager and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which are Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or anyone interested in proposing a joint creative project. He can be contacted via his author website.
Today John Nicholl will be talking about where his ideas come from.
* All three of my books draw heavily on my professional experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker, manager and trainer in Cornwall, England, and green and rural West Wales over a twenty year plus period. In a way, given my many professional experiences, I think that dark psychological crime thrillers chose me, rather than me choosing them as I originally thought. At the end of the day, they were the books I had to write. I think that’s the best way of putting it. I think it’s fair to say that I find it much easier to write from real life experience, which isn’t surprising when you think about it, and I greatly admire all those writers who can create amazing fantasy worlds from their own vivid imaginations alone… like the Harry Potter books. J K Rowling is an incredible author who is a great example of what I mean. I really don’t know how she does it all with such undoubted aplomb. I think that’s a real skill. Such a talented woman. I sometimes think it would be interesting and enjoyable to write a different genre of books, but, if I’m honest with myself, I don’t think it’s ever going to happen. Never say never, but I somehow doubt it. I think it’s very likely to be more psychological suspense thrillers in the future. I guess that’s not a bad thing in itself. Many successful writers have a chosen genre and style and stick to it. I’ll almost certainly do the same.
A look into…
~ Blurb ~
* Emma didn’t know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered out, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors, and watched, mesmerised, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night.
* Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself floundering when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed five young women.
* A gripping page-turner of a serial killer thriller packed with suspense. If you like Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter, discover John Nicholl’s chilling new thriller today.
~ Excerpt ~
* Chapter 1
* 2:20 A.M. Saturday, 2 May 1998
* Emma didn’t know how long he hid, silent and unmoving, in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered, salivating and drooling, between the two heavy dark oak doors and watched, mesmerised, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the drab grey darkness of the night. But he did. She knew that he did.
* Emma woke with a start, tense, alert, and opened her bleary eyes, telling herself insistently that the dark silhouette slowly approaching her was the nightmare construct of her subconscious mind. But initial anxiety became blind panic as the inky shadow took on an obvious human form that suddenly gained pace and loomed over her. And then a hand, a large hot clammy hand, pulled the bedclothes over her head, clamped her mouth tight shut and silenced her scream before it materialised.
* A myriad unwelcome thoughts invaded her troubled mind as he pinned her head to the pillow and raised his free arm high above his head, before closing his fingers tightly, forming his hand into a formidable weapon and bringing it crashing down, again and again and again, with all the force he could muster, rendering her unconscious and bleeding.
* She didn’t know how long she remained senseless, or what he did to her while she slept. She didn’t know what time he lifted her from her bed and carried her from her student bedroom, down the creaking wooden staircase and out into the Welsh city street. But he did. She knew that he did.
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Thank you for joining us here today, John Nicholl! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.
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