Guest Post by Jane Adams – Author of The Secrets

I am honoured today to be promoting The Secrets by Jane Adams, the second book in the DI Croft series, and hosting a guest post from the author herself. After thoroughly enjoying The Greenway (See my review here), I cannot wait to get stuck into this one and see what twists Jane Adams has up her sleeves this time.

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Synopsis

DISCOVER A CRIME THRILLER THAT WILL KEEP YOU HOLDING YOUR BREATH UNTIL THE VERY LAST PAGE

Please note this book was first published as “Cast The First Stone.”

WHAT DOES HE KNOW?
Threatening phone calls, smashed windows, physical intimidation. Eric Pearson and his family have only just moved into a new home in a sleepy cul-de-sac, but they already have dangerous enemies. How could a respectable family become the focus of such hatred?

Detective Inspector Mike Croft knows the Pearson family well. Eric Pearson claims to own a journal which gives evidence of a horrifying ring of abusers. If true, it would be a high stakes case for DI Croft, and expose awfulsecrets that the town has buried deep.

But no one wants to believe the dark conspiracies of this friendless and bitter man.

Then a body is found on the edge of Bright’s Wood, wrapped in a black bag.

DI Croft must confront evil which threatens to rip apart everyone in the community.

EVERYONE HAS SECRETS. BUT SOME ARE SO DARK THAT PEOPLE WILL KILL TO KEEP THEM.

Praise for JANE ADAMS, author of the sensational best seller THE GREENWAY.

“Few debut novels achieve this level of suspense. The Greenway lingered in my mind for days. It takes the psychological suspense novel into new realms of mystery.” Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

“A haunting debut.” Minette Walters

“Compellingly told and rich with psychological insight.” Independent

“Nail-biting stuff.” Ms London

“An assured first novel, with a strong cast and a plot which twists and turns without a glitch.” Yorkshire Evening Post

“Adams has a distinctive voice, which I predict will be heard by the majority of mystery fans.”

DETECTIVE MIKE CROFT SERIES
Book 1: The Greenway
Book 2: The Secrets

Guest Post by Jane Adams

I started writing on impulse. Actually, it was more than that; it was more of an act of desperation. My youngest child had started school, I’d been pretty much a full time mum with an assortment of part time jobs. I had a degree in Sociology…which at the time seemed less than helpful! And very little idea of what I wanted to do with my life. So, what next?

I think a lot of people encounter those moments when they have to reinvent themselves but when I told family and friends that I had started to write – short stories and the novel that would become The Greenway – their reactions were variations on the theme of ‘that’s nice, dear’ or ‘well it’s good to have a little hobby’.

Like a lot of novice writers, I scribbled in odd moments – often on the backs of envelopes, bus tickets, till receipts… and kept it almost as a secret activity; after all, no one else seems to think it was worth the time. But as most writers know, once the bug has bitten, it’s pretty hard to stop. I borrowed a typewriter and bought a bottle of correction fluid (I’m a terrible typist), and hammered away (it was that kind of typewriter). When my husband realised I might be serious about this writing thing, he rescued a typewriter from a skip where he worked, brought it home and mostly fixed it. This one was slightly better; I only had to thump the shift key, rather than all the keys. Getting our first computer – with an actual word processing program and an actual spell check was an enormous step forward. My bruised fingers were oh so thankful.

And I got lucky. I didn’t have an agent – if I’m honest, I didn’t have much of a clue, either – but incredibly, The Greenway, featuring DI Mike Croft, survived the slush pile and was accepted on first submission.

A month ago, The Greenway was re-released and I’m very happy to say has found an audience for the second time. The second Mike Croft, retitled as The Secrets is about to be sent into the world, on April 12th, and I am deeply grateful to the team at Joffe Books for this second chance. I hope readers will enjoy it.

Author Bio – Jane Adams

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Why do I write?

Like most writers, it’s a kind of compulsion. The stories are there and I have to try and grab hold of them and pin them onto the page. Most of the time, I enjoy the process; sometimes, I’d rather be doing just about anything else, up to and including the ironing – and I hate ironing.

I started writing when my youngest child went to school. I was incredibly lucky and my first novel, The Greenway, was picked up by Macmillan in 1994 and published in 1995.

I currently write two series; Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina was a character I’d had in mind for years before committing her to paper. An elderly, ex thespian who had played the part of a popular TV detective, she had retired to the seaside and bought a boarding house for other ex performers. Rina’s feisty, no nonsense character is, I suppose, based on the rather powerful and opinionated ladies I grew up surrounded by – mother, teachers in the all girls school I attended, aunts and pseudo aunts, all of whom had opinions about everything and made sure these were unstintingly shared.

Naomi Blake, on the other hand, was the brainchild of my late agent, Bob Tanner at International Scripts. ‘You should write a blind detective,’ he said ‘ and she needs a big, black guidedog, called Napoleon’.

I thought it was a daft idea, and told him so. I just couldn’t see how to do it. But, like a lot of seemingly daft ideas, this one wormed its was into my brain and I realised he was right. It could work and so, the Naomi Blake series came into being.

I have always written in other genres too, short stories in the SF, Fantasy and Gothic Horror genre, and am working on longer projects when time allows. I also teach Creative Writing and have had the great privilege of being a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.

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