Join CM Thompson in The Crime Lounge
Welcome to The Crime Lounge, tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Nottingham, I work two jobs and spend most of my time in front of a computer. I could build an awesome den out of all the books I own. My favourite pen is a glow in the dark skeleton. I don’t have a life because I am too busy reading.
Tell us about your latest book
Who Killed Anne-Marie is the story of Daniel and Anne-Marie’s marriage. It isn’t just on the rocks, it’s about to go six feet under. Anne-Marie Mills is out of work, out of love, and out of whiskey. Everyone else is out of patience.
When Anne-Marie is found dead after a drunken fight, Daniel sinks deeper into depression and pizza, struggling to cope with his own demons, her family, and the suspicious minds of his neighbourhood. But who or what really killed Anne-Marie?
3 crime books you would recommend to EVERYONE
Real Crime Scene Investigation – Connie Fletcher
The Jigsaw Man – Paul Britton
The Murderer Next Door – David Buss
Tell us a book you think is:
No-One You Know – Michelle Richmond
Broken – Karin Fossum
A twist you won’t see coming
Italian Boy – Sarah Wise
A gripping page-turner
The Anniversary Man – R. J. Ellory
Tell us briefly about your route to being published
I started writing What Lies in the Dark as part of my MA dissertation. I graduated and abandoned the novel. For three years it sat untouched. Then in January 2014 I decided to do three improbable things, I entered What Lies in a Hookline novel competition*, a never-finished novel Fractured Voices in a Myriad competiton and I planted daffodils (wrong planting season) I told myself if nothing happened, I could abandon them and possibly writing as well. I didn’t shortlist on Myriad. But the daffodils started to grow.
My first chapter was shortlisted in the Hookline competition, they wanted to see the entire book. I had a few weeks of reworking it and fleshing out certain parts, I was finally interested in writing again but told myself it wouldn’t win. When I received a voicemail from the editor of Hookline, I really thought she was calling me to tell me my book was being withdrawn, too many bad words, too much disgusting detail. But instead it was to tell them that three books all ranked fairly equally with the book clubs that year and Hookline were interested in publishing all three of them. One of them was mine.
* Hookline used to run a competition where MA writers could submit the first chapter of their novel, the judges were book clubs across the country who then chose which novels they wanted to see more of and ultimately a novel to be published. Hookline still works with book clubs and MA writers but has changed their competition.
3 things you wish you knew before embarking on being an author
As George Harrison sang, “it takes whole lot of precious time, patience and time to do it right”
You will go mad redrafting and editing, it is never right first time. NEVER
Always keep a notepad and pen by your bedside table.