Nailing Jess By Triona Scully
Published By Cranachan Publishing 26/06/17
Article By Kelly
Well I am overjoyed to be kick starting the Blog Tour party train for Nailing Jess by Triona Scully. It’s published on the 26th of this month by Cranachan Publishing.
The Real You Interview with Triona Scully
Hello Triona, thank you so much for taking the time to be on Love Books Group, I do hope it’s the first of many visits.
Could you please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey
As a first-time novelist, with no previous published work, I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to have been signed by my publishers, the wonderfully authentic Cranachan Publishing. I’ve always written, but before ‘Nailing Jess’ all my work was performance based- for the stage not the page. Writing and re-writing and re-writing some more has been a real challenge. Reading through a copy of ‘Nailing Jess’, and recognising how much better the book becomes with each edit is very gratifying. All those hours, trailing the floor, searching for yet another verb to describe the act of walking – you try it! It’s exhausting – have paid off, and before you me is a finished book. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Describe yourself using three words?
Kind. Curious. Easily distracted.
What inspired you to write your first novel?
The lack of over-weight, un-kempt, ill mannered, sexist role models for girls and young women has always been a source of concern to me, and with ‘Nailing Jess’ I have tried, in my own limited way, to redress the balance.
What time of day do you like to write? Morning.
What is your favourite book and why?
‘The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I re-read it every few years. I think it has the most perfect ending.
How did you pick the title of your book?
Sadly, I can’t claim credit for ‘Nailing Jess’. The title was the brain-child of the lovely Anne Glennie from Cranachan. Anne felt that it was more in keeping with a crime novel than my previous more cryptic working title. And I agreed.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
No. Absolutely not. Even the slightest. Ever. For me, it’s really hard not to have some-one in the back of my head that I have met that’s working as an arch type, but because I have this, I start to re-shape the characters to make sure they are very different. Or, at least I try to.
What’s your favourite word?
That’s an outstanding question! Metaphysical.
If you were a colour what would it be? Aqua.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
With ‘Nailing Jess’ the first draft was flow and then I had to create structure.
Who is your favourite Author? Agatha Christie.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Miss Marple ‘coz she’s seen some living! The Mum from ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, I’d tell her it wasn’t her fault, he was always a bad ‘un! Heathcliff ‘coz I never get past the first chapter of ‘Wuthering Heights’, and he could tell me what happens. Lastly, I’d pick Tony Hill from the Val McDermid series, if I couldn’t make Kevin’s Mum feel better, maybe he could.
What book are you reading at the moment? The Power by Naomi Alderman
Where in the world is your happy place? Wherever my son is.
If you had one superpower what would it be? This is so tragic but I’d be a super-cleaner, and get all the housework done in five minutes.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? I’d have to say Heathcliff 😉
Are you working on a new project? Yeah, but I keep my cards close to my chest when it comes to un finished work.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? ‘Nailing Jess’ is being launched by Blackwell’s, South Bridge Edinburgh at 6.30 p.m. All welcome.
My Review of Nailing Jess by Triona Scully
The cover stands out and I love the way it’s subtle yet impacting.
This book is different from anything else I have ever read. Is that a good thing? Well it certainly made me sit up and pay attention. I started the book twice, I have to be honest and say from the start I had some trouble grasping the swapping of genders. But it certainly kept me on my toes and it was a welcomed challenge.
It is a genius plot idea and very well executed by Triona Scully. To be such a unique book in today’s world is in itself to be applauded. But having the added bonus that it is a well paced interesting read with memorable characters is the icing on the cake.
I wasn’t a fan of the swearing, I do have to add that. But that’s my own personal preference.
I know for sure that Nailing Jess is merely the starter, all be it a tasty and tantalising one, of Triona Scully’s talents. I do believe Cranachan Publishing have found a star!
Back Of The Book
Welcome to Withering, a small town with a big problem in modern, matriarchal Britain. Here the women wear the trousers, while the men hold the handbags. Literally.
There’s a serial strangler on the loose and the bodies of teenage boys are piling up on maverick D.C.I. Jane Wayne’s patch.
Wayne needs to catch ‘The Withering Wringer’, but it’s not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man—and not just any man—an ugly one.
Still, at least she can rely on her drug stash from a recent police raid to keep her sane…
Shocking. Funny. Clever. A gender-bending, Agatha-Christie-meets-Chris-Brookmyre, mash-up. Simply genius.
Scully’s debut novel takes classic crime and turns it on its head with a deliciously absurd comic twist.
You can preorder you copy today ~ Amazon UK
Thank you to Triona Scully and Cranachan Books for the opportunity to be on the blog tour.
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