Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.
Today on the blog, is
Linda Huber ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview
Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?
- Which crime novel, stayed with you long after you had finished?
A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark. It’s about Jenny, a single parent who married Erich, not knowing he would put both her and her children through months of terror before abducting her little girls. Jenny’s horror and helplessness is chillingly portrayed.
If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?
- Historical. Vibrant. Fun. Multi-culti.
Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?
- I think Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway is fabulous. She struggles with her weight (which makes her sympathetic to millions, me included!), she has to juggle motherhood and a job, she’s independent and feisty and clever – I wish I was more like her!
What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?
- The Royal Mile, tourists and all. You get such a buzz walking up towards the castle. Just think of all the millions of feet that have walked across those stones over the centuries – it’s mind-blowing.
If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?
- Ooh, great question. Ruth Galloway (see nr.3), Hercule Poirot, Val McDermid’s Tony Hill, and Inspector Rebus.
About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?
- Everyday life. There are plenty of odd, unexpected, emotional things happening all around us. The idea for one of my books (Chosen Child) came at a wedding while I was chatting to someone who worked with problem families, for example. Another is more inspired by setting – it begins on the lovely Isle of Arran, where I spent all my teenage summers.
If your current book had a theme song what would it be?
- The title is Baby Dear, so how about a rather spooky nursery rhyme – Bye, Baby Bunting.
Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.
- Dusk was falling as he ran up the Mound. He was late, and he was starving. Heart pounding, he pushed the door of The Wash Bar open and stepped in, scanning tables and panting. She wasn’t here, oh God, she must have left without him. No, no – she would never cope alone. Wheeling round, he grabbed a banana from the bowl on the bar and tossed a pound coin at the astonished barman. Quick, quick, up to Greyfriars. Cutting between buildings, he took the fastest route towards the Kirk. Into the kirkyard now, how spooky it was in the dark. And how deserted. He ran, calling her name now, she must be here… But she wasn’t. For a moment he bent double, his breath clouding cold. He had failed. Hot tears on chilled cheeks, he trudged back to the street. And that was where he saw her. Crumpled beneath the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a pool of blood around her head.
Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?
- Not at the moment, though I’m hoping to visit the UK this summer. Anyone wanting info about my books, or contact details, can find visit my website lindahuber.net
Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?
- Baby Dear is my sixth psychological thriller. It’s about three women – Caro, who’s desperate to have a baby, Sharon, who’s eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother, and Julie, single mother of a small boy and a baby – she doesn’t have two pennies to rub together. Then there’s Jeff, Caro’s husband, who is infertile – but rich… I was inspired to write this one by news stories of a women who lost a baby, and subsequently abducted one from a hospital.
Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thriller
Caro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.
Across town, Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother. Soon her world will collide with Jeff’s. He wants to keep Caro happy and decides that getting a baby is the only way.
Then Caro is accidently drawn into an underworld of drugs…
Meanwhile, Jeff is increasingly desperate to find a baby – but what lengths is he prepared to go to?
Is Sharon in danger, and will Caro ever have the family she’s always dreamed of?
Huge thanks to Linda for being on our Crime Fiction special.
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