Let’s Chat with – Emma Tallon
Emma Tallon is a British author of gripping, gritty, gangland crime thrillers. Having kicked-off her writing career as a ghostwriter initially, Emma took the leap in March ‘17 and self-published her first novel ‘Life Game’.
The book quickly became a success and in December of the same year Emma signed a publishing contract with Bookouture for the Tyler family series, including the first book in the series ‘Life Game’, which was updated and re-released as ‘Runaway Girl’.
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Can you tell us a little bit about your book?
Boss Girl is the third in a five book gritty crime series. Although the books are about the dark criminal underworld of London, they are very much character focused. We see three very unique and colourfully flawed main characters fight through life’s battles and grow as people across the series. There are hard times, tough challenges, love, hate and a lot of grit. Anna is strong and serious and utterly determined to be true to who she is. She remakes a whole new life for herself somewhere that she doesn’t naturally fit in. Tanya is a vivacious, funny east ender who’s used her painful past to form a hard wall around her heart and who is fiercely loyal to those who have managed to get past it. And Freddie Tyler is the man who everything revolves around. He’s hard, dangerous east end royalty – but who you just can’t help but love. Family means everything to him and the law means nothing. Feared, revered and loved, he is everything you don’t expect him to be.
Who would your book be perfect for?
Readers of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, Casey Kelleher etc. People who enjoy organised crime thrillers would enjoy this series.
Did you have a favourite character to write?
Yes, my favourite character to write is definitely Tanya. She just seems to sparkle when I write her, it’s like her personality takes over my fingertips completely. Her quick wit and her confidence and no bullshit attitude just comes easily when I’m writing her scenes.
What inspired you to the write the book?
I half wrote the first book in the series, Runaway Girl, about seven years ago after I had left a very abusive relationship. At the time writing a fictional story but inclusive of a lot of the things I personally went through was a way of venting and releasing everything. It helped me let it go and move on to a happier, healthier place. I had put it away and forgotten all about it until years later when I had my son. I’d been freelance ghostwriting for a while and had wound my workload down to have time at home with my new son. When I was able to start thinking about work again, I decided to finish one of my many half written stories and try to get published under my own name. I rediscovered this one and upon reading it I realised that it was actually a great story. So I finished it, went for it and eventually got into talks with my publisher. Bookouture gave me a contract to turn it into a series and I guess the rest is history!
Can you share with us a photo from 2018 that meant something special to you?
I married my husband in October 2018 and my son, Christian, wasn’t very well. He had a terrible cold and hadn’t been sleeping well. The night before the wedding he stayed overnight with his daddy – ‘boys together’ – and I was elsewhere with my bridesmaids, so he hadn’t seen me the morning of the wedding right up to the actual ceremony. As I walked down the aisle and he saw me he began to cry. Grandad gave him a cuddle, I made it to the alter and the ceremony began. But he didn’t stop, he just wanted his mummy. In the end, we stopped the ceremony – in front of all our guest and the officials – and he ran into my arms for a hug. I stood and hugged him close for several minutes as he calmed down before we eventually carried on. He’s pulled his shirt out, the jacket has been thrown and he’s crying his little heart out – but this is still my favourite photo from the wedding. I may have been marrying his dad, but this shows exactly who I love the most in the world above anything and anyone else. He’s my heart, my motivation for everything and the light of my life. My wonderful little boy.
What has been your proudest bookish moment?
The moment that I was able to officially announce to the world that I had a real, live publishing contract. I had barely dared to dream that I would get there, but I did and it felt amazing.
Do you have any questions for your readers?
I always have the same question – who is your favourite character and why? And what do you want to see more of? I read every message, review or email that comes my way.
What is your favourite read of your whole life and why?
This might be a surprise and perhaps I should say something a bit more age appropriate – HA! – but my favourite book is Twilight. The whole series actually. I fell in love with it years ago and the love just hasn’t ever faded. I think like most girls, I related a lot to Bella Swan. She’s real, she’s flawed and awkward. She loves books and questions everything in life. And she found this perfect, deep love that I think most women want to find. On top of that she found mystery and magic in the darkest, dullest of places. That’s my kind of story.
Thank you to Emma Tallon for taking time out to talk to us, please come back soon.
If you love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, Casey Kelleher and Jessie Keane, you’ll love Boss Girl.
You’ll do anything to save your family, even kill for them…
Anna Davis is under pressure. With her West End nightclub packed full every night and the opening of another club just around the corner, she knows she can’t take her eye off the ball.
Her devoted boyfriend Freddie Tyler practically owns London’s West End and he’s got a big deal on – one that could make the Tylers the most powerful family in London. He’s going into business with crime boss Frank Gambino. But visiting Anna at work one night, Gambino tells her he’ll only sign the deal with Freddie on one condition – that she hands over Club Anya to him.
With tension growing between Anna and Freddie, her mind is on other things. She doesn’t notice that someone is watching her every move. She doesn’t realise just how much danger she’s in.
When one night she doesn’t return home, Freddie is beside himself with worry. And as he races to save Anna, one thing is for sure – he’ll get back the girl he loves. Even if it means taking down the whole of the London underworld to find her…
When loyalty is everything, betrayal hits harder.
Anna Davis has grown up. She’s not the naive runaway who escaped her vicious gangland boyfriend anymore. She’s tougher than ever and she won’t let anyone take advantage of her – or the people she loves.
Anna’s devoted boyfriend, East End baron Freddie Tyler, is in trouble. There’s a rat in his organisation and he needs to stop the leaks before a very big mistake from his past is revealed to people who will want swift and brutal revenge.
Anna wants to help Freddie but she’s got problems of her own. Her best friend Tanya’s mother has turned up, and is staking a claim on Tanya’s share of their club. With Tanya buying her mum’s reformed sinner act, Anna knows she needs to act before both their friendship and Club Anya goes up in flames.
But if there’s one thing Anna and Freddie have learned, it’s how to play the game, and as their enemies close in they’ll fight with everything they’ve got to protect the life they’ve built.
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