Today I would like to welcome crime writer Val Penny whose debut novel Hunter’s Chase has just been published by Crooked Cat.
Hi Val and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?
I am an American author living in SW Scotland. I have two adult daughters of whom I am very proud and live with my husband and two cats. I have a Law degree from Edinburgh University and my MSc from Napier University. I have had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer.
What influenced you to become a crime writer?
I am am avid read and my favourite genre is crime thrillers. As I have not yet achieved either of my childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store, I have turned my hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels, until those dreams come true.
What does your writing day look like?
I tend not to write in the morning, I do my household tasks then. I prefer to write in the afternoons and will often write from then until late in the evening. I like to keep going until I finish committing my run of thoughts to paper ( or computer!).
Beach or city girl? Where are your favourite holiday destinations and why?
I like to relax on vacation, but that can as easily be done exploring an interesting city or chilling with a cool drink and a book by a pool. I love to travel. It is often said, that I would go to the opening of an envelope! Invite me anywhere, and I will surely turn up.
Are you able to tell us a little about what you are working on at the moment?
My first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase‘ set in Edinburgh, Scotland is published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. It is available from Amazon.
I am now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge‘ which will be published in late summer 2018
And finally, you’ve been invited onto Desert Island Discs. Out of all the choices you could make, what would be your favourite pieces of music?
I enjoy music and have very eclectic tastes. The most recent concert I went to was given by the noted Scottish pianist Steven Osbourne who played a fabulous selection of Beethoven. Just before Christmas I went to the most marvellous jazz concert by the Tommy Smith Quartet, and amongst my favourite current performers are Adele and Sam Smith. I think I would choose a piece by each of these.
Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.
DI Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city and he needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course. Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.
Buy Link: myBook.to/HuntersChase
Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’.
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