today we’re thrilled to welcome fabulous Caroline Mitchell to our blog. Ms Mitchell’s latest ‘Time To Die’ is the second one in a series and was recently released by Bookouture. Although both ‘Don’t Turn Around’ (which is the first part) and ‘Time to Die’ can be read as stand alones, they feature same kick ass detective, Jennifer Knight. We’ve really enjoyed both of Caroline’s books which are gripping thrillers with a paranormal twist. You can read our review of ‘Time To Die’ HERE. Caroline’s here today to talk about the main character in her novels and for those of you who still haven’t read it, or wanna get their hands on a paperback of ‘Time to Die, there will be a giveaway (open to everyone around the world) at the bottom of this post. We’d like to thank lovely Caroline for visiting our blog today and for being so generous and kind in offering a paperback copy of her latest gripping serial killer thriller, ‘Time To Die’.
There is a secret behind the inspiration for the DC Jennifer Knight series.For me, it’s a case of writing what you know. Like Jennifer, I am a police officer with first hand experience of the paranormal.My fictional character DC Jennifer Knight is stationed in the fictional town of Haven, a place steeped in history and superstition. I live in Essex, in an area renown for the Witch Finder General and gruesome witch trials.
Just like Jennifer, I was thrown head first into the paranormal. Without any warning, our house became a playground for an unknown entity that had the power to smash our crockery, throw knives, light fires, growl, moan, and physically prod and scratch. Sound far fetched? Perhaps. But it happened to me, and it prompted me to write my true story, Paranormal Intruder.
Writing my true story was harrowing, and there were chapters I wrote with tears in my eyes as I recounted the terrifying series of events. But as time went on, my husband and I learned to deal with what was happening. Writing was my way of taking control.After my book was published I imagined how much more fun it would be to write a fiction series, with a character I could empathise with, to weave my own experiences of the police and paranormal into the story.
Like me, DC Jennifer Knight is completely unprepared for what happens to her, and there are times she feels very alone and doesn’t know who to trust. Like me, she meets people who don’t believe her, but as I did, she also finds her true friends, people who believe her long before they see it with their own eyes.
Don’t Turn Around is mainly a crime thriller with paranormal threads running through it. Crime readers have said it is a mix they would never have considered before, but are now hooked. Paranormal readers found the crime element intriguing. I’m so grateful to the bloggers and readers who have taken DC Knight into their hearts and supported me on my writing journey.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Many of you will know of my personal experiences as documented in my true story, Paranormal Intruder. During those difficult years when the activity was at its worst, my family and I felt very alone. My writing career is the silver lining which has blossomed from those dark days. Using my personal experiences in both the police and the paranormal has helped me develop immensely as an author.
A year after my first book was released, I signed with digital publishers Bookouture in a three-book deal for the DC Jennifer Knight series. I wondered if readers would suspend their beliefs long enough to take DC Knight into their hearts. An ordinary detective dealing with the extra ordinary took on a whole new level when I introduced Frank Foster AKA ‘The Grim Reaper’ in Don’t Turn Around. Infusing my experiences in the police and paranormal seemed like the natural thing to do. The second in the series is due for publication very soon, and I am currently writing the third. I plan to continue writing in the crime thriller and paranormal genre.
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Thanks to lovely Caroline, we are offering our blog readers a chance to win ONE PAPERBACK of ‘Time to Die’. The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and closes on 27th of October. Winner will be contacted by e-mail or on twitter and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If we don’t hear from them, we’ll pick a new winner. Best of luck, guys and thanks for reading!