#TimeForCrime: getting to the darkest heart of writers and bloggers! With author Beatrice Fishback @BeaFishback

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Welcome to #TimeForCrime a new series here at Chapterinmylife.

I am inviting bloggers and authors talk about their favourite subject crime, with a set of quick-fire Q&As taking you to the dark heart of the person behind the book or the blog!

This week I am delighted to welcome author and blogger, Bea Fishback!


Name: Beatrice Fishback

About you: I’m originally from upstate New York, but lived in the U.K. for over twenty years. My husband, Jim, and I now reside in North Carolina. We have two children and two grandchildren. I love scones smothered in clotted cream and raspberry jam—looks a bit like blood, right?—and dark chocolate covered cherries.

So let’s delve into the darkness that is Bea’s mind…

Why crime fiction? I’ve always enjoyed the likes of Agatha Christie and a huge fan of Tom Clancy, Lee Child and Brian Haig. As a pre-teen, I was fascinated by a section in the Sunday paper that focused solely on serial killers. Sounds a bit warped, but I couldn’t believe how someone could evolve into a killer without neighbours and family members being totally unaware of their dark side.

Favourite book you have written: My favourite book is Dying to Eat at the Pub, a cosy mystery set in East Anglia. I wrote this while living in a small village very similar to the setting of the book and much of it is based on personal experience—except the murders of course. J The characters are quirky and hopefully readers enjoy the humour that has been injected into the story. We have enough real-life crime, so my intent was to not focus so much on the actual murders but on the characters that were involved with solving the misdeeds.

You are stranded on a desert island, you can take one book, what will it be? I would take a photo album of my family. Does that count? I wouldn’t want to be anywhere without them so I would rather have their pictures and create a fictional world in my mind rather than have a paperback and no reminders of those I love.

Do you have a kill list and who is on it? Dare I answer that question? There are days I have family members on my list but that doesn’t usually last too long J. My kill list changes with what I am writing and I actually don’t usually know until I’m in the middle of the story. Which answers another question; I am a true panster, always writing by the seat of my pants.

Top criminal (real or fiction): Moriarty from Sherlock fame. If he could outwit Holmes, he must have been good.

Top fictional detective: There are so many detectives that I like; Barnaby from Midsomer Murders, Poirot, and of course Sherlock as played by Benedict Cumberbach.

Planner or pantser/organised or beautifully chaotic: As I said earlier, I am most definitely a pantser with a sprinkling of planner thrown in. I plan the first chapter and then go from there letting the characters take over. This is not the ideal way to write and not a way I would recommend to an up and coming author to work. I truly wish I could plan more effectively as I think I would finish several projects I have going if I did.

Favourite method of murder; poisons, unusual and difficult to detect type of poisons like the little frog from the family Dendrobatidae (the family name sounds deadly all on its own J)

Best place to dispose a body; in the water, preferably tied up with weights.

Where can we find you? (Oh your blog details, dafty, any personal haunts send them to me privately!)

Twitter: @BeaFishback
Thank you so much for joining me, Bea! Oh I have now got this picture of you surrounded by little poisonous frogs and eating scones with clotted cream and jam!
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