#TimeForCrime: getting to the darkest heart of writers and bloggers! With author, Jackie Baldwin @JackieMBaldwin1

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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 Jackie Baldwin, author of “Dead Man’s Prayer” Jackie also has a new book coming out on the 15th June, Perfect Dead and you can pre-order it here

Check out my review of Dead Man’s Prayer here


Name: Jackie Baldwin

About you: Jackie Baldwin spent most of her working life as a solicitor specialising in family and criminal law. She then retrained as a hypnotherapist. Married, with two grown up kids, she lives and works in Dumfries, SW Scotland. When not working, she loves to walk with her two golden retrievers in one of the local forests. Her first novel, Dead Man’s Prayer was published by Killer Reads, Harper Collins on 2nd September 2016.

Let’s delve into the darkness that is Jackie’s mind…

Why crime fiction?

I am fascinated by abnormal psychology and have always been interested in what drives people to deliberately take the life of another. I’m also intrigued by research into biological determinism and what implications these things have for our understanding of criminal responsibility. Crime fiction can operate at the margins of all that.

Favourite book you have written

Well, I’m going to have to say my current one, Perfect Dead, which won’t be out until 15th June this year. It was such a hard slog as I was seriously ill at the time. It felt like the words were bleeding on to the page some days. I was so tempted to throw in the towel but I persevered and I’m so glad that I did now. Regardless of how it performs, it represents a personal victory to me.

You are stranded on a desert island, you can take one book, what will it be.

Hmm, I am the least practical person on the planet. I had a quick look on Amazon to see if I could find The Desert Island Cookbook or The Practical Guide to Desert Island Living but I drew a blank. So, I will have to take The Collected Works of Jane Austen and hope I am rescued imminently.

Do you have a kill list and who is on it?

You’ll be surprised to hear this, Sharon, but in my tempestuous youth I definitely did. I won’t say who was on it. I think studying to be a hypnotherapist has mellowed me somewhat. However, I can’t promise that I won’t exact retribution in a crime novel one day.

Top criminal (real or fiction)

Stigmata from Bad Samaritan by Michael J Malone. I don’t like two-dimensional ‘baddies’ but Stigmata is emotionally complex as well as being totally terrifying. He’s a fantastic villain.

Top fictional detective

DI Manon Bradshaw from Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner. She’s needy and vulnerable in her personal life yet completely bad ass when the situation calls for it. I liked her so much I wanted her to move into the house next door!

Planner or pantser/organised or beautifully chaotic

A hybrid between the two. Starting off with no plan would probably make me panic and show the whites of my eyes like a horse with colic. My first novel, Dead Man’s Prayer was all planned out before I started writing. This time round I deliberately had no idea of who the killer was going to be until I was three-quarters of the way through. Then, I reached a stage where I had to commit because I was losing the plot in more ways than one. A plan is like a comfort blanket but if you’re not careful it can become a strait jacket.

Favourite method of murder

The people on my kill list are still alive! Honestly! Nothing too gruesome as I am horribly squeamish. How uncool is that for a crime writer? I would probably favour insulin between the toes or some method that could pass for natural causes.

Best place to dispose a body

Inside one of those huge silage vats

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

I hang out on Twitter @ JackieMBaldwin1.

I also have a Facebook author page. Jackie Baldwin Author

Well now Jackie, I have met you and all I can say is it is the quiet ones you need to watch…silage vats indeed!




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