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 Alice Castle, blogger turned author!
Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph before becoming a novelist. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, was a European best-seller which sold out in two weeks.
Alice is currently working on the sequel to Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery. The third instalment in the London Murder Mystery series, it will be published by Crooked Cat next year and is entitled Calamity in Camberwell Once again, it features Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.
Alice is also a top mummy blogger, writing DD’s Diary at www.dulwichdivorcee.com.
She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
Name: Alice Castle
About you: I’m a former national newspaper feature writer and blogger turned author.
Let’s delve into the depth’s of Alice’s mind…
Why crime fiction? I’ve been addicted to crime fiction since discovering Sherlock Holmes at the age of 13. I was home from school with flu, and I strung out that illness as long as possible so I could read everything I could find by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Favourite book you have written: I have a soft spot for Death in Dulwich, which was published last September and has really taken off. I’ve been lucky that people relate to my single mum amateur sleuth. Cozy crime is a very comforting genre and I think people reach for it in troubled times.
You are stranded on a desert island, you can take one book, what will it be? Pride and Prejudice, the original and best. No murders in it – but you can’t have everything.
Do you have a kill list and who is on it? I certainly do! But the great thing about writing crime fiction is that you can work your way through it, and nobody will every quite know.
Top criminal (real or fiction) Has there ever been anyone quite as dastardly as Moriarty? A wonderful invention.
Top fictional detective. There are loads of contenders for this crown. I love Miss Marple, the perfect detective in disguise. I also have a soft spot for Poirot. Lord Peter Wimsey is up there too, as is Philip Marlowe, but I’m a big fan of contemporary American detectives as well, Kay Scarpeta, Kinsey Milhone, VI Warshawski or even Stephanie Plum would be great to have by your side in a crisis.
Planner or pantser/organised or beautifully chaotic? I’m a combination – a planster? I like to have an arc worked out for my story, but I also like to leave my characters some freedom of movement. Sometimes the best bits of a book appear, as if by magic, when you have that wiggle-room.
Favourite method of murder?I can’t say I have a favourite, though some locked room or clever-clever options, like the frozen leg of lamb which then gets cooked, or a convenient very pointy icicle, have a certain allure.
Best place to dispose a body? Ah, this one’s always tricky. But I like my bodies to be lying about, as in my second whodunit, The Girl in the Gallery, so we can all get on with solving the puzzle.
Where can we find you? (Oh your blog details, dafty, any personal haunts send them to me privately!) You can find my books here: http://www.MyBook.to/1DeathinDulwich , http://www.MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery. My author blog is here: http://www.alicecastleauthor.com and you can also find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/
Thank you so much for joining me Alice! Not sure I’ll be joining you for Sunday lunch if you are cooking a leg of lamb though!