I’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of my online writing friends in real life, and sitting in the London sunshine chatting about books, life, and pink cars with Carol Hedges was a highlight. I’m always delighted to invite fellow writers on to my blog, but I get uber excited when it’s someone I’ve connected with in the flesh. So, without any further delay I would love to introduce my guest, Carol Hedges to talk about her latest release, Wonders and Wickedness (Book 5 in the Victorian Detectives Series). Over to Carol…
Me, My Shelfie and I
Who is your hero?
It has to be my ‘other half’. We’ve been married now for 42 years, and although we grumble at each other a lot, I couldn’t manage a single day without him. I am aware that, statistically, I should be onto my third husband by now, but we have managed to stay together, and that’s due in a big part to his calm unruffled temperament, as most of you appreciate, living with a writer is NOT EASY!
What are you most proud of?
Finally taking control of every aspect of my books: I’ve been mainstream published, had a top London agent, but nothing beats seeing my own imprint on the covers, and helping to design them. Also reaching Book 5 ~ I’ve never managed it before. And doing it all before I die!!!
What’s your biggest regret?
I wish I’d been a better mum to my daughter. I had a difficult and unloved childhood, and it has made it hard for me to show as much love as I wanted. Hopefully, I’m making up for it with the 2 gorgeous grandchildren. My second biggest regret (not that you asked) was not backing up my writing files ~ a recent computer crash meant that I lost 13k words of the 6th Victorian Detectives book. I’m still re-writing it. And mentally slapping myself round the head.
What do your friends tease you about?
My hair, normally. And my astonishing ability to mislay stuff: keys, mobile, bus pass. And my love of pink cars.
What from your past would you like to delete?
Most of my childhood … it wasn’t a happy one, although perhaps if I did, I might not end up being the writer I am today. Oh, and hanging out for a short time with a very dodgy Scientologist.
Who owes you an apology?
My ex-agent, whose trenchant put-downs about Diamonds & Dust nearly ended my writing career. I was so depressed after reading her email that it took months before I was prepared to hit the keyboard again.
Tell us a secret?
I’m a lot taller than I look on Twitter (Something we have in common, Carol!) 😉
What’s the biggest misconception about you?
That I start each day, bright and alert and full of wit. It’s a long long crawl from ‘eyes open’ to ‘hello world’. Coffee helps. A lot.
What advice would you give your younger self?
To realise that what you are going through right now will pass. All of it. And the things you were told wouldn’t happen to you, because you didn’t deserve them, all the happinesses and successes, will happen.
Wonders & Wickedness (The Victorian Detectives Book 5)
1864 marks the arrival of a brand new department store right in the shopping heart of Oxford Street. What owner John Gould does not expect, is the presence of a dead man in one of his display windows. How did he get there? And why has Gould’s store been picked out as a murder location?
Meanwhile Sir Hugh and Lady Meriel Wynward are not expecting to hear from their daughter Sybella, who died in a railway accident two years ago. So when a letter written in her hand arrives unexpectedly, on what would have been her eighteenth birthday, it throws them into turmoil. What is going on?
Bleak expectations dog the progress of Stride and Cully, two of Scotland Yard’s finest detectives, as they embark upon their most complex case so far. The twists and turns of the investigation will lead them into a murky mire of murder and blackmail, and the strange dark underground world of Victorian spiritualism.
Praise for The Victorian Detectives:
‘Carol Hedges, in her wonderful Victorian Detective series, channels the most Dickensian of tropes without the overly sentimental, I-get-paid-by-the-word-so-I-never-use-one-where-six-would-do Dickensian mush.’ ~ Barb Taub, reviewer
‘Transports the reader to Victorian London: each scene is crafted to perfection.’ ~ The Lady
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