Read on for my interview with the Crime Thriller Girl, Steph Broadribb aka Stephanie Marland, who on her website says that she started out as a corporate suit by day and a crime fiction blogger – Crime Thriller Girl (hence the name of her blog) by night. Now she is a thriller writer, writing as Steph Broadribb and Stephanie Marland, an avid reader of all things crime thriller, and she loves to connect with people who share the same passion for books. She writes the tremendously successful Action/Thriller Lori Anderson series for Orenda Books as Steph Broadribb and the Strake/Bell police procedural series for Trapeze (Orion) Books as Stephanie Marland.
Much thanks to Steph for taking the time to answer the questions for this interview. 😌
Deep Blue Trouble ~
Description: Single-mother Florida bounty hunter Lori Anderson’s got an ocean of trouble on her hands. Her daughter Dakota is safe, but her cancer is threatening a comeback and Lori needs JT – Dakota’s daddy and the man who taught Lori everything – alive and kicking.
Problem is, he’s behind bars, and heading for death row.
Desperate to save him, Lori does a deal, taking an off-the-books job from shady FBI agent Alex Monroe. Bring back on-the-run felon, Gibson ‘The Fish’ Fletcher, and JT walks free.
But this is one job she’s got to get right, or she’ll lose everything…
Breathlessly paced. High-voltage action. Edge-of-your-seat jeopardy. DEEP BLUE TROUBLE marks the return of the most memorable and fearless female characters in crime fiction.
Publication Date: January 5, 2018
My Interview With Steph ~
• What did you want to be as child? Was it an author?
As a child my ambition was to win Badminton Horse Trials! (I was a pony mad child – I still am really!)
• What does a day in the life of Steph Broadribb/Marland look like?
I tend to write from around 8am to mid afternoon, and then I edit what I’m working on and do emails, blogs, admin type stuff. In between the writing I walk my dog, go to the gym and feed my horses.
• What do you use to inspire you when you get Writer’s Block?
If I’m feeling stuck I tend to either listen to music or go for a long walk with my dog.
• What book would you take with you to a desert island?
Oooh now that’s really tricky! Either Killing Floor by Lee Child, State of Fear by Michael Crichton, or Riders by Jilly Cooper!
• Favorite quote?
“You weren’t born to just pay bills and die” – anon
• Favorite food?
Bread or chocolate, it’s a photo finish between them!
• Best TV or Movie adaptation of a book?
• Do you plan your books in advance or let them develop as you write?
It depends on the book. With the Lori Anderson series I tend to have a few ideas of the challenges Lori will face and perhaps some key set piece scenes in mind before I start writing, but then just launch in and see where the blank page takes me. With the Starke/Bell series (written as Stephanie Marland) I tend to plot out DI Bell’s side of the story – the police investigation – and then go with the flow as I write Clementine Starke.
• How long does it typically take you to write a book?
Between three to six months for the first draft – then edits!
• Have you ever had a character take over a story, and if so, who was it and why?
In Deep Blue Trouble the character of Mia Searle was originally going to just have a couple of scenes, but I enjoyed writing her and found the dynamic between her and Lori so interesting that she became one of the key characters in the story.
• Which one of your characters has been the hardest to write and why?
Clementine Starke (from My Little Eye written as Stephanie Marland) is the most challenging due to her emotional journey. When the first book in the series starts she’s emotionally numb – the impact of a traumatic incident in her past. Getting the balance of her feeling no emotion towards others, and yet making her a character readers can get onside with, was a challenge and took a number of drafts.
• Which character in any of your books (Deep Blue Trouble or otherwise) is dearest to you and why?
They’re all dear to me – even the bad guys! I think as a writer you invest so much time in writing them and trying to make them fully dimensional that they all feel important.
• Do you have stories on the back burner that are just waiting to be written?
Yes! As well as writing the Lori Anderson series (for Orenda Books) and the Starke/Bell series (for Trapeze Books) I’ve got ideas for another series plus two standalones. My trouble is finding the time to write them all!
• What has been the hardest thing about publishing? What has been the most fun?
I’ve loved my experiences with publishing, and feel so lucky to have my books out in the world. I think the hardest part is when you’re starting out – looking for an agent and then the tenterhooks while your book goes out on submission to publishers. The most fun is the creative progress and working with brilliant editors to make the book as good as it can be, then getting out to festivals and events and meeting readers.
• What was the last thing you read?
London Rules by Mick Heron – it’s superb!
• Your top five authors?
Lee Child, Mark Billingham, Mary Kubica, Mick Heron, Liz Nugent
• Book you’ve bought just for the cover?
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
• Tell us about what you’re working on now.
I’m currently working on the edits for book two in the Starke/Bell series, and will then be starting work on the third book in the Lori Anderson series.
Well, Steph there is something tasty and wonderful about bread. Odd, but true. 👀 Music is the ultimate cure for writer’s block for me and writing villains is probably one of my favorite types of characters to pour myself into!
Order Deep Blue Trouble or one of Stephanie’s other awesome Crime/Thriller books on Amazon here!
~ The Novel Gent
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