Lorraine Mace: Author of the D.I. Sterling series is my Guest Author today.
I am really excited to have Lorraine Mace as my guest author today.
She shares a publisher with me (Headline Accent) and she is the author of the successful and exciting D.I. Sterling series.
Lorraine also hosts guest authors on her website which helps spread the word about these authors and their writing. Do pop over and read her posts about her own writing and those of her fab guests. I was honoured to be a recent guest and it was great fun to do.
I’m going to let Lorraine tell you all about her series, characters, and writing – so here goes:
Thank you, Jane, for this opportunity to tell your readers about my crime series, featuring D.I. Paolo Sterling. If I had to sum up the series in a single sentence it would be: the darkest of crimes investigated by the most decent of men.
The books are set in a fictional town close to Rutland Water, but also stray into cities and towns such as Leicester and Stamford. Mentions of the villages near to the reservoir also help give the settings a stronger sense of place.
My books are firmly on the darker edges of crime fiction, but I know, from personal experience (having lived with a psychopath for a number of years) and being aware of what is reported in the news, that the acts my antagonists carry out are all happening in real life.
I have an (over) active imagination and my head is constantly full of evil deeds waiting to be committed by murderers, rapists, torturers and others, even more unpleasant. They are not all content to wait, though. I can be in a supermarket checkout queue, doing the mundane stuff, like unloading the trolley and in my head one of them will have sliced someone’s body with a razor by the time I’ve finished packing the goods into bags.
When I’m writing, I have to get under the skin of my characters and allow them to get under mine. I want them to come to life with a past, present and future. My aim for the nastier characters is to have the readers feel ‘there, but for the grace of God, go I’. It isn’t easy, but I am determined to make my audience feel at least a tiny bit sorry for my bad guys (and gals).
We all have a dark side to our nature, but we suppress this so that we can function in society. Generally, I’m described as a kind-hearted person, always ready to lend a helping hand, so to become one with someone who is not only on the borders of insanity, but is the complete opposite of my own character isn’t easy. I have to allow my mind to let that dark side out – and it isn’t always a pleasant experience.
The day I cried while writing a flashback showing how one of my bad guys had been abused as a child, I knew the killer and I had become one. I completed the final rewrite convinced my killer was alive in a way I couldn’t possibly have foreseen. He wasn’t just a killer, he was a man who could easily have turned out very differently had circumstances decreed otherwise.
In Rage and Retribution, the fourth in the D.I. Sterling series, there is a vigilante who is determined to ensure rapists get their just desserts.
Blurb: Can two wrongs ever make a right?
A man is found by the side of a canal, comatose and brutally attacked.
It quickly becomes clear that someone is abducting men and subjecting them to horrific acts of torture. After three days they’re released, fighting for their lives and refusing to speak.
A councillor is accused of fraud.
Montague Mason is an upstanding member of the community. That is until he’s publicly accused of stealing the youth centre’s funds – an accusation that threatens to rip through the very heart of the community and expose his best-kept secret. But how far would he go to protect himself?
Two cases. One deadly answer.
As the two cases collide, D.I. Paolo Sterling finds he has more questions than answers. And, when torture escalates to murder, he suddenly finds himself in a race against time to find the killer and put an end to the depravity – once and for all.
‘A dark, cleverly plotted tale . . . I was gripped from the opening scene and raced through the book to its final, shocking ending. Crime writing at its very best’ Sheila Bugler
‘Gritty, topical, sometimes lacerating, but always enthralling. A truly compulsive read’ Abbie Frost
Lorraine Mace launches the fourth instalment in her dark, gritty and shocking series featuring DI Paolo Sterling – perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen and Mo Hayder.
Who is Lorraine Mace?
Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol in Spain. She lives with her partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoys sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. Her knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop her waistline from doing the same, she runs five times a week.
When not working on her D.I. Sterling series of crime novels, Lorraine is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing Magazine and Writers’ Forum and is head judge for Writers’ Forum monthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service.
Lorraine, I think everyone is going to be looking at their friends and partners in a different light after reading this. Thanks for such an interesting post. Good luck with Rage and Retribution and all your books past and future.
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Lorraine, thanks so much for telling us about your books and yourself, I am sure you have whetted the appetite of many new crime readers.
Please leave your comments and any questions for Lorraine in the comments section, and I am sure she will be only to happy to respond, thanks. Jane x