Today, I'm delighted to welcome Rebecca Bradley to the blog.
After leaving the police service after a 16 year career, Rebecca is now writing full-time from her home in Nottingham. Her blog covers interviews with authors, thoughts on writing, and behind-the-scenes information about life as a police officer - well worth a look, and the link appears below.
In the meantime, let's find out more about Rebecca and her protagonist, DI Hannah Robbins...
How important is the setting of Nottingham to the novels? Could the stories have been based anywhere else in the UK, or was the city an integral part of the plot?
I like to think that Nottingham plays its part well in the novels. I’ve had great feedback from Nottingham readers who have loved reading about the locality. I was once given some great advice when I was just starting out in the writing world and that is that location seems to be more important to the crime genre than any other writing genre and I think it’s correct. We need those dark streets and alleys for our dirty deeds. We need the feel of the architecture as it looms above us, the feeling that our surroundings evoke in us is important in crime because crime, more than anything, is about feelings and Nottingham provides all this really well. It’s a diverse city, mixing cultural and modern with old and historic.
Had you always wanted to be a writer, or is writing something you’ve explored after leaving the police?
Given your background in the police, how much research do you have to do for your novels?
With the first novel research was minimal as I set it in the world I worked in, which was sexual exploitation. The second one, Made to be Broken took a lot more work because of the way I was killing people off. So it’s not always the investigative side you have to research, it’s everything else. This was poison, which was an interesting one to use.
How do you maintain a balance between fact and fiction?
I think that considering my background, readers expect to be able to feel that authenticity so I really struggle with this. I want to provide the authenticity without hitting them over the head with it and making it read like a police manual. It’s a fine line I battle with constantly. So far I seem to have managed it…
Finally, onto more serious stuff - tea. Builders’ or milky? One lump or two?
I adore tea and can’t function without it! I like it weak, but not milky! And no sugar, thank you. I’m also partial to Betty’s Rose tea.
Thanks for dropping by Rebecca - it's been great hearing more about your writing!
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