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Chloe: Lost Girl by Dan Laughey - Book Tour

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Chloe: Lost Girl

A missing student. A gunned-down detective. A woman in fear for her life. All three are connected somehow.

Detective Inspector Carl Sant and his fellow officers get on the case. But what links the disappearance of a university student, the death of an off-duty police sergeant, and a professor reluctant to help them solve the case?

Their only clue is a sequence of numbers, etched by the police sergeant Dryden on a misty window moments before he breathed his last. Soon it becomes clear that Dryden's clue has brought the past and present into a head-on collision with the very heart of Sant’s profession.

Racing against time, D.I. Sant must find out what's behind the mysterious events - before the bodies start piling up.

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Author Q&A

1.       What is the first book that made you cry?
Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee.
2.       How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
About six months to write it, and at least six months to research and prepare it. No more than a year all told. Optimism is my middle name, I should add.
3.       How do you select the names of your characters?
Quite randomly. Though realism plays a part. For instance, it wouldn’t make sense to name an elderly English lady Jordan or Cosima, or even Chloe for that matter (the internet is a great place to research naming trends over the years). The main character I pen, Inspector Carl Sant, took a bit of brainstorming to be honest. First I called him Thackray, then Wade, then something else. Eventually I settled on Sant. Monosyllabic, a hint of Spanish, more than a hint of Christmas. Perfect.
4.       What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
I was born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon, so that’s good enough for me.
5.       What are your top 5 favorite movies?
The Truman Show, The Blues Brothers, Chinatown, Rear Window, Kes.
6.       If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do?
Eat as much ice cream as possible before it all melted.
7.       What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Not Harry Potter. He’s annoying. Hermione is more my type. Oh, and Lew Archer. For those who’ve never heard of him, Archer is probably the greatest ever private investigator. The Canadian crime writer Ross Macdonald plucked him out of somewhere. A true hero.
8.       Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read the best books by the best writers. Learn how to write like them. Then have a go, and never give up.
9.       What book do you wish you had written?
The most profitable one. So that would mean The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in the crime fiction stakes.  A modern-day classic. I’m also a big Jim Thompson fan and would happily claim authorship of The Killer Inside Me and/or Pop. 1280.
10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :) Can’t think up enough of them, sorry!


Author Bio –
Dan Laughey is a lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches a course called ‘Youth, Crime and Culture’ among other things. He has written several books on the subject including Music and Youth Culture, based on his PhD in Sociology at Salford University. He also holds a BA in English from Manchester Metropolitan University and an MA in Communications Studies from the University of Leeds.
Dan was born in Otley and bred in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, a hop and a skip away from the Leeds setting of his Chloe novels.
His crime writing was purely academic to begin with. He’s written about media violence and tackled the age-old concern about television and video games influencing patterns of antisocial behaviour in society. After years of research and theoretical scrutiny, he still hasn’t cracked that particular nut.
He’s also written about the role of CCTV and surveillance in today’s Big Brother world, the sometimes fraught relationship between rap and juvenile crime, football hooliganism, and the sociocultural legacy of Britain’s most notorious serial killer – the Yorkshire Ripper.
All in all, Dan’s work has been translated into four languages: French, Hebrew, Korean and Turkish. He has presented guest lectures at international conferences and appeared on BBC Radio and ITV News in addition to providing expert commentary for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

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