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Who Killed Patrick? by Syl Waters - Book Blitz



Who Killed Patrick?
Sun, sea and… murder in Fuerteventura!


Boring. Going nowhere. That was Tarah’s life in the UK, before she moved to Fuerteventura to start a new adventure. But things came unstuck quicker than she’d planned. A dead guest on the holiday complex she manages threatens to pull apart her hoped-for dream life.
If she wants to keep her job and save the reputation of the business, she’s got to find out what happened to Patrick. Did he die of natural causes – or was he murdered?
Tarah’s pet guinea pig, Mr Bob, has a knack for sniffing out trouble and he suspects foul play. The mission is on: Who Killed Patrick?
With the assistance of Mr Bob and Diego, a local plumber, Tarah turns amateur sleuth to find out the truth.
Can Tarah and Mr Bob find the murderer before it’s too late? Will they be able to save the business and protect their blissful new life?
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Author Q&A

1.       What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author?
Emotions. Whether I am sad, angry, happy, delirious – it’s these emotions which get me going and make me want to write.

2.       If you could tell your younger writing-self anything, what would it be?
To not be afraid, to keep writing and to be persistent. To have fun, to have joy, and to care only to put words on the paper, and hope someday people will read them and enjoy them as much as you did when you were writing them.

3. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
When I was a child my parents used to give me 20p per week pocket money. I used to love saving up and buying Mr Men books from the shop across the road. It was a big road. I can still feel my little hands getting clammy now as I’m clutching the coins so tightly and looking in all directions to make sure there’s no cars coming. I can smell the fumes, I can see the traffic lights, I can feel the anticipation waiting for the lights to change. I can remember standing on tiptoes trying to reach over to give the shop lady my coins for my new book to add to my collection. She had a gentle smile and a soft face like powdered buttercups. Such happy times.

4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
Yes, but I didn’t think it was possible and so I chose a more conventional route until now. Now, I realise the time to lead your life is right now. Dreams only become reality when you make them happen and when you take the risk to live the life you really want to lead.

5. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Fun. Crazy. Committed.

6. What is your most unusual writing quirk?
I need to have the first sentence for me to make a start. When that pops into my head I know it’s going to be a good day and I can go with the flow. I do have to spend time forcing this, so for example, I will think about how angry, or sad or confused a character is while having a shower or making some tea. Then I give those emotions time to grow, and usually within a few minutes I’ll be in their head and I rush to my laptop to write their story.

7. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be?
A guinea pig. I am totally in love with guinea pigs. I used to have them when I was younger and my mum used to help me care for them. Now I’m an adult and can’t be trusted with looking after anything else apart from the cheese plant in my front room.

8. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Is it OK if I do a humble brag here? I was within one metre of the Queen at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, I shook hands and made small talk with Sir Tim Rice, told Kate Adie how much I admired her, and got drunk and made Joanne Harris do a selfie.

9. How do you select the names of your characters?I’m very particular about my character names and it must match with their personality and attitude on life. I like to research the history and origins of key character names and also run them through numerology tests to ensure they will meet up with my expectations of them and how they may develop through the story. Sometimes my characters surprise me and they end up being different to what I envisaged, but I can’t change a character name. Once it’s decided it’s final; they’re alive in my head and in my world and that’s that!
10. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?Do write. Don’t be overly critical. Do make time for yourself and your dreams. Don’t think it will wait until tomorrow. Do write today. Don’t read a book and compare and think you’ll never be like them. Do be yourself and make the time to find your own voice.
11. What book do you wish you had written?All the book ideas I have in my head! I have so many stories I want to tell and so many characters I want to get to know. My fear is that I will run out of time and won’t get to share.


Author Bio –
Most people know crazy cat ladies are a ‘thing’, but I’m a proud crazy guinea pig lady! I love fun in the sun and plenty of cocktails. My happy place is flip flops. I write stories to keep me company - my characters ensure I’m never lonely and always smiling (when I’m not tearing my hair out!)


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