Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Into the Void by Christina O'Reilly - Book Blitz

Into the Void
How easy is it for a man to simply disappear?

When rural banker Richard Harper is reported missing, DSS John (Archie) Baldrick and DC Ben Travers are drawn into the tangled details of the man’s life. Would Harper really have chosen to leave his seriously ill wife, and abandon his pregnant girlfriend? Or is there a real threat behind the abusive emails he’d been receiving from desperate clients in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis?

On the home front, Archie’s marriage is rocky and his two teenage daughters are giving him all sorts of trouble. The frail but beautiful Helena Harper and her magnificent house offer an oasis of calm as Archie struggles to discover who is responsible for her husband’s disappearance. Has he really been abducted, tortured or killed? Or is Richard Harper himself behind everything that has happened?

Archie and Travers ultimately face a race against time as the case descends into a bewildering morass of obsession, violence and murder.

Longlisted for the 2019 Michael Gifkins Memorial Prize for an Unpublished Novel

Finalist in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best First Novel

Purchase Links
US - https://www.amazon.com/Into-Void-Christina-OReilly-ebook/dp/B08529J3DY

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-Void-Christina-OReilly-ebook/dp/B08529J3DY

Or readers can email Christina via her website www.christinaoreilly.com or her Facebook page Christina O’Reilly – Author for a paperback copy.

Author Q&A
1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Never send out a manuscript to a publisher unless you’re completely happy with it – and take your time! On at least one occasion I listened to a manuscript assessor’s advice and made changes that I wasn’t entirely happy with. Assessors are not always right. You have to trust your own instincts.

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
When I was in about year 7 at school the class got a delivery of some brand new books and we could choose to read whichever one we liked. The newness of them and the thought of all the wonderful stories inside their covers was so exciting – and I still feel that way about brand new books today. The best gifts.

3. Did you want to be an author when you grew up?
I didn’t even think about it, to be honest. As a child I used to write stories all the time and it was something that I did just for fun. By the time I got into my teens that desire had worn off and it wasn’t until much later in life that I rediscovered the joys of writing fiction.

4. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Introverted, imaginative, kind.

5. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
About a year. I spend quite a lot of time thinking about it before I actually get started. Once I start, it progresses quite quickly, but sometimes I need a break for a few weeks after about Chapter 4 so that I can work out clearly in my mind where the story is heading.

6. How do you select the names of your characters?
First I try to imagine how the character looks and then think about their personality. Then either a name pops into my mind or I look through a book of names or a telephone directory until something jumps out at me.

7. What are your top 5 favorite movies?
Four Weddings and a Funeral

The Full Monty

My Boy Jack

Sense and Sensibility

Billy Elliot

 8. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
Bridget Jones J

9. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Employ a good proofreader and copy-editor to ensure that your manuscript is the best it can be before you consider publishing. Too many books are let down by the number of errors in the text.

10. What is your favorite genre to read?
Mysteries – so I suppose this comes under crime novels – but I don’t like really gory or gritty reads. There has to be lighter moments in the story, even if horrible things like murder are happening in the plot.

Author Bio –

Christina is an author and proofreader living in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Several of her short stories have been published in anthologies, most recently in Fresh Ink: A Collection of Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand 2019. Into the Void is her first crime novel and was longlisted for the Michael Gifkins Memorial Prize in 2019. It is also a finalist in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards for Best First Novel.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/Christina-OReilly-Author-102419694721372/?modal=admin_todo_tour

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