I LOVE COFFEE….
I’ve lived and worked in three great British cities – London, Bristol and Birmingham. Right now, I live in a quiet garden square in Bristol. I’ve just finished working for a large company in London, so I’m taking a break from corporate life to write my next thriller. My favourite place to do that is the coffee bars of buzzy Birmingham. A couple I return to again and again are the Boston Tea Party and Yorks (while Wainwrights, on my doorstep in Bristol, deserves an honourable mention too).
I WANT MY BOOKS TO BE PERFECT!
I’m a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and like other ALLi members, I put a lot of effort into perfecting my books. I want readers to enjoy my fast-paced thrillers, not be distracted by typos. I owe huge thanks to the readers who gave me feedback on my drafts, and Katharine D’Souza, who edited The Bride’s Trail and The Vodka Trail.
VODKA HAS INSPIRED ME – AS HAS OFFICE LIFE.
The Vodka Trail, my latest thriller, is about the fight for control of a vodka business. Kat’s late father owned a distillery, but the family lost everything when he was imprisoned. Kat blames his business partner, Marty, for her father’s death. When she’s held hostage by freedom fighters, though, only Marty can help her. The Vodka Trail is a sequel to The Bride’s Trail, but each book can be read independently of the other. The vodka theme is about to continue in the third book in the Trail series – out in July 2017.
A tour of the Chase Vodka Distillery in deepest Herefordshire was invaluable research for the Trail series!
I also find offices fascinating, with their secret projects, pecking order and water cooler gossip. In The Bride’s Trail, the office is where Amy and Ross meet. They can’t stand each other – but they still join forces and stare death in the face together when their friend, Kat, disappears…
STAY IN TOUCH
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Short stories are great to read when you can only devote a few minutes to fiction, so do look at the freebies on this website. I’ve also had short stories published, including one in Amazon Christmas bestseller Festive Treats (currently free) and in a collection of seedy tales of south-west England, A Dark Imagined Bristol! Even better, subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll send you a free e-book full of short stories, Something In The City.
There’s also still time to listen to my short story, The Red Door, on Brum Radio replay.
As well as the blog on my home page, I occasionally contribute a guest blog – here are a few you might like to read:
Let me know if you have a press enquiry or you’d like me to speak to your group.* I’ll offer signed copies of my books at a special price. To find out more, email AAAbbottStories[at]gmail.com. I look forward to meeting you!
*Meetings in person in the Bristol area, and either in person or by Skype/webcam elsewhere.