It’s now just over a week since my new thriller, They Lie Here, was unleashed upon the reading public! Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who has bought a copy from Amazon, downloaded on Kindle Unlimited, posted a review, shared promotional posts or otherwise supported the book launch. Secondly, I’d like to invite you to follow me on social media for writing news, bookish content and more – please visit my bio link to see all of the platforms I’m currently on. Thirdly, if you’re not already subscribed to my blog, you can do this via email or as a WordPress follower. I am also thinking of starting a newsletter in the future, so stay tuned for that…
Frequently Asked Questions about They Lie Here
Is it the same kind of book as We Watch You? The book is a standalone psychological thriller with a cross-genre twist, so yes, it has some similarities to my debut. The difference is that the science fiction element is not as subtle this time around. Both books are under the ‘Mysteries’ category on Amazon.
How long did it take you to write They Lie Here? It took me about a year to write, including edits and preparing for publication. However, I had the first ideas in summer 2020. I remember sitting in the sunny garden during the first lockdown with a notebook, long before my first novel was even finished!
Which authors are you influenced by? Lots of authors, past and present! Riley Sager, Erin Kelly, Blake Crouch, Anthony Horowitz, J K Rowling, Stella Gibbons, Philip Reeve, Ray Bradbury, H G Wells, Terry Pratchett, Daphne du Maurier, Sue Townsend, and I’m sure many others too.
Is the setting based on a real place? They Lie Here is set in the fictional English city of Waelminster. Originally I was considering using a real city, but I decided to follow the example of We Watch You, which was set in the fictional town of Becksley. I would say that Waelminster has elements of York, Durham and Lincoln.
Where can I buy a copy? They Lie Here is available from all Amazon territories in Kindle and paperback formats (UK link here, US link here) and in Kindle Unlimited, which is a subscription service where you can borrow up to 10 books at a time. It’s worth noting that you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle books; you can download the Kindle app to your phone or tablet. Remember to leave ratings and reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and anywhere else you talk about books 🙂
And now, some fun facts about the book!
The yellow and purple cover design was deliberately chosen for an 80s vibe. It also happens to be one of my favourite colour combinations.
Originally the book was going to be about desire and obsession, without the sci-fi / dystopian edge which crept into We Watch You. However, me being me, that changed and I’m happy about it.
The fictional band Scorpio Hearts were inspired by the synth-pop bands of the 80s, such as Japan, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet. Regular readers of my blog will know that I love electronic music!
It’s absolutely the kind of book I’d want to read! A British psychological thriller, twisty, mysterious, short chapters and with a music theme too. I’m even kind of annoyed that I can’t have the pleasure of reading it for the first time.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about the book, please ask!