I would like to congratulate Caroline Mitchell whose new book, ‘Don’t Turn Around’ is out today. Caroline has kindly answered some questions for me.
How does it feel to have a new book out?
Hi Sonya, thanks for having me. It feels like a dream come true to see the story I carried in my head become something other people can read. I am truly grateful to the people who have helped me bring this to fruition.
Can you tell me a bit about ‘Don’t Turn Around’ please?
Don’t Turn Around is a haunting crime thriller, and very different to any other crime book on the market. DC Jennifer Knight works in the sleepy town of Haven with her partner Will. She complains that nothing ever happens, but all of that changes when she discovers a serial killer is on the loose, and they are copying the murders of a killer her mother helped convict when she was just a child. Is a copycat killer on the loose? Or is something far more sinister at play? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Where did you get the idea for your book from?
I work as a full time police officer, and I enjoy bringing my readers into a busy police environment and showing them what it’s like to interview a suspect. I have also experienced real life paranormal activity in my home, and I wrote a book of my experiences called Paranormal Intruder. It made sense when I wrote my first novel that I would infuse my experiences in both the police and paranormal to create a chilling crime thriller. People have told me it’s a fast paced hide-under-the-duvet crime novel so I think it’s worked quite well. 🙂
Can you relate to any of your characters?
Unfortunately I’m not an obsessive cleaner like DC Jennifer Knight, but I can relate to her on so many other levels. Working in the police is tiring with very long hours but you never know what each day will bring. I also empathise with Jennifer as she struggles to understand what is going on around her, and does not know who to confide in. I felt like that when strange things started occurring in my home. One minute you’re a capable person, and the next you’re someone who is completely helpless from forces beyond your understanding.
Are there any other writing projects on the go?
I absolutely adore writing and I have another crime series in my head that I’m dying to get down on paper. But first I’m finishing off the DC Jennifer Knight series, and book two is set to be very suspenseful. I’ve actually been on edge writing it myself!
Did you always want to write?
I was a real daydreamer as a child and English and Art were my favourite subjects in school. However, I never considered actually writing a book until my husband nagged me to tell our true story. After that, I was bit by the writing bug and had to keep going.
Has social media been a big help to you?
Oh gosh yes! My first book was self published and did pretty well. Sometimes people email me for advice on getting their book noticed. My advice is to get online and start networking, because you could have the best story in the world, but you’re not going to sell it if nobody knows about it. I feel so fortunate to have met so many new friends through Facebook and Twitter. These are the people that make dreams come true. I cannot thank the wonderful book bloggers, readers and fellow authors enough for their support. (I’m getting all emotional now so I’ll stop here!)
Do you have a favourite place in which to write?
It depends on my mood. I’m very fortunate to live near the beach so sometimes I’ll drive down there and sit in the car with my laptop overlooking the sea. I have a nice study, which I recently redecorated. There’s a quote on my chalkboard wall that says ‘it always seems impossible until it’s done.’ I also have nice Buddha’s, candles, and incense. It’s a very inspirational room … when my kids aren’t knocking on the door demanding my time that is!
About Caroline Mitchell
Caroline, a detective, lives with her husband, four children and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.
Three years ago, Caroline encountered true paranormal activity from an unknown entity in their home. A writer at heart, Caroline documented her experiences and wrote a book in the hope of helping others. She discovered a passion for writing and based her fiction thrillers on the two subjects she is most passionate about: crime and the paranormal.
Follow Caroline on Twitter – @Caroline_writes
Caroline’s Website – http://www.caroline-writes.com