Congratulations to Anne Coates whose new book, ‘Perdition’s Child’, the fourth in the Hannah Weybridge series is out today in paperback and eBook, published by Urbane Publications.
It’s a real pleasure to welcome Anne back to my blog. I asked her some questions about her new book.
I cannot believe that the fourth book in the Hannah Weybridge series has been published. Can you tell me a bit about ‘Perdition’s Child’ please?
To be honest, Sonya, I am still pinching myself – four books so moving from a trilogy (as it was first seen) to a series! ‘Perdition’s Child’ is once again set in 1994, moving on from the devastating climax of ‘Songs of Innocence’. After a short holiday with Tom, Hannah is back in London only to discover another suspicious death in her locality, this time in Dulwich Library. The police don’t seem interested but the head librarian thinks further investigation is required and passes information to Hannah. Why has an Australian trying to trace his family become a murder victim?
Did you find this book easy to write?
Parts of it yes, but some scenes are more difficult. The sense of loss and sadness pervades and that did affect me. The loss of a child, however that occurs, leaves a huge space in someone’s life. However, I love developing and having fun with characters and some have survived from earlier books. Lucy – one of the homeless people in Cardboard City – who appeared in ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ and briefly in ‘Songs of Innocence’ steps into the spotlight as the secrets from her past are discovered.
Where do you get your ideas from?
As a journalist I have interviewed people from all walks of life, from prostitutes (Dancers in the Wind) to actors (watch this space) and written about and researched a myriad of topics which inform my scenarios. Plus I have many friends who work in different professions and generously share their experiences. Sometimes observing someone on a bus gives me an idea for how a character is dressed or how they move. I have been known to plunder the habits of my family. Often one idea generates another and before I know it I’m off on another adventure with Hannah.
Are there any more books in this series planned and if so what direction do you feel Hannah will take?
The idea that I am working on at the moment – and it’s in the very early stages – sees Hannah moving away from freelancing on ‘The News’ and taking a less demanding job working as a “ghost writer” for a famous actor’s memoir. But then she uncovers a mystery that she feels compelled to unravel…
Would you like to see the Hannah Weybridge series made into a TV drama?
If only! People often follow this question with and who would you like to play Hannah (and other characters)? I don’t have a preference. The Hannah I see in my mind’s eye is probably quite different from the reader’s and a director would want to ‘recreate’ her own Hannah. It’s a different interpretation and I’d be fascinated to see it.
Do you think that you will ever write another series?
I’ve been playing around with an idea for another series set in the here and now and I have a main character developing to fill the role.
Would you consider writing a different genre?
Well I have written seven nonfiction books and two collections of short stories some of which would be classed more as ‘women’s fiction’. I’m also working on a psychological thriller that’s a standalone and is loosely based on one of those short stories written some time ago.
What do you hope readers will get from your books?
Primarily I hope they are entertained and are engrossed in the story, but also that they would see situations in a new light. Although the Hannah Weybridge series is set in the 1990s many of the problems are still with us today. Sadly our society hasn’t moved on in many respects in terms of racism and discrimination. The homeless situation is worse and food banks didn’t exist then.
If you could live your life all over again would you still write books or would you do something different?
When I was studying for my A levels I thought about careers in Law, Psychology and Journalism. My degree was in English and French and I was fortunate enough to find a job in book publishing, which led me to journalism. Even if I had gone into either of the other two options, I think I would have still written novels – but they would probably have had a different focus.
What is the last book you read?
‘The Doll House’ by Phoebe Morgan.
Dulwich library is the scene of a baffling murder, followed swiftly by another in Manchester, the victims linked by nothing other than their Australian nationality. Police dismiss the idea of a serial killer, but journalist Hannah Weybridge isn’t convinced.
She is drawn into an investigation in which more Australian men are killed as they try to trace their British families. Her research reveals past horrors and present sadness, and loss linked to children who went missing after the Second World War. Have those children returned now?
Once again Hannah finds herself embroiled in a deadly mystery, a mystery complicated by the murder of Harry Peters; the brother of Lucy, one of the residents of Cardboard City she had become friendly with. It soon becomes clear Lucy is protecting secrets of her own.
What is Lucy’s link to the murders and can Hannah discover the truth before the killer strikes again?
Anne Coates gripping thriller is the perfect read for fans of Emma Tallon, K.L.Slater and Laura Marshall.
About Anne Coates
Reading and writing has been Anne Coates’ passion for as long as she can remember. Inspired by her mother who taught her to read before she went to school and by the Deputy Head at her secondary school in Harlow, Essex who encouraged her hunger for reading by granting her free access to the books not yet in the school library – she feels still grateful for this, in her eyes, amazing privilege.
After her degree in English and French, Anne moved to London where she has lived ever since. During her career, she worked for publishers, as a journalist, writer, editor, and translator. The birth of her daughter, Olivia inspired her to write non-fiction books, such as ‘Your Only Child’ (Bloomsbury, 1996), books about applying to and surviving university (NeedtoKnow, 2013), but also short stories, tales with a twist, and stories exploring relationships, published in in various women’s magazines including Bella and Candis.
After working on Woman’s Weekly and Woman & Home, Anne went freelance and found herself interviewing all types of people from people working on gas rigs to prostitutes and some of their situations made her think “What if…” And so, investigative journalist Hannah Weybridge was born…
The Hannah Weybridge series is published by Urbane Publications: ‘Dancers in the Wind’ (2016), ‘Death’s Silent Judgement’ (2017), and ‘Songs of Innocence’ (2018) plus the latest ‘Perdition’s Child’ (February 2020).
Anne Coates lives with three demanding cats and enjoys reading, going to the theatre and cinema, wining and dining and time with her family and friends.
‘Perdition’s Child’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-
Where to find Anne Coates
Author Website: www.annecoatesauthor.com
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