talks with Carleigh Lewis
(The Marketing coordinator for Harlequin Enterprises)
Eileen’s first cosy crime novel, Miss McGuire is Missing, was published by Robert Hale in July 2010.
It went into reprint three months later and in May 2011 was taken up by Harlequin Books of Canada.
Her second book, Blackmail for Beginners, was published in February 2012.
We’ll be Watching You, was published in 2013
. Eileen’s books have been described as ‘cosy crime with a hard edge.’
Wrong! So having sent off the manuscript I toyed around thinking about what to write next. Imagine my surprise when less than two weeks later I received a letter from Robert Hale Publishers offering me a contract with first refusal for my next two books. I sat staring at the letter, I could not believe what I was reading, I wanted to pick up the phone and ask the publisher if they’d got the right person, surely they can’t mean me? I’m not supposed to hear from you for at least another three months”. I re-read the letter and eventually the message sank in. My hands began to shake and I checked the envelope address twice just to be absolutely certain they’d got the right person, but my name was on it. It was true, I was not hallucinating…and then I felt on top of the world.
Carleigh: Tell us about your new novel We’ll Be Watching You.
I think that in every village or small town there is a curtain twitcher. We all know of them, they often are standing at the window watching the neighbours go by, and they miss nothing. This is harmless enough, these are people who are lonely and frustrated and their idea of relaxation is keeping an eye on their neighbours and passers by. But what, I thought, happens when they really do see something that is wrong? They will report it, but perhaps because of their reputation as a nosy person, the police won’t take them seriously. In We’ll Be Watching You. I’ve given Christine (also a nosy person,) a an additional problem; that or caring for her mother, Emily, who is a recent stroke victim and a feisty old lady with a mind of her own and decided weakness for a drop of the hard stuff. Also I’ve put in the character of Harry Myers, who tries to help Christine but although she is attracted to him she is suspicious of him and feels she cannot trust him. After all, she thinks, he could well be one of the robbers.
Carleigh: Writing mystery and suspense books must require a lot of imagination and creativity, how do you come up with some of your story lines?