Hey Friends. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Smile of Deceit by Keith Newman and I am bringing you an interview. Enjoy!
Smile of Deceit by Keith Newman
Published by: Clink Street Publishing
Release date: 20/10/2020
Where to find: Goodreads | Amazon
Summary: When two teenage girls disappear exactly sixteen years apart, police are convinced that the cases must be connected. One suspect was present on both occasions and now he has checked out of his hotel early and cannot be found.
But nothing is straightforward and it becomes clear that police involved in the original investigation have secrets of their own. When the cold case is reopened new evidence about both girls is established quickly, and there is a strong suspicion that the police are being manipulated.
Ruby Delacourt, the partner of the main suspect, is convinced that he is innocent and she uses her skill as a reporter to do her own digging. But she helps to uncover a much darker side to his character and an unexpected link between the two cases.
This is the turning point and the race is on to catch the real killer – a race which begins in the mountains of the French Alps and ends in a ski lodge just north of Lake Bled.
Interview with Keith Newman
What is your favourite thing about writing books?
I love to be able to lock myself away in my own little world, not thinking about anything else and just letting my mind wonder.
Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Ruby Delacourt is the top of the list for me. On one level she is strong, has a successful career and is in a happy relationship. But she is haunted by her dead father’s warnings and deep down she knows that she has never found true happiness.
What is your favourite drink to consumer while writing?
Hot cups of tea, but it is usually cold and untouched when I notice it there.
Do you have any bad habits while you are writing?
You had better ask my wife.
How did you research your book?
With difficulty. Some authors obviously have armies of advisers ready to provide specialist help, but it was not easy for me. Luckily a senior police officer (retired) gave me some helpful advice.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I will sit on the fence on this one, because I believe it has to be a bit of both – but I’m sure my pants have got holes in them from that bloody fence.
If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
Most writers I would imagine are already living in the current fictional world they are creating. So, whatever world is in my head at any point in time is the one I want to be in.
If you could befriend a fictional character who would you choose and why?
I love to read about characters who have flaws – strong on the outside but with weaknesses they want to hide. There are lots to choose from but Jane Tennyson is top of my list.
My name is Keith Newman and I have two things in common with Rodney, the character in ‘Only Fools and Horses’ – we are both tall and slim (well at least I was when I was his age) and we both have one ‘O’ level. Perhaps the similarity ends there.
My full-time formal education stopped when I was 15 in 1957 so I am getting on a bit. Lewes Secondary Modern School for Boys was good for us in many ways – we had to behave ourselves, were taught to work hard or else, and not be too interested in the girls from the school next door.
My first job was as office boy at the local council offices. It wasn’t long before I knew what everyone was doing in their own little rooms and I probably knew more about the people working there than the boss did. I moved about quite a bit in the same department, but was always able to select the best manager to work with based on my insight into the various power struggles. I paid invoices, moved trampolines from one school to another (only losing one in the process) and helped to organise the 11+ examination. Then I ended up in Personnel (HR as it’s now called). We had 36,000 employees working in about 300 sites and I got to visit every one. It was my dream job and I ended up managing the whole team. We certainly had a variety of problems.
But now in my retirement I’ve started to write fiction and I can for the first time in my life be creative. My first book, ‘Smile of Deceit’ is a crime thriller and I am already planning the next one.