I’m thrilled to be part of The Wrong Boy blog tour so thanks to both Anne Cater from Random Things Tours and the author for this excellent guest post (really enjoyed this!!)
What they say: Perched on a Welsh clifftop, the ancient, picturesque hamlet of Rhosddraig has its peaceful façade ripped apart when human remains are discovered under a pile of stones. The village pub, The Dragon’s Head, run by three generations of women, becomes the focal point for those interested in the grisly find, and it’s where layers of deceit are peeled away to expose old secrets, and deep wounds. The police need to establish who died, how, and why, but DI Evan Glover knows he can’t be involved in the investigation, because he’s just two days away from retirement. However, as the case develops in unexpected ways, it becomes irrevocably woven into his life, and the lives of local families, leading to disturbing revelations – and deadly consequences . . .
‘A clever plot with a web of intrigue and characters who stay with you.’
Jane Corry, author of the Sunday Times best-sellers ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘Blood Sisters’ and ‘The Dead Ex’.
TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME by Cathy Ace
Thanks for having me along today – much appreciated. Since I’m not at all well-known I dare say I could tell you almost anything about myself and it would be news to you – but I’ll try to be a bit more interesting than telling you what I eat for breakfast!
1. My birth name really is Ace! A lot of people think I made it up, but Ace is a surprisingly ‘popular’ surname in the Swansea area.
2. My parents wanted to name me ‘Fern’. Thank goodness they thought about the implications – given my surname. Why ‘Fern’? Something to do with outings they used to take to Cefn Bryn on the Gower peninsular, where there are a lot of ferns! I managed to weave a small thread about a courting couple in Gower into THE WRONG BOY – inspired by my mum and dad’s real-life excursions.
3. I wrote my first murderous short story in 1988 sitting in a car park just off Baker Street in London – possibly channeling Doyle/Holmes. It was my lunch break (I was selling printed self-adhesive labels at the time; Marks & Spencer was a client, and their HQ is on Baker Street) and the deadline was looming (it was the next day!) for a short story competition in ‘Company’ magazine I’d decided, months earlier, to enter. I hand-wrote the story, got a friend to type it up, and I handed it in at the magazine’s office an hour before the deadline. I was fortunate that it did, indeed, win the prize to be published in an anthology…and was then republished in another anthology which became part of the English Language O level syllabus for years. I took the next twenty years away from fiction writing to focus on my career, but it was having that same short story produced for BBC Radio 4 in 2007 that inspired me to start again.
4. THE WRONG BOY is my thirteenth published novel. At the moment I have no strong feelings about the number 13 – but I might develop some when the book’s been launched. (I’m hoping they’re positive ones!)
5. I was made a Freeman of the City of London in 2000, and became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors the same year. This means I’m able to vote for the Lord Mayor of London. As a Welshwoman I’m rather sad that the right of all Freemen to drive their sheep across London Bridge is no longer available, though the annual ‘ceremonial sheep drive’ is great fun!
6. The day I migrated to Canada from the UK, in 2000, I was wheeled into my ‘new country’ in a wheelchair – having slipped the morning of my flight, twisting my ankle very badly. The result was that I was seen first at the immigration desk and whisked through, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a ploy to anyone else; a ten hour flight with a swollen ankle isn’t fun.
7. Having lived in South London overlooking 16 lanes of traffic, I now enjoy the peace of my new home which is half way up a little mountain, and pretty much in the middle of nowhere. To a girl from the terraces of Swansea it still feels ‘exotic’. As I type this I am looking out of my window at three bald eagles soaring above the tall cedars, and we frequently have coyotes and bears in the garden. A long way from the odd fox or stray cat I was used to in Swansea and London! I love it – though the bear poop is quite something, and I can tell you from experience they much prefer to go in the middle of the driveway than ‘in the woods’ – more’s the pity.
8. I like to do my plotting when I do my weeding. We have five acres, and actively garden about three and half of them – which means a lot of planting, weeding, and pruning. The weeding is a great time to let my mind take flight and come up with dark and deadly deeds – the the flower beds benefit too.
9. My most productive writing hours are between 9pm and 2am. My most accurate editing hours are between 10am and 2pm. I really enjoy being awake when the house – and all its inhabitants – are asleep, and find I can do my best work when I’m not worrying about emails that need to be answered, or a Facebook feed that needs to be read, enjoyed and responded to.
10. In my Cait Morgan Mysteries I admit that Cait is very firmly based upon myself. In my WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries I admit I know all five of the ‘lead’ women personally, though each of the characters in the books is a synthesis based upon at least two real friends/acquaintances. In THE WRONG BOY? I refuse to answer the question, on the grounds it might incriminate me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This is the 13th novel from Cathy Ace. Her criminal psychologist, overindulgent-foodie sleuth, Cait Morgan, has stumbled upon Corpses with a Silver Tongue, Golden Nose, Diamond Hand, Garnet Face, an Emerald Thumb, Platinum Hair and Ruby Lips during her globetrotting.
Ace’s WISE Enquiries Agency series features four softly-boiled female PIs who solve quintessentially British cases from their stately home-based office in rural Wales, where Cathy was born and raised.
Shortlisted for the Bony Blithe Award for Best Light Mystery by a Canadian three times in four years, winning in 2015, she was also shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story in 2017.
Author website: http://www.cathyace.com/ (pop in for a visit, I really enjoyed it!)
And here are the blogs to drop into as part of the tour …