Saturday, March 24, 2018

The Murderer's Wife by Daralyse Lyons

What a intriguing title and tag line - What happens when you love someone who does the unforgiveable?

Of course I have it on my Kindle ready and waiting to be read so I'll be posting a review soon. But I managed to grab the author Daralyse Lyons to sit her down in a comfy chair and ask about the book (which was released on 7th March this year)  

      Sue: Your new novel The Murderer’s Wife sounds fabulous. Tell us more about the plot.

Daralyse :Thank you so much!  The book is a love story wrapped within a mystery.  Its main character, Laura, is very much in love with her husband and happy with the life they’ve built together.  There’s only one minor problem: He’s a serial killer.

     Sue: Heavens above! If that doesn't make you want to read it, then I don't know what will. Here's the blurb for the book which makes me want to read it even more: 

Laura Cutty is in love with a murderer. 

She knew when she married him that Thomas Cutty was a killer. She accepts that about him, just as he accepts everything distasteful about her – like the way she cracks her knuckles when nervous or uses the last of the toilet paper without replacing the roll.

Twelve years of marriage and two beautiful babies later, and Laura and Thomas have learned to love the life they built together – a life that depends on Laura never asking the question: Who did Thomas kill last night?

     S. Daralyse, what prompted you to first start writing? What was the first thing you wrote?

D. Oh wow!  I have been writing since I was five years old.  I used to get in trouble for sneaking books under the covers and reading with a flashlight until well after I should’ve been asleep.  I also made up stories as a kid so have been blurring the line between fact and fiction for as long as I can remember.  In terms of published works, my first novel, The Lost Daughter, was released in 2006.

 S. Yes - you're definitely a born writer. 
  Do you plot your novels in advance, or allow them to develop as you write?

D.  Great question!  I do a mix of both.  I’ve learned the hard way that I need to have a general idea of where I’m headed but sometimes the characters take on lives of their own and I have to go where they want to go, not where I originally planned.

     S. Yes, I think I've learned that too - know my beginning and end before I start and then get the middle sorted out as it goes ahead. Daralyse, what’s the best part of the writing process…and the worst?

D. Editing is the bane of my existence, but I’m beginning to come to terms with the necessity of it.  I think the most fun is creating an idea and beginning to put it down on paper.

     S: If your main character came to dinner, what would you give him/her to eat?

D. If my main characters wanted dinner with me, I’d make sure we met at a restaurant – somewhere very public.  I don’t trust either of them farther than I can throw them.

    S.  I thought you might say that!! So, as long as you were safe, what would the conversation be about?

D. I would want to ask them about their latest victims and I’d especially want to ask Laura about the struggle of loving someone who does bad things.  But I’d probably lose my nerve and end up asking them about their kids.

    S. Yes, I can just imagine asking Laura how she could love a serial killer. What an imagination!  Did any novel inspire you?

D. So many novels inspire me.  And I am fascinated by other writers and the craft in general.  In terms of this specific project, the inspiration came to me when I was watching an episode of Law & Order: SVU.

    S. What’s coming up next, Daralyse?

D. At the moment, I’m working on a comprehensive memoir project that is perhaps my biggest undertaking so far.  But I’m also doing a lot to engage with readers about my existing 20 titles and have been hosting author events, blogging, and sharing new content.  If you’re interested in ongoing updates, check out my website and sign up for the newsletter for free chapters, author news, promos, and other surprises.

You can find more about Daralyse here (and there's lot more to find out :-) ):

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