Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Jo Fenton - Author of "The Brotherhood"

Jo Fenton has had her new book, "The Brotherhood" published by Crooked Cat Books. I've just bought it (here) and can't wait to get stuck in.

I asked Jo along to the blog to tell us a little bit more about her psychological thriller which sounds like a great read. Here's a quick blurb:

When a young woman becomes pregnant in a religious sect, how far will she go to escape the abusive leader and save the people she loves?

  •  Sue: Jo, welcome. Your new novel The Brotherhood sounds fabulous. Tell us more about the plot.

Thank you, Sue. Delighted to be visiting your blog today.
As you’ve already mentioned, The Brotherhood is set in a religious sect, and is a story of a vulnerable young woman, Melissa, who gets drawn into a religious sect, and is torn between her feelings for the sect leader and one of the sect members. She doesn’t always make good decisions, and these
lead her into trouble. There are several characters in the sect who are not as benign as they first appear!

Wow, a religious sect! Intriguing. What prompted you to first start writing? What was the first thing you wrote?

I first started writing when I was at school, but most of the stories in my head didn’t make it to paper, as I struggled physically with writing due to poor coordination. I wrote a few articles for school and youth club magazines, and also wrote and produced a short sketch for a youth group talent show. It was hilariously funny, but not totally appropriate!
I took up writing again in 2011 after learning to touch type. I then wrote a few short stories, but the editing of these was shelved in favour of starting The Brotherhood.

Well done on persevering. That's what we all need to do. Did you plot your novel in advance, or allow it to develop as you write?

The Brotherhood developed as I wrote. There was a bit of preliminary planning, but I let it flow. It took six years and ten drafts to get to a level I was happy with, so for my sequel, I’ve done a lot more planning, including a chapter by chapter plan (which has to evolve, when my characters tell me to change the plot!) Not planning is lots of fun, but it’s very inefficient!

That's how I tend to work - let the novel carry me along. I think that way, though, means we take longer to write a book. What’s the best part of the writing process…and the worst?

The best part is definitely those moments when the cast takes over. I love it when my clear idea of where the story is going is hijacked by a character who has other ideas!
The worst bit is having to deal with the plot holes that follow!

Oh! Tell me about it! :-) Still, I'm glad it all worked out in the end. If your main character came to dinner, what would you give him/her to eat?

Food in The Brotherhood is very bland and uninteresting, so to make things a bit more exciting, I would give Mel either pizza or vegetable curry.

Did any novel inspire you?

Lots of novels inspired me. I’ve read loads of Dick Francis novels, possibly all of them, and I think he was the biggest influence on my writing style. Other influences have been from Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, and MC Beaton, but I’ve probably received most inspiration from Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and JK Rowling.

I just read some of Dick Francis books as research for my latest novel. What’s your favourite book of all time?

Persuasion by Jane Austen. It’s the book I reach for when I need toescape to a different time and place. I have loads of others as well, but this is my absolute favourite.

Great choice. What’s coming up next, Jo?

I’m currently writing the sequel to The Brotherhood, and then I have a crime series lined up, set in Manchester with a delightful, feisty female detective.

Sounds like we're going to hear a lot more from Jo Fenton in the future. Looking forward to reading The Brotherhood - and what comes afterwards. Thank you Jo!

Here's where you can find Jo: 
Social Media:
Twitter: @jl_fenton

Buy The Brotherhood link:

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