Today, Jane Risdon tells us about a book we will hopefully be able to read in the near future.
If you could only read one more book before reading became illegal what would it be and why?
Gosh, this is a difficult one. I really cannot think of just one book off the top of my head. I don’t have a favourite book as such. I have been reading many years and have read countless of thousands of books during that time. I suppose if I was being really pushed, and if there was a collection (possibly a boxed set) of all the Agatha Christie novels, I’d probably go for that. Sorry to be a pain, but I can never answer this question in relation to a favourite song or food either.
If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?
I think I’d love to be Miss Marple from Agatha Christie’s books. She has such a wonderful life living in St. Mary Mead with its beautiful houses, she has a lovely cottage and garden and her stories are set during one of my favourite periods of time for fashion especially. I adore the way of life (for the middle and upper classes of course), and I would just drift around staying at great houses for weekend parties and solving crimes over cups of tea served in bone china cups and eating dainty finger sandwiches whilst surveying the other guests and mulling over clues. It would be heaven for me.
What is the title of the book that you are going to tell us about?
I’d like to tell you about a book I have not had published at time of writing. It had been in with my publisher when the company was sold to Headline Accent and I am not sure if they will take it or not. I hope they will, but in any case I plan to get it out this year by hook or by crook. I’ve written three books (so far) in a series I’m writing called, ‘Ms. Birdsong Investigates and book one is called: Ms. Birdsong Investigates Murder in Ampney Parva – Operation Matryoshka.
How did you come up with the title?
I was watching an episode of Midsomer Murders and it featured a character called Mrs. Songbird and the name Lavinia Birdsong popped into my head. I knew I wanted to use it.
Where did the idea for this book come from?
The name Lavinia Birdsong triggered an idea for a novel about a former MI5 Intelligence Officer who was hoping to one day to become (at the time the story is set) the second only ever female Director General of MI5, but this is all thrown aside when she is ‘voluntarily’ retired. The whole story came to me with her name. I’d wanted to write a story set in the British Security Services for a long time and she was perfect.
Which character in this book is your favourite and why?
I love Lavinia. She has attitude, she’s feisty and she kicks ass – she is a black belt in several Martial Arts and a crack shot with all sorts of guns. She speaks several languages, is highly intelligent and has a wicked sense of humour. She loves her food and a ‘very decent’ wine, but she has to watch her weight and is constantly starting and stopping a diet. She wears expensive clothes and has a thing about shoes, loves rock music and men. Well, she loves one man, her former colleague at MI6, Michael Dante. They were on a joint MI5/MI6 operation when things went belly-up and she was retired and he was sent to Moscow. They’d lived together and split up when she was forced out of the Security Services. But, as I said, she loves men and being in love with Michael does not hinder her in the least, she loves to flirt.
Where can we buy the book?
I hope to have it published this year so do keep in touch with me to track progress. Meantime you can read an excerpt from Ms. Birdsong Investigates in my recently published collection of short stories, ‘Undercover: Crime Shorts,’ where I’ve included a chapter from the first Birdsong novel and I’ve called it ‘Undercover,’ for reasons which will become obvious when you read it.
Undercover: Crime Shorts is published by Plaisted Publishing House and is available in paperback from Waterstones branches (order it) and in paperback and eBook on Amazon and various digital platforms.
ISBN: 978 0 359 39783 9 ASIN: BO7RFRVL4P
How can your readers keep in touch with you?
I am on social media.
Author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Risdon/e/B00I3GJ2Y8
Colette, thanks so much for having me on your blog. It has been so interesting and I loved your questions. Happy New Year to you and your readers. Jane xx
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