Interview with Val Penny
Recently I caught up with Val Penny and interviewed her on her book – Hunter’s Chase. It’s a series of books set in Edinburgh. So I asked her about this, getting into the mindset of her characters and the dark humour. First a little bit about the book and the link to my review, which I wrote previously, can also be found after the interview.
“Thank you for inviting me to your blog today, Louise. It is always nice to speak to you.
Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe is the byline.
D.I. Hunter Wilson needs to find the source of cocaine flooding the city, but then a corpse is discovered, he also becomes focused on this. Then there is a second murder and a young women’s life hanging in the balance as the son of his nemesis joins the team.
Now onto the questions.
1. What inspired you to write crime fiction and set your series in Edinburgh?
I have to admit that the type of book that I enjoy most to read is crime fiction, so I decided to write what I like to read. Before I set the DI Wilson series in Edinburgh, I did debate making up my own town like Peter Robinson did for his crime series. However I know Edinburgh well and it is a city many people have visited or want to visit. It is also quite a small city, but cosmopolitan and it has everything I needed, so Edinburgh is Hunter’s home.
2. The book has some dark humour within it as well as some pretty brutal murders, how did you manage to combine the two without it sounding forced and was it intentional to combine both and yet keep a gritty feel?
Aah, yes, well that was intentional. I enjoy humour and especially dark humour. I think you need to lift a crime novel from darkness.
3. How do you get into the mindset of the characters to write both the murderer and the police solving the case?
I drafted biographies for each of my main characters and that allowed me to get to know them before I started to write the novel.
4. Did you have to research for the procedures? If so, how easy or difficult was this and then to translate it into a work of fiction?
Yes, I am lucky to have a friend who is a retired detective chief inspector and another who is a CSI. They were most helpful in guiding me in the right direction. Of course, I may have strayed for dramatic effect and any errors are mine.
5. There are several books in the series now, do you have more planned or what’s next in your writing career?
I certainly plan to write more in the Hunter series. I have a second series now where Jane Renwick is the main character. I am writing the second book in that series now.
6. You write a blog and keep a social media presence as well as books. From an author’s perspective how does this benefit both you and your readers?
I like to keep in touch with my readers and to hear from them through my website, blog and social media. It is always lovely to keep in touch.
7. What genres do you like to read and what are you reading just now?
I read many crime fiction novels, but also women’s fiction. I have just finished reading My Extra Life By Maggie Corbett, a non-fiction book about her 20 year career as a tv and film extra. Now I am reading a historical fiction novel, There is Mo Going Home By Madalyn Morgan.
Link to the review I wrote previously: Hunters Chase Review