Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ New York Night by

Please welcome  author of New York Night.

Stephen Leather will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

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New York Night

by Stephen Leather

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GENRE: Horror/Supernatural

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INTERVIEW:

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

 

 

My uncle was a writer, mainly for classic TV shows in the 1960s such as The Avengers, Department S, Jason King, and The Champions. I think seeing him work first attracted me to writing as a career. He went on to write several thrillers. He died before my first book was published so I never got to talk to him about my books.

 

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

For my thrillers, I get my ideas from newspapers and from talking to people, especially police officers and soldiers. The Jack Nightingale, supernatural detective, series is slightly different as much of it is from my imagination, though I do try to keep the books grounded in reality. I do visit black magic websites for background information. As for the ideas – they just come! Though the longer I write, the easier it has become to come up with ideas!

 

 

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

The hero of New York Night, Jack Nightingale, is scared of lifts (or elevators as they say in the US!) and so am I! I have been trapped in malfunctioning lifts several times over the years – once for two hours in an old fashioned lift in Budapest – so my fears are warranted. I always take the stairs if I can. When my publisher used to be based on the 22nd floor of a London tower block I would always use the stairs!

 

 

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I am writing a book called Dark Forces, the thirteenth book in the Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd series. Shepherd works for MI5, though in previous books he worked for the police and the SAS. It’s about an Islamic State terrorist outrage in London. Then I will start the eighth Jack Nightingale book – Miami Night.

 

 

 

 

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

 

I love Proserpine, a demon from hell, and I would love to be her, just to have the power that she has. Plus I like her sense of humour. She often says things that make me laugh out loud!

 

 

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I’m lucky in that at the moment Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) is directing the movie of my book The Chinaman. The hero of the title is played by Jackie Chan and the IRA villain by Pierce Brosnan. How cool is that? For Jack Nightingale, I think I’d like to see him played by Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who played Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

No. I’ve never been in a writers circle or a critique group. But I do have a small number of fans who I send early drafts to. They are great for spotting typos but they also tell me if a story is working or not.

 

 

  1. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

 

I have always wanted to write but it took me ten years as a journalist before my work was good enough to publish. No one encouraged me, I knew what I had to do! When I had finished my first book I sent it to half a dozen agents and they all ignored me. I sent it to Collins (now Harper Collins) and they published it. By the time I wrote my fourth book I had an agent who got me a deal with my present publisher, Hodder and Stoughton. To be honest I haven’t found much encouragement during my career, it’s mostly been a struggle and I have had to drive myself!

 

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

 

The best advice on writing came from my editor at Harper Collins who suggested I stop writing in the first person and switch to the third person. She was absolutely right. The worst advice I have received has always come from agents. I have learned to always ignore anything an agent tells me. Either that or do the opposite!

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

 

I don’t use outlines, but I usually have an idea of what the ending is before I start writing. I find outlines too confining, I prefer to have the option of changing the plot as I go along!

  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Most of what I do in real life ends up in my books. I’ve parachuted, I can fly a plane, I can scuba dive and sail, I have fired most sorts of weapons and thrown hand grenades, I can ride motorcycles and horses. It’s much easier to write about things like that if you have actually done it. I travel a lot and try to write about the places I have visited.

 

 

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

My favourite book of all time is One Day In the Life Of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I’ve read it many times and it always inspires me.

 

 

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

I am writing Dark Forces, the thirteenth book in the Dan ‘Spider’ Shepherd series. Shepherd works for MI5, though in previous books he worked for the police and the SAS. It’s about an Islamic State terrorist outrage in London. A sniper from Syria makes his way across Europe to London where he will play a key role in an attack on a London stadium. Shepherd discovers the man is in the country and races to stop him.

 

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

 

Pierce Brosnan is my favourite actor and I’ve been lucky enough to meet him a couple of times this month as he is starring in the film of my book The Chinaman. My favourite actress would be Dervla Kirwan who starred in the movie of my book The Bombmaker.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?

 

Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. I wish he’d do a literary show, visiting struggling writers to show them where they’re going wrong!
 

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

 

It’s easier than writing standalone books, and you get more comfortable with the character. The downside is that as the series progresses you have to remember so much about what has happened to your character! I am continuing the Jack Nightingale series by having him move from city to city. So I have already written San Francisco Night and New York Night and the next one will be Miami Night.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

 

Please continue reading, and wherever possible support your local library. Almost all my reading when I was a child came from the local library and it worries me how much pressure libraries are under these days.

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BLURB:

 

Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line. New York Night is the seventh novel in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

Sara could see that he was afraid so she smiled what she hoped was a comforting smile. ‘It’s a game,’ she said. ‘It’s just a game.’

 

‘If you want to play a game, let’s play Grand Theft Auto,’ said her brother. Luke was ten, six years younger than she was. They rarely played together but she needed another pair of hands for the Ouija board and Luke could be relied on to do as he was told.

 

‘Because I want to play this,’ she said.

 

‘It’s stupid,’ he said. ‘I’ve never heard of a game like this before.’ He sat back on his heels. They were in her bedroom. He was rarely allowed into her room and had looked at her suspiciously when she had first suggested they play a game together.

 

‘You liked Charlie Charlie didn’t you? Well this is the same. You can ask it question and it’ll answer.’

 

‘Charlie Charlie is for fun,’ said the boy.

 

‘So is this. But with Charlie Charlie you can only pick one of four answers, right? This way the spirits can talk to us.’

 

‘Spirits? You mean ghosts?’

 

‘It’s all the same. Look, it’s a game. Just a game. Do you want to play or shall I tell mom you haven’t done your homework?’

 

Okay, okay,’ mumbled Luke. ‘Don’t give me a hard time.’

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider’ Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

 

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country’s most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

 

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

 

Jack Nightingale has his own website at www.jacknightingale.com

 

You can buy New York Night on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Night-Nightingale-Supernatural-ebook/dp/B017T03500/

 

You can buy New York Night on Kobo at https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/new-york-night-the-7th-jack-nightingale-novel

 

You can buy New York Night on iBooks at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/new-york-night-7th-jack-nightingale/id1057762247

 

You can buy New York Night at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/591862

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Stephen Leather will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1550

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14 comments on “Christine Presents ~ New York Night by

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    March 7, 2016

    Thank you for hosting today.

  2. Stephen Leather
    March 7, 2016

    I love your website, thank you so much for having me! 🙂

    • achristay
      March 7, 2016

      Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour. Thank you for the compliment.

  3. Mai Tran
    March 7, 2016

    Why do you write?

  4. nikolina84
    March 7, 2016

    Enjoyed reading your amazing interview, thank you!

  5. momjane
    March 7, 2016

    I really enjoyed your interview. The story sounds fascinating.

  6. Rita Wray
    March 7, 2016

    I liked the interview.

  7. Eva Millien
    March 7, 2016

    Great interview and excerpt, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

  8. Victoria
    March 7, 2016

    Really awesome post!! I love a good horror book and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.. thanks for sharing!!!

  9. Dario
    March 7, 2016

    Sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing!

  10. Ree Dee
    March 7, 2016

    I loved the interview and the excerpt. Thank you so much for sharing.

  11. Cover2Cover
    March 13, 2016

    What an enlightening interview! Well done.

  12. Stephen Leather
    March 13, 2016

    Mia Tran asks why I write! A good question. These days I write because that’s how I earn my living. I’m lucky. But even if I wasn’t writing professionally I would still write. That’s what writers do! I write because I can’t not write!

  13. Becky
    March 14, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this giveaway with us.

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