I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Do No Harm written by L V Hay and published by Orenda Books. Many thanks to Anne Cater for organising the blog tour.
Fatal Attraction for the modern age.
Divorced father Maxwell will stop at nothing to see the return of his ex-wife Lily and 12-year-old Denny, when Lily remarries, even if it means murder.
After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong.
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lucy is an author and script editor, living in Devon with her husband, three children and six cats. Lucy is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015) both starring Danny Dyer. In addition to script reading and writing her own novels, Lucy also blogs about the writing process, screenwriting, genre, careers and movitivation and much more. DO NO HARM is out now and her crime debut for Orenda Books THE OTHER TWIN, has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. For more information about Lucy V. Hay, visit her website.
BLOG CONTENT – Why I Write Crime Fiction:
So, my new novel, Do No Harm has just been published by Orenda Books and I’m THRILLED! Not just because I have a new book baby out in the world, but because it’s apparently uber-dark and totally sick. As my very first beta reader said: ‘Love it … But omg!!! You have SUCH a sick mind! I am seriously worried now, I don’t think I can hang out with you anymore, just for my own safety!’ Thanks very much, I’ll take that! But seriously, I would never do any of the things I write about in my books … So why DO crime authors dream up such terrible scenarios, characters and behaviours?? Well, I can’t answer for all of us obviously, but here’s why I write crime fiction:
1) It’s realistic
It’s a sad fact of life that terrible (and multiple!) crimes happen every single day: stalking and murder (as in Do No Harm) are happening right now, maybe closer to home than we think. As long as humans have been around, there has been crime. Some people think we shouldn’t have stories about crime as well, but I believe the opposite: crime fiction allows people to explore their fears and worldviews about certain complex subjects. More on this, next.
2) It’s Cathartic
Tired of the news? Sick of bad people getting away with EVERYTHING? Ever wanted revenge on an evil boss, frenemy, or ex-partner? Want to solve a mystery, since your life is one mad, random jumble of weirdness? Why not write it into a story! True or not, it can help you sort through the frustrations and feelings and calm down the noise in your head. What’s more, readers like to read crime fiction for the same reasons too. What’s not to like!
3) It’s FUN!!!
I am a writer of several different genres and types now, including non-fiction. But ultimately, I love to write crime fiction because it’s what I like reading best. I read a whopping 90 books last year and the vast majority were psychological thrillers. Even those that didn’t fall squarely in this genre had some element of crime to them! Perhaps I am swotting up for a future as a criminal mastermind? Watch this space!
BLOG TOUR DETAILS:
If you would like to follow the Do No Harm Blog Tour, you can do so at the following dates: