#ChillWithABookAwardWinner · Crime Thriller

#ChillWithABookAward winner Nikki Crutchley joins me today to talk all things bookish @NikkiCAuthor @ChillWithABook #IndieAuthor #Winner

Huge congratulations on winning your Chill Award! You must be so happy that your work has been recognised in this way. Now, before we carry on, would you please introduce yourself to my readers, just in case they don’t know you already … 

Hi everyone, I’m Nikki Crutchley and I launched my crime/thriller in August this year. Nothing Bad Happens Here is my first (but hopefully not my last) book. I live in the beautiful town of Cambridge, New Zealand with my husband and two girls. When I’m not writing I work as a freelance proofreader and copy editor.

Nikki Crutchley

So, your book has been awarded with a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, what inspired you to write this story?

I’ve always wanted to write, ever since I was about seven years old. I’ve been reading crime/thrillers since my teens and thought if I was ever going to write a book I would write a crime/thriller novel. My initial inspiration with regard to the book was wanting to set the story at a wellness resort. I just liked the idea of a tranquil place where bad things happen.

What does the award mean to you?

A lot! Being a writer is a solitary job, and being an indie writer without the help and support of a publisher even more so. Getting this recognition means the world to me, especially since it’s my first book.

What other titles have you published? Tell us a little about them …

Nothing Bad Happens Here is my first novel. I have written a lot of flash fiction (short, short stories, mine are around 300 words). I’ve been published in the Fresh Ink anthology published by Cloud Ink Press, and my flash fiction has also appeared in Mayhem Literary Journal and Flash Frontier. I was lucky enough to have two stories short-listed in this year’s National Flash Fiction Day competition, where I won regional prize.

Are you working on a new book? Tell me about that …

Yes, I’m about half way through my first draft of You Can Never Go Back. It is set in a fictional town in the Waikato in New Zealand. I would probably class this one as a mystery/thriller – hopefully another good whodunit. The story is told through the eyes of four very different woman.

When not writing, what can you be found doing?

On weekdays working (proofreading and copy editing) and running around after my two girls. In summer I can be found anywhere there’s water with my family. In winter watching movies and reading.

Which three authors have most influenced your journey to becoming an author?

I would say the two who instantly come to mind are L M Montgomery, author of the Anne of Green Gables series, and Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.  I wrote a lot when I was younger and have only in the last four years or so returned to it. I remember reading and re-reading books by these two women and I still have their books on my bookshelf.

Why did you choose the genre you write in?

From about the age of 15 I read every Patricia Cornwall and James Patterson book I could get my hands on. I was intrigued with crime and the psychology around murderers and what makes them do it. I have always found that interesting and, for me, when I started writing, my book was always going to be a crime/thriller. I love inventing characters – good and bad, and putting them in situations and seeing if they can get out of them, and most importantly, what they have to do to get out of them.

Which other genre would you choose if you had to change?

Historical fiction. I love reading historical fiction and would love to write in that genre one day but I think all the research turns me off a bit! I take my hat off to the incredibly talented authors who research and then write such wonderful tales in this genre.

Quick fire questions …

Twitter or Facebook?  Facebook

Tea or coffee? Tea

Marmite – yes or no? Yes

Marvel or DC? Marvel

Early riser or sleep in?  Sleep in

Pj’s or ‘normal’ clothes when writing? Normal clothes

Planner or pantster? Planner all the way!

Book or kindle? Book

Pineapple on pizza – yes or no? No

And finally … What is your favourite book of all time?

Well, that’s an impossible question! If I may, I’ll pick three. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Jessica by Bryce Courtenay, and the Tamar trilogy by Deborah Challinor. (Sorry that’s actually five books!)

Thank you for joining me today and many congratulations again on your Chill with A Book Award!

You can keep up with all Nikki’s news by following her on the following social media sites:

Amazon: http://a.co/7y5bFY8

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ebook/nothing-bad-happens-here

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NikkiCAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NikkiCrutchleyAuthor

You can get your copy of Nothing Bad Happens Here over at Amazon, here’s the blurb …

“She looked away from his face and took in the clear spring night, full of stars. Her last thoughts were of her mother. Would she finally care, when one day they found her body, and a policeman came knocking at her door?”

The body of missing tourist Bethany Haliwell is found in the small Coromandel town of Castle Bay, where nothing bad ever happens. News crews and journalists from all over the country descend on the small seaside town as old secrets are dragged up and gossip is taken as gospel.
Among them is Miller Hatcher, a journalist battling her own demons, who arrives intent on gaining a promotion by covering the grisly murder.
Following an anonymous tip, Miller begins to unravel the mystery of the small town. And when another woman goes missing, Miller finds herself getting closer to the truth. But at what cost?

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