Today, as part of the blog tour for The Witness, I’m bringing you a guest post from author Kevin Marsh but first a little about the book:
Title: The Witness by Kevin Marsh
Date Published: 22nd April 2013
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Landscape artist Josie MacDonald is coming to the end of her stay in Scotland. Whilst out on a painting trip early one morning she witnesses a horrific murder.
Mr Mac, the deranged killer, is aware that she has seen him at work and sets out to kill her but Josie manages to escape by plunging desperately into the North Sea.
Mr Mac, convinced that she has perished, discovers a few days later that she has survived and sets out to track her down. He follows her to London where he subjects her to terrible psychological torment as one by one her friends are drawn into the nightmare.
Josie returns to Scotland in order to discover the truth where her worst fears are realised. With time running out and a killer on the loose she must survive long enough to bring their horrifying ordeal to an end.
The Witness, my second book, published in 2013 was my first attempt at writing a psychological thriller. Since then I have written two more thrillers with some of the key characters appearing in both. Josie gets a mention in all the books but has yet to feature again in a story of her own. (I have some ideas)!
The inspiration behind The Witness came sixteen years ago when visiting my sister who lived in a village close to Spey Bay. One day we walked into the bay and I was struck by its natural beauty and wildlife. The history of the place also interested me, there was evidence of ship building, salmon fishing and crofter life. (The visitor centre also did a wonderful hot chocolate with marshmallows)!
I spotted an artist sitting on the bank painting a water colour of the old iron railway bridge spanning the River Spey. This is when Josie MacDonald, my main character was born. I knew that something terrible must happen in this beautifully peaceful place so my imagination took over and I knew I had the beginnings of a thrilling novel.
I was drawn in completely by Josie and the terrible events that followed her painting trip in Scotland. At the time I was learning to paint and my subject was portraits so I decided to paint Josie. The portrait brought Josie to life and the painting was used and the cover for the book.
Spey Bay is a small settlement in Moray, Scotland. It is situated on the each coast where the River Spey flows into The Moray Firth.
For more information about Spey Bay and The Witness visit my website. www.kevinmarshnovels.co.uk
Box Canvas 500mmX500mm painted in acrylic and finished cover:
About The Author:
Kevin Marsh was born in Canterbury in 1961. He lived and went to school there attending the Technical College, (now Canterbury College), as an apprentice sheet metal worker. During his five years of training he worked in a small local company with his father and brother. In 1981 he was married and moved to Whitstable, (his father’s home town).
His first novel, The Belgae Torc, book 1 in the Torc Trilogy, was launched on 30th June 2012 with his second book, The Witness, a psychological thriller, being published in March 2013. The Gordian Knot is the second part of the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2014
Cutting the Gordian Knot (The Final Solution) is the final book in the Torc Trilogy and was published in July 2016.
He has recently retired from teaching steel fabrication and welding and moved to the beautiful Kent countryside to focus on writing and painting.