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Today I have a fabulous Q&A with Linda Regan as part of the blog tour organised by Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours but first a little about the book:
Title: The Terror Within by Linda Regan
Publisher: Headline Accent
Date Published: 12th December 2019
Genre: Police Procedural
CAN THEY SAVE THE HOSTAGES BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT?
Just as DCI Banham and DI Alison Grainger are about to get married, a policeman is shot and all officers are urgently called to the scene.
Banham, a trained hostage negotiator, rushes to the street when he hears his friend, PC Martin Neville, has been injured and taken hostage, along with four others. As Banham tries to negotiate, things go from dangerous to critical, with PC Neville is in a life-threatening condition.
Meanwhile Grainger, having been left at the altar, defies orders and is working on the case from the CCTV room. When the pieces begin to fall together, she finds herself in a deadly situation. With time nearly up, the demands of the hostage-takers are yet to be met and lives remain at risk…
DCI Banham returns in the latest heart racing novel from critically acclaimed author Linda Regan. This fast-paced and gritty thriller is perfect for fans of Lynda La Plante and Kimberley Chambers.
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Q&A with Linda Regan
First of all, can you tell us about your latest book, The Terror Within?
The Terror Within is a police procedural crime story. It opens as two of my regular police are about to get married when an alert goes out to all officers in the area that a policeman has been shot and taken hostage, along with another female PC, and three civilians. DI Banham is a trained hostage negotiator, he abandons his wedding just as it is about to start and rushes to the scene. Time is against them as the injured PC needs urgent attention and the hostage takers are making impossible demands for his release. Meanwhile against her fiancé, Banham’s orders, DI Alison Grainger is at the police station working the case from there. As the clock ticks perilously away Grainger discovers more danger lurking behind this siege and venturing from the station to help, she finds herself in the thick of that danger as she tries to save other innocent lives. Tensions are at their height, as the the siege is turned on its head in an explosive climax where the surprise ending nearly knocks the whole force off their guard.
Where do you find inspiration for your novels?
I can only say from inside my head. I walk the dog and while I am walking, I often think, oh I think I’d like to write about that, and it goes from there.
What characteristics/personality traits do you and your lead character have in common?
DCI Banham and DI Alison Grainger are really my lead characters. I can’t see what I have in common with DCI Paul Banham, but Alison is stubborn, and independent and strong. I would like to think I am those. I stand up for what I believe in, I would never back down if I thought someone was doing something wrong to anyone I love.
If your book was made into a movie, which famous actor/s would play the lead characters?
I have always thought Robert Glenister would make a great DCI Banham. He has quiet strength and is excellent at his craft. As for Alison Grainger, I am not sure. I guess an unknown actress. There are so many good actors and actresses out there, and when I watch films and television I feel I see too many of the same faces. I would love to cast a brand new face.
Who is your writing hero?
Well that depends. I love so many writers, but my complete hero every time would be the late, great, Colin Dexter. He was one of my tutors when I did my MA. He helped me enormously, as he has helped many other up and coming writers. He said he loved teaching if he believed in his pupils. He told me he believed in me, and gave me the confidence I have today. May he RIP. He was a wonderful teacher and a very supportive friend.
Which book do you wish you had written?
Only the ones in my head, that I intend to write. My own work only. I have no desire to have written anyone else’s.
What advice would you give to someone taking the plunge and attempting to write their first novel?
Do it. Don’t judge yourself or your work, just keep writing. And then re-writing. And don’t be afraid to have to delete something that was right when you wrote it but as you go along doesn’t fit in. Writing it wasn’t a waste of time, writing is about learning about your own writing, and the only way to do that is to write. (Gosh I hope that makes sense). Also to remember there are no rights or wrongs, if someone rejects you, it is only their opinion, someone else will love it. Don’t let anyone put you down or put you off. And don’t doubt yourself. Pick up that pen.
If you could have a dinner party and invite three other writers, living or dead, who would you invite?
Colin Dexter for sure, I need to thank him for his help and support. Tennesee Williams, he wrote with such sensitivity and wrote such good parts for women in his plays. I would have to thank him for that. Wearing my actresses’ hat, I know how few good parts are written for women. Things are getting better, but Tennessee was ahead of his time. (He wrote plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Glass Menagerie to name but a few). And, wouldn’t it be nice to have William Shakespeare- the Bard, at the party. So many things have been said and thought about his work, his sonnets and whether he wrote everything etc. There are so many unanswered questions there. Oh, and Colin Dexter would adore those two to dine with. Colin was a teacher and adored hearing students reading beautiful words and poetry, and there were none better, in my book.
What is the one question you wish I had asked, and what’s the answer?
I think I would like you to have asked me why I write crime novels. I am the daughter of a comic, and am married to an actor known widely for his comedy work. As a child I was surrounded by comics, and I even went into the BBC hit sitcom HiDeHi playing a regular character. But still I write crime, strong and gritty too, as it is in London(where I set my novels), today. I think I am drawn to crime because I am so afraid of it. I want to give my reader satisfaction that the baddies won’t get away with it, and there are people out there who will find them and make our world a safer place to be in.
Thank you for having me on your blog.
About the author:
Linda is a successful actress, still best known for her portrayal of April, the sweet yellow-coat, in the BBC award winning comedy Hi-De-Hi. Other programmes she has appeared in include: The Bafta nominated Channel five series: Harry and Cosh, The Bill, London’s Burning, Minder, Gentle Touch, The Knock, a Lynda La Plante series: Framed, to name but a few. Also many films, a season with the RSC, and many good theatre roles. To date she has appeared in nearly a hundred commercials.
She has been writing all her life: short stories, radio, fact and fiction. Her first crime novel was published in 2006, and her subsequent novels have all received excellent reviews.