Title: Rip Current by Amanda James
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Who can you really trust?
DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.
Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.
Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Cornwall and considers starting a new life.
While in Cornwall, Bryony saves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.
But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?
Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.
Guest Post – Ideas and Inspiration.
As a writer I pick up ideas for new stories almost daily, but of course most of them are snippets, and ‘what ifs’. By this I mean I might overhear part of a conversation in a café or supermarket and make up a little scenario about the people having that conversation. For example, I might hear two women talking and one says – ‘But don’t tell him, I want it to be a surprise.’ Then my mind goes into overdrive. What if she’s just organised a special night in a hotel or something to re-kindle her marriage? Or she’s pregnant? Nice yeah? BUT what if the husband is having an affair with the second woman? That would put a whole new slant on proceedings!
Other times I might see something on the news or read something online which sparks a story in my head. When I wrote A Stitch in Time, which is a time travel novel, it all came from the title. I was trying to think of a catchy title and the whole story just unfolded from that. I was really excited by it and got the whole thing down in about six weeks. I was a history teacher at the time and was thrilled that I could incorporate many favourite historical periods into the book too.
Sometimes I have no idea where my ideas come from. I’m just glad they keep coming! Rip Currentcame to me in part one day while I was watching surfers on Fistral Beach. They are so clever and full of energy. I admire their determination to keep pulling themselves up, climbing back on the board and trying again. It’s a bit like writing really, when you’ve had a no from a publisher or agent! I was looking for rip currents too, as I’d read about them recently and people had lost their lives on our local beach about three years ago to one. Just terrible. Luckily, I couldn’t see any, and as I continued to watch the surfers, bits of the story popped into my mind. When I got home I jotted the title down and the bare bones of Rip Current. It’s set in Cornwall as are many of my more recent books as we moved her about five-years ago. I adore Cornwall and am inspired by the rugged north coast around where I live. We are only about twenty-minutes away from at least six beaches and I feel at my happiest when I’m walking next to the Atlantic. Something about the salt air and sound of the waves calms my spirit but sends many story ideas to my head too.
Back to Rip Current.It’s about Bryony Marshall, an ambitious young DI who’s inspiration to join the police came from her dad. He was a policeman but unfortunately lost his life in the line of duty, and Bryony is determined to honour his memory by doing the best she can to put away bad guys safely behind bars. She’s after one particularly bad guy who refuses to be caught however, and the story is about her quest and the twists and turns of her attempts. Bryony’s brave, says what she thinks, and largely doesn’t care too much what people think of her. I love the idea of being true to yourself and being determined enough to grab life by the scruff of the neck. After all, we only have one, don’t we? She does have one or two soft spots though and this can make her vulnerable.
I hope you enjoy the journey with Bryony as much as I did. I often think about her and hope she’s still being true to herself and enjoying life. I’d like to catch up with her again one day. Who knows, I might just do that.
Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.
Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.
Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.
Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/
Twitter – @akjames61