Apr 302013
 

Today is old friends day, which means a new book to put on our TBR list.  TJ was here this past November, which you can see here, and is back to tell us about his newest book.  So without further ado, Mr. TJ Cooke!!!  Welcome back!

TJ COOKE

TJCooke, otherwise known as Tim, was formerly a legal executive and adviser to the BBC’s Eastenders. Since then he has dovetailed his career between advertising copywriting, freelance journalism, screenwriting and novels.

Tim has written numerous television and radio commercials for a variety of well known companies. He has written many hours of broadcast drama, notching up writing credits for some of UK’s most popular series, including London’s Burning, The Bill  and Bad Girls.

His debut novel ‘Kiss and Tell’ is available via Amazon Kindle.  Tim currently lives in Devon.

Connect with TJ at these sites:

http://www.tjcooke.com/index.html https://www.facebook.com/tim.cooke.1485 https://twitter.com/timscribe

Q&A with TJ Cooke
CM:  Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
TJ:  I would imagine that most writers draw on their own experiences to a greater or lesser degree. Having been through many ups and downs, been fortunate enough to travel to interesting places and taken on a variety of roles in differing professions it would be foolish not to use these experiences. It gives you the confidence to write with authenticity.

 

CM:  Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
TJ:  That’s an interesting one. With ‘Kiss and Tell’ I had two definite story arcs, one concerning Jill Shadow’s journey, from a poor background to a successful lawyer, and the other regarding the drugs story, or stories, which feature in the book. Both started from the beginning and I wasn’t sure at first how they would merge or even end. With ‘Defending Elton’ my latest release, I started with a ‘what if’ concept and allowed the story to develop organically. Neither had a ‘set-in-stone’ conclusion from the outset, but fortunately they came along quite naturally as the characters drove the plots forward.

 

CM:  Your routine when writing?  Any idiosyncrasies?
TJ:  I’m definitely a morning person. I find I’m more alert then. In an ideal world I’d start writing around 7 or 8 am and see how long I can go for. Of course life tends to get in the way sometimes! More often than not I break in the middle of the day and if possible have a later afternoon or early evening session. There are also times when I just can’t sleep and every now and again have no choice but to write down the things that are whirling around in my mind… often if I’m in the middle of a first draft and have an idea that can’t wait!

 

CM:  Is writing your full time job?  If not, may I ask what you do by day?
TJ:  It seems like it’s a full time job at the moment. I would like it to be one anyway, but a lot depends on how things go with these first two novels. I also enjoy my advertising work. I write and create radio commercials and would like to keep doing so. It’s a great release for a mad creative mind!

 

CM: Who are some of your favorite authors?
TJ:  Many and varied. I admire John Grisham, Val Macdermid, Sophie Hannah, Mark Billingham and a host of others. Grisham perhaps not so much for his actual writing but his skill at finding a winning formula. Val and Sophie I like because I find they can paint intriguing pictures and conjure up atmospheres. I also like Mark Haddon, I’m a big fan of his ‘Curious Incident’ novel.

 

CM:  What are you reading now?
TJ:  Right now I’m so caught up in my books that I don’t have much time to read. However, I look forward to a little space sometime and am on the lookout for something. I saw something the other day about a new book called ‘Poppet’ by Mo Hayder and might give that a go.

 

 CM:  Are you working on your next novel?  Can you tell us a little about it?
TJ:  I am in the planning stage for my next novel. It’s a further adventure for Jill Shadow. In fact I’ve got three further stories for her mapped out. I will be doing a story breakdown first, then will get busy writing.

 

CM:  Your novel will be a movie.  Who would you cast?
TJ:  Well that’s funny because when I was actually writing ‘Defending Elton’ I always imagined it a as movie. In the book narrator Jim Harwood describes Elton as looking like the actor Forest Whitaker, so there’s a clue there! In ‘Kiss and Tell’ Jill would be the key to casting success. A few years back it would have been a Jodie Foster type, but right now I’m not too sure… someone sharp and intriguing, with sexual chemistry she ‘s probably not that aware of…

 

CM:  Would you rather read or watch TV/movie?
TJ:  Both. I enjoy both so much. It’s only the pressure of time which stops me reading more, and the fact that as I have a problem with one eye I tend to get very ‘reading tired’. I guess you can’t beat a good read because it allows you to cast and direct your own film, whereas a movie does that for you. But I love the atmosphere of a strikingly original piece of cinema. A fair chunk of David Lynch’s work and some of the Coen brothers films were fine examples. As for TV, well I used to write tv dramas but seldom watch them now. I’m not a fan of formulaic tv drama, even though I felt it wise to learn the art of writing them!

 

CM:  Favorite food?
TJ:  Too many choices! Beautifully cooked French food, Italian, a spicy Thai or India curry… or if I’m snacking at home its cheese on toast with Worcestershire sauce.

 

CM:  Favorite beverage?
TJ:  If alcoholic it would be a nice red wine or a crisp medium cider. Non alcoholic then blueberry and pomegranate juice.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

When London lawyer Jim Harwood is introduced to the beautiful and enigmatic Sarena he is instantly smitten. However, with his jealous work colleague Loren on their tail, their dalliance comes to a sudden and catastrophic end.

Though Sarena’s demise was accidental, Jim knows that to a jury it will look like a classic ‘love triangle’ murder. He reckons he has no option but to distance both Loren and himself from the crime scene, and does so by providing the police with both an alternative scenario and a far more likely suspect…

…Enter the hapless Elton Spears, an unhinged and gullible ‘care in the community’ patient. Jim knows that Elton is potentially dangerous, and that he has committed previous crimes which might suggest he’s the likely assailant. He seems the perfect patsy. Indeed, Jim seems to have all bases covered… not only does he use all his criminal law experience to frame Elton, but he represents him too, thereby having control and conduct of his case…

Jim’s strategy to escape from culpability seems as risky as it is reprehensible, and when things start to go wrong at Elton’s murder trial he not only regrets his actions but seeks a path to redemption. He may have cleverly outwitted the authorities, and skilfully manipulated the system, but as Sarena’s death comes back to haunt him he discovers that playing with truth is a very dangerous game…

Described as a ‘devilishly clever and inventive tale’ and a ‘tense and edgy thriller’Defending Elton is full of neat twists and turns, which keep you guessing how things will turn out, right to the unexpected end.

BOOK DETAILS:

Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1482751801
ISBN-13: 978-1482751802

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  3 Responses to “Guest Author TJ COOKE showcase and giveaway ENDED

  1. Maybe there are witnesses that came forward.

  2. he gets caught

  3. Some new evidence shows up at the trial.

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