The Thief Catcher
by Jonette Blake
October 1-31, 2021 Virtual Book Tour
A holiday in this tropical resort could be her last.
Delia Frost is ready to quit her job and take a holiday. But she wants a relaxing holiday, not the one her husband dreams of; traveling in a motorhome. Sending airfare money to her two children who are holidaying abroad so they can all meet up for this family holiday, she packs her and her husband’s bags for seven glorious days in a tropical island resort.
But even thieves need to take a holiday, and once more Delia finds herself caught in a web of thievery and murder. And this time it is not only her life in danger, it is the lives of her children.
Can she catch this murderous thief before it’s too late?
Genre: Murder Mystery
Published by: Self-Published
Publication Date: August 13th 2021
Number of Pages: 270
Series: A Delia Frost Novel
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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Jonette Blake writes supernatural thrillers and suspense thrillers. She is the author of over ten books and dozens of short stories, writing as D L Richardson. She was born in Ireland and grew up in Australia. She lived through the 80s and music is still a big part of her life. When she is not writing, she plays her piano and guitar, listens to music, reads, and enjoys the beach. She has held jobs in administration, sales and marketing, has worked in HR, payroll, and as a bank teller. Her latest novel “The Widow Catcher” is based on the coastal town she lives in and her own bank teller experience.
Q&A with Jonette Blake
What was the inspiration for this book?
I hadn’t planned on writing a sequel, but readers enjoyed The Widow Catcher so much that I had to write a follow up. I ended The Widow Catcher with Delia Frost planning the trip she wanted to go on. The inspiration came from my own holiday experiences. The ones you plan can sometimes not live up to expectations, and the ones you don’t plan can bring nice surprises. So I sent Delia and her family off to a holiday destination that I thoroughly enjoyed but still landed her in the middle of trouble.
What has been the biggest challenge in your writing career?
Time is my biggest challenge. I have so many story ideas and only so much time to write them. Plus, it has taken time to work out what I’m doing with writing and marketing. Every day I get better at it, but I wish I knew all this years ago. I wish I didn’t have to spend years building up an audience. There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want.
What do you absolutely need while writing?
A schedule and a reward. I’m a list person, so if I just try to ‘just write’, I get bored. But if I have a schedule and a reward at the end, for example write 1,000 words and then I can watch that TV show, I tend to get down to business.
Do you adhere to a strict routine when writing or write when the ideas are flowing?
Both. I might start off with a chapter overview and then start filling in the chapters, but then I’ll go walking with the dog and entire conversations and scenes will play out, so I’ll write them down as soon as I get home. Then I put weave all these scenes together.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Delia Frost, the main character, is my favorite. She’s been a mother and a wife for so long, someone who has set aside her own needs to look after others, and now she’s starting to blossom. But she doesn’t know who she will become. I think there is a little bit of identity struggling within everyone as we go through life.
Tell us why we should read your book.
Read The Thief Catcher if you want to read about a character with refreshing traits – integrity, honesty, ordinariness. Read this book if you are tired of characters who have dark and disturbing back stories. Read this book if you like stories about happy families. Read The Thief Catcher if you like stories with layers and twists. Read this book if you’re fine with middle-aged characters sharing their mid-life crisis with you.
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book?
Majestic Island is based on a real holiday destination, Magnetic Island on the Queensland coast. I went there in my early thirties, and I adored the sun, and the beach, and the relaxing atmosphere. I could have moved there.
Windswept Resort is a fabrication. The island is mostly national park and such a lavish resort wouldn’t be permitted.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I never planned to write a series, but readers loved Delia Frost and her family so much (and so did I to be honest) that I jumped right onto writing a sequel. I can see myself writing a few more books, two at least, maybe more if the unique story ideas continue to flow. Then stick around because I have plans for a psychological thriller series.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m an Irish-born Australian who grew up in the suburbs in the 70s. I always loved music, reading, and horses. After singing for years in the school band, I decided to continue singing after school. From the age of 16 to 26, I played bass guitar and was the lead singer in a rock band. I genuinely wanted to be a rock star. It broke my heart when this didn’t happen. However, a few years before I quit music, I’d started writing. Short stories at first, then I tackled my first novel at age 26. At the time I was big into Stephen King and Dean Koontz, so my first book was a horror story. This book was never finished. I kept on writing. My goal was to become a prolific writer. I’ve never taken on management roles at my day jobs, because writing has always been my focus. I would write in the morning before work, after work, at work. I also chose careers where I could sit in front of a computer all day and sneak in a few words in the quiet periods (don’t tell my employers). But a happy life requires balance, so I also walk the dog, go to the gym, send time in the garden, watch TV, read books, play my piano or guitar. I’m married with two pets.
What’s next that we can look forward to?
More Delia Frost books, and I think in the next book she can finally step inside the motorhome. I’ll send her to another destination that I’ve stayed at. I like being able to share Australian holiday destinations in my books.
Catch Up With Jonette Blake:
BookBub – @iandebr
Instagram – @debbielrichardson
Twitter – @DLRichardson1
Facebook – @JonetteBlake
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