Friday, April 1, 2011

Final Justice

Today we have Melanie Comley talking about her new book Final Justice.

Take it away Melanie.

What is your earliest memory of writing?

A. Even as a small child I used to invent characters and write stories. During the school holidays my Mother (who worked full-time) always set me projects to keep me occupied throughout the day.

How does it feel being published?

A. To be honest it hasn’t really sunk in yet, I’ve been too busy editing my other books. I have six books in total I’ve written over the last ten years that I plan on uploading as ebooks in 2011. After that I might allow it to sink in. ;-)

When did you decide to be a writer?

A. Approximately ten years ago when we moved to France. Up till then I was a workaholic. My career as a Supermarket Manager kept me busy 60-70 hours a week, so I had very little time to do anything else. I’ve made up for it since.

Do you get writer's block? How do you combat it?

A. I used to all the time. Every morning I would switch on the computer and play a few games of Solitaire before settling down to write, I think it stimulates the brain cells and gives them a much needed wake-up call.

Where do you write? Do you write longhand, typewriter or computer?

A. I do my best writing in my bedroom on my laptop. I only ever use my computer now. I’m a ‘greenie’ anyway, so don’t like to see paper wasted. It’s easy to delete work on the computer so I can’t see the need to waste either paper or ink!

Tell us about your Latest Book.

Final Justice is the sequel to Impeding Justice, but it’s also a standalone thriller. It picks up where the prequel left off. After suffering a breakdown and quitting the force, former Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins is contacted by a friend at MI6 to help in a covert operation. Against her will, Lorne is convinced to help track down an old enemy, a sadistic and calculating criminal whose ambition is to become the world's richest man.

It’s up to Lorne and the agent to prevent him, which results in a chase through France.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

A. The best advice I can offer is have faith in your work, make sure it’s the best you can offer. I would also recommend joining a Writers site, such as Authonomy or youwriteon to hone your skills. You need to learn the basics before you release anything on Kindle etc.

And most of all don’t give up.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog.

My books can be bought at Amazon UK and USA using the following links. For 99cents or 49p/70p.

And for other ereaders at smashwords.

My Bio:

Bedfordshire born Author Releases Crime Thriller Luton born author, Melanie Comley, has published her crime thriller, Impeding Justice, in ebook format.

Impeding Justice features feisty new BritCop, DI Lorne Simpkins in a gritty crime novel set in London. After The Unicorn kills her partner, Lorne knows if she doesn't bring the underworld criminal to justice soon, she will be his next target. It's a race against time, she has a 24 hour deadline to meet before her kidnapped daughter is used as a human bomb by the Unicorn. Can Lorne track the criminal down before it's too late...Mel Comley left her job as a store manager in Worcester and moved to France nine years ago despite never having set foot in the country before. She renovated a French property, decorating 22 rooms in six months.

Renovation completed, she began to follow her dream of becoming a writer. After completing a creative writing course she penned a romance which was a near-miss with Mills & Boon. Then she decided to turn her hand to crime writing and DI Lorne Simpkins was born.

Impeding Justice is the first in a series of novels featuring Lorne Simpkins. The book has gained a Gold Star on the writer's site, Authonomy, with a Harper Collins editor saying, "It keeps the reader focussed on the dramatic interest of the story."

One of Mel's biggest influences in James Patterson and she hopes she has achieved her aim of making Lorne as memorable as his ‘Alex Cross’.
In her spare time, Mel loves pottering in her garden which has, for the past few years, won a local award. She also enjoys painting and walking her dogs.

My Blog.

Thanks for the opportunity, I think I have everything.


Buy Impeding Justice by Mel Comley:


Thea Atkinson said...

I've not read Final Justice yet, but I would recommend the first in the series: Impeding Justice.

Brilliant storytelling

Mark Adair said...

Good interview, Mel. I'm currently reading and enjoying Impeding Justice. :)

Anonymous said...

Great interview. The Justice series rocks.