Today on my blog I am interviewing debut novelist Noelle Holten. Her first book Dead Inside is one of the top reads for me this year.
About the Author
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger atwww.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the #booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
Connect with Noelle on Social Media here:
Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40
Blog FB page: https://www.facebook.com/
About the Book
The killer is just getting started…
When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.
The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.
And he is Lucy’s husband.
Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2SBRpqt
Author Interview Q&A for Sean Talbot
1. Getting your debut novel published after being such a prolific book blogger was it difficult to make the leap to being an author?
I’d have to say yes and no. I’ve always been interested in writing but suffer from imposter syndrome and still don’t feel I’ve earned the right to be called an author. I’m still blogging and often identify myself more as a blogger. It’s all very surreal. Perhaps once the second book is out, I may feel differently. LOL.
2. What was your motivation to get a novel or multiple novels published?
I wrote a story and I wanted to be able to say that I had a novel published in my lifetime. I never believed I would have multiple novels but absolutely thrilled at the prospect. I certainly didn’t do it for money (I’d have to sell millions to make any sort of life changing impact) or fame – I’m not one for compliments or attention. I just wanted to be able to say ‘I did it’ and now I can! YAY!
3. You signed with Killer Reads as your publisher which is great why did you choose to go traditional publishing vs self publishing your work?
The honest answer is self publishing is hard work and takes money if you want to do it right. You also have to know a bit about marketing and I just don’t have the money or time needed to dedicate to that model. I have nothing against self-publishing – look at all the successful self publishing authors out there – Rachel Amphlett, L.J. Ross – I would love to be as successful as them. I would have gone down that route I guess, if I didn’t get a contract – though it may have been years from now as I would want to learn everything I could and save up enough money to do it properly.
4. In the publishing world many have so many differing views on authors and their process from writing all the way through post publication. With that said what has been your favourite part of your process?
I’ve loved every minute of it because I have learned so much each step of the way and I’m still learning. I think the most satisfying part though is typing THE END on that first rough draft. That has to be my favourite part because then I have something to work with!
5. If Dead Inside got optioned for TV series or movie who would you want to play the main character?
I would love for someone like Suranne Jones to play DC Maggie Jamieson. Or Sophie Turner/Rose Leslie (from GOT) – As for Lucy? Hmmm… I have no clue, but would love to hear some suggestions! Someone suggested Tom Ellis (Lucifer) for Patrick and I think he would be perfect – the right mix of charm but could turn on you in a second!
6. There have been many authors who have been questioning whether blog tours work can you tell me your opinion as an author about blog tours?
I absolutely believe in blog tours – they are a great way for authors to engage with readers, get exposure, engage with the blogging community (who might be their biggest cheerleaders) and to get people talking about their book. I’d never say a blog tour will definitely get an author increased sales – nothing is a given – but I personally have gone on to buy books after reading a great blogger review and I’m sure others have too.
7. What was your inspiration for Dead Inside?
I’m not sure there was anything in particular that inspired me. Life experience played a part but I have 4 other ideas that blossomed from writing Dead Inside. I wanted to write a crime novel that was a little different. That looked at the multi-agency approach in criminal justice. A series that touched on a subject (domestic abuse) in a different way and where I could use my background as a probation officer, my personal experience and my knowledge of various agencies to show the reader that there are many aspects to domestic abuse and solving crime is not just about the police.
8. If you could write with another author who would it be and why?
All the crime authors, of course! There are so many to choose from, who I admire and who write books that entertain me daily! I’m going to be cheeky and name two (but there are many, many more): Angela Marsons because I would love for DC Maggie Jamieson to be seconded to DI Kim Stone’s unit and work a case! Oh the conflict! And the Black Country isn’t that far from Staffordshire – can you imagine her working with Kim Stone!! Dream come true!! I’d also love to write a book with Ian Rankin – I’m a HUGE fan of the Rebus series and Ian Rankin’s writing. What I would write, I have no clue – but imagine that! Another dream come true…and a good excuse to go to Scotland – I love it there.
9. Knowing that this is your debut novel and that it has had such a tremendous amount of support what would you say has contributed the most to your success?
The readers/bloggers shouting out about it, my editor for championing and believing in my story and making it better than it was when I submitted, the Killer Reads team who have been superb, the writing community who have been a MASSIVE support – everyone. Just everyone – they have been amazing and I am very grateful for the massive level of support I have received.
10. What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors who are just starting their own journey?
Persevere. Write every day (I write every day for an hour – that include research, blogging, reading) anything that has to do with getting the story down – make the time, put in the effort and if you love writing, don’t give up.