Good day, book people and welcome to October! I’m having a hard time accepting that we’re almost at the end of another year. Where has the time gone?! Although the time seems to be flying past, I guess I’m fortunate that the pandemic didn’t interfere with my reading. If anything, I’m one of those blessed to have read more books than usual. I know that I’m in a minority with this and feel for anyone that has had and continues to have a difficult time reading. One of the things that has helped me over the past 18 months, was reading more of genres I don’t normally read, as well as reading books that were simply fun and enjoyable reads. I’m pleased to welcome back, Jonette Blake, author of The Thief Catcher, a book that has been termed a “fun read” by some. I hope you’ll enjoy what Ms. Blake has to share with us today about having fun with writing (and reading, I hope). Don’t forget to add The Thief Catcher to your TBR list if it isn’t already there. Thank you, Ms. Blake, for returning to visit with us today, the blog is now all yours.
Having fun with writing.
A common thread amongst readers of the Delia Frost novels is that these are fun books to read. They’re also fun to write. I love a dry sense of humor, and there are times when I even love a bit of slap-stick comedy. I think if done right, it can be downright funny. I remember laughing way more than I should have at Peter Sellers overacting his death scene in The Pink Panther. It was just silly, but it was exactly what I needed at the time.
Of course, sometimes humorous situations rely on a reader being able to suspend belief. And why not? It’s fiction. I read to suspend belief.
I also read across many different genres, which means I often choose a book based on my current mood. There are times when I pick up a romance novel and I just can’t get into it. Maybe the husband has been super nice lately, and I don’t need romance right now. Or I’ll pick up a thriller and there is too much chaos on the news that what I really want is a bit of light reading.
As a writer, I’ve found that writing a book is also a reflection on my current mood. The start of 201 was horrendous for me and many Australians with bushfires up and down the east coast. Friends of mine had lost their homes, I was in the middle of writing an apocalyptic book (under a pen name) and I simply couldn’t write it. So I picked up a manuscript that had been sitting in my drawer for years and worked on that instead. It was a humorous middle-grade fiction book about cats and dogs, and it was so therapeutic to write it and pour all my silliness into the book. And readers loved it because it was exactly what they needed at the time.
Likewise, it has been enjoyable writing the Delia Frost novels. It has been a serious year, and time out for silliness and slapstick is what a lot of people need right now. But I think what I like most about her is that she’s an ordinary, law-abiding person who manages to attract trouble into her life. She’s not a superhero. She’s not a ‘tough chick.’ She’s not carrying the baggage of a damaged life. But she deals with these situations the best that she can, and she does it with humor.
I sure hope you enjoy reading these adventures with Delia Frost. And I hope you have fun finding the killer before the killer finds Delia. Stick around, I have a few more books planned.
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 and Noble | Goodreads
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 last novel The Widow Catcher is based on the coastal town she lives in and her own bank teller experience.
Catch Up With Jonette Blake:
BookBub – @iandebr
Instagram – @debbielrichardson
Twitter – @DLRichardson1
Facebook – @JonetteBlake
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