Welcome to the blog tour for Will To Live by Rachel Amphlett, I’m excited to be kicking off this tour alongside Chapter In My Life. I have an interesting guest post for you today, the author Rachel will be putting herself in the spotlight and there is a giveaway too, but before we get to that here is what the book is about…
Reputation is everything
When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.
As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.
With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.
When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…
Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…
I struggled to learn to write – I could read before I started school, but writing was a whole other matter. One of my early school reports, from about age 6 I think, stated “Rachel’s writing resembles a spider walking across a page” – I just couldn’t get the letters to stay on the lines! My excuse is that it was all enthusiasm, no finesse and I still have that enthusiasm when I write today – although I’m happy to confirm my handwriting has improved!
It’s hard being so far away from family – they’ve all be so incredibly supportive of my writing journey. I had a brilliant childhood – I grew up in a small market town on the Berkshire/Wiltshire border and summer holidays were spent disappearing for hours on our bikes exploring the countryside around us, or hanging around with friends canoeing and mucking about on narrow boats on the canal that ran through our town. I know now that Mum and Dad struggled to make ends meet sometimes, but we never knew at the time – we were expected to pull our weight when it came to housework and the vegetable patch and things, but it really was a special time. I still write to my Grandad every month, who will be 97 in April – it’s through him and my parents that I got my love of reading at such an early age.
My “normal” work pays the mortgage, but my passion is writing. I’m lucky enough that my writing has enabled me to drop to part-time now, and I do love the balance I have. My “normal” job enables me to come up for fresh air when I’ve been writing for three days straight, and I meet all sorts of interesting people that might spark an idea, so it’s not bad. I love that writing has become my main work – I’ve worked really hard over the past two years to get to where I am, and I continue to do so. I treat my writing like a business – right down to having quarterly business and marketing plans (with a production schedule I adhere to). Being a full-time writer is my ultimate goal and every year, I feel like I’m getting that much closer.
Apart from writing? I used to play lead guitar in rock/blues bands in my 20s and I’d like to get back into that sooner rather than later. If I can get my “normal” job down to three days a week, I’ve worked out that’ll give me time to pick up the guitar again – if I play, I want to be playing live, not in rehearsals. I miss the buzz of being in a band, although sometimes it used to be like herding cats!
More writing, more books, more travel! I’d love to be in a position where my writing enables me to roam the world and have a nomadic lifestyle.
So if you find yourself intrigued about Rachel and her book Will To Live then you can click the link below to be in with the chance of winning…
There are two up for grabs, so best of luck.
If you want to know a little bit more about the book the be sure to keep up with the rest of the tour.
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.
Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.
She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014.
An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.