Pretty Maidens All In a Row - J.M. Brown
Psychological thrillers always seem to scare me more than paranormal thrillers or monster/creature based plots. I think part of the reasoning is that it saddens me to think of what humans are capable of doing to one another.
That being said, those types of plots make for great suspenseful books.
This fast paced and edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller kept me on my toes. I was anticipating the ending, but the author pulled off the twist well. JM Brown is a very skilled writer in dialogue and suspense building.
While I struggled with the scenes from the killer's point of view (just because they make me squeamish) I though the heroine was wonderfully written and the ending was cathartic.
Some Bio Information
Lives in Newfoundland, Canada. Graduated from the Grace General Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 at nineteen years of age and went on the specialize in psychiatry / psychology. Characters in the novels are fictional but are created from experiences while counselling patients in psychiatric institutions. Started writing at a young age but didn't publish until February of 2015. Has a keen interest in the supernatural, from both a personal and professional level and has decided to weave stories based on real life experiences.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
The inspiration for the book came from ideas that I jotted down while working as a psychiatric nurse. The patients that I counselled suffered from mild depression to psychotic paranoia. I took a lot of advanced courses to deal with them and I had patients that closely resemble some of the characters I wrote about. The story is loosely based on some events that resulted in the victim ending up in psyche ward, trying to deal with someone who was getting a little too "friendly" and did her some harm.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I usually write in the seclusion of our cabin where it is very peaceful and I have a clear mind away from the stresses of everyday life. That's not the only place though because sometimes I get ideas that have to be written down immediately. This can happen in a grocery store when I see something that sparks a great notion to build on. I do write at home when I can find time. Life is very busy today.
3. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
The thing I hate the most is not in the writing process at all, except for the constant editing that's needed to try and make it flawless. It's the promoting and marketing, which is very overwhelming. There is too much competition out there today and the chances of getting noticed is hard to attain.
4. How would you describe the perfect writing environment?
The perfect writing environment is somewhere that is very peaceful and relaxing as I mentioned in another question. I have a room in my home with a fireplace and looking into the crackling fire can inspire lots of ideas.
5. What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am working on a new novel that has a bit of paranormal mixed into the beginning but it will, for the most part, be another psychological thriller that will keep readers guessing until the end, as in my debut novel. All my novels will have a children's nursery rhyme theme but are definitely not for children. I have many story ideas that will surface in the future. I love to write.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
I set out to be a thriller writer but my experiences with patients at psychiatric facilities has turned my writing into a bit of a dark style, according to my reviews. Parts of my novels are a little graphic but other parts are quite romantic. I like to go along kind of normal and peaceful and then drop a bomb that makes the reader wonder what happened. It's my job to resolve one problem before the next tragedy happens.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
I write for pleasure but like all new authors, I would love to have a huge following, waiting for the next book. That's very hard to achieve but I've learned quite a lot from my first novel experience and it will show in the next one. There is great satisfaction when a complete stranger recognizes me, tells me that the book was awesome, and wants to know when another one will be ready.