Here is the next in my Author Profiling posts!
Please welcome PAT HERBERT !
I hope you all enjoy this new/unknown author!
Title: The Bockhampton Road Murders
Author: Pat Herbert
Sometimes we’re not alone ….
What is the dreadful secret hiding behind the front door of a small, insignificant South London terraced house?
The triple killing of a man and two children back in 1896 in this very house sets in train a series of murders that occur sporadically from then on right up to the present day. But is there a connection or are they simply coincidences?
The Reverend Bernard Paltoquet, the vicar of the local parish, and his friends Dr Robbie MacTavish and Dorothy Plunkett, an experienced clairvoyant, are determined to find out. Slowly they piece together the puzzle and, as they do so, begin to unlock the mystery that has kept 57 Bockhampton Terrace in the grip of an unidentifiable evil influence for so many years…
Release Date: 7 March 2013 (new edition; originally published September 2011)
Where to buy: Amazon (earlier edition available at various other online sites)
Reviews: New Books Magazine:
- “Bockhampton” is the first novel in a series; others so far published are:
- “Haunted Christmas”
- “The Possession of November Jones”
- “The Witches of Wandsworth”
- “So Long at the Fair”
- I am currently writing the sixth in the series : “The Man Who Was Death”
Here is a little snippet from the book –
This is the prologue:
“Reverend Bernard Paltoquet pulled out the sheet of paper from his wordprocessor and added it to the manuscript pile beside him on the desk. It had taken him many years to discover the truth behind the tragic events in that small, insignificant South London terraced house, and now at last his work was done.
It had cost human lives, the latest being his dear friend, Dorothy Plunkett. He’d received the news earlier that day by phone. Her live-in companion, Hetty, could hardly speak through her tears. He blamed himself for her death: if he hadn’t asked her to help him she would probably still be alive. But she had insisted on helping him. And he was deeply grateful to her, if not a little heartbroken now that she had gone.
The mystery behind the series of violent deaths in 57 Bockhampton Road that had taken place sporadically since the late 1890s had finally been solved. He now hoped that the publication of his manuscript would clear the names of the innocent and put the blame fairly and squarely where it belonged. But he didn’t know, even now, if his research would be believed. He had found it hard to believe himself.
His association with the events in 57 Bockhampton Road had led him to find horror and happiness in equal measure. It had been a saga of murder and mayhem, and more than once along the way he felt his heart would break. But then there had been much joy too.
He rose from his desk and switched off the reading lamp. Deciding to have a brandy before bedtime, he made his way from the study to the cosy living room where the fire was burning merrily in the hearth. It wasn’t a real, open fire anymore, more’s the pity he thought. But it looked authentic enough. It cast a warm glow around the room.
He glanced up at the clock on the mantelpiece. Nearly midnight. His mind was still very active and he didn’t think he would be able to sleep, even though his body was exhausted. As he climbed the stairs he heard the clock chime the witching hour, and a shiver went up his spine.”
1 When did you first start writing?
About three years ago.
2 Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No, but I have always enjoyed writing. I would have liked to be a film director as I am an avid film fan/buff.
3 What drew you to writing SUPERNATURAL/CRIME/MYSTERY stories?
I have always enjoyed reading these types of novels, so I thought I’d have a go at writing one myself – simple as that!
4 Where does your inspiration for these stories come from?
Mainly from other books I’ve read.
5 What has your experience been like publishing with NEW GENERATION?
A bit of an eye-opener. Being a self publisher, NGP leaves the author very much to his/her own devices to promote their book. All NGP did was produce my book and provided a rep to go round the bookshops; this was a fruitless exercise as I have now learnt to my cost as bookshops will never stock a book by an unknown author, especially a self-published one! Not a happy experience all told, but I’m a bit wiser now…
6 Do you use a computer/laptop for your first draft or are you a pen and paper writer?
I use PC at work, where I do my writing.
7 How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
The ideas just seem to pop into my head. I like to use names that suit the characters as much as possible, so often the names are a little strange, to say the least. But if it was good enough for Dickens and Trollope….!
8 How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Varies, depending on the spare time available, but between 3-6 months on average.
9 Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?
Pride in my achievement, tempered with the fact that I had to pay for it myself.
10 Who are some of your favourite authors?
Peters James and Robinson, Susan Hill, Kate Atkinson, Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, EF Benson
11 Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
Not really, I seem to be very lucky so far. Ideas for stories come quite naturally to me.
12 What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
If you want to write – do it – but don’t expect instant publication – unless you’re extremely lucky.
13 Would you share a deep dark secret about you with us?
I must be a very boring person because I don’t have any deep dark secrets! I don’t think I do, anyway….
Thank you for letting us get to know you and your books, PAT. This book sounds rather exciting and thrilling I must say! Plus you do have a lot of books under your belt 🙂
Everyone, please remember any questions or suggestions for PAT please write them in the comments section below.