Welcome to another installment of
featuring guest author
Product DescriptionBurned out ex-undercover detective Cassidy Stone leaves London for a new life in Moscow, but her past continues to haunt her. Life begins to look up when a favour for the embassy leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire who shares her passion for extreme sports. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is at the center of a carefully plotted Red Mafia corporate espionage operation aimed at her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder in her office, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…
Murder in Moscow: a thrilling tale of passion, romance, intrigue, betrayal and murder.
Not only is Chelsea broke, but the police think she has colluded in a financial swindle. Worse, loan shark Carlos Santiago is after her too, determined to make her pay up for her stepfather’s debts. Then Vladimir Voyeykov, rumoured to be a member of the Red Mafia, enters the mix. He whisks Chelsea to Moscow where she is catapulted into a world filled with intrigue - and passion.
Product DescriptionCleo can't believe it when Colombian customs find 2 kilos of coke in her luggage or that Juan, her fiancé, instantly washes his hands of her. When Connor offers to arrange for Cleo’s release into his custody, Cleo is so desperate that she agrees. Living with Connor in his remote country home, Cleo evolves a plan that will help her find Juan and explain it’s all a huge misunderstanding.
All books by Storm Chase at Amazon UK
How to find Storm Chase
All the Storm Chase books are listed here: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/stormchase
Titles are also available on Kobo, iTunes, Amazon and so on, but as you may have seen, there is a huge censorship programme going on at the moment. Please continue to support us indie authors by shopping from Smashwords! Paypal and credit cards accepted, and all formats from Kindle to ePub.
Hi Storm, welcome and thanks for joining us today
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My real name is Ellen Whyte and I write romance and romance erotica as Storm Chase. I’m Scottish-Dutch, I’m married to my best friend Tom, who is from the US, and we live in Malaysia. I am a columnist, working for newspapers and magazines, and I’m taking a Masters in Counselling on the side. I am snoopervised by two cats, Target and Guido, and have a passion for cooking and history.
When did you decide that being an author was ‘thing’ for you?
I’ve always wanted to write, and I did the usual school newspaper and writing project things when I was a kid, but I really didn’t think it was something I could do for a living. Funny that, but my teachers were always focussed on academic types of jobs. Journalism wasn’t even mentioned.
I worked for a few years, defense industry, and then Tom got a job in Kuching, Sarawak (that’s where “Farewell to the King” with Nick Nolte and “The Sleeping Dictionary” with Jessica Alba was made). While I was looking for a “real” job, I wrote some columns. The New Straits Times, a Malaysian national daily, bought them and I haven’t put my pen down since.
Can you tell us a little about your latest novel/release?
Let me show you the blurb for Murder in Moscow https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366644!
Burned out ex-undercover detective Cassidy Stone leaves London for a new life in Moscow, but her past continues to haunt her. Life begins to look up when a favour for the embassy leads her into a lethal ambush, and into the orbit of Dmitri Milyukov, a fun loving millionaire who shares her passion for extreme sports. Cassidy slowly learns to love again – until she stumbles on proof that Dmitri is at the center of a carefully plotted Red Mafia corporate espionage operation aimed at her employer. Worse, there is a gruesome murder in her office, and everyone is convinced Cassidy is the killer…
Murder in Moscow: a thrilling tale of passion, romance, intrigue, betrayal and murder
Murder in Moscow: a thrilling tale of passion, romance, intrigue, betrayal and murder
Although this is a stand-alone story, it’s also a follow-up from Wildcat in Moscow https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/240443.
If you had to do it all again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No…because it’s been beta-read twice and edited twice too. That’s what my brain says, but you know how it is: there’s always the temptation to add a bit here, to change a word there… writing is a bit like engineering; there’s always something that could do with an adjustment! But no, I’m leaving it well alone now. No fiddling!
What was the very first book idea you had, did you write it and did it get published?
Actually, that’s a bit of a sad question. When I was living in Spain in the very early 90s, one of our friends was diagnosed with cervical cancer. In those days it was a death sentence. My mum and I helped nurse our friend and take care of her younger kids for the last six months of her life (I don’t want to mention her name, out of respect for her family.) To keep her entertained I wrote her a romance novel. It was all about a girl who gets a job on a tropical island hotel and who has a love-hate relationship with her boss. I wrote a chapter every second day, and we’d have a good giggle as the story, which we referred to as ‘My Art’, developed. Our friend died before the story finished. Afterwards I couldn’t look at it any more. I chucked it in a drawer and it’s since been lost.
How long does it take you to typically write a novel?
I’ve written 2 full-length novels and 5 novellas in the last year. I wrote Wildcat in Moscow https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/240443 in a month. That was writing every day, about 8 hours a day. Murder in Moscow https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366644 took me two months, writing over weekends, nights and stealing days from the middle of the week. I wrote my latest erotica romance, The Mule: An Erotic Romance In Colombia https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/317350, a novella of 47,000 words, over 6 consecutive weekends. When inspiration strikes, I become totally obsessed with the story. It just won’t let me sit still until it’s on paper. I often write at night, sometimes I get up at 5AM to sneak a few hours in before the workday. The editing process usually takes the same amount of time.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you, if any?
Keeping Target, he’s my chief editing cat, off the keyboard ranks as a daily problem! I’ve got small boxes taped over the reset and escape keys so that he can’t wipe out my work with the touch of a paw.
And then there’s Guido who has discovered the printer works as a scanner. He jumps up there twice a day, and hits the Scan button, just to see the light move under the cover. Every time he does it, my PC freezes a sec as the machine tries to figure out what’s being scanned. I could switch the scanner off but Guido thinks it such a giggle, that I don’t want to spoil his fun.
The other problem is finding time. I structure my work carefully so I have time to write fiction but it can be tough. I really wish there were extra hours in every day!
What’s your least favourite thing about the writing process?
Editing! Checking through everything to make sure I haven’t done something daft can be very difficult. I try to leave a week between edits so my eyes are fresh when I look over a section. Luckily I have excellent help in the shape of my brother and friends who beta-read for me, and two editors who go through everything and remove all my horrible grammar and punctuation errors.
What’s your most favourite thing about writing?
Everything! I love it when a vague plot outline suddenly comes together, and when the characters spring into life and start taking over the story. Writing fiction is like eating chocolates in the bath: deliciously self-indulgent.
Do you have a playlist that you write to?
Yes and no. I have a neighbour who’s nuts about techno. I loathe techno. So my music is aimed at masking the sound of the boom-boom-boom blasting from next door. I play music that I know very well, so that it doesn’t interfere with my thinking. At the moment I’m on a retro streak: Abba’s ‘Arrival’, Mike Batt’s ‘Tarot Suite’ and ‘Caravans’, Mike Oldfield’s ‘Five Miles Out’, ‘Crisis’ and ‘Discovery’, Boney M’s ‘Nightflight to Venus’ and ‘The Best Air Guitar Album In The World Ever’.
If you could have lived in any era throughout time, when and where would it have been?
Well, probably this one. I’m a woman and we tend to get a rough deal. This is the first time in history when we are finally talking seriously about creating a level playing field. I’m not going to see it, but I’m hoping that in the next generation we can kiss goodbye to discrimination. Not just for women, but for all “minorities” – although how on earth people can talk about women as minorities when we make up slightly more than half the world’s population is beyond me.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? And would you have a superhero suit too?
Teleportation! Then I could visit my family and friends all over the world easily, and be able to see all the places I’m dying to visit: Prague, Lima, and Delhi to name just three.
As for the superhero costume – me in spandex? No way! There’d be a law against it. Or there should be. Nope, it would just be me, flitting all over the place, seeing and exploring.
Special offer for Cathrine Garnell's Blog readers!
Get 20% off Murder in Moscow
Coupon Code: LJ22E
Expires: November 15, 2013
Storm also has the expert guidance of these two handsome chaps while she is writing her novels:
Guido ~ Print Operations Manager
Target ~ Keyboard Controller
I'd like to say a big thanks to Storm, Guido & Target for joining us today and hope that you enjoy her novels and don't forget to use the discount code before 15th November!
Hope to see you tomorrow as I'm back again