It is my great pleasure to welcome Jack Steele to the blog today to help spread a little more #booklove. But first of all I’d like to say Happy Publication day to Jack as his latest book, Long Shot, is set free today. I’ll be showing you all Jack’s bookish confessions in a little while after we’ve learned a bit more about Jack.
I was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Housing Estate in Hommerton. I now live in Nottinghamshire and married with two grown up children who now have lives of their own, leaving me time to indulge in my favourite passions, reading and writing. I still work full-time in the printing industry which is where I have been for the past 40 years. On many occasions it interferes with my writing, working extra hours or weekends, so it can be a balancing act but one I seem to manage along with an understanding wife of course.
I spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects as well as completing a creative writing course and attending workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio.
It was a great achievement in 2016 when I published my first Crime Thriller novel ‘Loose Cannon’ with great reviews. It was the first in the Detective Joe Stone series and I was encouraged to write the sequel ‘Long Shot’ which is due for publication on July 29th 2017.
My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters.
I would like to thank all my readers, editors, bloggers and Crime book club friends who like you Jen have been so supportive through this process. Your encouragement drives me on to write the next book in the series.
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Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government. When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.
Detective Joe Stone has worked hard to reduce crime in and around London’s East End. The London Mafia had been instrumental in the operation; but is now being targeted by a serial killer. Stone is in a race against time to find and stop the psychopath before a gangland civil war breaks out.
Favourite book from childhood
That has to be ‘The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe’ by C.S.Lewis. I lost count of the times I went to the back of my Grandparents antique wardrobe only to be disappointed that Narnia wasn’t there!
I could picture all of the characters and I particularly liked the wicked witch, although, Aslan the Lion did come a close second.
The first book you fell in love with
That would have to be Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. I read it at school in English Literature lessons. The relationship between Pinky, a gangland sociopath and Rose, a poor naïve girl, was doomed to failure but she couldn’t see it. The ending has to be one of my all-time favourites.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
Weirdest book crush
The shark in Peter Benchley’s ‘Jaws’ it put me off swimming in the sea for ages!
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
Dan Brown’s The Davinci Code was such a book for me. It had twists and turns as well as hidden meanings and a race against time! I was so engrossed in the story that when there were only a few pages remaining I could have quite happily read more.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
I just had a flick through a very large collection on my TBR and I am determined to read Blink by K.L.Slater. I had the pleasure of meeting Kim at a book signing last year and we discussed Crime Fiction and creative writing. Kim has written 3 books and so I must make it my next read.
Guilty Reading pleasure
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières was recommended to me by a friend. I don’t usually read romantic fiction but I took it on holiday and once I started to read it I couldn’t put it down. Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War it tells of the romance between a mandolin playing Italian army captain and local girl Pelagia despite the locals’ hostility towards him. The beauty of the island was as good as I imagined it to be when I visited Cephalonia a few years later.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
The Alex Cross Crime Fiction series by James Patterson is my favourite series. Once I started reading his first book – Along came a Spider, I had to buy the next in the series and then the next…
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
Barbara Copperthwaite’s ‘Flowers for the Dead’ was my favourite recent read and I loved the way Barbara wrote it so I could almost sympathise with a psychopath. He was trying to be kind and thoughtful and couldn’t understand why the object of his affection was becoming so upset. The amount of research required to produce such a book was outstanding.
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
‘Loose Cannon’ the first in the Detective Joe Stone Crime Thriller series!
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
Goodness I have read so many books that to choose one is very difficult but I will go with Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ I was moved by the bravery and integrity of the lawyer Atticus Finch..
Ha. Thanks Jack. Nice plug in the end there! You absolutely have to read Blink. I loved it. Brilliant book. And another vote there for Flowers for the Dead and Dan Brown, as well as a bit of Alex Cross too. I’ve not read any of the books although loved the movies (got a bit of a soft spot for Morgan Freeman).
So what do you think? Do you love these books too? Any other suggestions that you think Jack may like?
If you want to know more about Jack’s latest book, Long Shot, then check back here next week as I’ll be sharing my review as a part of the blog tour.
Make sure to stop by next week when I’ll be sharing the #booklove with author Carol Cooper and one of my favourite bloggers of all, the fabulous Lorraine from The Book Review Cafe.
Have a brilliant weekend all