It’s my pleasure to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Hunting Angels by Conrad Jones! Thank you Emma Mitchell for inviting me on the tour! Today, I have the author himself on the blog answering a few questions but first here’s a wee something about the books.
Author : Conrad Jones
Title : Hunting Angels
Pages : 527
Series : Hunting Angels Diaries
Publisher : GerriCon Books
Publication date : November 28, 2013
When an author is asked to help the police with the investigation into a double murder by identifying occult symbols, which had been carved into the victims, he is plunged into nightmare and forced to go on the run. Hunted by law and a powerful cult, he has to stay one step ahead to survive.
How important are the names in your book? Do you choose names based on liking the way they sound or their meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you can recommend?
I use names of people I know and mix them up. Sometimes I use the internet, especially if it is a foreign name.
Are you a plotter or pantster?
I don’t plot. The story takes me where it goes rather than the other way around.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them if they are particularly good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I ignore the bad ones. I respond to FB reviews but not Amazon.
What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?
I don’t have one. I love what I do!
What are your favourite and least favourite types of scenes to write?
I love every second of writing. I get lost in space. It doesn’t matter to me.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying …I think. That would be fun!
Thank you so much, Conrad, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!
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Conrad is the author of seventeen novels, eight author guides and two biographies. He has three series : The Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Gritty Thrillers (Reacher Style) and The Hunting Angels Diaries.
I am Conrad Jones, a fifty-year-old author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
On March 20th, 1993, I was managing the restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank` and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’; You can see them here.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an eleven-week tour of the USA. The day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my fifteenth novel, ‘Brick’, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft Target Series but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three-book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now seven books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews. You can see them here.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.