CRIMINALLY GOOD: Interview with author Netta Newbound

1) So, who are you & what have you written?

Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, UK. Twenty years ago, with my husband and kids, we upped sticks and moved to New Zealand. I write mostly psychological thrillers and have 10 books currently available. Find me on Facebook HERE and on Twitter as @NettaNewbound.

2) Why do you write crime fiction?

Finding out what makes criminals tick has always fascinated me. Mostly they’re just ordinary people who, for one reason or another, find themselves on the wrong side of the law. That’s why I like to write from the criminal’s point of view.

In An Impossible Dilemma, Victoria is just a normal married woman with a lovely 5yr old daughter. But her life spirals out of control when her husband is killed in a farming accident. She is then faced with her daughter’s diagnosis of a rare and fatal illness.

Discovering a possible cure that, although illegal, could potentially save her daughter’s life, Victoria needs to make a choice—break the law or watch her beautiful daughter die. As a mother I know which choice I’d make. How about you?

3) What informs your crime writing?

The fact that I spent ten years inside as a convicted murderer enabled me to glean relative information first hand. Nah—only joking, haha. Unfortunately, I don’t have a psychology degree or background in law enforcement. However, I do have a wild imagination and a suspicious mind. And let’s not forget a writer’s best friend Google.

4) What’s your usual writing routine?

My working day starts around 8am and continues through to 10pm. In between I do manage to have a relatively normal kind of home life – like I do shop, I do cook and I do change out of my pyjamas. But most of my day is filled with writing in some form or another.

5) Which crime book do you wish YOU’D written, and why?

Several books that have stayed with me over the years, but the first that springs to mind would be Lady Killer by Martina Cole – the killer in that was a downtrodden elderly man who was so ordinary in his everyday life yet, in reality, he was a vicious monster.

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