Today we meet proliferate author Stephen Edger, who had an interesting start and a deep interest in binge watching.
When did you start writing, and why?
In 2010, I was on holiday abroad with my pregnant wife and her parents when our accommodation was burgled. We returned from the pub to find the window forced open but didn’t know if the burglar was still inside or not. We spent ten minutes debating whether to risk our lives and go inside, or wait to see if he tried to escape. With none of us speaking the language, it was a terrifying experience. In the days that followed, I couldn’t stop thinking about how a burglary scene would make a great opening to a thriller. If you were woken in the middle of the night by the sound of intruders, how would you react? Would you try and frighten them away? What if they were armed? Would you hide upstairs and hope they left? What if they came up the stairs?
I figured everyone would have a different reaction, and for months kept thinking someone should write that intro. I’d always wondered whether I’d have the skill and patience to write a book, and decided to give it a bash. That opening became my first book ‘Integration‘.
Is there anything you wouldn’t write about?
I hate writing sex scenes. Most of the time there isn’t the need to include them in a crime or suspense thriller, but when I’ve tried it made me cringe so much. I’m no EL James!
What do you like to do to relax when not writing?
I’m a huge film buff, and if I’m not writing, I’m watching a film, or reading. I don’t get much time to relax, as I have to fit my writing in and around my day job and my two crazy children (they are 5 and 10). I watch a lot of football on telly as well (though as an Arsenal fan I don’t find this particularly relaxing, LOL).
Who is your favourite of your characters, why and in which books do they appear?
I’ve really enjoyed writing Emma Hunter, the protagonist in The Missing Children Case Files series. She’s an investigative journalist who searches for fresh clues in cold cases, but is also searching for answers about her own missing sister. The series is 6 books long, and each brings Emma closer to the true about her sister. She’s an introverted writer who wants to see the best in people in situations, but is realist enough to see that the world is a cynical place. She’s probably more like me than any other character I’ve written.
Series titles: Ransomed; Isolated; Trafficked; Discarded; Repressed; and Exposed.
Who is your least favourite of your characters, why and in which books do they appear?
My least favourite character is DI Kate Matthews who appeared in a 3 book series released a couple of years ago. Personally, I love Kate’s drive and determination, but because of her checkered past, she became a Marmite character for readers. The original plan was to develop her character over a series of 6 books, but due to low sales volumes, the publisher pulled the plug after book-3, so it feels like nobody has yet seen the real DI Kate Matthews.
Series titles: Dead To Me; Dying Day; and Cold Heart
Tell us about your last book…
‘Ransomed’ was the first book in my latest series (written under the pseudonym “M.A. Hunter”).
One year ago, 6 year-old Cassie Hilliard was abducted and killed when the ransom drop went horribly wrong. Now, her dying grandfather appeals to investigative journalist Emma Hunter to help find her. Nothing is as it seems as Emma seeks the help of Met Police cold case reviewer PC Jack Serrovitz, and best friend Rachel to uncover the truth about what really happened that day.
What’s coming next…
I’ve just finished work on a new standalone psychological thriller called ‘Mummy’s Little Secret’, which is available to pre-order now and will be published in August 2021. When a mother hears a child at the park claim the woman she’s with her isn’t her mum, it sparks an obsessive journey to find out who this child really is, and why she would make such a claim. It was great fun to write, and is packed with more twists than the Monaco F1 race track!
Stephen Edger is the Amazon bestselling author of psychological and crime thrillers, including Snatched, and the Kate Matthews’ series. Born in the north-east of England, he now lives in Southampton where most of his stories are set, allowing him to use his insider knowledge to deliver realistic and unsettling suspense on every page. Away from writing, Stephen loves to read anything that will keep him awake at night. He’s also a passionate advocate for contemporary cinema and binge-watching the latest offerings from streaming services. He is married with a son and a daughter, and two dogs.
Stephen also writes under the pseudonym M.A. Hunter, and loves to engage with his readers on his Facebook author page and Twitter. If you have a question for him, he can be reached at:
Thank you Stephen, that’s been really interesting, I now want to read about Kate, see if I like her or not.
Up tomorrow will be Caroline England.