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As you may have already guessed, Milly Reynolds is not my real name. Like my 'hero' Detective Inspector Mike Malone, I also hide my real identity.
I live in Lincolnshire and love the flat, endless landscapes and I want these to be seen in my books. Mike Malone has moved from the city to Lincolnshire - unlike me, I was born here and haven't moved.
I have recently 'retired' from my job, I was a teacher in a secondary school, to pursue my dream of becoming a writer - and to devote more time to my volunteer work. I also help at my local RSPB centre and also take groups of children out on the marshes to try to instil in them a love for birds and nature.
So why Mike Malone? I love all things detective and wanted to create my own series. However, I have decided not to go for the deep, dark thriller - how can I compete with the masters of that genre? I adore the books by Jo Nesbo - a real genius. Therefore I came to the decision that Mike Malone would be off-beat. I like to think that there is humour in my books. I don't want to scare people, I want to make them chuckle - there is not enough laughter in the world at the moment. I have six Mike Malone novels and I am slowly getting them onto Smashwords. I have also started number seven.
However, although Mike was my first creation, he is not the only one. I have also recently created Jack Sallt, another DI. Jack is grittier than Mike and there is not the humour in his stories that there is in the Mike Malone stories. I wanted to write a more 'grown-up' detective story. I wrote the first Jack Sallt in Autumn 2011 and completed the second novel in the series this summer (2012. Look out for these as they will also be appearing on smashwords as soon as I can manage it. Not content with crime, I also decided to try my hand at a romantic novel and my first stand-alone novel 'The Unseen Sky' was written August 2011 - this will be following.
I'm lucky, I enjoy writing and find it just as relaxing to sit and create as it is to read. I hope you like my books.
on May 24, 2013 :
Characters are well developed, and prose is excellent. Shame the storyline is so similar to the first book in the series. Still a good read though.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)