Interview with Thea Hartley

How do you approach cover design?
I usually have an idea in my head, but the cover design is in the hands of the publisher, not me. The publisher/ cover designer usually asks if I have any ideas, so I might give some suggestions, then the cover artist comes up with one or more designs. If there's something I don't like, or think won't work, I can say. It's usually a compromise, but always something which attracts the reader.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Very difficult question. I love all sorts of books and authors from different genres. I love Peter James' books, I enjoy Psychological Thrillers, but also Chick Lit. Books that stand out for me are: " Is anybody there?" Marian Keyes; " My sisters Keeper" Jodi Picoult and "WIre in the Blood" Val McDermid., but there are many more.
What do you read for pleasure?
Psychological Thrillers, Chick Lit, Mysteries and General Fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle on iPad
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook and other social media advertising, press release and personal appearances.
When did you first start writing?
I've always written since I was a child. However, I started writing books full time about two years ago
What's the story behind your latest book?
Resa James, a Criminal Psychologist is called in by the police to help solve a mysterious crime, where young couples are being killed. The only possible link that has been found between them is that they have visited a fertility clinic.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The overwhelming need to get my books ipublished. I have stories to tell, which, I believe wil engage and interest many people.. I honestly believe that my books NEED to be read, that they will inspire others, in many different ways.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By giving me the opportunity toublish my books, and for them to be accessed by the public.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to put the story I devise onto paper. To make my characters and the situations come to life, and to follow the development of my book.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. These are the people you are trying to entice into your world ...what better accolade could there be, than for people to love the same things that you do and have written about.
Published 2014-11-10.
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Books by This Author

Gone And Forgotten
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,130. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Vol 5 in the Resa James Series. 'Kate Gilby' turns up dressed in rags in a local hospital. She disappeared four years ago with her daughter Sophie. There was an extensive nation-wide search, however, they appeared to be missing without trace. What are the deep secrets which are about to be revealed? Will Resa and the team survive this dangerous assignment?
Tooth And Claw
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,890. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Book 4 of the 'Resa James mysteries'. People are going missing in and around Cardiff and then the first dead body turns up. Aspects of the killing are bizarre and almost too horrific to contemplate. Read one of the most baffling and frightening cases, Resa and the team have ever been involved in.
Kill And Cure
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,450. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Book 3 of the 'Resa James mysteries'. When John is found dead one morning, it is not a surprise. He has Motor Neurone Disease, and is in the final stages. However, John has not died naturally... he has been cut open and filleted like a fish. His organs displayed. A calling card is left, 'Azrael’ the Angel of Death". Resa and the team investigate but could 'Azrael' be someone they know and like?
Sticks And Bones
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,490. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Book 2 of the 'Resa James criminal psychologist mysteries'. People are dying. They are being poisoned and the police don't know why or how. There is no obvious motive and no connection between the victims. The police need answers, the police need Resa James.
Kith And Kill
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,910. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2016 by Ex-L-Ence Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Resa James is a criminal psychologist and university lecturer - asked to consult for the police she is drawn into a multiple murder mystery that seems to have a connection to a fertility clinic. What links the victims together and who is the murderer?