Nick R B Tingley is the author of the DS Evelyn Giles series. Having worked as a ghostwriter for some time, Nick is starting to produce work in his own right. His short story, Dressed to Deceive – a tale about a man who tries cover up a murder in the time of Jack the Ripper – won the 2015 Inkitt Fated Paradox Competition and continues to gather considerable acclaim.
The Bluebell Informant is his debut novel, which he is releasing for free. The second book, The Court of Obsessions will be released later this year.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little village called New Ash Green in Kent, UK. It was quite an experience growing up there because the whole village is rather insulated from the rest of the world - there's a lot greenery and forests nearby and it's one of those villages that seems to attract all manner of creative people. A lot of my neighbours that I knew when growing up there have gone on to become successful artists or musicians or theatre and film actors or directors, so I think there is something about the village that definitely influenced my decision to become a writer at least. It hasn't directly influenced any of my actual stories or characters as yet, but there's always time for that I suppose.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for a long time - everything from short stories to film and theatre scripts. But I think my first attempt at a novel occurred in 2004 - so a good thirteen years ago. It was a fantasy novel called 'Such Sweet Lies' and - at the time - I thought it was the most amazing thing ever written. Now I know better - I still had a long way to go - but since then I tried my hand at every writing experience I could get my hands on to develop my writing skills. It all came to a head a year or two ago when I started writing as a ghostwriter for other authors - once I became successful at that, I realised it was about time to branch out with my own work.
How do you catch a killer who is already dead? When DS Evelyn Giles is called to a murder scene, it seems like an open-and-shut case. But when the prime suspect reveals a horrifying secret, Giles' past comes back to haunt her. Her greatest nemesis - the Bluebell Killer - is still out there. And very much alive...