Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
I’m a thriller writer with a twist. I’ve got a dark imagination and love sci-fi and fantasy, so I like to cross genre a little and play with concepts. The Reacher series I’m working on at the moment is a blend of crime thriller/dystopian sci-fi.
Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
Border Lines is book 2 in the Reacher series. The Running Game (book 2) is more thriller than crime, but Border Lines is a bit more of a murder mystery. The Reacher series has a larger story arch and Border Lines forms an essential component. It introduces a number of significant characters and concepts, but also really explores what Reachers are and what our government is capable of. One of the main inspirations and themes in the story is the idea of wealth and poverty and how disproportionate it is. The Running Game takes place in S’aven, effectively a shanty town, populated by Britain’s poor, but Border Lines crosses over into London where we see how the richer classes live.
How did you come up with the title?
Border Lines is one of the easier titles in the Reacher Series. It’s literally about the characters crossing the border into London, but it’s also about Rachel crossing her moral borders, Charlie crossing back into being himself from the drug dependant he was in The Running Game. It’s also a broader concept of where we draw the lines between what’s good or bad, right or wrong.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The single most difficult part of writing this story was getting the timeline right. The story takes place over the course of a week, but a lot happens in this time. The plot is built up of several threads that slowly weave together and form one final shape at the end. It took meticulous planning – which is my weakness and after writing this story I have utmost respect for all mystery writers.
What book do you wish that you had written?
I could never answer “what is your favourite book” because I have too many. But if I could write one book in the world it is Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark. The book is a huge, intricate clever story, incorporating fairies, magic and history. The footnotes alone are genius.
Do you write often? Is it on a schedule, or whenever you feel like it?
In 2016 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to become a full time writer. This replaced years and years of juggling late now writing crams because I had to hold down a job. It was the most unproductive time of my life. I’ve since taken a job just so I can concentrate working on an evening. I’m such a workaholic I thrive off pressure and having just two hours a night to write suits me so much more than having 12 hours.
If you could go anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go, who would you take with you, if anyone, and why?
The place I’m most desperate to go is Iceland. I’d love to see the Northern Lights and experience all the natural beauties there. I’d also love to go back to Nepal and take my son. I spent some time in Nepal over a decade ago and it was one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever been. I’d love to take my son there just to sit and bathe elephants while the sun sets over the jungle.
What are your writing and personal goals for 2017 and beyond?
I’m going to be getting book 3 of the Reacher series out. It’s currently in draft and I’ve got to pass it to some beta readers before shipping it off to my wonderful editor. I’ll be working as editor for the Plaisted Publishing Sponsorship Program 2017, as well as undertaken a few editing jobs on the side. I’ve got two big UK book fairs to attend and some other bits and pieces to organise. The devil makes work for idle hands so I try to stay busy.
What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
So at present I’ve just finished Book 3. I’ll be starting Book 4 shortly. The series will run to 5 books (possibly 6) and Book 3 is my favourite so far.
Here’s a little exclusive snippet:
Electricity fizzed through the solitary naked lightbulb hanging, off centre, from the cracked ceiling. It hissed and flickered. For a brief moment the cell went dark. Charlie straightened against the hard chair, ignoring the burning pain in his back and thighs. The light flicked back on and Charlie’s hope of waking up somewhere new vanished. A long, dirty mirror, built into the opposite wall, echoed his troubles. He was pretty sure he was being watched. On the floor, below the mirror, was a large metal box. It blinked at Charlie and continue to emit an almost inaudible buzz that seemed to reverberate from the middle of his skull.
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Can you tell us about your pets?
I’m a big dog person. I have a rescue Staffy called Jess, who is as mad as she is lovely. Most nights she sits with me as I type. I’ve got a cat too, although she would probably say she’s got a person. She doesn’t like me much.
When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn’t think twice about taking it. This is the break he’s been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.
The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?
“We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere.”
Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick’s Reachers series.
Start with Book One, The Running Game
Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready to run.
On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her telekinetic powers.
Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher… one of their own kind.
With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?
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About the author
L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.
L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.
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