Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Stephen Leather and his story New York Night!
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Stephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider’ Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.
Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country’s most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.
Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV.
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I asked Stephen Leather, “How did you get your start in writing and what fuels you to continue?” and here is the response.
I tried to write fiction at university (I was studying biochemistry) but never wrote anything that would be considered publishable. While at university I realised I didn’t want to be a scientist and that really I wanted to be a journalist. During my ten-year career as a journalist on papers like the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, The Times and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, I learned to write quickly and accurately and that training was a great help when I got around to writing fiction again.I was lucky in that the first book I wrote – Pay Off – was bought by Collins (Now Harper Collins) and three books later I wrote The Chinaman which sold for enough money to allow me to write full time. As so what drives me, I write because I love to write. Even if my books weren’t selling and providing me an income, I would still write. Writers write, that’s what we do! I always wince when I hear writers saying that the process is like pulling teeth or that they are finding it difficult. I write because I love to write and if I go a day without writing I suffer withdrawal symptoms!
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Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line. New York Night is the seventh novel in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series.
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The yellow cab driver was from Sierra Leone originally and during the drive he told Dee-anne how his family had been hacked to death by teenagers with machetes and that he had been lucky to escape with his life. Dee-anne had listened to the man’s story and had nodded and made encouraging noises at the right places but there was something definitely off about what the man was saying. It sounded too rehearsed as if he’d gone over it time and time again to make sure it had the ring of authenticity. Her fingers touched his as she handed over the fare and she instantly knew the truth. The man had been one of the attackers, he had killed and mutilated hundreds of men, women and children and had used the money he had stolen from his victims to pay for his passage to the United States.
‘I know what you did, Emmanuel,’ she said as she took her change. ‘You should keep up the good work here in America, Get yourself a big knife and have some fun.’
His mouth opened and he nodded slowly. ‘I will, mistress’ he said.
‘Enjoy yourself,’ said Dee-anne. She climbed out of the taxi and slammed the door.
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Stephen Leather will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. CLICK HERE to enter to Win! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates and places can be found here: Tour Schedule
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Stephen Leather, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤