Thursday, October 04, 2012

50th party blog guest - Lesley Cookman

I’ve known Lesley Cookman through the RNA for years and years, and I adore her Libby Serjeant series. (There was much cheering in this house when she got the call!) Lesley also writes pantomimes (how awesome is that?), and I love it when she sends me links on YouTube to bits of her shows.

Over to Lesley:

I’ve known Kate since she first got “the call” from HMB, when we were both members of the same online group, so I’m delighted to be able to celebrate her 50th with her, and very flattered to be asked.

Although we are still both members of the same organisation, the Romantic Novelists’ Association, I don’t write romance. I write very light mystery novels, called in the US “cosy crime”, a term which is gradually being adopted in the UK. They are books where the crime happens “off-stage” and there is almost more focus on the characters than the crime, easy in my case as I write a series with a whole village full of regular characters. Think Rebecca Shaw with murder!

My series character, Libby Sarjeant, is a former actor in her mid-fifties who paints touristy pictures for a local gallery and helps run the local community theatre. Libby has remained in her mid-fifties for a long time now, which occasionally throws the reader trying to make sense of the past, but I claim authorial privilege. There are series characters of all ages, genders and sexual orientation, so something for everybody, I hope.

However, for all the lightness, murder is a serious subject, and I have tackled some fairly grim themes, such as violent homophobia and illegal immigration. My poor police force are probably the most unrealistic element in the books, as Libby rides roughshod over them, so I have taken to apologising to all police forces in the front of every book.

If any of Kate’s readers would like to see what Libby’s books are like, there will be a paperback copy of the first in the series on offer, in the all new rejacketed B format. Welcome to Steeple Martin!

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Mary Preston said...

It's been quite a while since I attended a pantomime.

The books all look amazing.

BW said...

I like cosy mysteries and I am sure I would like yours. In Cleveland, Ohio which is not to far from where I live Boucheron is taking place this weekend. Mary Higgins Clark will be there. Unfortunatle, I am not going but I wish now I were.

Eli Yanti said...

sounds a great series :)

bn100 said...

The series sounds intriguing.

Kate Hardy said...

First name drawn from the hat for ‘Murder in Steeple Martin’ – Mary Preston. Please contact me kate(dot)hardy(at)btinternet(dot)com with your details, and I'll get everything sorted :o) Thanks for taking part!

Lesley Cookman said...

Thank you all for your comments, and I'm delighted a copy will be winging its way to Australia, Mary. The ebooks are doing quite well over there.