THE COLD ROOM
BY KAREN LONG
Publication Date: 8th May 2017
Series: Eleanor Raven – Book 3
Genre: Crime / Thriller
The brand new thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the author of The Safe Word and The Vault.
Winter is settling on Toronto and a series of seemingly unconnected murders are weighing heavily on DI Eleanor Raven. When an army veteran holds his family hostage, leaving chaos and an unidentifiable skeletal human hand in his wake, Raven is left tangled in a web of leads, lies and secrets, with each thread leading her closer to the all too terrifying truth.
But with time running out, Raven needs to re-connect with her past life – the one she thought she’d finally escaped from – if she’s to find out who the killer is before they strike again . . .
ABOUT KAREN LONG
Karen Long was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During her teaching years she studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in her writing. She is an enthusiastic traveller and has spent time in Toronto, which became the backdrop and inspiration for The Safe Word.
She is a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family. She has dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens.
Karen is happy to correspond with readers and can be contacted through her website KarenLongWriter.com, where she posts regular blogs.
The Safe Word is Karen's first novel and was an Amazon bestseller, later joined by the second in the Eleanor Raven series, The Vault.
All author or review enquires please contact Karen Long’s Personal Assistant J.B. Johnston – email@example.com
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QUESTIONS FROM PHILOMENA.
1. HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU DO FOR THE COLD ROOM?
I had to do lot of research on the weaponry and methodology used by Toronto’s Emergency Task Force and on the sort of procedures adopted for hostage negotiations and extraction. I find that research for all of the books is pretty much an on-going effort. If you want to create a convincing environment, a writer needs to be versant with the forensic developments. Research has the added benefit of stimulating different ways to map out the detecting of a perpetrator. All good material for the crime fiction writer.
2. DO YOU STILL LOVE THE CHARACTER OF ELEANOR RAVEN?
I do! Eleanor is a complex creature. She is contained, independent and confident in her abilities but the opposite is also true. She carries a burden of guilt from her childhood, which manifests itself in her masochistic sexual practices. She lives by the mantra that she never ‘judges’ yet she has judged and condemned herself for not recognising the ‘signs’ that could have saved her school friend Caleb. I believe that this is essentially the human condition and why every central character’s struggle should be with him/herself. Eleanor Raven is a modern woman. She is sexually liberated and proactive, physically aggressive and defines herself through her career and not through family.
3. DO YOU PLOT OR ARE YOU A PANSTER?
I do plot, usually handwritten in a little brown exercise book and mainly in non-sequiturs and bullet-points. However, I’m pretty keen to develop ideas when then they hit the mental fan. This can often lead me away from the plotted direction but it makes the writing process more energetic and organic.
4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I’m writing a stand-alone novel, ‘The Girl Who Drowned’. I feel as though the trilogy was a natural place to pause in the Eleanor Raven series, though I’d love to write another later on. My latest book is set in Ludlow and is more a psychological thriller. It’s also written in the first person, which is a very new experience for me.
5. DO YOU EVER GET FRUSTRATED WITH YOUR WRITING?
Frequently! There are moments of pure acceleration, when every event and exchange is clearly mapped in your mind and all I have to do is put my fingers on the keypad. However, matched in frequency is the ‘what next?’ issue. I’ll have a real sense of where I have to go but can’t quite move in the right direction. As a linear writer I won’t/can’t bring myself to leap to the next chapter.
6. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WRITING IN OTHER GENRES?
I have and do. I write screenplays, some of which have been optioned but none realised, as yet. I love the discipline of working to a clear set of rules and it’s good practise to expand the repertoire.