Today’s guest is Juliet B. Madison, author of the DI Lyle Series. Her latest book. Alternate Voices, is a collection of fan fiction short stories featuring characters from the DI Lyle Series. Here’s Juliet to tell us more about the anthology and why this book is near and dear to her heart…
What gave you the idea for the Alternate Voices anthology?
JULIET: Last year I contributed a DI Lyle story to an anthology Shadows & Light to highlight the issues of Domestic Violence. I thought it would be interesting to see if other people could write DI Lyle stories as well and the six contributors have done an awesome job and done me and the DI Lyle Mystery Series proud.
I chose Macmillan Cancer Support because my late partner, David, had a lovely Macmillan nurse and I know that Macmillan do an awesome job in the UK helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their friends and families. I have chosen to release Alternate Voices on the seventh anniversary of David’s death as it’s a bad day for me and I need something positive to focus on. Alternate Voices is dedicated to David’s memory.
Can you tell us a bit about your contribution to the anthology?
JULIET: My story Sudden Impact is set between Prescription for Murder and Old Sins Cast Long Shadows. James Lyle takes his boyfriend, Thomas, to visit his step-brother, Jez, in prison. The visit goes well but unexpected events on the way home force Thomas to confront his past.
Here is a short excerpt
“You know where to go from here, Mr Lyle?” The guard asked.
“Yes,” James nodded.
Thomas followed James into the visiting room. It was austere. The metal chairs were bolted to the floor. They were directed to a table with two visitor’s chairs. James took out the cigarettes he’d brought. Jez used them as currency to exchange for stamps and phone cards, he didn’t actually smoke himself. Thomas smoked occasionally.
Some minutes later the prisoners filed in and took their seats across from their visitors.
Thomas saw a man in his early forties making his way towards them. The fact he looked like Jim Morrison hadn’t been exaggerated. Jez sat down.
“Alright kid?” he said to James.
“Fine thanks Jez, this is Thomas.”
Jez offered his hand and Thomas shook it.
“So you’re the man who has stolen my kid brother’s heart?”
“Guilty as charged,” Thomas smiled.
Did you have to do much research for Sudden Impact?
JULIET: I had to study the London Underground map once I found out which was the correct stop for HMP Wormwood Scrubs where Jez is incarcerated and, owing to what happens on the return journey, I had to look into the role of the British Transport Police.
Just for fun, what’s your favorite DI Lyle book and why?
JULIET: (Laughs) That’s not a fair question to ask the author. Although I’m not a Christian I think Unholy Alliance is my favourite because it deals with far more than the brutal murder of a clergyman; it’s about loyalty, destructive secrets and psychological torment. It’s quite dark in places and I tried not to overdo the religious symbolism. It also introduces the character of cop turned cleric Canon Thomas Rice, whom readers seem to have taken to and the Canon does actually appear in one of the stories in Alternate Voices but I’m not saying which one or who the author is.
What writing-related projects do you currently have on the go?
JULIET: Well I’m working on the 6th DI Lyle novel In Harm’s Way and I’m also making a start on my new paranormal crime Psychic CID series. Also Best Served Cold is currently being translated into Spanish so I’m really excited about that..
Where can readers go to get a copy of Alternate Voices?
You can connect with Juliet B Madison at the following links:
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