I am delighted to host Emma Kavanagh’s latest stop on her blog tour for her new novel, hidden which I review next week.
After graduating with a PhD in Psychology from Cardiff University, Emma Kavanagh spent seven years working as a police and military psychologist, training firearms officers, command staff and military personnel, throughout the UK and Europe, to deal with the most extreme situations. An expert in her field, she now applies her knowledge to her writing.
hidden will be published on 23 April. There’s a sneak preview link at the bottom of this post.
A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital. He’s unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.
Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a schoolboy, Aden is determined to make amends by finding the gunman – before it’s too late.
To psychologist Imogen, hospital should be a place of healing and safety – both for her, and her young niece who’s been recently admitted. She’s heard about the gunman, but he has little to do with her. Or has he?
As time ticks down, no one knows who the gunman’s next target will be. But he’s there. Hiding in plain sight. Far closer than anyone thinks…
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Emma talks about the nerve-racking business of getting her first book deal
My Book Deal Moment
I cannot talk about this day without getting teary. Largely because it had begun to feel like it would never happen. I had been signed by my agent – the extraordinarily wonderful Camilla Wray at the Darley Anderson Literary Agency – on a previous book which failed to find a publisher. It’s never easy when you come to the realisation that the book you have spent so many months writing and cultivating is not going to be THE book. I won’t lie. There were tears. Many tears. I was pregnant at the time with my eldest son, so I’m going to blame the lions share of the tears on that. Hormones. Psh!
When my son was three months old, I began again, over the coming months writing the book that would become Falling.
I was terrified. I had already gone through this once. How on earth was I going to deal with the emotional fall-out of hearing another no on another book?
Falling had been out on submission for a couple of weeks. It had come close, but so far no cigar. I was starting to crumble. On what would turn out to be the day before my book deal day, I went out for lunch with my sister in law. Reader, I cried. She held my hand and told me that everyone believed in me and that I could do it. I cried a bit more.
The following day, I was bundling my then 18 month old up ready to take him to his grandparents. Leaving the house is always a trauma, and it was chaos as usual when my phone began to ring in my pocket, with Camilla saying that an editor wanted to talk to me. I have a vague recollection of my son being under the dining table at the time trying to hand feed cheerios to the cat. We set up a time for the phone call and I carried on with my day, with only the sketchiest of understandings about what was to come.
Then came the call with Jenny Geras. I was shaking. We talked for a while about the edits that would need to be done, chatted generally and got a feel for one another, and I hung up feeling pretty elated. An editor had called me. AN EDITOR! I wasn’t expecting to hear anything else that week, had been told these things take time.
But a couple of hours later, Camilla called back. Jenny at Arrow had offered me a two book deal. I was going to be a published author.
Yes, I cried.
Praise for Emma’s first book: Falling
‘A brilliant debut’
‘We predict big things for Emma Kavanagh … addictive’
‘Kavanagh tells the story with great verve, weaving the strands of her story expertly’
‘Dark, tense and convincing, this is a brilliantly executed and engrossing thriller.
An extremely assured debut’
‘an up-all-night thriller, fuelled by grief, anger and infidelity’
Book of the Month, You Magazine, Mail on Sunday
‘swift-moving crime tale’
Independent on Sunday
A gripping psychological page-turner’ 4 stars,
‘A stark and dramatic thriller’
‘complex thriller from a former police psychologist, who knows her stuff’
‘separate strands are neatly woven into a gripping, credible human story’
‘Thoughtful, often dark and devastatingly honest … Falling marks the arrival on the crime scene of a major new talent’
You can read an extract from hidden here : http://www.deadgoodbooks.co.uk/index.php/extract-hidden-emma-kavanagh/