This is the third in the series, and can be read as a stand alone, however you benefit from reading the first two books.
Liz Giving us an Insight into her Dark Minds, or her Character's Dark Minds.
Dark Minds: Getting into the minds of my villains.
People often ask me where I get the ideas for my villains from and to be honest I don’t really know. I can be enjoying a walk along the canal with my husband and where he sees lovely scenery and nice wildlife, I see body dump sites. I think it’s probably that I’ve got a very dark mind. I come from a nation of dark minded, dry humoured folk (I’m Scottish) and I embrace that aspect of my character in my writing.
It’s not that I expect the worst of people, it’s just that I find it very enjoyable to create and mould a baddie into the worst character they can be. In Untainted Blood, I’ve created a serial killer who enjoys tattooing swastikas on young Asian and Black men. I had such fun creating this character, although I never spend too much time in their Point of View. The press label the murderer, The Tattoo Killer, and as is typical create a huge hype around the modus operandi. Of course, this makes my killer very happy.
I enjoyed exploring the sort of warped mind that would justify their actions to themselves. This killer is racist and delusional and downright evil and talks themselves into believing that it is right to try to rid the world of no- white people by any means possible.
As a foil to my killer I also, in Untainted Blood, use Professor Sebastian Carlton who made a brief appearance in Uncoiled Lies. His suggestions that my killer is motivated by confused sexuality really angers my killer. It is this sort of thing that intrigues me. What motivates such rage and hatred that would drive people with an outwardly ‘normal’ persona to do such vile things? – I find it fascinating.
My killer spends a lot of time talking to a horse called Tara, using the horse as a sounding block for all the hatred and anger inside. I chose to write these scenes in the first person and in the present tense to make them more immediate to the reader. The first person, present tense also served to make a delineation between my normal third person point of view in the past tense.
Sometimes it was quite difficult to imagine how a racist deranged psychopath would act but by researching the sort of things racists say and do and of course having seen at first-hand (my husband is Indian and we’ve witnessed and experienced a fair amount of racism over our thirty-year marriage) how these people believe they have the right to express insightful viewpoints. In truth though, quite often I did no more than watch the news to find out what certain international and national politicians were up to and use some of their antics albeit a little exaggerated.
As well as writing crime fiction, Liz is co-founder of and main contributor to The Crime Warp blog, which reviews all areas of crime fiction, interviews crime authors and participates in blog tours. She is the main publicist for the blog, using social media to promote their presence.
Liz is an ex teacher who has taught in inner city Bradford schools for over twenty years. Her husband of nearly 30 years is Indian and they have three children. They live in inner city Bradford and Liz likes to use the rich tapestry of her life in Bradford, combined with her Scottish heritage, in her writing.
In Sept 2017 she is starting a PHD In Creative Writing, researching crime fiction and social media.
Liz also teaches creative writing, specifically within the crime fiction genre.