Writing With … S. J. Bolton

Today, I’m very pleased to welcome S. J. Bolton. She is the author of SACRIFICE, AWAKENING and BLOOD HARVEST. Her latest novel, NOW YOU SEE ME, was released last week by Minotaur Books. Visit her online at www.sjbolton.com.

Q. Tell us about your book and what inspired you to write it.

I love the idea of taking dark, spooky tales and fashioning them into modern crime novels and I’ve long been fascinated by the stories of Jack the Ripper. NOW YOU SEE ME, my fourth book, is a Ripper story with a very contemporary twist. 
Q. Did you need to do any special research for the book? If so, what’s one of the most interesting facts you discovered?

In Victorian London, hundreds of men and horses lived and worked underground when constructing the railroads. Many of the tunnels and chambers they used still exist.  
Q. Many people are content to just be readers. How did you become a writer?

I sat down one night and tried. Discovering that I could actually do it was the start of a very exciting adventure. 
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Wining and dining with friends, watching adventure movies with my son, walking in the Chiltern hills with Lupe, my lurcher. 
Q. What are you reading right now?

Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME. 
Q. If you were stranded on that proverbial deserted island, what five books would you want to have with you?

I always cheat with this one: 
JRR Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS (three books in one)
Phillip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS (another trilogy)
Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE
Elizabeth Von Armin’s THE ENCHANTED APRIL
Stephen King’s THE STAND 
Q. What’s your favorite movie?

The Thomas Crown Affair (remake with Pierce Brosnan) 
Q. What’s your favorite food?

Lobster, crab, prawns, crayfish: hot and fresh with herby butter.
Q. Cats or dogs?

Most definitely dogs. 
Q. Name one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you.

I can tap dance.

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