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Geraldine Evans has been writing since her twenties, though only began to get novels published halfway through her thirties. As well as her popular Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series, she has a second crime series, Casey & Catt and has also had published an historical, a romance and articles on a variety of subjects, including, Historical Biography, Writing, Astrology, Palmistry and other New Age subjects. She has also written a dramatization of Dead Before Morning, the first book in her Rafferty series.
She is a Londoner, but now lives in Norfolk England where she moved with her husband George in 2000.
Deadly Reunion is her eighteenth novel and fourteenth in the humorous Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series. She is currently working on the next in the series.
Latest hardback novel: Deadly Reunion A Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novel
Latest ebooks: Dead Before Morning and Down Among the Dead Men, the first and second novels in the fourteen-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series, both available from kindle, iPad, iPhone, iBookstore, nook, kobo, android, etc.
I sometimes start talks in the following way. I peer furtively to the left, then I peer furtively to the right. Then I turn to the audience, lean forward and say ‘Psst. Want a few tips on how to commit the perfect murder?’
That gets their attention and a good laugh. I once had a woman in the front row say ‘Yes, please!’ That got an even louder laugh than my question. If I was her husband I’d watch out. That lady sounded serious. But if you can get them laughing, you’ve got them.
Most of the talks I’ve been booked for have been for me to describe my writing life; how I got started as a writer and how I coped with rejection. The usual things, but each author’s story’s different. Yes, most of these tales have rejection taking the starring role, but they all have happy endings in that the man or woman standing at the front eventually found a publisher or they wouldn’t have been invited to give that talk. Anyway, back to me.
I then go on to describe how I got started writing: with a second hand manual typewriter on which the letter ‘e’ didn’t work. Boy, did I have fun going through afterwards putting all those ‘e’s in by hand! But I couldn’t get rid of the wretched typewriter and get a decent machine as my non-typing husband had bought it for me as a surprise present (we were broke and couldn’t afford new), which was sweet of him. I couldn’t expect him to know about giving ‘The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’ typing test to make sure all the letters worked.
Anyway, I staggered on with the ‘e’less wonder for a while, but then we splashed out and bought an Amstrad. A new one! I don’t know if you had these in America. They were made by Alan (now ‘Sir’ Alan) Sugar. They were word processors only and had no internet connection. This was back in the 1990s. But the Amstrad was ideal for me as I only wanted it for a word processor. I didn’t care that the printer was a bit slow. I had no idea at that time how useful the internet could be to authors. This served me well for quite a few years. It was a regular thing for the printer to go wrong, but my husband’s a mechanic and can fix most things, so this was a doddle to him. But eventually it went to the scrap metal home in the sky and I was bereft once more. But then I struck lucky.
Okay, it might have been a retrograde step in my life as an author because the next machine was also second hand. But I couldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth when the small firm I worked for gave me as a sort of leaving present an old computer they had in the cupboard that didn’t work (!). Luckily, my niece’s husband is a dab hand with computers and had my leaving gift connected up to his machine quicker than you could say Microsoft. He breathed new life into the old thing and I was up and running again.
Another few years and I was computerless again. However, hubby and I pooled our pennies and we bought another second hand computer, from the local computer shop this time as no gifts were in the offing. I was happy enough with this and used the fat old thing through the era of slim model girl computers. But then, I think my computer whiz kid stepson must have taken pity on me. There was another cupboard rake-through and he produced a second hand laptop just for me. A while later he went ‘Abracadabra’ again and produced another one for my husband (who had never been into computers).
But I reckon I must have overloaded the nervous system of my laptop as it got slower and slower over the years and did more and more strange things, which you don’t want when you use the machine in your career. Anyway, fortunately or unfortunately, we managed to burn the innards of my husband’s laptop when we were trying to download some photos from the camera. I suspect we might have used the lead for my camera rather than his. Whatever happened, his computer wouldn’t work at all.
I store a lot of my emails in folders, which, before, I accessed whenever I wanted without difficulty. With this clever new machine I’ve struggled to open the folders and have only just grasped how to do this (of course it might help if I read the manual).
And then there’s word counts. It took me ages to discover how to do that. Who’d have ever thought of clicking on ‘Review’ to do a word count? Not me, anyway.
And then, for some reason I can’t fathom, it keeps turning number lock on. I don’t notice this, of course, not until I try to get to the top of the page by pressing Control and Home.
And then. But you get the picture.
Psst. Can you give me a few tips on murdering the perfect computer? I want to go back to my simple second hand jobs instead. But I don’t want to get caught murdering the wretched thing. It’s probably got some clever, sneaky way of snitching on me after the fact.
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A Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novel by Geraldine Evans
Publication: 24 February 2011 (UK) 1 June 2011 (US)
Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty is barely back from his honeymoon before he has two unpleasant surprises. Not only has he another murder investigation – a poisoning at a school reunion, he also has four new lodgers, courtesy of his Ma, Kitty Rafferty. Ma is organising her own reunion and since getting on the internet, the Rafferty and Kelly family attendees have grown, like Topsy. In his murder investigation, Rafferty had to go back in time to learn of all the likely motives of the victim’s fellow reunees. But it is only when he is reconciled to his unwanted lodgers, that Rafferty finds the answers to his most important questions.
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The draw of all the comments throughout the Tour will take place at the end of the Tour (end-Feb). There will only be three winners, each of whom wins one signed copy of Deadly Reunion, my latest hardback (Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series), one copy each of two ebooks that are the first and second novels in my Rafferty & Llewellyn crime series, that is, one of Dead Before Morning and one of Down Among the Dead Men. They will also receive a subscription to my blog (which they can let lapse when it runs out).