Interview with Simon Critchelle

Stitched Smile Publications

Today we’re going to be chatting
with Simon Critchell, co-author of 21:24.

Hello Simon, thanks for taking time out to engage with the fans and readers. For those who have not read 21:24, you may want to catch up so you know what’s going on. We don’t want anyone upset about spoilers!

Q1: First, for anyone who is interested in picking up the book, can you tell us where the title and idea for 21:24 came from?

The book has its roots in the idea of poetic justice. I have a general frustration with how justice looks around the world and am often horrified by stories I see of people either getting away with murder (and various other horrific crimes) or being wrongly accused and/or stitched up for the same. My co-author, Jason, and I first connected following the case of The West Memphis Three. So that was a quite…

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#Openbook – Open book blog hop – 29 July

Roberta Writes

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This week’s topic is:

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I have not written that many books. My six children’s picture books are pure fantasy and imagination [with recipes], as is Silly Willy goes to Cape Town.

I have written two YA books, a novella called While the Bombs Fell and a supernatural/horror which will be available in early September called Through the Nethergate. I have also written short stories for two anthologies that are currently available, Dark Visions and Death Among Us.

While the Bombs Fell is a fictionalised biography of my mom’s life as a young girl growing up in Bungay, East Anglia during World War II. This book required a large amount of research as it was based on a real time period. I created a time line (on the advice of my developmental editor)…

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