The Gone Writing spotlight went dark for a couple of months, but it’s shining once again. And the writer standing center stage is Lynne Fellows, one of the charter members of Mystery Authors International.
Fate determined the path for Lynne who, despite proud roots, bade Britain a fond farewell to follow her heart to Iberia, convinced she had been born in the wrong country.
After starting her writing adventure with NaNoWriMo back in 2012, she now pens her favourite mysteries with a sunnier, European flavour.
A translator and fur-mum to two adorable mutts, she might be spotted with her nose in a book, armed with just the teeniest chunk of chocolate and a zillion pomegranates!
I asked Lynne about her new book, Casualty of Court, and how it came to be.
Lynne: Casualty of Court releases on March 21st and follows on from where The Fifth Wheel ended, taking the characters back to Portugal for the trial of Stefan Pereira.
GW: What made you choose to base your plot around a trial?
Lynne: As a frustrated, would-have-loved-to-be lawyer myself, I couldn’t let him get away with it, could I? That doesn’t happen in my world. I’m a sucker for legal thrillers and courtroom dramas, always rooting for the underdog – assuming he/she is in the right, of course.
GW: How did you decide on the backdrop to the novel?
Lynne: The trial story was inevitable, and placing it in my favourite part of the world a foregone conclusion. So, against a backdrop of sunshine and holiday fun, the court case rolls on.
GW: How would you describe the genre?
Lynne (with a twinkle in her eye): It’s a cosy-style saga with a hint of psychopath, a whiff of Chick-lit, a dalliance with drama, and an air of mystery. In short, I’m an ‘all-or-nothing’ writer with a healthy aversion to sitting in any one box or genre 🙂 Mind games come into play, ratcheting up the tension. But, of course, not everyone is playing fair.
GW: I’m guessing that, with several main characters, you chose to tell the story from multiple points of view.
Lynne: Go to the head of the class. The story is told from the viewpoint of four principal characters, each with a stake in the outcome. It mixes the suspense of a court case with their personal stories, showing how they have been influenced by life events such as abandonment, disability, and family responsibilities.
GW: Did you find it hard to let go of your characters once you completed work on the novel, or are they still with you?
Lynne: Little did I expect these characters to become as much a part of my life as they have done. I can visualise each of them, I know them so well (cue Elaine Paige & Barbara Dixon). But, it doesn’t end here. I’m already several chapters into a third book and have plans for more. Writing a series is definitely addictive! They’ve got under my skin – I hope readers feel the same way too.
GW: Reading a good series is equally addictive. Thank you for sharing your story. Do you have any final word for readers of Gone Writing?
Lynne: Thanks for asking. Those who would like to read the prequel – The Fifth Wheel – before the release of Casualty of Court, can get a copy here. It’s a short read, only 50 pages, and it sets the scene for the main book. Although it’s not necessary to read this first, it sure does help.
I hope this has piqued your interest, and I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments.
Thanks for reading – and I hope to make your acquaintance soon 🙂
Four lives – Three friends – Two sides – One verdict
Fern Mortimer wants her life back. After five years recovering from a hit-and-run accident, the last thing she needed was a maniac trying to kill her. Now, eight months after that attempt on her life, she returns to Portugal to face her nemesis in court.
Raven – Fern’s closest ally – offers support throughout. In return she wants a business partner.
Stefan Pereira has no intention of languishing in prison any longer. He’ll do whatever it takes to secure his freedom and complete his mission. He wants Fern dead.
Nessa – Stefan’s girlfriend – is at his side. She risks losing her best friends for the family she always wanted.
The trial pits them against each other.
Can Fern hold her nerve? She has a strong case, after all … and a witness. Does that even matter, when Stefan has his father’s money, the face of an angel and an ability to lie convincingly in three languages?
Inevitably, someone will be the Casualty of Court.
Casualty of Court picks up where The Fifth Wheel – A Prequel ended, and introduces The Blackleaf Agency Series.
Rather than a snippet of Casualty of Court, Lynne invited us to peek at Meet the Cast. This shorty links the prequel to the bigger story and offers an insight into what each character wants from the upcoming trial.
He will not break me.
It’s been eight months, eight long months since Jorge—or as he is really known, Stefan Pereira—tried to drown me.
At last, it’s time to see him get what he deserves. But, it also means I have to go back to Portugal too. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the country I dislike, just that one particular man.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand why he tried to kill me.
Something to do with his mother apparently. She was the hit-and-run driver whose carelessness put me in this wheelchair. It’s as though he wants to finish what she started.
But why? What did I ever do to him?
Is it all worth it?
It’s not Fern’s fault, I know that, but her timing stinks. Or rather the timing of this damn court case. Just as my professional life was getting back on track, we’re off to Portugal again to see that scum-bag get his just desserts.
I was working—not in a cocktail bar, although that would have been so much cooler—in a supermarket, stacking shelves. just before that holiday eight months ago. Not exactly my dream job. No, scrap that—definitely not my dream job! But, it was local and I needed to be more available to help Mum. Her MS meant she was in a wheelchair most of the time, and sheer bad luck saw her get one infection after the other. I gave up my preferred career, with the police force, to be nearer to her. And, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My past will not define me.
This court case can’t come soon enough. I haven’t seen Stefan in almost eight months, and I’ve so much to tell him. But what if he’s forgotten about me? What if he’s doesn’t want to see me? Or, even worse, what if he’s found guilty and given a long sentence?
I can’t think about that now. He has to go free. He has to.
I’m dreading seeing Fern again, but even more so Raven. She’s my best friend, for Pete’s sake, and she dropped me like stone for Blondie.
It was all her own fault.
I can’t wait to get out of here. That stuck-up bitch has caused me enough hassle. Of course I’m going to get her. Wouldn’t you want revenge too?
It wasn’t meant to turn out like this. Damn fisherman saw her flailing about in the sea and called the coastguard. I probably should have dumped her overboard during the hours of darkness, but at least the ‘accident’ in broad daylight affords me a get-out-of-jail-card. She won’t know what’s hit her when she hears my version of events. That’ll teach her to go all high-and-mighty and press charges. If she’d just gone home quietly then I could have put an end to her misery months ago. Now we all have to go through this charade. See what I mean? She is such a selfish little princess, always putting herself first.
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