So thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions for us Sarah.
Q. What is the title and genre of your book and a bit about it?
A. The Menorah Murders is my second novel, in the genre, murder/thriller. The one they call the 'Beast' is back, and seven innocent women will die. But who will be the final candle, the sacrificial lamb...Supper!
Q. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
A. This is definitely a story for adults only as some of the chapters are a little 'graphic', and if you the reader enjoy the roller coaster highs and lows of murder most foul, The Menorah Murders is a must.
Q. How did you come up with the title of your book?
A. The working title for the book was Light the Seventh Candle, but on reflection I decided it sounded more like a title from Mills and Boon, than a devious serial killer. In the second chapter detectives Carl Grace and Jimmy Jones are talking to the Professor's neighbours and one man tells Carl Grace that he thought the Professor must be Jewish as he had a Menorah in his window. I took that as an omen, and used it for my title.
Q. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
A. My cover art is purely my own design. I wanted something simple, and I used the deep red background to convey the image of murder and blood.
Q. Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
A. My favourite character from The Menorah Murders has to be the tramp, old Tom, who seemed to have the knack for being in the wrong place, at the right time for most of his life. A trait Sergeant Richard Smith is eternally grateful
Q. How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
A. My least favourite character has to be Dennis Barnes, wife beating husband of Carol Barnes, and Landlord at the Dog and Duck Public House in Stanton village. Any man that beats his wife for the fun of it is always going to be the guy you love to hate.
Q. If you could change one thing about your book, what would it be? Why?
A. Before I would have said the title, but that has already been changed, the work was professionally edited before publication and underwent several small changes on the advice of my editor. The only thing I would change is the blurb on Amazon, it still doesn't read as it should, as the person that gave it one star informed me 'Jews don't perform ritual sacrifice of human beings.' Which, if he had bothered to read the chapters provided on Look Inside, he would have found that the dead professor was a practising cannibal and not just killing for the fun of it!
Q. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book?
A. There are 160 Mitzvot - rules Jews should adhere to, as written in the Torah. Mad Malcolm fancies himself as a bit of a poet, though his poem 'Ode to a Harlot' may never rival Tennyson, it is an original piece.
Q. What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
A. My work is unique, I can't think of another writer off-hand that combines death, mayhem, and torrid sex with black comedy, other than the Marquis de Sade!
Q. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
A. I like embroidering stories onto quilts, my best so far was Pooh's Christmas Stocking, featuring Winnie the Pooh and all his friends, it took me a couple of years to finish and is the treasured possession of my 11 year old daughter,
Q. How can we contact you or find out more about your books? Where can we buy them or read them?
A. Anyone wishing to contact me can do so via either of my websites
https//www.authorsarahrweldon.weebly.com and https://www.comingsoontosarahswall.weebly.com or via email email@example.com and both my books are available in e-book and paperback on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/The-Menorah-Murders-ebook/dp/B00E254DZ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380365487&sr=8-1&keywords=the+menorah+murders - Simply follow the links and take advantage of the Look Inside.
Q. What can we expect from you in the future?
A. I have recently completed my third novel, The House of Death (working title) a paranormal romance set in Vannes, France for the most part. Loosely based on a true story which hit the headlines here in France over 2 years ago. A mother, her four children and the family pets were found buried in shallow graves under the patio of their rented home. The killer was presumed to be the husband and father, who disappeared without trace and to this date is still at large.
The estate of the late owner of the house put the property up for sale, giving me the title, House of Death, who would want to live in a house where a murder had taken place!
I am currently working on a comedy romance entitled, Growing Old Disgracefully, it's the story of two 40 something divorcees who buy a nightclub and in order to save money take to the stage as striptease artists, and get themselves into some hilarious situations.
Q. What can readers who enjoy your book/work do to help make it successful?
A. Write an honest review, tell their friends, share my book covers and details on Facebook and Twitter, all publicity gratefullyrecieved!
Q. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
A. Yes, never give up, it's not as easy as people think to write a book. They say there's a story in each and every one of us, but getting it out of your head and on to paper takes stamina. Believe in your ability, because if you don't, how can you expect others to believe in you!
Q. Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A. Thank you, for inviting me to do the interview. My parents taught me that good manners cost nothing, but using them wisely brings great rewards.
Q. And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book/work that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us?
A. By all means, it will be my pleasure....excerpt from The Menorah Murders...
“Now get this mess cleaned up, ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness’ that’s what mother says isn’t it? And don’t forget to wear gloves when you move her, you of all people should know how astute the medical examiners are these days, with their DNA testing and their fancy fingerprinting techniques. You wouldn’t want them to spoil our fun this early in the game would you?” He shook his head. No, he wouldn’t be caught; he was too clever for that. He put his hand in his pocket, his fingers curling around his lucky charm pressing it into the palm of his hand. While ever he had his lucky charm he was invincible! Sticks and stones may break his bones but the rest were just words and whilst the beast had a sharp tongue he needed him to survive, because without him he would wither and die.
And when the time came he would cut him loose, and find himself a disciple. A pretty boy like Abe had, just ripe, and ready for plucking.
Opening the cupboard, he took out the mop and bucket, and a pair of his mother’s pink Marigolds, and pulled them on.
To be continued....
Thank you for the interview Sarah. It has been a pleasure to have you grace these pages!