Today is my stop on the #BlogTour for BEFORE I TRUST YOU and I am hosting a Q&A from Daisy
The Ruby Baker Seaside Mysteries – Daisy White Author Q&A
Q. How did you come up with the idea for The Ruby Baker Mysteries?
A. I loved the idea of an ordinary person being thrown into an extraordinary situation, and once Ruby had a taste of investigation, she would want to help more people, and keep going. Luckily there are a lot of unsolved mysteries in Brighton!
Q. Did you have to do a lot of research?
A. The series is set in the 1960’s, which was a time full of change, and major events, so yes, before I start each book I spend around six weeks just researching various ideas/geography and social history. My family come from Brighton, so I also quiz my aunts, who were teenagers at the time, and their freinds will often suggest ideas. I have to be careful to keep the main geography correct, but as the books are fiction, any fictional changes are simply made to reflect the story arc.
Q. Who is your favourite character to write about?
A. I really like all of them, and because I’m writing a series I feel like I’m getting to know them better as each book progresses. Ruby is fiesty and a pretty complex character. She is very affected by her past and her desire to help, but also to be safe. Kenny and James are a naughty duo, and Johnny is lovely write about because he is actually really tough, despite his playboy appearance.
Q. If the books were a TV series who would play Ruby?
A. A really strong character actress – I love Sheridan Smith, or Jenna Coleman, who is amazing in The Cry at the moment. It would need to be someone who could show an ordinary girl with hidden depths.
Q. Why did you choose a hairdressing salon as the base for Ruby’s investigations?
A. My mother-in-law was a hairdresser in the fifties and sixties and she tells wonderful stories about life in the salons. I thought it would be a perfect place for the heart of the community – a buzzy social salon where everyone knows everyone.
Before I trust you
Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.
Rita Stonehill runs in front of the horses on a sunny day at Brighton racecourse. Why did she kill herself and is there more to it than meets the eye?
Ruby Baker is shocked to witness this dramatic event. Rita’s brother thinks she was murdered, but there’s no evidence to suggest that.
It seems like an open-and-shut case of suicide, but as a sordid love triangle emerges, is there more to it than that?
Ruby plunges into the glamorous world of horse racing to discover the truth. This is her most dangerous case yet and Rita’s death strikes very close to home for Ruby.
And then Ruby’s best friend Mary experiences a very shocking event . . .
Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.
This is the third book in a mystery series set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.
RUBY BAKER SERIES
Book 1: BEFORE I LEFT
Book 2: BEFORE I FOUND YOU
Book 3: BEFORE I TRUST YOU
Hi I’m Daisy White – mum, entrepreneur, and writer. I started off self-publishing, then signed YA series to two fabulous US publishers.
I’ve always wanted to write crime but none of my initial manuscripts were anywhere near good enough to show the world!
In 2016 I rewrote an earlier idea and entered it into the UK International Novel Writing Competition. It was long-listed and that gave me the confidence I needed to submit to publishers.
‘My second novel for Joffe Books, and book two in the Ruby Baker Seaside Mysteries, ‘Before I Found You’, was published in Feb 2018 and became an immediate Amazon bestseller.
My first story for younger children will be published in an anthology for Patchwork Raven later this year. I’m also finishing off a standalone thriller, which I’m really excited about!
Writing is an obsession, and a passion, and I am extremely lucky to have been able to develop my dream into a business. I enjoy sharing my journey, and the knowledge I have gained along the way. I also love to meet other writers, readers and business owners.