I am always pleased to have one of my favourite authors stop by with a brand new guest post to share. So my thanks, as ever, go to the combined efforts of the Aria Fiction and Netgalley teams respectively, for their invitation to take part in this very extensive Blog Tour featuring Mummy’s Favourite by Sarah Flint and the download of the book.
This tour is also a little different for Aria, a digital publisher, in that Mummy’s Favourite is also a paperback publication, so I was generously gifted a copy of the ‘real deal’, for which I am extremely grateful.
On that note, I shall pass you over to author Sarah Flint, who is going to introduce you to Mummy’s Favourite.
Hi! my name is SARAH FLINT
I continue to work and live in London with my partner and I have three daughters.
I am a lover of ice cream and marmite – but not together!
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“If you have a passion, feed it. Sometimes the passion will wane and you won’t have time for it. Sometimes it will flourish and you won’t have enough hours in the day to harvest it. If it takes twenty years, so be it. Whatever happens though, if writing is something you love, don’t give up. If ‘it’ happens you will be the happiest person on earth. If ‘it’ doesn’t, it will still be a great legacy, if only on your own bookshelf at home.”
And this is – MUMMY’S FAVOURITE
One is alive. One is dead
It is one of the most harrowing cases to hit D.C. Charlie Stafford’s department in years. Then more pairs of mothers and children go missing – and it’s Charlie’s job to find them.
Soon, Charlie is hunting down a brutal serial killer with a twisted mind. But as she closes in on the culprit, she realises she’s in more danger than she thought…
He’s watching. He’s waiting. Who’s next?
GUEST POST – “THE VIOLENCE WITHIN!”
People sometimes ask me how I come up with the storylines I’ve written. The answer is, I have no real idea.
Honestly, I do not have nightmares. I am extremely non – confrontational and I hate violence. In my previous career, as a police officer, I dealt with the causes and results of violence every day and I deplore it. So why write about it?
I suppose the answer is because, in a bizarre way, it fascinates me. I believe it intrigues many of us. How one person can exhibit so much cruelty towards another is beyond the comprehension of the vast majority of law – abiding citizens. Yet the propensity for violence is out there, in the man who walks past you in the street; in the woman who sits next to you on the bus; in the child who plays in the park. How do we know what goes on behind closed doors? Is there a reasonable explanation why one person kills or abuses another – or is it innate? In other words, what makes a murderer? And why do some kill more than once?
In ‘Mummy’s Favourite’ and all my books I ask that question. Is there a trigger? Is there something in their childhood that flicks the switch – and why does a traumatic event, or abusive treatment affect people so differently? I am not afraid to write about violence or sexual deviancy because it happens, though I wish with all my heart and mind that it didn’t. I have witnessed some of the worst of human nature and I believe that only by acknowledging this behaviour and bringing it out into the public domain will it ever be dealt with. These acts cannot be swept under the carpet – we owe it to the victims to remember and learn from what happens – even if spoken about in a fictional setting.
On the face of it, I can tell you what prompted my initial thoughts on this particular storyline. Being one of nine, I sometimes wondered if my parents had a favourite, though I have to say, I was never aware of any bias. But then my mind strayed to the worst thing imaginable – if they had – particularly if the rejected sibling felt truly undermined, belittled or betrayed by the adults who were supposed to care. Could this perceived favouritism and unfairness be the trigger responsible for unleashing the violence within? And so the story took shape…
Pitted against the sadistic killer are Charlie and Hunter, the force for good, in the eternal fight against evil. They make mistakes but they do their best, which is all that any of us can attain. I hope my stories do not glorify violence; I certainly do not wish that to be the case. They are purely fictional but hopefully the plotlines will not only keep the reader guessing ‘Whodunnit?’ but also asking ‘Whydunnit?’
Now that I am lucky enough to see my books out in paperback, I hope more readers will join Charlie in her efforts to catch each sadistic, fictional murderer and do what is right.
Good needs to triumph … but does it always?