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Author Interview: Lee Cockburn

Author Interview: Lee Cockburn

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Today is my stop on the Demon’s Fire blog tour and I am here today with an interview with the author!

Title: Demon’s Fire
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Published: 7th November 2019
Format: Paperback
Source:: N/A
Add It: Amazon UK. Goodreads.
Summary: Demon’s Fire is the third instalment in the crime thriller series featuring DS Taylor Nicks and DC Marcus Black.

The City had barely settled back to normal when the sky turned orange as flames licked upwards and smoke billowed out from a quiet industrial estate in Edinburgh.

Blood-curdling screams of those trapped within were muffled by the sound-proofed room as the women climbed desperately over one another to try and escape, their efforts futile against their prison walls, their captors slain where they sat, bullet holes in their heads.

Human trafficking, prostitution, drug dealing, kidnapping, violence and murder hidden in plain sight in Edinburgh City Centre.

Drug dealer Burnett’s grip on the city has no limits, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that remains the case. 

Nicks and Black struggle to secure evidence against him within the confines of the law, but an enemy of Burnett, hell-bent on revenge, doesn’t have to play by their rules.

A thrilling story of crime and retribution, good versus evil, Demon’s Fire will have you on the edge of your seat as the tentacles of despair take hold of your emotions.

Hearts are broken and others mended as the tale gathers momentum, the lives of the officers forever entwined by fate. 

The Interview

What is your favourite thing about writing books?
I like getting involved in the personal lives of the characters and developing them as I go, making the reader want to know what will happen to them and their lovers and families as well as trying to make the story exciting and enjoyable.  I like seeing the story unfold, wondering where it will go next, I like to try and thrill, scare and exhilarate them, make them desperate to turn the page to see what will happen. I like to make the action scenes and loves scenes quite realistic, which allows the reader to relate to what is happening, sometime putting themselves in the position of the character at the time and actually feeling the fear or passion, as they read.  I like to hear when readers have become emotional when reading my books, which for me shows that my style of writing has moved them in some way, my mum still locks all the doors in her house after book one, many parents cried in book two and both my mum and friends really like book three, although my mum says there is too much swearing, oops ! I’m a very open minded, jovial, comedic character in my real life, but when I write, I choose hard hitting topics, some cruel, graphic, but all gripping and exciting, and people wonder where I get my imagination from.  I only write when I’m in the mood, never taking any time away from my children, I never get enough sleep, and I enjoy writing, it thrills me a wee bit, that I’ve actually written three books, never would have I ever thought that after being so sporty, that I would turn my hand to writing.

Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
Taylor is my favourite character, she it strong, athletic, intelligent, witty, popular and very good at her job.  She struggles to get the recognition she deserves for the work that she does, she is highly competent, respected by her peers, but forever fighting against the older ignorant cops that are set in their ways and unwilling to accept her.  Taylor’s private life is very colourful and she tends to get into trouble when her lack of self-control takes over, and she acts impulsively, many times to her detriment. Book three explains why she is so reluctant to commit, and the readers, may give her more of a break after that, as she fears being hurt again.  I like Taylor as there are parts of her character that remind her of me when I was younger, never meaning to hurt anyone, but certainly enjoying the company of a couple of female companions, and some of the trials and tribulations of working in a world that some narrow minded people don’t want to change..

What is your favourite drink to consume while writing?
Probably tea, as I write during the day mostly, as I have to pick the children up from school.  If I do write at night and have some wine, then my mood changes, and I might choose to write a love scene, as I can submerse myself in it, and tend to write more freely and the naughty bits get naughtier. 

Do you have any bad habits while you’re writing?
I like to watch TV over the top of the laptop, either an episode of the L Word or a James Bond film, I had the whole box set on when I was finishing Demon’s Fire, I don’t really watch, I just listen, only looking up at the good bits.

How do you research your books?
I didn’t research at all, everything comes straight from my head, I am lucky that I know the police procedures, which makes the book realistic.  I just pick a topic, crime and new characters, and then off I go, and it’s interesting to see where it goes.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Books one and three definitely a punster, just flew by the seat of my pants, get a wee idea and went for it, whereas book two was actually going to be my first book and I knew what I wanted in it, which made it much harder to write, as I tried to write it around to fit everything in.

If you could live in any fictional world, which would you choose and why?
Had I been male, I would quite like to have been James Bond, maybe not quite as much of a sexist though, although I like the excitement and the lovely ladies he meets, a never-ending tale of high-profile criminals, and all of the danger and passion he seems to have to endure.  I just like the variety of countries, criminals, the high life and unadulterated loving he has to go through to survive and fight again.

If you could befriend any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
I would befriend Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) from the L World, I love her character in the series, she is beautiful, intelligent, professional, and much, much more, I actually visualise her as Taylor in my books, her tall athletic frame, very good looking, and her obvious ability in her profession.  I think she would be a loyal, and trusted friend once you got to know her.

About the Author

Lee Cockburn is a serving office with Police Scotland with over nineteen years’ experience, both front line and specialist. She is a Sergeant carrying out Acting Inspector duties, working in Edinburgh City Centre. Lee has been involved in drug raids, large scale disorder and serious incidents with high levels of risk and violence. As a six foot one, ex-international rugby player with eighty-one caps for Scotland and the British Lionesses, she is ideally suited to helping serve the public and preventing crime. Lee lives with her civil partner Emily and their young sons in Edinburgh; their boys are three months apart in age, with Lee and Emily both carrying a son. She is the author of Devil’s Demise (2014) and Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents (2017), both published by Clink Street, and has been widely featured in the media, including BBC Radio 2, Daily Record, Evening News and The Herald

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