It’s all about you, what’s your name and what’s your story?
I’m Geraldine Hogan, a writer, reader, dog walker and a bit of a hyphen-obsessive!
This year, under my own name, I’ve got two crime books hitting the ebook shelves. The first, called Silent Night is out on August 23rd with Bookouture.
I live in the west of Ireland with my husband, four children and a very happy Labrador called Penny.
Tell us a bit about your latest book
Silent Night is described as a gripping, unputdownable start to a crime series…
It is the first in a series set in Corbally station in Limerick, with Iris Locke and Ben Slattery working in the south-eastern murder team. Iris’s first case throws her back in time to an unsolved case of her father’s and she finds herself catapulted into a no-mans land where soon it is very hard to figure out which way is home.
What do you love about your chosen genre?
I started off writing crime, but as luck would have it, I turned to contemporary fiction and managed to get picked up by a fantastic publisher. Still the crime bug wouldn’t go away and so I tinkered with old manuscripts until I had something I was really proud of.
I’ve always read crime – like most readers I started out on Secret Sevens, graduated to Miss Marples, discovered John Grisham as a teenager and there was no going back from there.
I have to say, that at the end of the writing journey, having dipped my toes in both puddles, I love writing in either genre and would find it difficult at this point to chose between the two.
The fact is that whether I’m writing crime or contemporary fiction, all of my novels are character driven, so for me, it’s all about those voices in my head and getting them on the page!
What are you reading at the moment?
At the moment, it’s The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryzanda. I tend to read wide, unless I’m asked to read something in particular and while I’ve had this book a while, it’s only now I’m getting round to it and I must say, I’m really enjoying it!
Next up is Minna Howards new book That Long Lost Summer (Aria- Head of Zeus) and after that, I’m diving into Louise Candlish’s Our House (Simon & Schuster UK)– which I’m told is very smart and sharp, so I’m looking forward to it!
Movie Magic – what actors would you cast in the big screen movie of your book?
Oh, dear… obviously, if I had a choice, I’d cast Keanu Reeves – who wouldn’t? But he wouldn’t look anything like Ben Slattery, who’s a bit more… Ray Winstone!
As to Iris – well she starts off as a bit of a Cadbury’s Bunny girl, but ends up by book two being a lot more careworn – I certainly think Saoirse Ronan would be well able to carry this one off!
What writing projects are next for you?
At the moment, I’m knee deep in edits – I’ve spent the summer going from editing one book to the next! Currently, I’m working on the structural notes for Book 2 – the follow up to Silent Night. Then, after a few weeks for summer holidays, I’m looking forward to diving back into a book I wrote a few months ago which is going to be shipped into shape hopefully in the Autumn.
All this editing, is making me a little cabin crazy to get at something new though and there are a few ideas bubbling away waiting to get on that page….
Thanks so much!
Connect with Ger here: