My guest today is author CT Mitchell.
Welcome, let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself including where you are from.
C T Mitchell’s debut murder mystery, Rejection, was an international crime & mystery bestseller, reaching the number one position in category in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US.
This was followed by mystery novels bestsellers (in category) Shattered, The Secret of Barnesdale Manor and Murder on the Beach. The Detective Jack Creed Box Set – a collection of short story novellas compiled from C T’s first 4 novellas was a runaway crime fiction success smashing the Amazon UK & US markets for this emerging Australian crime fiction author.
High Stakes, Murder at Stonehaven and The Thin Line followed suit feeding C T Mitchell’s growing global reader base. In April 2016 C T launched his first full length mystery thriller novel, Breaking Point.
In mid 2015 C T launched his first cozy mystery short story novellas introducing Lady Margaret Turnbull, Father Douglas and The Sugar N Spice culinary cozy mysteries to his diversified readers immediately claiming Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases both in the UK and US.
C T Mitchell splits his time in both Brisbane and Cabarita Beach – a sleepy seaside village in northern NSW, Australia – the home of his award winning books. To grab two free mystery bestsellers, please visit his website.
Can you tell us about your books and how you got started?
“The Darkest Secrets Don’t Stay Buried Forever…..Five Acts of Revenge….The Truth Will Come Out”
What Readers Are Saying About Breaking Point
“I am well familiar with CT Mitchell’s works and this is by far his best. Excellent description
….” – Dr. John C House
“I found it to be a fast paced page turner. The characters were interesting and the story line had enough twists to keep me interested throughout” – Amazon 5 Star
“Fast-paced, interesting, fun, well-written, involved one immediately, humorous -absolutely worth reading” – Penelope J Burgess
“Only just discovered this author, but totally impressed. Loved all the local references and spotting a few names!! Looking forward to reading more!!!” – Amazon 5 Stars
All five victims are black, handcuffed and brutally murdered. But former UK resident Sam Thompson is different .
Cabarita Beach is a sleepy seaside village on the northern coast of New South Wales, Australia. But when Sam Thompson’s handcuffed, charred remains are discovered, Detective Jack Creed soon realises he’s on the hunt for sick, twisted individual whose killing spree spans up to a decade. The residents of the Tweed Coast are very nervous…..and so they should be. A serial killer is active!
The media is having a field day. The Chief Superintendent wants results today. Creed needs more experienced crime fighters to solve these murder mysteries. Enter Detective Boston-Wright; female, no murder experience and a double barrelled surname – Creed’s pet hate. This crime investigation will be fun!
Boston-Wright is determined to make her father proud and to stand tall in the male dominated Murder Squad. She unearths a vital clue that links one man to the killings, an ex-Military Police officer, now retired. His arrest will cement her place on the team…..or destroy it forever!
With 15 mystery novels published, Australian crime fiction author C T Mitchell, serves up his first full length, professionally edited detective novel featuring Jack Creed who once again must face his own demons, groom a new inexperienced team and stop this psychopath. The whole Tweed Coast is relying on him – no pressure!
Fans of UK thrillers like Ann Cleeves ‘Vera’, Ian Rankin’s ‘Rebus’ or Peter James will be gripped by this exceptional new voice in Australian crime fiction
What made you decide to write books?
Like a lot of people, I’ve always wanted to write a book. But with voices inside my head creating loads of self doubt, the idea of being a published author remained just that – an idea.
But in early 2015 after much research I found an online writing club which would be my home to get help with my writing and to provide me with support as I needed it. The founder encouraged me to write something and to upload it to Amazon Kindle with little hope of it actually selling any copies. Without rhyme or reason I took a leap of faith and did just that.
In March 2015 Rejection was launched and I was on my way. Self doubt still swirled around until I received some great advice from the group. Here’s what they said:
1. You are not writing to win the Pulitzer Prize. You are not going to be critiqued by some literary professor. You are writing to entertain your readers – that’s it!
2. Play to your strengths. While I looked at big time authors and wished I could write a 500 page bestselling masterpiece, this was not me. At best I could knock out 10,000 words – short story novellas. So that’s what I focused on. Four of these short stories hit #1 Amazon US & UK in their categories.
These tips have kept me writing.
What was your inspiration for your books?
I love crime fiction especially murder mysteries, especially the whodunit style of books.
I am a reader of these types of books but a bigger watcher of British television series like Morse, Frost, Midsommer Murders etc.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I’m an observer of life. I spend a lot of time in coffee shops listening to conversations, observing customers etc.
I take note of their general features, body shape, age, anything quirky about their mannerisms etc. Often I will mix up these observations to create a whole new person
What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
I am to complete a thousand words a day. I rise at 5.15am, wake myself up with a strong coffee then head down to my writing den.
As my brain is not really functioning that well so early I tend to spend the next hour doing book marketing stuff, researching ideas or answering reader email. I usually hit the pavement around 6 am for a 45 minute walk – sometimes admiring the scenery; other times listening to a podcast via my iPhone. I stop off for coffee at my favourite shop, chat to the owner and catch up on the daily news.
From 9am – 5pm I attend my day job as a corporate manager with a real estate franchise group. This is also a great arena for fiction fodder.
From 5.30 – 7pm I write my 1000 words, break for dinner with my wife, then head back to the den for an hour to wrap up more marketing, reading etc.
I try to do this 6 days a week but I’m not always consistent.
Lastly, where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks)?
I split my writing venues between home in Brisbane and Cabarita Beach, northern New South Wales, Australia where my books are centred around.
Cabarita Beach is an hour’s drive from home so I visit regularly. It helps me get in the zone. I feel more inspired there and I allow my mind to wonder telling myself that I am a ‘great mystery novels bestselling author’. I constantly reinforce this message – it helps me to move forward.
Many thanks for joining me today and good luck with all your future books