On this second week of December, I’m welcoming author, Jane Risdon.
Jane Risdon has spent most of her life in the International Music Industry. Married to a musician, with whom she eventually went into artist management, working with recording artists, song-writers and record producers, they’ve traveled and lived all over the world, including Hollywood, where they also provided soundtracks for TV series and Movies.
She worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, when younger, garnering fascinating experiences which she’s utilizing in her writing. Jane writes mainly crime, though ventures into other genres when the story dictates, and she’s had several short stories published in various anthologies, including ‘In A Word: Murder’ published by Margot Kinberg in 2013. She has contributed to ‘Shiver’ and ‘Wishing on a Star’ for her publishers, Accent Press, with whom she signed in 2014.
At present she is working hard on her crime series, ‘Ms Birdsong Investigates,’ which features a former MI5 officer who finds herself embroiled with Russian Oligarchs, People Traffickers and Ukrainian gun runners, after she ‘voluntarily’ retires. Jane plans to have this series completed and published in later 2016.
Wishing On a Star
Christmas comes but once a year … so get into the mood with this fantastic feast of festive tales from Accent Press! With some brilliant short stories from best-selling authors, there’s something for everyone: Yuletide laughs from Christina Jones and Tricia Maw, an Edwardian Advent from Caroline Dunford, some Christmas criminality from Bill Kitson and Marsali Taylor, and heart-warming episodes from Jane Wenham-Jones, Jane Risdon, and Jane Jackson, ’tis the season for jolly good reading!
Merry Christmas Everybody by Jane Risdon is based upon true events in a recording studio during the 1989 Christmas Period.
Twister are in the studio over Christmas recording their long awaited follow-up album. There are tensions in the studio with the band members at each other’s throats, and someone is messing with their recordings. The band blames their super-star producer, whom they dislike, but whose name on the album will bring mega global sales. But it soon becomes clear that someone unexpected is trying to get a message of festive goodwill to them, but will it be too late to prevent violence flaring.
Excerpt from Merry Christmas Everybody by Jane Risdon
(From Wishing on a Star)
The track faded and no-one spoke; the only sound came from the creak of the recording engineer’s chair as it thudded upright from its reclined position where he had been leaning back, eyes closed, listening hard to the rough mix from the night before.
The others in the room jumped at the sudden noise but their eyes never left the huge monitors above the desk. At last Jonty, lead guitarist and leader of the band, said, ‘So you’re saying you haven’t been messing around with the track and you’re not having us on; right, Buff?’ He walked to the mixing desk and turned, resting against the leather padding, unlit cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth. He crossed his long thin legs. ‘So, like, what’s the deal then?’
Buff swivelled his chair to face the rest of Twister, who were seated along the back of the studio wall, mugs of tea untouched. He glared at them, finally focusing on Gary. ‘I told you, I don’t know. I can’t explain it. I haven’t touched the mix since we finished last night and as far as I know, no-one else has been in here. Unless one of you is responsible – playing silly buggers – sodding time-wasting wind-up merchant.’
Jane has also published flash fiction stories, with pod-casts, and had her work used by a Canadian Voice over Actor or his CV and published on YouTube. She writes a regular blog and has an Amazon Author Page with links where her books can be purchased.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00I3GJ2Y8
Accent Press: http://www.accentpress.co.uk/
Janes Blog is: http://wp.me/2dg55