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- Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who? No. I’m really happy being me. But more significantly, I already get to be countless numbers of other people in my books.
- What did you do on your last birthday? I’m not a big one for birthdays. To me it’s just another day and I’ve never understood the notion of making one day special—I want the other 364 days to be equally special. That said, my last birthday was spent with family and friends. What could be better than that?
- What part of the writing process do you dread? The part of the writing process that I dread is the time between finishing the novel and the publication date. There’s a lot of work to be done, and I’m always itching to get onto the next book.
- Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? I’ve got a friend who’s a firefighter. He never has firefighter’s block. I’m not sure why a writer should get the luxury of being blocked and it’s not something I’ve ever encountered. However, there are days when the words don’t come as easily and usually that’s a sign that I’m doing something wrong.
5. Tell us about your latest release. Clementina is the first novel in a new series for me featuring a new protagonist: Leathan Wilkey. Leathan had to leave London in a hurry when he upset an organized crime gang. When we meet him he has been living off the radar for a few months. He has just arrived in Paris where he has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating. What starts for Leathan as a battle with a strong-willed teenager as he tries to fulfill his task of protecting her soon changes when Clementina’s boyfriend is murdered. As Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend had no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner. Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who now starts menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.
by Simon Cann
GENRE: Crime Thriller
Leathan Wilkey has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating.
Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money.
But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn’t come running, something is up. He doesn’t appear because he’s been murdered.
When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner.
Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.
I stared up at the six-foot pile of brick held together by cement, then turned to the fastidious man. “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.”
“Vianney,” he said.
“Vianney. Is this the only way out?”
He nodded, a precise tilt of his head like a movement fashioned by a watchmaker.
“Do you know who is over the back?” I pointed over the wall.
A shake of his head, equally precise. I pulled out my phone. Vianney shook his head again—three small twists. “No signal.” He pointed back inside. “Seven paces.”
I took seven paces and got two bars. “We’re going out the back,” I said when Reece answered. “I’m not sure what’s there, but come and find us there.” Back outside, Clementina was still staring up at the sky. “Ready?” I asked.
She seemed perplexed.
“We’re going to meet the neighbors,” I said, taking her shiny bag and handing it to Vianney. “You’re going first.”
“What are you talking about?” she asked.
“We’re going over the wall—you’re going first. Give your bag to Vianney to hold.” I pointed to the large lump of leather still hanging from her shoulder. “And put this back on.” I handed her the jacket I was carrying. I was sure it wasn’t designed for rough and tumble, but I preferred it be scraped rather than her.
“Why…?” she began.
“Because it’s the only way out, and you’re going first because if I go first there’s no one to help you over the wall,” I said, predicting her range of questions. “What else did you want to do today?”
“I wanted…” she began, slipping on her jacket. “That was rhetorical, wasn’t it?”
Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey series of books.
In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, and has also worked as a ghostwriter.
Before turning full-time to writing, Simon spent nearly two decades as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.
He lives in London.
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