Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book Confessions: Malia Zaidi, author of A DARKER SHORE

Malia Zaidi is the author of A POISONOUS JOURNEY. She attended the University of Pittsburgh, and studied at English at Oxford University. Having grown up in Germany, she currently lives in Washington DC, though through her love of reading, she resides, vicariously in countries throughout the world. A POISONOUS JOURNEY is her first book in the Lady Evelyn mysteries series. The sequel, A DARKER SHORE, is her latest novel.


About the Book:

1926: A year has passed since the events of "A Poisonous Journey" and Lady Evelyn has made a
home for herself in Greece, living with her cousin, Briony, her husband, Jeffrey and Daniel Harper. Disturbing this island idyll is a letter, which arrives from France with troubling information about the Daniel’s long-believed-dead brother, Henry. A new journey awaits! With the shadows of the Great War reaching out, Lady Evelyn and Daniel voyage to Amiens in Northern France with the aim of discovering the truth behind the ominous letter. Upon their arrival, they are met not with clarity but rather with crime. Murder, to be precise. Is it linked to their presence in France, or even worse, to Henry himself?  Evelyn and Daniel must confront their history as they try to make sense of the present before the killer can strike again, and the secrets of the past are lost forever.



What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I think my love for stories from the time I was a young child has a lot to do with my desire to write. My dad would always make up the best stories, and I think that is where my interest in doing the same blossomed.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

That’s a good question, and I’m afraid, sometime the answer is yes. That is to say, I allow myself to get distracted, especially if I’m writing in a cafĂ©, where I might drift a little and people watch instead of focusing on the screen. For the most part, though, I do try to make it a great priority in my life.

What hours do you write best?

I try to do two longer writing sessions a day. It depends how I can fit them around my schedule. But when I’m working on a new book, I always take a few hours in the evening, where I feel most calm and able to focus, the tasks of the day behind me.

How often do you write?

I write every day, which is what I would recommend to anyone who want to write a book. It takes consistency and dedication to get from point A to point B, and when you are working on a book, especially if you don’t have an agent hounding you for a deadline, you have to keep yourself focused and make your own timelines. When I’m not working on a book or rewriting, I try to write in other ways like blogging and book reviews or short stories.

Are you an avid reader?

Absolutely! Reading is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m the sort of person who gets nervous if I’ve forgotten to bring a book. My to-read list is toppling, and new books are published every week, I don’t know how I’m ever going to read everything I wish I could!

What are you reading now?

I am reading “Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley, which is difficult to put down, and I’m listening to the audiobook of Angela Marson’s latest, “Blood Lines”. Mysteries of any type are my preference, but I delve into just about any genre. I’m always happy to discover a new favorite.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently participating in Nanowrimo, writing a contemporary psychological thriller. It’s a bit of a departure for me, but definitely fun and challenging to try something a little different. Then I will get back to work on the next Lady Evelyn mystery, which I am looking forward to, it feels like revisiting an old friend.

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