Monday, July 1, 2013
Christian Fiction Icon Veronica Heley
Tell us about it, Veronica.
Veronica: MURDER WITH MERCY is the fourteenth (yes really! 14th!) Ellie Quicke mystery. It is now out in the UK. Allow a couple of months for it to reach Canada, America, Australia, et al.
In this story, Ellie is asked to investigate whether or not some deaths in the community are exactly what they seem, while her pregnant, difficult daughter Diana is struggling to cope at work, and her husband is still in a wheelchair. What’s more, sabotage at the big house nearby is being blamed on young Mikey, who is certainly up to something. Can Ellie track down whoever it is who is killing for mercy, keep Mikey out of the clutches of Social Services, and steer her difficult daughter Diana into calmer waters?
Donna: That sounds wonderful, Veronica! I’m a great Ellie Quick fan and one of the best things about the series is Ellie’s, as you say— difficult— relationship with Diana, so I can’t wait to read it. How many books have you published? Or have you lost count?
Veronica: If I’ve counted correctly, FALSE REPORT was my 68th book to be published, though they haven’t all been gentle crime. Along the way I’ve written a quartet of contemporary romance/suspense stories in the Eden Hall Series, some historical fiction and many books with a Christian background for children of all ages… including STORIES OF EVERYDAY SAINTS, which has proved a useful resource book for people working with children. Some copies of these are still available through Amazon or Abe Books. I also write a short story for the Methodist Recorder now and then. The early Ellie Quicke stories are now being reissued by Ostara, and audiobooks are also available of the books in the detective series. And soon all the crime books will be available for downloading.
Donna: Goodness, "prolific" really doesn’t cover it. What are your other recent releases besides MURDER WITH MERCY?
Veronica: UNSUNG HEROES is now out as an e-book. This is a collection of short stories originally published in the Methodist Recorder, concerning the problems of three retired men and their families. There are also some Ellie Quicke short stories.
MURDER BY MISTAKE is now available in large print.
Donna: That’s absolutely amazing, Veronica! Thank you so much for all your hard work, for the joy you give your readers and for being such an inspiring example for all of us.
Donna Fletcher Crow’s latest releases are AN UNHOLY COMMUNION in the Monastery Murders series, A TINCTURE OF MURDER in the Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime series and the ebook version of GLASTONBURY, The Novel of Christian England. You can see more about them at www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com