Sample chapters of Hayley Green's book are available on authonomy.com
1. What is the working title of your book?
Accidents Will Happen
2. Where did the idea for the book come from?
A mixture of two ideas. I went on a writing course where they were mostly retired women and all of them had books with the baddie being male and the detective being female. That got me thinking about the attitude to men. Then I heard that in a village not a million miles away from me there had been something like five or six murders, rich old men killing off their wives. Revenge sounded like a good plan!
3. What genre does it fall under?
It's has a crime at the centre, but it's more of an adventure - a geriatric Ocean's Eleven if you like. It's not meant to be serious, and definitely not a self-help book for suffering wives of rich old bores.
4. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Difficult. Maybe even unknowns.
Gerry - the hero, Harriet Walter perhapsLinda - Joanna Lumley or Faye DunawayOlive - Eileen AtkinsEileen - Sheila ReedRose - Thelma Barlow
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Five spirited old women. One miserable old man. He never had a chance...
6. Will your book be self-published or be represented by an agency?
I would love representation, but so far getting an agency to even read more than a chapter has been troubling.
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The truth is six months although I did it part-time with life going on around it.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I felt this was similar in style to the Agatha Raisin books of MC Beaton, but of course they are whodunnits and this is a willtheydoit?
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
All the wonderful women who refuse to give up on life just because they've retired.
10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
Part of it is set amid the Carnival in Venice. I particularly enjoyed writing Eileen's episode with bomb-making too. That was a gas!