Today, we have an opportunity to talk to Tom Batt. Tom Batt has written the book, Street Siren.
First, let me thank you for joining me. I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.
Amazon US: https://a.co/d/2weJZBP
That is great. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?
Ever since school I’ve enjoyed writing stories. When I was fourteen I got into writing screenplays and found some success in competitions. It wasn’t until 2020 at the start of the pandemic I tried my hand at writing short stories building up a collection. Unfortunately I couldn’t get them published anywhere so I put together the best ones and self-published Old Wounds: A Nick Shelby Case and Other Crimes Stories. It received good reviews and encouraged me to keep writing. Street Siren is actually based on one of the stories from that book.
-Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?
For me inspiration comes from everywhere. When I’m out and about I might see a person who inspires a character or a situation that sparks a plotline. I also get inspiration from films and on occasion songs. My mind is always open and absorbing what is around me in case one day I want to use it in a story.
-What is your favorite part about writing?
My favourite part about writing is fleshing out the initial idea as it feels like anything is possible at that moment and you’re not tied down to any specific plot points. Once things become locked in any new ideas you have may not fit in without disrupting what you already have.
-What does literary success look like to you?
Literary success for me would be people telling me how much they enjoyed reading my stories. Whether it made them laugh, cry or feel frightened the thought of knowing words I typed onto a page forced someone to have an emotional reaction is quite a thrill.
-Please tell us about your current release.
Street Siren is a revenge thriller following call girl Devlin as she pursues retribution for the brutal murder of her girlfriend Roxy. Despite falling back into drug addiction she has to dig deep and find the strength to punish those responsible and find some form of justice and peace in herself. When the police pick up on her trail it becomes a race against time to finish her quest before they figure out what she is doing and try to stop her.
-Can you read / provide us with a small exert?
The city was silent. Lights twinkled in the dark like the stars in the night sky. The hard windowsill wasn’t exactly comfortable, but it allowed Devlin to relax as she admired the view. She drew on a cigarette, blowing the billowing smoke out the open window, the soft wind taking it away. As she pulled the burning stub from her full lips, her blood-stained hand was shaking, a charm bracelet slipping down her arm.
Although she was skinny and wore nothing more than lingerie, she was immune to the cold. Her mind was on other things. Her eyes were glazed over, blood dripping from her face. She flicked the cigarette butt out of the window and slipped off the sill with ease. As she made her way across the studio apartment, she glanced over at the carnage she was responsible for only a few moments ago. His head was almost gone, and what remained was unidentifiable. His naked body was drenched in blood, soaking the silk bed sheets beneath. There was a spray of red up the headboard and wall. Devlin entered the bathroom, flicking on the bright light. She twisted on the tap, and the water splashed down heavy, ricocheting off the bowl.
One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?
Amazon US: https://a.co/d/2weJZBP
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BJF4YTL2/
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