Killing Cupid 

Killing Cupid is the first book to be featured in the Summer Book Club. Mark Edwards, who co-wrote this darkly-funny stalker thriller with Louise Voss, will be on Facebook on Saturday evening to answer questions and chat.  He will even answer questions about the controversial Dan Brown/Stieg Larsson subtitle scandal if you are nice. Please drop by as his psychiatrist has warned him several times about talking to himself...  Go to www.facebook.com/summerbookclub for more information.


So let's find out more about Killing Cupid...

Can you sum up your book in no more than 25 words? 

Killing Cupid is a stalker thriller in which a wannabe writer becomes obsessed with his tutor. But then she turns the tables, with devastating results.

How important is a book's central character?

Vital. Killing Cupid has two central characters. I wrote Alex, who starts off as a creepy stalker but, I hope, becomes more sympathetic as the novel goes on. Louise wrote Siobhan, a lonely writer who it turns out, has a lot of issues. The central idea of the novel is that there is someone out there for everyone - no matter how crazy you are.

What are the central themes of the book?

Love. Or rather, obsessive love.  Both of the central characters in Killing Cupid are lonely and frustrated; they feel that their lives would be complete with a significant 'other'. But neither of them know the best way to find that other person so they act in increasingly bizarre ways.  Of course, we all do stupid things when we're in love, but Alex and Siobhan take it to the extreme. If this makes Killing Cupid sound like a serious book, it isn't. It's a dark comedy with lots of twists and turns and a great joke about haemorrhoid cream.

What was your motivation for writing it?

Killing Cupid was co-written by Louise Voss and me. When we started, Louise was in the middle of a four-book contract with Transworld. I had recently been dumped by my agent. We got drunk one night and came up with the idea of writing something together as an experiment - and also because we thought the idea of a stalker novel in which the stalker becomes the stalkee (I think I just invented that word) was compelling.  Two months into writing it, a lucky meeting attracted the attention of a BBC producer who optioned it. It never got made in the end but it gave us the motivation to make sure we finished it.

What parts of the book are you most proud of?

Apart from the fact that we managed to pull off the tricky act of co-writing a novel without any tantrums, tears or throwing of teacups, my favourite parts of the novel are the scenes where Alex is creeping around Siobhan's house, inspecting her possessions, reading her diary, sitting on her toilet seat for a thrill.. And I love the second half of the book, in which everything turns around and starts moving really fast. And I love Louise's chapters because I just love reading everything she writes.  It was like simultaneously writing and reading a novel. Great fun.

What's your favourite part of the writing process?

I love the first draft because my favourite aspect of writing is plotting, although we never work out the full plot before sitting down to write. We enjoy working it out as we go along. The characters tend to take a life of their own and tell you what they would do next. With Killing Cupid I wrote a chapter which I sent to Louise with some notes about what might happen next. She edited my chapter then did the same. We had no idea how it would all turn out.

Can you tell us something about being an indie writer?

The best thing about the rather insane few months we've spent as indie writers - apart from hitting the No.1 spot on Amazon.co.uk with our second novel, Catch Your Death! - has been the opportunity to 'meet' lots of other writers who have been incredibly supportive.  That's where the idea of the Summer Book Club came from: the idea of creating a mutually-supportive group to celebrate the fact that we'd done it for ourselves, and to show readers out there how many great self-published books there are on Amazon.


About Mark

Mark Edwards lives in south London with his girlfriend, their daughter and, arriving this August, a son.  He is the co-author, along with Louise Voss, of Killing Cupid and Catch Your Death, a conspiracy thriller that was the first novel by British indie authors to reach No.1 on Amazon.  You can find him on Twitter @mredwards.

Killing Cupid is £0.49 on Amazon.co.uk and $0.99 on Amazon.com

Or find Mark on his  blog.



The Summer Book Club 


Remember when going on vacation meant filling your suitcase with hefty volumes that threatened to tip you over the baggage allowance limit? The last minute dash into the airport bookshop and the desperate quest to find something to entertain you on the plane and the beach? 

Thanks to the Kindle and other e-readers, those days are gone. What to take? How do you choose from the hundreds of thousands of books available?

Along with some fellow Indie Authors, we set up the Kindle Summer Book Club to help you overcome that tricky problem this summer, whether you’re going away or relaxing in the garden. We handpicked eight books to entertain, thrill and enlighten you; make you laugh or shiver with fear. The eight authors in this anthology are all ‘indie’ writers who took their destiny into their own hands and self-published. All enjoy considerable success on Amazon, selling many thousands of copies and pulling in great reviews.

In this book you will find exclusive short stories and articles from these authors along with first chapters from each of the eight books specially selected for the Club. If you like what you read, all the books are available on Amazon right now.

Each week during the summer of 2011, the Club will feature a different book from one of the participating authors, from a range of genres to suit all tastes from thriller to romance to paranormal. 

All authors’ royalties from the sale of this book go to help victims of the recent tornado that hit Joplin Missouri. We will donate all royalties to a fund supporting members of staff at the Joplin Public Library. 


The Books of THE KINDLE SUMMER BOOK CLUB 

THE SHOP, J. Carson Black. In this pulse-pounding US bestseller, the murder of a celebrity in Aspen sets the table for an orgy of death, destruction and infamy, revealing a shadowy conspiracy going to the very heart of the United States government. 

SUGAR AND SPICE (US EDITION), Saffina Desforges. Would you trust a convicted sex offender to help you find your daughter's killer? The groundbreaking debut UK crime novel that dares to tackle the last taboo - now recreated for the US.

KILLING CUPID, Mark Edwards & Louise Voss. Alex is obsessed with his writing tutor, Siobhan. He stalks her, breaks into her house, hides in her wardrobe...But when he loses interest Siobhan decides to take revenge. By the UK No.1 authors of CATCH YOUR DEATH.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, Sibel Hodge. Armed with cool sarcasm and uncontrollable hair, feisty insurance investigator Amber Fox is back in a new mystery combining murder and mayhem with romance and chicklit…

NOT WHAT SHE SEEMS, Victorine Lieske. Steven Ashton, a billionaire from New York, and Emily Grant, on the run from the law...and when they meet he can’t help falling for her. What he doesn’t know is that interfering in her life will put his own life in danger.

TO KILL A WARLOCK, H.P. Mallory. Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth. First in the new urban fantasy series from the bestselling author of Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble.

DISINTEGRATION, Scott Nicholson. When a fire destroys his home and kills his daughter, Jacob Wells enters a downward spiral that draws him ever closer to the past he thought was dead and buried. A shocking psychological thriller from the author of Liquid Fear.

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM, Cheryl Shireman. A story about the power of love, the devastating consequences of depression, and the strength of the human spirit. A woman goes alone to a secluded cabin to rethink her life in the stunning debut novel from a talented new writer.


The Kindle Summer Book Club is available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. And it's now FREE on Smashwords!
 

You can also find 
The Kindle Summer Book Club on Facebook. Join in the fun! Chat and interact with the authors and readers.

Happy Summer Reading!

Sibel XX