Delighted to have Conrad Jones over on Bits about Books for a fascinating Author QA! Conrad Jones requires no further introduction, we all have read (or at least heard of!) his Terrorist Task Force, led by “Reacher on steroids,” now the Detective Alec Ramsay series, as well as his DI Braddick series, and more!
His latest thriller is book #4 in the DI Braddick series, ‘Deliver Us From Evil.’ An intriguing title – cannot wait to read it! Here’s a bit about the book…
About the Book
The hunt is on and it’s never been so deadly…
Detective Braddick is summoned to a horrendous crime scene, where it appears a double murder has taken place. The victims’ bodies are missing and the police have no clue as to their identities or who killed them.
As the investigation snowballs, the potential body count rises and the Major Investigation Team have little to go on until DNA evidence is examined.
There appears to be no motive for the dreadful murders until an ancient script is found daubed on the walls of a nearby property.
As the clues are unravelled, Braddick and his team realise they are dealing with something they have never faced before. Because this time they’re tracking evil itself…
Deliver us from Evil is a fast-paced crime thriller full of breathless action. It can be read as book 4 in the international bestselling DI Braddick series or as a truly unmissable stand-alone thriller.
What Readers Say
“Another great read turning each page waiting on the next. I don’t know what the gentleman on the train thought when I jumped out my skin but I giggled about it on my walk to work. Thank you, Conrad, for making me late on the late shift ?Dark twisted and downright outstanding.”– An Amazon reviewer
“Another fantastic book from Conrad Jones. It sets the mind ablaze with so many emotions with its dark and twisted storyline.”– Mrs K
“This novel kept me spellbound throughout. It is the story of the Niners, the worst satanic group ever conceived straight from Hell! A woman leader from Haiti who mesmerized followers into perpetrating hideous crimes including canabilism!”– Everett Campbell, M.D.
Books by Conrad Jones
For more books by Conrad Jones, just visit the author’s Amazon page. And now without further ado, I present you… Conrad Jones!
Q Why did you write a book?
I had no intentions of writing until 2007 when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday, I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later.
During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey.
Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 23rd novel, The Anglesey Murders, something that never would have happened but for that burglary.
Q Do you write every day?
Yes. I aim for a minimum of 1500 words per day. That gives me a 300-page novel in roughly 3 months.
Q Do you work to a plot or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?
I never plan. I wouldn’t know where to begin. I feel if you write to a plan, the readers can pick it up. If I don’t know where the story is going, the reader can’t second guess the ending.
Q How long does it take you to write a book?
90-days. I wrote a book called, ‘How to write a book in 90-days,’ which is the mechanics for producing 3 books a year.
Q What’s the worst thing about writing a book?
The pressure on the brain, concentrating for 8-9 hours a day. It’s mentally exhausting. I liken it to being ill for 3 months. When it’s finished, it’s like a huge weight taken off.
Q What’s the best thing about writing a book?
I love everything about it. I have no idea where the stories come from but the do. Seeing a book being enjoyed by readers is the best thing ever. Receiving positive feedback, reviews etc is what makes me keep writing.
Q Why did you choose your particular genre?
I like this genre and find it easier to write what I enjoy reading.
Q If you had to write in a different genre, which would you choose?
Probably horror. My books are on the verge sometimes anyway. They’re dark and gritty. It would be simple to crossover.
Q Which book character do you wish you had written?
That would have to be Hannibal Lecter. He’s the ultimate baddie!
Q What do you think are the best and the worst about social media?
It’s vital for generating new readers and selling books but it can be very cruel. Some people are nasty and bullying and unfortunately, they can become trolls. I’ve seen authors give up writing because of social media comments. I think there’s more good than bad.
And… just for fun:
Q If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
I would run around the house of commons, kicking people up the arse.
Q If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?
Reading a book on a sunbed next to a turquoise sea.
Q What’s your signature dish?
Q If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?
Dr Who. My mum died in February and I didn’t get to say goodbye. I wish I could go back in time to see her again.
About Conrad Jones
Author Conrad Jones originally comes from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. He spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which to him classes as home, before starting a career as a trainee manager, respective business consultant with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989.
On March 20th, 1993 while managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day Conrad was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mindset of criminal gangs. This is when he began to read anything crime related he could get his hands on.
To him, this experience is directly linked with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience, Conrad’s early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter-terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`- the Soft Target Series, described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids.’