Friday Night Drinks with…. Katerina Diamond @TheVenomousPen @AvonBooksUK @RichardAyoade #FridayNightDrinks #WomanInTheWater

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Very pleased to welcome to the blog tonight for Friday Night Drinks, one of my favourite authors newly-discovered since I started book blogging….Katerina Diamond.

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Kat, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?

I’m not a big drinker to be honest but I’ll have the Pina Colada. 

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That’ll remind us of tropical shores on a chilly, winter evening.  If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?

Somewhere with a view I think. I love the sea so  maybe a beach front Tiki bar. 

Perfect for pina coladas, they always taste better if you drink them with your feet in the sand and accompanied by the sound of gentle waves lapping a beach. If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?

For the male I would invite Richard Ayoade, he seems like a total blast to hang out with, clever and funny and I love his dry sense of humour. For the female I would invite Agatha Christie, a natural born storyteller, I think she would be very interesting.

Great choices. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?

I am currently working on my second standalone novel which is the eighth novel I have written. The first six belonged in my Police procedural series. This one is a bit of a departure for me. I had the idea for this book about a year ago (at the cinema while watching Deadpool 2) I’m looking forward to seeing what peoples reaction to it is. 

Intriguing! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?

I think my proudest moment was probably getting a publishing deal at all. And everything that has happened since has been mostly amazing. My biggest challenge is always the blank page, starting a new project and thinking I have forgotten how to write a book. 

What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!

As we’re only talking – I’d say – a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in it – not that I have written a role suitable for him yet but maybe I should. 

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There are worse places to get inspiration! What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

I’m always more excited for the next project as opposed to the one I am working on! I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into my next standalone. 

I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?

I think my favourite place ive ever been was a place called Keri Lighthouse on the island of Zakynthos – it was such a magical place.

I would really love to go to Hawaii but I absolutely hate flying so I don’t know if it will ever happen.

Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.

This is really tricky. I am really crafty and I used to run a market stall full of things I had made like dolls and petticoats and cushions and jewelry. 

Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. It’s a few years old now but I absolutely love it. 

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In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it.

But sixteen-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida’s warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe – preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self – that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at his fingertips . . .

I’ve read that book, it is indeed wonderful and I second your recommendation. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?

Drink lots of water – it’s that simple. 

After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?

Cuddled up on the sofa with my cats Max and Fez watching old Cagney and Lacey. 

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Kat, thank you so much for joining me, it has been lovely to get to know you better and I look forward to your next book.

Katerina’s current book, Woman in the Water is out now in all formats and you can buy a copy here. If you would like to read my recent review of the book, you can find it by following this link.

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I’m alive. But I can’t be saved . . .

When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed.

Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them.

What’s their connection to the body in the river?

Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished?

And can they discover the dark truth of their marriage before it’s too late?

Katerina Diamond is the author of the Sunday Times Best Selling Exeter-based crime thriller series – starting with ‘The Teacher’ and followed by The Secret, The Angel, The Promise and Truth or Die. Katerina is currently working on her seventh novel which is a standalone.

Katerina also runs the facebook book group CRIME SUSPECT with several other crime authors.

Katerina currently lives in East Kent. Katerina was born in Weston-super-Mare and has lived in various places since including Greece, Cyprus, Derby, East London and Exeter. Katerina watches way too much TV.

You can find out more about Katerina and her books via her website and by following her on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.

Next week, I will be joined on Friday Night Drinks by author, Sally Calder.

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