Jean Shorney is an excellent thriller author. Her latest book Progeny of a Killer is receiving great reviews and feedback. We had a phone call with Jean and asked her a few questions about her book, herself and writing in general. Enjoy!
What is the book about?
Aidan McRaney, a 30 year old Dubliner, works for wheelchair-bound Sir George Treveleyan as both an undercover operative and assassin. Aidan has an eleven year old son, Patrick, and an eighteen month old daughter called Catriona.
The Lamond brothers were once notorious London gangsters, but are now deceased. Someone else has taken over their white slave and paedophilia operations. Irishman Daniel Corrigan, having an obsessive hatred of the British, is not only bringing a return of the Troubles to the Mainland, but indulging in paedophilia to the extreme, where children are kidnapped, tortured and sometimes cremated by this evil man and his acolytes.
A female agent, Lorna, or LJ, Allardyce is partnered with Aidan. LJ turns out to be the sister of a woman Aidan was in love with ten years previously and was murdered.
When another agent, Dennis Mitchell goes missing, Treveleyan suggests that Aidan should win Corrigan’s confidence as a fellow Irishman and discover Mitchell’s whereabouts.
What inspired you to write the book?
My love of Irish History, which I have researched extensively over the years. I visited Dublin last year researching this story. Finding out about the rebels and the Uprising. I enjoy Irish rebel songs. I’ve also written for my protagonist, Aidan McRaney, three novels with two more to come. My inspiration for McRaney is the Irish actor Aidan Turner. So perfect for the role.
The story itself was inspired by the movie ‘The Resurrection Man’ starring Stuart Townsend, who in my mind would make an excellent Corrigan. I’m also influenced by the Irish novels of Jack Higgins and Gerald Seymour.
Who do you think will enjoy reading the book?
The genre is an Irish Political Thriller. Whoever enjoys Jack Higgins or maybe James Patterson books will love this one. Mostly men perhaps, but ladies who like thrills and danger as I do.
How long did it take you to write the book?
The first draft took about six weeks.
What is your work schedule like when writing a book?
I write everyday. I work part-time in the morning four days a week. Afternoon is for writing. At least two to three hours. Longer when I have a day off. I begin writing over breakfast then.
Where do you get all your information hen writing a book?
Mostly online. Research at your fingertips, but I also like to travel to the places I write about. You can’t get the feel of a place from a picture. I have ideas all the time, like a snippet in a newspaper. Sometimes a person or character will induce an entire story. At others, I only have the beginning of a story. With ‘Progeny Of A Killer’ I actually had two stories running concurrently. One with Aidan infiltrating Corrigan’s lair, the other with his wife Caitlan’s desire to shake off the mousey image, and thinking that other women, were jealous of her relationship with Aidan.
Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I have to listen to music. Irish Country, old Country music like Marty Robbins, Hank Snow. Old West music. Even methodist hymns, depending on the scene. For action, shooting etc, Meatloaf:Bat out of Hell!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I’m a movie buff. I have over 400 movies. From Horror to Crime. I enjoy watching old TV series like The Avengers, and The Outer Limits. I love reading factual ghost stories. Elliot O’Donnell. M. R. James, and H.P. Lovecraft. I also enjoy spending some time with my lovely granddaughter.
How many books have you written?
I have written six books and begun a seventh novel.
Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer. If so, what are they?
The more you write, the better you develop the art. Reading books relative to your genre. Writing every day, but always with energy and excitement. Once writing becomes a chore, give up. Writing is borne of an enduring love to write. Finding that inspiration, setting the scene as if you were watching a movie unfold. But most of all, write from love. No one can teach you that.
When is your book available to purchase, and from where?
From Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Livreria, Readrate.. It can be purchased anytime.