The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Marnie Riches – Blog Tour Stop (Guest Post)

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When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.

But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.

And the killer has a very special part for George to play…

A thrilling race against time with a heroine you’ll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!

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Published April 2nd 2015

Why I wrote what I wrote by Marnie Riches

My manuscript for The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die was two years in the honing. It began as a New Adult story but gradually left those roots behind to become bona fide adult crime fiction that stands up to critical scrutiny. What I deliberately kept from the original draft, however, was the fascinating dynamic I had created between characters of different generations. Though my mother and I formed a discrete unit of two when I was growing up, I came from a crazy extended family of grandparents, aunties, great aunties, dead uncles and cousins. Older generations have always played a key role as advice-givers, story-tellers and friends. Undoubtedly, it is this mélange of different ages that has resulted in my writing a thriller that features a cast of teens, adults in their twenties and middle-aged figures, sometimes bordering on the elderly. Life – my life – has always been like that and I wanted to reflect that richness of experience in my thrillers.

These age-gaps appear in the most successful of fiction. Take, for example, Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, where Lisbeth Salander, a rebellious young woman steals the limelight from the older Mikael Blomkvist and the deeply middle-aged bad guys. And who could forget Lionel Shriver’s stunning teenaged psychopath, Kevin – every bit as captivating a character as his mother, Eva Katchadourian in We Need to Talk About Kevin? It is when different generations are thrown together that a story can get really interesting.

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die is full of these intergenerational relationships: The shadowy figure of Ella Williams-May and her abusive mother, Letitia – a dramatic clash of wills between two women. How do they fit into the narrative? The animosity that exists between my heroine, Georgina McKenzie and her Dutch tutor, Dr. Vim Fennemans. Their rapport is one of constant mutual antagonism – sexual attraction on one side and revulsion on the other. The fire of George – young, loud-mouthed, abrasive and daring – balanced with the ice of Senior Inspector Paul van den Bergen – a middle-aged, misanthropic hypochondriac who I think shows great sensitivity and subtlety in private but who presents an uncompromising front at work. Throw a little sexual intrigue into the mix and those crackling embers soon catch light and become nothing short of incendiary.

Just as multi-layered relationships and narratives fascinate me, so too does the multifaceted nature of people’s personalities. Nobody is ever just good. No such thing as pure evil. Why are people the way they are? What experiences have shaped them? This is something I wanted to explore in the George McKenzie series. Everybody loves a good baddy. The greatest heroes are flawed as hell. I hope I’ve succeeded in drawing my characters well, giving them complex back-stories that help the reader judge who the murderer might be. I’m curious to see how long it takes people to drop the last piece of the puzzle into place. How long will it take you?

About the Author

Marnie Riches grew up on a rMarnie10Nov003ough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways prison. Able to speak five different languages, she gained a Master’s degree in Modern & Medieval Dutch and German from Cambridge University. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser. In her spare time, she likes to run, mainly to offset the wine and fine food she consumes with great enthusiasm. Having authored the first six books of HarperCollins Children’s Time-Hunters series, she now writes crime thrillers for adults and contemporary women’s fiction. The first book in her gripping George McKenzie Series, “The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die” releases in digital format on 2 April 2015.

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