#GuestPost: The Forgotten by J.V. Baptie @jvbaptie @crookedcatbooks #LoveBooksGroupTours

Published on the 13th June 2018 by Crooked Cat Books. I am delighted to be able to share with you today a Guest Post from author J.V.Baptie and tell you more about The Forgotten. My thanks to Kelly of Love Books Group Tours for inviting me to take part. You can order your copy of the book here.

What if everything was a lie?
Newly-promoted but not welcome in CID, Detective Sergeant Helen Carter is tasked with investigating a murder in an old abandoned picture house. The case takes a chilling turn when the business card of an ex-cop is found at the scene.
Helen must piece together the case before the bodies mount up around her, and before the killer strikes closer to home…

Delve into the underworld of Scotland’s capital city in this fast-paced thriller!

Praise for The Forgotten:

A genuine page turner.” Bestselling author, Alex Gray
Fast-paced and gritty Tartan Noir. A Brilliant Debut.” Bestselling author, Frances Di Plino
“Fans of Rebus will love this.” Thriller author, E.A Clark.
“Memorable and smart.” Tom Ward, author

Guest Post by Author J.V. Baptie: Ideas for The Forgotten

I wrote this novel as apart of the dissertation for my degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. I don’t think I would’ve ever got around to finishing a novel without this deadline! (I can be the world’s worst procrastinator.) That reminds me I better go hoover…

As part of the early development process for this novel, I decided to set it in 1977 and I did this to do more with the story but it also meant I had to do a lot more research to make sure the story is realistic. I have some old police manuals from the sixties and seventies which have been invaluable.

I also wanted to capture the change in the police force which is similar to what’s happening at the moment with the creation of Police Scotland. In the late seventies, Edinburgh was on the cusp of a massive drug problem and there was a huge amount of regeneration and slum clearances going on at the time, all of which I found really interesting. My initial ideas for the Forgotten were very wide and varied.  My lead character Helen is strong but flawed in many ways. She is good at her job but doesn’t quite have the confidence in herself to see that. She’s brave but frustrated and lonely. It’s hard to think where I got the initial idea for this novel. I think I had a shell of a character in my mind for a long time. I’ve also watched a lot of seventies television shows, so I’m sure those helped.  I find that I write better without a plan so I tend to just drop a character into a strange situation and see how they get themselves out of it. 

About the Author:
J.V. Baptie graduated from Manchester Metropolitan
University in 2017 with an MA in Creative Writing. When
not writing, she is also an actress and has appeared in a
variety of children’s shows and stage plays. You can find out
more about her at on Twitter @jvbaptie and Facebook @

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