Ten things I want readers to know about Below Zero

Below Zero, the sixth Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller, is published on Monday and I wanted to share my thoughts with you about the new book. I hope you’ll find some of these insights about how I wrote the book interesting. I also really, really, hope you enjoy Ingrid’s latest adventure. ONE This book took way too long to finish and it was much harder to write than Shoot First. (I know – for sure – that in the time it’s taken me to write two Skyberg novels, Eva would have written four or five. But then, Eva was incredible.) It’s really important to me that I stay as faithful as I can to Eva’s notes, but I encountered a few problems with this book that slowed me down. The big one was that Eva’s arc had Ingrid being held hostage for a long time, but I struggled to make a fast-paced thriller out of a woman sitting alone in a dark cold room. I had to add in a few plot devices that weren’t in Eva’s notes to try and keep the pace up. I think that, if Eva had been given the chance to sit down to write it, she’d also have realised it wasn’t working the way she’d plotted it. But she was smarter than me, so maybe she’d have figured out differently.   TWO Having loved the Skyberg books before I took over the series, I was really excited to see how Ingrid would behave without her supporting cast. No Ralph, no McKittrick, no Angela Tate and, crucially, no Jennifer at the end of a phone...

Help me choose the new cover

It’s getting closer and closer to publication day and there are just a few tweaks left to make – and one big decision left to take: which cover should I choose? In Below Zero, Ingrid is sent on a secret and dangerous assignment to Stockholm, but when a series of terrorist incidents put the city on lockdown, her mission is thrown into chaos. Which of these two designs most makes you want to pick up the new book? VOTE HERE and let me know. Your input, as ever, will be massively appreciated.   VOTE NOW! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ RETURN TO THE BLOG...

The new novel is almost here!

I am – finally!!! – thrilled to be able to tell you that the new Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller is nearly ready for publication. It’s currently with a team of advance readers for road testing, and it’ll shortly be sent off to the proof reader once the final tweaks have been incorporated. Publication won’t be far behind. The new novel – the sixth in the series – is called Below Zero and is set in Stockholm in December 2014. Fans will remember that at the end of Book 5, Shoot First, Ingrid ends up owing Nick Angelis a favour, and he calls it in at the beginning of Below Zero. He sends her on a top secret – and highly illegal – mission to Sweden, but the country becomes the victim of a series of terrorist incidents and the only way Ingrid can carry complete her mission is by breaking the law… again, and again, and again. Unlike previous books where Ingrid has been investigating crimes, in Below Zero she’s the one being hunted. It’s been fun to put her in the position of second guessing cops rather than perps, and it’s also been interesting to take away her supporting cast. Not having Angela Tate, or McKittrick or Jennifer around means Ingrid has to rely on her instincts much more. In a sense, Below Zero gives us a purer Ingrid. When Eva started writing the Ingrid Skyberg books in 2013, she deliberately gave her heroine a Swedish heritage as a nod to the Scandi crime she enjoyed reading so much. She always intended to set a novel in Sweden, and it’s been a...

Paperbacks on special offer

Hello lovely people Sorry not to have blogged ALL YEAR. Still, it does mean I have a lot to share with you all… just not today. Yes, the new book is coming out soon; yes the research trip to Stockholm was brilliant; and yes Ingrid is up to her neck in it yet again, but… I just wanted to let you all know (well, those of you in the UK) that there are some fabulous discounts on the paperbacks of Eva’s books on Amazon.co.uk for the rest of May. Kill Plan, Book 3 in the Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller series is just £4.79! And Deep Hurt (Book 4) can be yours for the bargain price of £5.39. That’s quite a saving from the standard list price of £7.99. Amazon are also discounting two of Eva’s other paperbacks. The award winning The Loyal Servant – a great way to introduce friends to Eva’s work – is on sale £4.79, and the brilliant The Deadly Silence is just £5.39. Whether it’s a treat for yourself, a present for someone else or just a chance to complete your collection at a great price, May is the month to click ‘Buy Now’! I’ll be in touch again soon. I promise. Jo +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ RETURN TO THE BLOG...

Shoot First — the new crime thriller from Eva Hudson

I’m thrilled to announce that Shoot First the new Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller is now on sale from… Amazon • Apple • Barnes & Noble • Kobo • Google …and the early reviews have been great (currently a 4.7* rating from 85 reviews on Amazon.com).   “Another breathtaking adventure with Agent Skyberg.” “Starts off quick like a race car and grabs you then you can’t let go.” “If you have read the previous books you’ll LOVE this one. If you haven’t read the others then you NEED to!” “I couldn’t put it down. Agent Ingrid Skyberg kicks ass!” “A slick, fast paced page turner. I read until the wee hours of the morning – not wanting to put this book down.”   I’ve been particularly relieved by the reviews from readers who couldn’t tell where Eva had left things and I had taken over. I tried really hard to make it feel like an authentic Ingrid Skyberg adventure, and I’m so pleased Eva’s wonderful fans have responded so enthusiastically. A few reviewers have lamented that Shoot First will be the last Ingrid Skyberg book, but it absolutely won’t be. Eva left me with several notebooks with plots and character arcs for future adventures: Book 6 will definitely be coming out in 2016! If you’re looking for a new crime thriller to end 2015 with, I hope you’ll download a copy of Shoot First: An Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller soon. Thanks for an incredible launch! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ RETURN TO THE BLOG...

Becoming Ingrid

“You do realise,” a friend of ours said to me a few weeks ago, “that you’re actually turning into Ingrid Skyberg!” “What are you talking about?” “Well, first you get your hair cut short. Then—and don’t pretend you’re not dyeing it—it’s got blonder month by month, and now you turn up on a bloody motorbike!” “Ah.” I didn’t see getting the bike as part of the writing process, but it has helped me with the odd plot point (hint: helmets can make terrific weapons when deployed correctly). When I got the first comments back on Shoot First, a few early readers corrected my terminology when it came to guns and ammo, but I was secretly pleased no one pointed out misuse of biking phrases. I’ve tried wherever and whenever possible to be faithful to Eva’s style, but I’m pretty sure that if she had completed the final draft of Shoot First it wouldn’t have contained the word ‘petcock’! Taking over Eva’s books is something I have taken very seriously, but she’d be pleased to know that my dedication stopped short of picking up a Glock 23, or attempting a 5 mile run in 32 minutes (and, no, I haven’t tried parkour though I did jump over a bench to avoid a phalanx of strollers and felt very impressed with myself). Neither have I grown three inches, or lost ten years. But in a Venn diagram of Ingrid and me, in the shaded area in the middle you’ll find motorbikes, an inability to accessorize, a liking of vodka straight from the freezer and—of course—Eva. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ RETURN TO THE BLOG...