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The Suspect And Other Tales By K Morris: Book Review

I was pleased to receive the following review of my collection of short stories, “The Suspect And Other Tales”,

 

“These eleven very short stories showcase life’s ironies and pitfalls. The author introduces a variety of characters, from cops to scoundrels to ordinary

folks struggling with bad luck or observing their fellow human beings. Most of the stories end with a twist that makes us gasp or laugh (or both). On the

minus side, I noticed a few spelling errors and some spots where commas would have been helpful. But on the whole, these stories would be perfect quick

reads for commuters or readers looking for an interlude of fiction in a busy day”. For the review please visit (http://www.amazon.com/review/R1CNF9L0SDIYFC/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00PKPTQ0U).

Many thanks to the reviewer for taking the time to read and review “The Suspect And Other Tales”.

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A 4 Star Review Of My Collection Of Short Stories, The Suspect And Other Tales

A great 4 star review of my collection of short stories, The Suspect And Other Tales,

 

“I, too, enjoyed these stories. Short but tasty morsels that dont fill you up but yet leave you satisfied!”. My thanks goes to the reviewer for taking the time to write a review. For the review please visit the following link (http://www.amazon.com/review/R5ZYKHOEVDT3L/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00PKPTQ0U). To download The Suspect And Other Tales please visit the following links, (http://www.amazon.com/The-Suspect-other-tales-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=cm_rdp_product, for the US or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Suspect-other-tales-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417268733&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Suspect+and+other+tales, for the UK).

Interview With K J Rollinson Author

Thank you to K J Rollinson for the below guest post. You can find out more about Kathy and her books by visiting the following links: http://www.amazon.com/K-J-Rollinson/e/B009ATNOQO and http://wordplay-publishing.com/wordplays-authors/rollinson-kj/.

 

 

 

NAME  Mrs Kathy June Rollinson   (I write under the name of K J Rollinson)

 

I live in the Costa Blanca, Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Did you pick your genre or did it pick you?

 

  1. The ‘Fallyn’ trilogy picked me. I used to go to an art class, and a friend had drawn a picture of a very proud dragon. I wrote a 500-word story for her, and the trilogy grew from there.

 

  1. Do you write in multiple genres or just one.

 

  1. Multiple genres.

 

  1. Q. How much time do you devote to writing per day?

 

  1. Usually between 4/5 hours per day. I get up at about 4/5am each morning. By the time I have read/answered my emails, sometimes do a blog, written at least 1,000 words per day on any book I am writing, 4/5 hours has gone by.

 

  1. What have you published so far?

 

  1. ‘Fallyn and the Dragons’, ‘Fallyn in the Forbidden Land’, ‘Fallyn and the Sea       Dragons’ , (Fantasy Books) ‘The Rode to Justice, (John Rode, 1st grade detective, murder stories)’.’A Twist of Fairy Tales’, modern fairy tales for ages 5 – 10 years. Some based on classics.

 

  1. Has your method of writing changed over the course of publishing your books.

 

  1. No the method is the same. I still publish through Wordplay Publishing. I think my writing has improved book by book.

 

  1. Where do you see yourself a year from now?

 

  1. Still writing, I hope. If I am not a success (which we all want to be) I will still carry on writing because I love it.

 

  1. Did you self-publish, go the traditional way, or do both?

 

  1. Only self-published with the help of Wordplay Publishing. I had heard so many people say they had been rejected by publishers – and usually you still have to do your own promotion – that I decided to go down the route of self-publishing.

 

  1. Which method did you prefer.

 

  1. I haven’t used any method other than self-publishing so I cannot comment from personal experience.

 

 

 

  1. Of the books that you have written, do you have a favourite. Why?

 

  1. Each one is my favourite when I am writing it. It is my baby at the time. I treat my books like children, and like having children you should not have a favourite. If you had asked the question Do you have a favourite character(s) I would have answered yes, and gone onto explain why.

 

  1. Why did you become a writer?

 

  1. I have always enjoyed writing since I was a child – short stories, poems. As I got older I dreamt of being published, and when self-publishing came along the dream became a reality.

 

  1. Who is your target audience.

 

  1. For the ‘Fallyn’ trilogy anyone who enjoys fantasy books. But I have just asked the publisher to add the ‘Young Adult’ category on Amazon because I read in the Writing Magazine that ‘Young Adult’ books were increasing. For the murder book – anyone who enjoys crime. It is suitably categorized on Amazon. I stress in the book the protagonist, John Rode, seeks justice. In one story he says, ‘This is a court of law, not a court of justice.’

 

  1. What are you working on now?

 

  1. I am really excited about my latest project. The Wordplay Writers’ Forum, of which I am a member here in Spain, has devised a 5-year competition, now in its second year, open to anyone, details found at www.WordplayPublishing.com

A founder member of Wordplay died a few years ago called Ian. He always said that he had never read book where the main character was called Ian. So the main character has to be called Ian, and into social issues. Apart from these criteria the book can be on any subject. My character goes to a little country in East Africa that has been torn by wars and famine to help. My book is called, ‘Where Lies My Heart’.

 

 

  1. What makes you different from other writers in your genre?

 

  1. With regard to my Fallyn books, I have always felt St George and the Dragon, gave dragons a bad press, seen as an enemy to be slaughtered. My dragons have individual characters and can talk between themselves and understand what humans say to them. They can be funny, intelligent – all are very loyal to the main protagonists, except for the occasional ‘baddy’ dragon (you have to have one or two of those, don’t you?).

 

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The Paedophile

The girl appeared to be totally relaxed as she lounged back in the straight backed wooden chair. Absently she twirled a strand of her long blonde hair around the little finger of her right hand. The girl’s right foot tapped on the chair leg in time with the beat of the pop tune which she hummed quietly to herself. Inspector Ruth Jones was puzzled. In her lenghthy career in London’s Metropolitan Police she had come across many victims of paedophilia. Ruth had witnessed varied reactions but the behaviour of this 14-year-old girl was bizarre in the extreme. Looking into the girl’s face Ruth perceived only tranquillity. Louisa Jenkins appeared totally at ease with herself. Ruth wondered what the psychologist would make of the girl.

“Louisa I’m Inspector Ruth Jenkins but you can call me Ruth and this is Sergeant Mary O’connor but just call her Mary. Would you like a drink or something to eat?”

“No thanks, I don’t need anything”.

“Louisa do you know why you are here?”

“No” Louisa said with a beautiful smile.

Louisa’s smile unnerved the two policewomen. They exchanged covert glances. Something was very wrong here.

“Louisa I need to ask you some questions about Michael Johnson, the man we found you with”.

“Why?”

“We want to understand about your relationship with Michael. Can you tell us about that?”

Louisa looked perplexed.

“What do you mean? I don’t understand”.

The Inspector spoke very gently

“Louisa when we broke into Michael’s house we found the two of you in bed together. Michael is 50 and you are only 14-years-old. It isn’t allowed for adults to have sex with children. You are a little girl and we want to protect you from harm. Can you tell us how you came to know Michael and how long you have known him for?”

“Always. I have always been his”.

The girl’s words sent a shiver down the spines of the two police women.

“What do you mean Louisa?”

“I have only ever known Michael. He is my love, my world”.

The Inspector tried a change of tack.

“When did you first meet Michael?”

“I told you, I have always known him”.

“Do you mean that you can’t remember when you first met him?”

“I am Michael’s. I have always been his Louisa”.

“What do you mean Louisa?”

“I am Michael’s girlfriend. His only love it has always been so. It is unalterable”.

“Louisa where did you live before you met Michael?”

“I have always been his. He is my only love” Louisa repeated patiently.

The Inspector’s head was spinning. Desperately she tried another line of enquiry.

“Can you tell me about your parents Louisa?”

“My parents?”

“Yes, where do they live? What are their names?”

“Michael is my everything. He is my dad, my lover, my reason for existing”.

Ruth opened her mouth to speak but was interrupted in her intention by a knock on the door.

“Come in”.

Constable Maureen Sykes entered.

“Sorry to interrupt but there is a Professor Mills asking for you” she said addressing Ruth.

“Maureen I told you that I was, under no circumstances to be disturbed” Ruth said her face clouding over.

“I’m very sorry but he was very insistent. He said that it is regarding the current case” the constable said glancing in the direction of Louisa.

The Inspector sighed.

“Louisa I need to leave the room for a few minutes. Mary will look after you”.

“Where is he?” Ruth said as she closed the door of the interview room behind her.

“I put him in your office Mam” Maureen replied.

Ruth strode into her office. An elderly white haired man, a pair of reading glasses precariously balanced on his nose rose stretching out his hand.

“I’m sorry to disturb you but there has been a terrible misunderstanding. I understand that you have one of my patients, Michael and his therapist with you?”

“Pardon!”.

“I lead the Paedophile Management Unit. We are responsible for managing child sex offenders when they are released back into the community”.

“I know what the unit does and quite frankly Professor you are doing a lousy job. Michael was found in bed with a 14-year-old girl earlier today. We where alerted by a tip off from a concerned neighbour and when we broke down the door there he was, not a care in the world in bed with the kid”.

The Professor put his head into his hands.

“This wasn’t supposed to happen. We deliberately chose the property due to it being so isolated and some nosy  neighbour wrecks the experiment!”

“Are you saying that you deliberately placed a 14-year-old girl in the company of a known paedophile? If so you should be arrested! Christ I’ve never heard anything like it in all my born days!”

“Let me explain. This must go no further, you understand?”

“I’ll be the judge of that” Ruth said.

“Look Inspector this work has the backing of the Home Secretary. The clearances go right to the very top”.

“Go on Ruth said.

“The problem with paedophilia is that most (if not all) offenders have a compulsion to reoffend when they are released into the community. Drugs and monitoring are of limited success”.

“I know all this” Ruth said impatiently.

The Professor continued seemingly unperturbed by Ruth’s interruption.

“Do you know anything about the science of robotics Inspector?”

“What the hell is this Professor? I don’t have the time to play silly buggers!”

“Have you heard of the Turing Test?”

“Yes the idea that if a machine could fool a human being into believing that they are communicating with a person rather than a computer then artificial intelligence would have been achieved, but what has this got to do with the matter in hand?”

“Well for some time now I have had the idea of producing an artificial child so that paedophiles can indulge their behaviour without endangering the community and, in particular children. Louisa is the prototype of a machine which will, I hope revolutionise the management of paedophiles in the community”.

Ruth stood gaping at the Professor with her mouth open. Surely it wasn’t possible. However the robotic answers of Louisa coupled with her apparent lack of trauma served to convince her of the veracity of the professor’s words.

“Surely the science isn’t advanced enough to produce child substitutes convincing enough to satisfy the average pervert?”

“Tell me how does Louisa come across?”

“Now I know the facts she comes across as what she is, a robot. Her answers where somewhat wooden”.

“Yes indeed. However Louisa is only a prototype. As the science develops we will produce ever more convincing child substitutes. It’s brilliant. It prevents harm to real children and from the perspective of the Treasury it saves money. As you know keeping offenders locked up is very expensive while a robot lasts for years and once they go into mass production the cost of manufacturing will decrease dramatically”.

“But what if some paedophiles want the real thing? What if they get bored with the substitute?”

“I hope that won’t happen but who knows” the professor said shrugging his shoulders. “Now can I have Michael and Louisa back please?”