Downside Up, an Interview with Jane Thornley


This week, we’re talking with Jane Thornley about her new mystery novel, Downside Up.


Downside UpTell us something unexpected about yourself!

When I was in Dublin last June, I spent a lot of time trying to connive my way up to the Georgian rooftops.


How did you get into writing?

I’ve always written stories. I remember trembling in class as I was called upon ( every single time) to read my stories aloud to the class.


What are you currently working on?

DownPlay, the next episode in the None of the Above series


Where did you get the inspiration for None of the Above series?

I’ve always wanted to fly ( as in with wings) and climbing roofs seemed the next best thing


Tell us more about the main characters in your new novel.

The main character is Jenna, an adventure journalist who is called back to a LONDON following the sudden death of her uncle. Though the death is considered accidental by the police, Aunt Clair is screaming murder. Jenna sets out on her old childhood refuge above the streets to seek clues and ends up discovering more about her neighbors than she ever counted on and gets stalked by a killer in the process.


Who is your favorite writer and why?

I have too many to choose and they change according to my mood!


What are your top 3 books of all time?

I’m a former librarian. Choosing would be like declaring a favorite child.


Have you got any writing rituals?

I write six hours every day starting at the crack of dawn.


How important is marketing and social media for you?

Very, very, very important.


Do you read your book reviews?

Every one twice


What advice would you have for other writers?

Read widely, write with abandon, and then edit like crazy.


What are you reading now?

Virginia King’s Selkie series ( addictive)


What’s your next step?

Keep writing this series while continuing my Crime by Design series

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