Jen draws inspiration from home for latest thriller, Stone Cold
After spending the last six months in her home town with family, researching and writing her latest novel, Stone Cold, crime author Jen Hilborne’s Swindon sojourn came to an end in mid-March, when she reluctantly returned from Haydon Wick to California.
Jen’s first three books are all set in San Francisco where she has lived for the past fifteen years.
UK setting for book
But as she was approaching her fourth novel Jen said she felt drawn to giving it a UK setting. “I didn’t want to be stereo-typed as only writing about the West Coast. I needed to draw inspiration from home, but it was a challenge getting used to British English again.”
Jen relished getting out on the road and visiting the Cotswolds and sites in Oxfordshire that feature in her book, and highly recommends field research to other aspiring writers. “Actually walking around the place where a story is set means that I could achieve a greater level of accuracy,” she said. “Hopefully it makes the descriptions a lot more vivid for the reader.”
Stone Cold is about a prestigious advertising agency caught up in a scandal after two senior executives are killed in suspicious circumstances.
Jen is fascinated with the psychological motivations behind the actions of her characters, and she is intrigued by the darker side of glamorous businesses. Speaking of the rural setting of her book she said: “I’ve definitely brought the dark side to the Cotswolds.”
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