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In Which We Find Out Just What It Takes…

Heaton Wilson is one of our good friends here at Magpie HQ and we’re delighted to big up his latest novel Whatever it Takes one of his DCI Jane Birchfield murder mysteries and we’re giving a copy away over on Instagram – all you need to tell us is who your favourite fictional detective is… ( Amber’s is Shetland’s Jimmy Perez – well actually Douglas Henshall is she’s being honest!). Here’s a bit about Heaton and his book…

Born in Stalybridge, near Manchester, I trained as a journalist. It was the best decision I ever made, because – as a shy boy – it not only gave me the confidence to deal with people (many of them difficult!), but it also enabled me to earn a living from doing what I have always enjoyed – writing.

I worked in Stockport, Bolton, and Bury, before moving to Herefordshire; at which point I swapped sides and moved into public relations, working in Southampton, Harrow, and Barnet. My big career change came when I set myself up as a consultant, living on the Isle of Wight, where we used to come for family holidays, but working at various locations in the UK. I gradually eased out of full time work, and founded Origins Theatre; writing plays, and often appearing in them! The writing bug has never left me, and after graduating with a BA Hons in Literature through the Open University, I began to explore writing fiction..

I wrote my first crime fiction novel about three years ago. It’s called Every Reason. My new book – Whatever It Takes – is the second in the series, featuring DCI Jane Birchfield. I wrote it and got it published in less than six months, and I blame Covid lockdown for that.  Theatre has taken a back row seat in my life for obvious reasons, so I took the chance to work on the novel every day. 

The inspiration for the book was simply an image that came into my head, of a young man frozen in position at a computer (I’m not young, but I know that feeling well!).  I just developed the story from there, not knowing where it would take me. The response has been amazing, so much so that I began work immediately on the third book, which is now at the editing stage. It picks up where Whatever It Takes finishes, so hopefully people will want to read on.

There are some fabulous reviews on Amazon, and one I particularly liked is on the publisher’s page at  Whatever It Takes – Troubador Book Publishing.

A reader said: ‘This second novel by Heaton Wilson is on a par with crime fiction by more established authors of the genre. Due to strong descriptive language, the characters are realistic and brought to life with the reader feeling they know them well.  An excellent read and highly recommended.’

Buy Whatever It Takes HERE

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