Hi. My name’s Liam. You don’t know me. Well, not unless you’ve read Trust No-One or Nowhere to Hide. Then you’ll know me a bit, though mainly from Marie’s point of view and I’m not sure how reliable that always is. I don’t mean that she lies about me. I’m just not sure that she knows me as well as she thinks she does, if you get my drift.
Anyway, my name’s Liam and I’m Marie Donovan’s boyfriend. Or partner. Or whatever the correct term is. We live together, or at least we do when Marie’s not working at the other end of the country doing whatever it is that she does. I mean, I know roughly what she does, working undercover. But she’s not allowed to tell me all the details, obviously. Which means that I don’t really know her, either. Or at least not as well as I once thought I did.
They’ve asked me to do an introduction to this series of interviews. There’s been a blog tour, you see, and several very kind people have been hosting interviews with characters from Nowhere to Hide. Marie, and her boss, Hugh Salter. And a couple of people she’s working with. And her former both, Keith Welsby. I quite liked Keith. I mean, old-school, and you wouldn’t want to discuss politics with him, but he seemed quite straight. Which is ironic, as things turned out.
The tour’s now finished so we thought we’d now post all the links here. I’m not sure why they’ve asked me to write this introduction. After all, I’m just Liam. I know nothing that’s worth knowing. I’m an artist, or at least that’s what I always wanted to me. But, to be honest, I’m not sure that I ever really quite had the talent. Not to make it big. And now it’s too late. I’m not well, and I’m not sure I’ll ever paint seriously again, even if Marie doesn’t quite realise it yet.
How did I get on to that? I just meant to say a few bland words of introduction. I’d better get on. If I talk too much, I’ll probably end up saying things I regret. About me. Or about Marie. Things I know that I probably shouldn’t.
So let’s just give you the links to the interviews. First, with Marie. (You’ll have to scroll down for that one).
She seems quite keen on that Brennan chap, doesn’t she? Not sure I fancy sharing a desert island with him. What does he have to say for himself?
Hm. Not exactly lacking in ego, if you want my opinion. Who else is Marie working with? Lizzie Carter, whoever she might be.
Not sure I’m any the wiser about Ms Carter, though it sounds as if there might be more too her than meets the eye. Now we have Marie’s boss, the delightful Hugh Salter. I’ve only met him once, but that was enough. Wouldn’t trust him any further than I could throw him, which is my condition is no distance at all.
Hah. Yes, that sounds like Salter, all right. A calculating cold fish with no discernible sense of humour. The polar opposite of his predecessor, poor old Keith Welsby. Well, I say poor. He’s had enough back-handers at least to keep himself well-stocked with beer, from what Marie tells me. But he’ll take us out on a high note.
So that’s them. Five characters in search of an author to tell their stories. Six, if you count me. But you shouldn’t. Because I’m not part of the story. Nobody’s watching me.
Thanks again to Leigh Russell, Sally Quilford, womagwriter, Cally Taylor and Deborah Carr for hosting the interviews. You can still buy both the Kindle editions of Trust No One and Nowhere to Hide for about the price of one of Keith Welsby’s pints.