Friday, August 19, 2016

Clementina by Simon Cann @goddessfish @simonpcann


Welcome!!  Thanks so much for agreeing to this short Q&A so we can learn a little about you and your work. It’s an honor to host you!!

 If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

Anyone and everyone who I have ever judged too harshly.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?

A cat that actually behaves. That’s mythical, right?
Even more mythical—a cat that doesn’t go out and bring in mice which it then kills—and crunches as it eats—in my bedroom while I’m trying to sleep.

How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I don’t try to keep my writing the same or different from any other writer. I just try to tell the best story I can.

What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?

The best piece of advice: Tell the best story you can.
The worst: pretty much all the advice that doesn’t focus on telling the best story you can.

Are the experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Nope. This book is me making up stuff!
The characters are very much influenced by people I have met (the best research into human nature is to meet people…), the locations are almost all based on real locations, and most of the situations are everyday situations. However, the key thread of the story is drawn from my imagination.


by Simon Cann

GENRE: Crime Thriller


Leathan Wilkey has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating.

Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money.

But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn’t come running, something is up. He doesn’t appear because he’s been murdered.

When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner.

Daddy’s business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.


I stared up at the six-foot pile of brick held together by cement, then turned to the fastidious man. “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch your name.”

“Vianney,” he said.

“Vianney. Is this the only way out?”

He nodded, a precise tilt of his head like a movement fashioned by a watchmaker.

“Do you know who is over the back?” I pointed over the wall.

A shake of his head, equally precise. I pulled out my phone. Vianney shook his head again—three small twists. “No signal.” He pointed back inside. “Seven paces.”

I took seven paces and got two bars. “We’re going out the back,” I said when Reece answered. “I’m not sure what’s there, but come and find us there.” Back outside, Clementina was still staring up at the sky. “Ready?” I asked.

She seemed perplexed.

“We’re going to meet the neighbors,” I said, taking her shiny bag and handing it to Vianney. “You’re going first.”

“What are you talking about?” she asked.

“We’re going over the wall—you’re going first. Give your bag to Vianney to hold.” I pointed to the large lump of leather still hanging from her shoulder. “And put this back on.” I handed her the jacket I was carrying. I was sure it wasn’t designed for rough and tumble, but I preferred it be scraped rather than her.

“Why…?” she began.

“Because it’s the only way out, and you’re going first because if I go first there’s no one to help you over the wall,” I said, predicting her range of questions. “What else did you want to do today?”

“I wanted…” she began, slipping on her jacket. “That was rhetorical, wasn’t it?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey series of books.
In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, and has also worked as a ghostwriter.
Before turning full-time to writing, Simon spent nearly two decades as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.
He lives in London.


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