About the au­thor… Nikki Crutch­ley

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - READINGCORNER -

Nikki lives in the Waikato with her hus­band and two chil­dren. She has worked in book pub­lish­ing and li­braries, and af­ter com­plet­ing a diploma in cre­ative writ­ing, em­barked on writ­ing her first novel, Noth­ing Bad Hap­pens Here.

This is her sec­ond book.

This novel was in­spired by… “See­ing news­pa­per and TV sto­ries about peo­ple go­ing miss­ing. Within hours their fam­i­lies would ap­pear ask­ing for the per­son to re­turn home or beg­ging who­ever took their loved one to re­turn them. It got me won­der­ing about those who dis­ap­peared but didn’t have any­one in their lives to re­port them miss­ing.”

I like writ­ing crime fic­tion be­cause… “I love the who­dunit as­pect and a good twist, but I also love con­tem­po­rary crime fic­tion that ques­tions what is go­ing on in to­day’s so­ci­ety – ev­ery­thing from so­cial prej­u­dices to re­la­tion­ships.” The most chal­leng­ing thing about self- pub­lish­ing…

“Is get­ting my book out there. Ac­quir­ing an as­ses­sor, proof­reader, edi­tor and printer was easy enough (al­beit ex­pen­sive). A lot of dis­trib­u­tors and book­shops can be wary of self-pub­lished books, so you re­ally have to sell your story.”

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