10 – 4 Tuesday

09 Oct

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where we’ll feature either an author or someone in a position related to publishing, promoting or a service that is author related.  I will only be offering this forum on occasion, and if anyone wants to participate, email me to set up a date 🙂

For 10 – 4 Tuesday I will ask our guest to share 10 things about either their book or what service they offer and then 4 questions for fun 🙂 So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to introduce you to author Tim Vicary!  Tim is going to share 10 facts about himself and his latest release A GAME OF PROOF, and then he’ll be answering  4 questions for fun.  🙂

So, let’s get started!

First the 10:

1.  To start out, tell us a bit about yourself Tim.

Well, I’m a grandfather, I live in the English countryside near the historic city of York, I have a wife, two horses, two dogs, two cats, two daughters, two grandchildren – two of everything really, except my wife – so I guess I’m a bit like Noah! I even have a white beard, and right now I’m looking out the window at the rain. We have had two months of rain here in two days last week, and I’m seriously thinking of building an Ark!

2.  I hope the Ark building goes smooth!  lol  What genres do you write?

Lots. I write legal thrillers (courtroom dramas), historical novels, children’s books, and I’ve also written a lot of shorter books for foreign learners of English, some fictional, some factual. The last one of those was about Dinosaurs (but I’m not having T Rex in my ark! He’ll have to swim or become extinct!)

3.  lol…Poor Rex!  Tell us the moment when it first sank in that you were an official author!

Hm. I don’t think it’s ever really sunk in. Maybe one day I’ll see a big poster for one of my books at an airport or train station. Then I’ll believe it. But that hasn’t happened yet. Probably never will.

4.  Share your blurb for A Game of Proof

A Game of Proof, a legal thriller set in York. It’s the first book in the series ‘The Trials of Sarah Newby.’

A mother’s worst nightmare – can her son be guilty of murder?

Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. Then her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders. The evidence against him appears so strong that his QC advises a guilty plea, but Simon swears he is innocent and begs his mother take on his defence. The only other obvious suspect for the murders, however, is a man who has already been acquitted once – with Sarah acting as his defence lawyer …

Since Simon has often lied to her in the past, how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?

Should she help the police and protect the public? Or risk her career to save her son?

5.  What inspired you to tell this story?

Well, I used to take foreign students to the courts here in York quite regularly, to learn about British justice. And I got fascinated with the drama of the trials. Once I saw a rape trial where the man was acquitted; it was basically his word against hers, as it often is, unfortunately. But then a few months later I saw the same guy back in court, accused of exactly the same type of sexual assault against a completely different woman; and he was acquitted again. But all the details in the two women’s stories were identical; he had some kinky, nasty habits which would be hard to make up.  So I thought, if only the law had allowed both women to give evidence to the same jury, he would have been convicted, for sure. But his lawyers prevented this.

I told this story to my daughter, who is a lawyer. ‘Where is the justice in trials like that?’ I asked. ‘Dad,’ she said. ‘A trial isn’t about justice. It’s just a game. A game of proof.’ So that’s where I got the title for my book.

6.  Love that story!  What was your favorite part about writing A Game of Proof?

I think the emotional scenes, where something dramatic and surprising happens. I enjoy that. I get lost in the story, forget where I am, and the language seems to flow.

7.  Share an excerpt!

I really enjoyed this excerpt because the little surprise at the end came to me in a flash.

Sarah Newby has just had a friendly lunch with Detective Inspector Terry Bateson, who finds her quite attractive. But in court, they are enemies.

Sarah stood up. She looked across the court at Terry Bateson. No flicker of recognition passed between them. The easy conversation of an hour ago was forgotten. They were strangers. As she asked her first question, the hair rose along the back of his neck.

‘Detective Inspector, you lied to Mr Harker, didn’t you?’

For a long telling moment Terry didn’t answer. ‘I … don’t understand you.’

‘Let me help you then. Do you recall these words: “We know you were there because she recognized you. She saw your face.” You said that, didn’t you?’


‘Was it true?’

‘Ms Gilbert recognized Gary Harker, yes. That’s why we arrested him.’

‘Was it true that she saw his face?’


‘So you lied to Mr Harker, didn’t you?’

Terry recovered himself slightly, and addressed his reply to the judge as the police were trained to do. It was a subtle way of insulting defense counsel, making them seem unimportant in the eyes of the jury. ‘She didn’t actually say she saw his face, my lord, that’s true, but she stated very clearly that she recognized her assailant as Gary Harker, and the reason I …’

‘I didn’t ask you why you lied, Detective Inspector, I asked you if you lied. And the answer is yes, isn’t it?’

The judge leaned forward protectively. ‘Nevertheless, I think it might help the jury if the Detective Inspector were allowed to give his reasons, Mrs Newby. Inspector?’

Thank God for judges, Terry thought. ‘The reason was simple, my lord. I wanted to see what his reaction would be if he thought he’d been recognized. And his reaction was quite clear. He was silent, as you could hear on the tape, and he went very white. That convinced me that he was guilty.’

Sarah glanced at the judge. It seemed he had finished, for the present at least.  Once again she had the electrifying feeling that all eyes were on her. Mostly hating her, at this moment.

‘I see. What would you say, Detective Inspector, if I told this court that at lunchtime you put your hand up my skirt and indecently assaulted me?’

A collective gasp sucked the air out of the court. Someone in the public gallery began to giggle helplessly. Terry opened his mouth to speak but no sound came out.

Before he could recover Sarah went on, smoothly: ‘I think the jury can see exactly what you would say. Your face has gone white and you are lost for words. Well, let me reassure the jury straight away that that was a hypothetical question. The Detective Inspector did not assault me, members of the jury. But even though he knows the suggestion is untrue he is shocked and lost for words, as you see.’

A young jurywoman laughed and her neighbour grinned. The other expressions ranged from delight through dismay to disgust. She had their undivided attention, at least.

8.  Do you find it more difficult to write characters, emotion, description or conflict?

Probably description. I need to visit the place where something happens, to see it properly. If I do it without going to a real place, it doesn’t always work so well.

9.  What time of day do you feel most motivated to write?

In the mornings mostly. After I’ve got over the horror of staring at a blank screen and thinking, ‘The sun is shining outside. What am I doing in here?’

10.  What’s your current work in progress?

I’m trying to write a fourth novel in the ‘Trials of Sarah Newby’ series. It’s still in the planning stage; I’m trying to find a really good plot.

Now the 4:

1.  If you had to give up one of your senses, which one would you choose, and why?

The sense of smell, I think. If you compare a person to a dog, you realise that we’ve lost most of it already. I think it’s the one I’d miss least.

2.  You have won a contest! You have one hour in any store in the world to pick out anything you want … no dollar or item limit. What store would you choose?

Harrods in London, because they boast that they can sell you anything you can imagine. And I think I’d buy a helicopter!

3.  Great choice…how fun would it be to own your own ‘copter?  A family of Aliens have landed in your backyard. They’re on vacation. Name 3 places you’d tell them that they HAVE to visit.

York Minster, because it’s only a few miles away and it’s the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. Stonehenge, because I want to check out all those New Age hippy stories that suggest Aliens had a hand in building it. And a large field full of ripe wheat, because I want to see how good the Aliens really are at drawing those crop circles which everyone blames them for.

4.  Make a sentence using these 5 words: Halloween, Centerpiece, Books, Pen, Limousine.

Last Halloween I sat in my limousine scratching my head with a pen trying to work out which character would be the centerpiece of my next series of books.

Nicely done sentence Tim!  Thank you so much for joining us on 10 – 4 Tuesday! I had a great time learning more about you and your book.

You can find A Game of Proof on Amazon US or Amazon UK, and read about Tim’s other books on his website.


Posted by on October 9, 2012 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts


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27 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday

  1. Sharon Cullen

    October 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Love your sentence. Your book sounds amazing and your excerpt had me enthralled. I may have to get this one.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

      lol..Sharon I thought he did an excellent job with his sentence too!

      So glad you came by and found a new read 🙂

  2. Kristina Knight

    October 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Very intrigued by your book, Tim, good luck with it!

  3. Lisa Rayns

    October 9, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I’d love to live where you do. The English countryside sounds so peaceful and relaxing. Your book looks very interesting too. Best of luck with it!

  4. jerridrennen

    October 9, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Excellent inteview and excerpt. I am so with you on descriptions. That is hard for me.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

      That’s why I love the internet! If I haven’t been somewhere I do a heavy internet research to get a good picture in my mind of a locale. Thanks so much for coming by to comment Jerri!

  5. Jennifer Lowery

    October 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Great interview!! I’m intrigued by this book! Definitely going to read it!! Thanks so much for sharing with us today! I’m always looking for new authors to read 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      October 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      So glad you found a new author Jennifer….and thanks for coming by!

  6. Ally Broadfield

    October 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I love the set-up of your book. So much conflict. Great title, too! Best of luck with the series.

  7. D'Ann Lindun

    October 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Great interview! Your books sound very intriguing!

  8. Calisa Rhose

    October 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I love the new 4 Christine!

    Love your replies, Tim. I cracked up at your crop circle choice! Let me know how that works for ya. LOL Nice to meet you. I’m a fan of John Grisham, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy your books since they sound similar in content to what I like in law novels. That excerpt sold me and I love how you got the title. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      October 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      Another reason we are sistah’s Calisa….I like John Grisham too! Thanks so much for coming by.

  9. Cait

    October 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    fab interview, Christine and Tim and I echo Calisa above, the crop circle was genius lol. A Game of Proof sounds great, am looking forward to a good read. Oh, I love York too, my sister married a York man in York, great memories. Good luck with it all!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      So glad you dropped by Cait…fun that your sister married a York man in York too!

  10. Callie Hutton (@Calliehutton)

    October 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Best of luck with the book,Time. It sounds very interesting.

  11. chitsuen

    October 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Ha, that’s funny about Harrods. And I loved York and the surrounding area when I visited. Beautiful. The book sounds like a good read. Wishing you much luck with it. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      October 9, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Melissa, thank you so much for coming by! I liked the Harrods answer too 🙂 lol

  12. Cera duBois

    October 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Great interview… Good luck with your book!

  13. Neecy Kelly

    October 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Loving that last line!!!
    I wish you all the best!

  14. Celia (aka Jules)

    October 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Enjoyed the excerpt. I’m not a big fan of legal thrillers but your excerpt made me laugh out loud. Wish you success. @Julesmatthew1

  15. Marjorie Doering

    October 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Great interview. I enjoyed every word. Best wishes for success with Game of Proof. It sounds wonderful!


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