A fictional murder at Chain Bridge, Paxton

Author Jane O'Kane, whose second novel is about to be published is having a busy week this week - Book Week Scotland
Author Jane O'Kane, whose second novel is about to be published is having a busy week this week - Book Week Scotland

Duns author Janet O’Kane has a busy few weeks ahead of her - taking part in Book Week Scotland and publication of the sequel to her crime novel ‘No Stranger to Death’.

Janet will be at Kelso Library next Wednesday, November 25, at 2.30pm giving a free talk about the challenges of writing crime fiction during Book Week Scotland, an annual celebration of books and reading.

“As a self-published writer, I was thrilled to be invited to take part in a Book Week Scotland event,” said Janet, whose first book was awarded a Book Readers Appreciation Group Medallion.

“Scottish Borders libraries have supported me by stocking ‘No Stranger to Death’, and they plan to take my second book, which is called ‘Too Soon a Death’, as well.

“I’ve lived in Berwickshire for nearly 25 years and this lovely area has provided me with so much inspiration.

“It was while I attended a bonfire night party at Leitholm’s Plough Inn some years ago that I got the idea for the opening of my first book, in which a body is found in the remains of a Guy Fawkes bonfire. Quite a few of the locations are based on Leitholm, although I created an imaginary village for the most shocking events!

“If anything, the sequel, ‘Too Soon a Death’, has even more real locations in it. It opens with a body being thrown off the Union Chain Bridge at Paxton, and two of my characters explore an abandoned graveyard which is based on the old Langton Estate near Gavinton.

“I even have two real Borders people making cameo appearances in the book, including a well known member of the Duns community.”

‘Too Soon a Death’ is out next month - http://amzn.to/1sMpYrK