Stepping outside my usual reading habits I decided to take on a mystery-thriller story. I was pretty confident that the author would have penned an entertaining piece as I have read his Spartacus series and enjoyed that. Not only a different genre, but also a quite different subject awaited me as I read The Reaper’s Breath, as I know next to nothing about the nightmarish exploits of Jack the Ripper. What I found was a nerve-wrangling, page turning tale that was not only entertaining but a delight to read. The author shows his creative side as he takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the teeming underbelly of London. Wonderfully crafted with great characters, plot twists, and descriptive enough to have the sights and smells of an industrial city come oozing out of the pages. I enjoyed the way the author took a well known tale and was able to concoct a different telling; one that kept me guessing throughout. 4.7 stars
I was able to sit down and with and interview the author – well sort of as he’s on one side of The Pond and I’m on the other. Thanks Robert for taking the time for a few questions.
Interview with Robert Southworth
- Reaper’s Breath is a bit of a departure from your series on Spartacus. Was it difficult to make such a drastic switch in time and place?
Answer =Not really I have always had an interest in the Ripper murders, and the impact the crimes had on the populace of London. I am fortunate that when it comes to things historical I am not restricted to one or two eras. The important thing for me was to be able to take the story in another direction. I didn’t want to produce another standard Ripper novel.
- What drew you to write about “The Ripper”?
Answer = I love to find subjects that are well known but actual facts are scarce. I believe it allows the author to be wonderfully creative and gives the readers something a little different.
- How is book two of The Ripper Legacies coming along?
Answer = The first draft is complete and is currently with the editor, after that I will make changes and it will go for its final edit.
- What does Robert Southworth do when he’s not writing?
Answer = I have a young family and I also care for a disabled parent. That aside, I market my books where possible but that is a part of the business that I do not enjoy. It is also very expensive in terms of money and time.
- Who does Robert Southworth enjoy reading?
Answer = Traditional authors such as Terry Pratchett, Simon Scarrow and James McGee but recently my tastes buds have feasted on delicious indy authors such as Paula Lofting, Robert Bayliss, Jeanette Taylor Ford, Kevin Ashman and many more…
- We’ve heard rumors of an exciting new project…care to let us in on it?
Answer = In keeping with taking legend, myth or factual personalities clouded in mist, from the past. I am going to be taking the Homeric poems and giving them a gritty update. I will attempt to show the politics of the time and offer differing reasons for war and the consequences of the fall of Troy. Im hoping that this book will show a different side to my writing…but I suppose only the reader will testify to my success.