Today I’m interviewing author Juliet B Madison about her new book, Incarnate Justice, which is due to be released on Monday 23rd November 2015 and is currently available to pre-order. Juliet is the author of the traditional police procedural series, The DI Frank Lyle Mysteries, but the Psychic CID series is something rather different.
SHANI: Welcome to my blog, Juliet. I know you enjoy my Psychic Surveys series so thanks for your interest in that. Perhaps you’d begin by telling us a bit about yourself.
JULIET: I was born in Reading, United Kingdom, in 1975. I am single and don’t have any children by choice, although I have several author friends who are parents so they can help me if I get stuck with parent-child scenes in my books or anything to do with pregnancy. I also have Type 1 Diabetes and this often finds its way into my books as thirty-six years of living with the condition definitely qualifies me to write about it. I am a huge fan of traditional crime books, as well as Psychological thrillers, and I love the Sherlock Holmes stories. I have done a variety of extremely dull jobs and am currently trying to find a way out of my rubbish paid mind-numbing office cleaning job.
SHANI: I know your DI Lyle Series is set in the past, when there was more scope for forensic error. Did you choose to set the Psychic CID series in the future to be different?
JULIET: None of us know what life will be like twenty-five years from now. Incarnate Justice is set in 2040. At the present time police tend to dismiss help from psychics and people generally tar genuine ones with the same brush as fakes. I’m trying to challenge that perception. I want to create an alternate future where psychics and their special abilities will be respected. It’s more interesting to write stuff set in the future as people can’t openly rubbish you because they have no idea what may be forensically possible by then. I’ve done a lot of research into forensics for my previous books, but the Psychic CID series is more based on the use of psychic powers to solve crime than traditional police procedure.
SHANI: What psychic powers do your characters possess?
JULIET: The five Psychic CID officers are all mediums and they have other psychic abilities such as automatic writing and Psychometry (ability to pick up spirit messages through inanimate objects). One of them is an Empath. Saying more would give too much away.
SHANI: Do you have any psychic abilities?
JULIET: I’m a sensitive, which means I can sense spirits although I can’t see them. I also get spirit messages in the form of thoughts. Sadly I’m not able to get to the Open circle at my local spiritualist church nearly often enough; one of the banes of working evenings.
SHANI: What is Incarnate Justice actually about? What’s the story?
JULIET: Here’s the blurb
In 2015 thirteen-year-old Ellen Shaw disappeared without a trace. No traces of her alive or dead were ever found and the police dismissed a Psychic’s help.
In 2040 the recently formed Psychic CID are called in to investigate when decomposed human remains are found. The original Missing Person case files yield no clues
Newly promoted DS Joe Lamont has been plagued by disturbing dreams since his early teens and he feels a connection to Ellen that he can’t explain.
Will Lamont’s intuition prove to be a hindrance or a help and can Psychic CID solve the case and get to the truth about what really happened to Ellen?
SHANI: Do you have any characters that are totally closed off to the paranormal?
JULIET: Yes I do. Dr Monica Kaufman, the forensic pathologist, is totally closed off to the psychic world. She doesn’t get on with DI Lynch because of this. Kaufman believes that medicine and science can explain everything, but of course they can’t. Also DCI John Silva’s 19 year old daughter, Hayley, is closed off, but we will meet her in a future Psychic CID book.
SHANI: How do you think the book will be received?
JULIET: I’ve no idea as yet, Shani. I like to think it’s a bit different to both normal police procedurals and paranormal books. The market is over-saturated with paranormal books featuring witches, shifters, vampires and zombies so I decided to do cops with psychic powers for a change and there’s not a vampire or werewolf in sight.
SHANI: Can you give us a short excerpt from Incarnate Justice?
JULIET: I’ve found a different excerpt from the one I’ve used up until now. It can be hard deciding which ones to use without giving stuff away.
This is from the prologue which takes place in 2015.
It was already getting dark; the golden hues of a spectacular sunset had deepened to twilight and the rain hammered down.
Moira Hart sat in the window of Caffe Nero staring out into the dark street. The crowds had thinned since the rain had started. She sipped her latte and nibbled on the piece of chocolate caramel shortbread on the plate beside her. The feelings of unease that had plagued her for most of the day were relentless.
She felt the hairs on the back of her neck bristle and a shiver ran through her. It was not cold in the coffee shop, the chill was otherworldly. She saw a young girl, not more than thirteen or fourteen, walking past. The girl turned and stared into the window and for a moment her green eyes met Moira’s hazel ones. Then she was gone into the darkness.
SHANI: Where can people get their own copy of Incarnate Justice and where can we find Psychic CID online?
You can Follow Psychic CID on Twitter
You can visit the Official Psychic CID website