Basically, I got so revved up for Christmas, I completely forgot that it was nearly the release date of the second Ribero book – The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger. Time flies, and I seem completely unable to keep up with it. But how exciting… it’s nearly here!
With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few facts about the new one, for those of you who have read the first book.
Some New Characters
The second book features a particular character that I had enormous fun writing – the belligerent Larry Higgins. Larry owns another supernatural agency in the South-East, but threatens Dr Ribero’s business by opening a new office in Southampton. Unfortunately, the two have a history, which means plenty of snide comments, bickering and all-out fighting. Why was Larry such a joy to write? Because he’s unashamedly pompous and irritating, but he does have a heart, underneath it all.
It’s this book that first introduces Lara – who is at the start of the transitioning process from female to male. I suspected that he might be a controversial character, and indeed, some people have commented that he felt ‘tokenistic’ – which is of course fine, I always defend people’s freedom of opinion. (Fortunately, most have been very supportive of this character, which is nice).
Why did I choose to pop in a transgender character? Well, it’s partly due to my conversations with a friend of mine (who is transitioning), and also a strong desire to normalise it all. Yes, Lara is transitioning and by the end of the book, is starting to use a male name. But this doesn’t define him. He’s also Texan, good-humoured, exceptionally brave, and never takes things too seriously – and those are the qualities that are highlighted the most.
Kester’s Love Interest
Tee hee, Kester does get a girlfriend in this book… happy days! Without spoiling too much, it’s someone who is as off-the-wall as he is, though thankfully a great deal less neurotic about everything.
Will their relationship have a happy ending… you’ll have to wait and see.
The official release date is the 8th Feb, so not long to go. It’s now available for pre-order, via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound. If you’ve got any questions about it, do get in touch via social media; I’m on Twitter (@LucyBanksWriter, Facebook (www.facebook.com/LucyBanksWriter ) and Instagram (@growlinglucifer127).
One Last Thing!
On a Christmassy note – massive congratulations to Mike Doodson, who won this year’s Amazon Christmas Story competition. I hope he’s enjoying all the excitement of it, and I wish him every success with the book; for those of you who haven’t read it, it’s called A Christmas Squirrel, and it’s a lovely festive read.