A Widdrington resident is hoping to make her mark on the literary world after venturing into self-publishing.
The first crime thriller from Lynne O’Reilly, Finn, is available to download as an ebook from Amazon.
The locations in the e-book are based on her beloved county of Northumberland and favourite city, Edinburgh, and the plot involves blackmail, kidnap, murder and a little bit of sentimentality.
The synopsis is as follows: ‘Failing to arrive home on the train one night, Finn Paterson discovers his wife is being held captive by a madman having become innocently embroiled in a kidnap and a blackmail attempt on her boss.
Meanwhile, 10-year-old Molly Mackenzie who was snatched from outside her home, is missing and only a riddle in the morning paper and an intriguing parcel delivered directly to the desk of DS Chandler holds the clue.
Storming up to Edinburgh in an attempt to rescue his wife, Finn discovers the surreal events are connected to the missing girl.
He risks life and limb but can he save them?’
Lynne first came up with the idea for the story whilst living in North Yorkshire for a few years before moving back to Northumberland to be close to her family and the beautiful beaches that she really missed.
She said: “It has always been one of my dreams to publish a book.
“When I suffered a broken ankle and was laid up for a while, I decided that it was a good time to try writing a novel.
“I love living in Northumberland and I enjoy long walks along the vast coastline, as well as the amazing castles and woodlands the county has to offer, some of which have really inspired my writing.
“I have gone down the self-publishing route initially and the 21 reviews for the e-book so far have been very positive.
“Finn is listed in the top 100 Amazon kindle best-sellers for the kidnapping category and hopefully, if it continues to do well, I will attract an agent to represent me with publishers.”
One of the reviews says: ‘I really loved Finn from start to finish. Found it hard to put down!
‘I also found it easy to visualise the characters and places. It’s exciting, emotional in places, with a few twists. I can’t wait to read more Finn instalments.’
Another says: ‘As the story unfolds you find out more about the characters. The plot thickens as the story goes on and keeps you guessing till the end.’
To celebrate the e-book’s launch, she is running a prize draw on a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/introducingfinn – for one lucky winner to win rail travel for two people from Morpeth to Edinburgh, following in the footsteps of some of the characters in Finn.
They will get to spend the day in Edinburgh and enjoy a light lunch with a glass of champagne at The Witchery before returning to Morpeth on the train, enjoying the magnificent scenery the east coast has to offer.
The winner will be drawn once the page reaches 1,000 likes (terms and conditions apply, please read the notes section on the Finn Facebook page for further details). You can also follow the author on Twitter – search @introducingfinn.
Lynne, who lives with her husband Brendon and their rescue cross collie/german shepherd Molly, is now working on her follow up story and hopes to do a series involving the character, Finn Paterson.
To purchase the ebook, click on the Kindle Books section at www.amazon.co.uk and type ‘Finn’ into the search box.