✨ Interview ✨
The unqualified regret you wish you could amend…
I’m not sure I would amend it now because it worked out okay in the end, but I always regret not trying harder at school and going to university. I loathed school from about 13 years old and left at 16. It was pretty miserable for a gay teen in the late 1980’s/early 1990s and I couldn’t wait to get out of that toxic environment. I got my education later in life, and have published twelve novels so far, so I didn’t do too badly despite the ropey start.
The film you can watch time and time again…
Jaws. I have no idea how many times I’ve seen that movie. The last time was last year when it got a 3D re-release at the cinema. It’s a classic that reveals something new every time I see it. I’m a sucker for the sequels too, even the bad ones. Or pretty much any shark related film. They usual catch me at the supermarket where they still have a cheap DVD section. If I see a movie with a shark on the cover it goes straight into my basket.
The event that altered the course of your life…
Meeting my husband in September 1995. I was already in a (bad) relationship and I’m not sure how my life would have panned out if I hadn’t met Liam when I did. We were in a pub. I was 21, he was 24, our eyes met across the floor, and it was as instant as that. I knew he was the one and I would do anything to make it work. Within a few days I ended the previous relationship, chucked that old boyfriend out and began the rest of my life.
The happiest moment you will cherish forever…
Our wedding day stands out the most. In 2006 we didn’t actually have gay marriage, but they had just brought in Civil Partnership in the UK, which gave gay couples the same legal rights as married couples. It was a game changer. We had a big wedding with around 160 guests, great food, lots of wine and a Kylie Minogue tribute act. Just thinking about that day makes me smile.
The unfulfilled ambition that continues to haunt you…
I would love to write a really scary horror novel, probably a ghost story. I’ve made several attempts but have never pulled it off in a way I’ve been happy with. While I love horror books and movies, I just can’t seem to write them.
Your early recollections of writing fiction…
As mentioned before, I hated school, so writing was always my escape. I preferred fiction over dull reality. I used to write Jackie Collins style stories, full of scandal and sex, and base the characters on people I didn’t like, then make awful things happen to them. I was probably around 12 to 13 then. I was already ahead in my reading. I never wanted to read YA fiction when there were so many adult books that appealed to me, and those books fed into the early things I liked to write. After devouring Jackie Collins Hollywood Wives and Hollywood Husband, I got straight down to writing my own story called Hollywood Kids.
That’s when I fell in love with the process of writing.
The pet hate that makes your hackles rise…
Too many to mention, but inconsiderate driving really boils my blood. So many people drive like maniacs with no consideration for other road user’s safety. Instead of speeding, how about setting off on your journey at the correct time…grrrrr.
The treasured item you lost and wish you could have again…
Referring back to my earlier story about the bad relationship I was in before meeting my husband. I’ve been a life-long Kylie Minogue fan and had all of her early singles and albums on vinyl. When I kicked that old boyfriend out, I was so glad to be rid of him that I let him take anything he wanted and he cleared out my record collection. I didn’t care at the time, but I wish I’d stopped him taking the Kylie stuff. I’ve spent years and a lot of money trying to replace them and I’m still missing a lot from my collection.
And the promo…
Cold Day Dawning is the fourth book in my Jagged Shores series. Each story is a standalone romantic thriller with a firm conclusion, while being part of a linked series. The books are set in a fiction coastal town called Nyemouth and feature lots of passion, intrigue and suspense. I the latest book, Dalton comes to Nyemouth to make amends with his estranged sister Catherine. While there he meets Antoni, a gorgeous local photographer, and they hit if off right away. However, the path of romance takes an unexpected turn when Catherine goes missing.
I love writing the Jagged Shores series and I’m almost finished the fifth and final book.
Cold Day Dawning
by Thom Collins
Series: Jagged Shores – Book 4
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: August 22, 2023
Genres: Contemporary MM romance, thriller, suspense
Tropes: Small Town Romance
Themes: Family, rivalry, revenge, overcoming PTSD
Heat Rating: 4 Flames
Length: Novel / 63,223 Words / 242 Pages
Although it can be read as a stand-alone, this book is best read as part of a series.
It does not end on a cliffhanger.
Danger comes in the cold of morning.
It should be the perfect weekend away. Dalton Caine makes the long journey to Nyemouth to attend a party hosted by his sister. Catherine is estranged from most of the family, but Dalton feels the time has come to build bridges between them. Things don’t turn out how he wants, however, when Catherine gives him a cold reception at the party. But the evening is not a complete waste of time when he meets local photographer Antoni.
Following a near-fatal attack six months earlier, Antoni has struggled with his physical and mental recovery. Catherine’s party is the first time he has been out at night since then, and he’s ready for an early exit when he meets Dalton. The stranger is warm, friendly and incredibly handsome. When Antoni overcomes his reservations and accepts a drink at Dalton’s hotel, it could be the start of something new for them both.
Despite the joy of fresh romance, things soon take a darker turn. The morning after the party, Catherine’s boyfriend reports her missing. Dalton isn’t initially concerned. Catherine has disappeared of her own will before, and he’s more interested in getting to know Antoni, but the men soon find themselves at the centre of a twisted mystery, one that puts both of their lives at risk.
Reader advisory: This book contains violence, murder, PTSD, memories of a child in danger and mental illness. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, this book is best read as part of a series.
About the Author
Thom Collins is the author of Closer by Morning, North Point and the Anthem Trilogy. His love of page turning thrillers began at an early age when his mother caught him reading the latest Jackie Collins book and confiscated it, sparking a life-long love of raunchy novels.
Thom has lived in the North East of England his whole life. He grew up in Northumberland and now lives in County Durham with his husband and two cats. He loves all kinds of genre fiction, especially bonk-busters, thrillers, romance and horror. He is also a cookery book addict with far too many titles cluttering his shelves. When not writing he can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. He’s a keen traveler but with a fear of flying that gets worse with age, but in 2013 he realized cruising is the best way to see the world.
Check out his website for news updates and a free ebook, The Night.