Getting To Know The Character with DI Matthew Adams

Sheryl Browne joins me today to take part in my Getting to know the character interview with DI Matthew Adams

Can you describe your characters?

A good, honest man, Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that cost him the life of his child and almost his entire family, along with his sanity. In Book 3 in the series, Deadly Intent, he’s involved in a family kidnapping and torture case he can so easily relate to, and vows to stop the vile and evil ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.

What is his job role and where does he work?

Matthew is with the Thames Valley police.

Charlie doesn’t work, a state of affairs he blames everyone else for. He’s a smalltime drugs pusher who aims to be ‘up there with the big boys’.

How did the original idea of Matthew come about?

Hmm? That’s an interesting one. The action in Deadly Intent takes place on a boat. The story took seed when my partner left me alone on a narrowboat. He’d gone back to the pub for his phone, which he’d apparently forgot. It was a dark, moon-free night and we were in a remote rural area. There was van parked parallel to the towpath, a lone man at the driver’s wheel. By the time my partner came back, I’d convinced myself the man was a mad axe-murderer. He was actually waiting for the breakdown services, poor unsuspecting guy.

What makes them original?

Matthew: his empathy and honesty. His father was kicked off the force for falsifying evidence and took his own life rather than live with the disgrace. Matthew sails close to the line but is determined not to cross it.

Charlie: according to one reviewer, he’s the Devil himself.

What makes them tick?

Matthew: his family. He would die for them. Wouldn’t know how to be without them.

Charlie: power over people and money, plain and simple.

What is their biggest fear?

Matthew: that one day the woman he loves more than his life won’t be able to live with the toll his job takes on their family.

Charlie: That the drugs kingpin he owes money to will catch up with him.

If you and your character met in real life, do you think you’d get on?

I’d get on with Matthew, though I probably wouldn’t be able to resist telling him to stop doubting himself, blaming himself for things that are out of his control.

Charlie: I think I’d have to push him over the back of the boat and then reverse.

Who would you like to see play them if your books were made into a film or TV show?

Matthew: Gerard Butler (P.S. I Love You)

Colin Farrell would make an excellent Charlie.

Excellent choice Sheryl

How many books do you have in the series so far?

Three: After She’s Gone, Sins of the Father and Deadly Intent.

What’s in store for them next?

Matthew: I feel there’s a story yet to tell around his foster daughter, Ashley, and her future relationships.

Charlie. I don’t think he has a future. Please read book for details.


Tormented to the edge of sanity … 

Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.

Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence.

Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?

Buy Links: DI Matthew Adams Thrillers

All-consuming thrillers that will eat you and spit you back out.

AFTER SHE’S GONEHe’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?
SINS OF THE FATHERWhat if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?
DEADLY INTENTTormented to the edge of sanity … 

Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers.
A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from multi-award winning Choc Lit.

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