Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest Author: W. Soliman

Today I want to welcome a good friend and fellow NYUS blogger to my blog. 
Who are you and what do you write?

That’s a complicated question! Here goes. I’m a Brit but it’s a long time since I lived in England. Nowadays I call Andorra home but also spend a chuck on the year in Florida. I write historical and contemporary romance under my own name but my other self, W. Soliman, writes gritty marine crime mysteries.

What’s your favourite place in the world to visit?
Some years ago my husband sold his business in England. The negotiations were long and arduous. At the same time I was selling our house in Spain and we seldom saw each other. When the wheeling and dealing came to an end Andre said we deserved a decent holiday. The Maldives, The Seychelles—the world was literally my oyster. So I chose Ireland! I’ve always wanted to go and wasn’t disappointed. The people were friendly and welcoming, the scenery spectacular and, guess what, it didn’t rain. Not once!

Where do you write?
Wherever I happen to be. All I need is my laptop, an internet connection and my whacky imagination.

How long have you been published or is this your first sale?
I was lucky enough to get my first full length novel published, which was in 2006. Unfinished Business is my tenth published novel – the first as W. Soliman.

How long have you been writing?
Well, I wrote my first novel at age 15, (and I’m not telling you how long ago that is, so don’t bother asking!). I guess that proves the desire has always been there but I only got serious about it eight years ago. 

What comes first—characters or the plot?
I get a vague idea for a book, the characters come alive and we’re off and running. They’re in charge and frequently surprise me.

Who’s your favourite hero?
That’s a tough one. I like strong, resourceful men who don’t necessarily conform. Well, I think most women secretly like a bad boy, wouldn’t you agree? Sean Connery as James Bond is right up there. So too is Sean Bean in his uniform as Richard Sharpe.

Who’s on your auto-buy list for authors?
What, apart from some of my fellow Carina authors, do you mean? People such as yourself, Maureen Miller, Shirley Wells, Marie Force to name but a few. Well, I devour everything that Sandra Brown writes. If I’m in the mood for a regency then Eloisa James is a must. And I adore the sarcastic wit of Nelson deMille. Eclectic tastes, I think it’s safe it say.

What’s your biggest dream?
That’s easy. To hit the NY Times Bestseller list!

Cat or dog person?
Another easy question—just ask my husband. Jake, our rescued mutt, is my joy and my life. Andre says that if I had to choose between him and the dog, he knows it would be no contest!

The Hunter Files
Unfinished Business

Where is Jasmine Webb?

Charlie Hunter retired from the force at 40 to relax, work on his boat and go fishing with his son on weekends, not become an amateur sleuth. But he can’t say no to Kara Webb when she seeks his help in tracking down her sister, missing for 15 years.

The disappearance of teenaged Jasmine Webb was one of the first cases Charlie worked on after being made a detective. He’s never forgotten it or his suspicions, even after the girl’s parents told police they’d heard from her and the file on Jasmine was closed.

When Charlie’s son is threatened, finding Jasmine becomes even more important—it’s no longer just about closure, it’s about protecting his family. Which makes the constant dead ends all the more frustrating. Until Charlie realizes that the question they should be asking isn’t where Jasmine is, but who has she become…

Unfinished Business by W. Soliman available now from Carina or $5.49

Pop over to my website at where you can read the entire first chapter and enter a contest offering you the opportunity to win a copy of the book.

Alternatively, go to my Facebook author page at click Like, leave a message containing the words Unfinished Business and you could win a copy that way.

Thanks for having me here, Toni. It’s been a blast.
W. Soliman.

Thank YOU, Wendy :) 


  1. Hi Wendy. Love the book cover. When I grow up I want to be just like you.

  2. I want to be just like you too, Wendy. And you're not on the NY Times bestseller list yet? Surely you haven't been checking daily. :)

  3. I was expecting to hear you say how much you missed England. I mean, what can Andorra and Florida have that England doesn't? Oh, wait...

    Keep checking the NYTimes list, Wendy!

    Waves to Toni. :)

  4. Thanks for your lovely comments, ladies. Coming from such good writers as you three, it means a lot. x

  5. I love the blurb for this book! Andorra and Florida?

    I'd love to visit Andorra, even the name sounds romantic, but Florida is just too humid for this California girl.

    Congratulations and good luck! : )

  6. Oh great another mystery from Carina. Must buy this one. :-)

  7. Andorra is like stepping back in time, Shawna.

  8. Thanks, Janni. Really appreciate your support.

  9. Andorra and Florida sound good to me. Congrats on the new release, Wendy. It sounds awesome.

  10. Great interview. I'll have to check out your website and book. I enjoyed reading about you!

    I've never been to England but it's the one place I want to visit over any other.

  11. Live Out Loud--England is fabulous :) So is the rest of the UK and Ireland and France and Spain... LOL, I guess the list is endless.