A hiatus of 2 months and coming back to the news of Plagiarism.

Where do I even start? After two months of not being able to post anything (because I am so good at time management πŸ˜› ) and planning on starting it for the past few days and actively procrastinating I am here because of the notifications I have been receiving.

A day earlier I got a tweet from the author Ingrid Black to check out her article about her work being stolen. As I had my exams on that day I put it off and then yesterday night my tablet starting buzzing with notifications from wordpress. considering I wasn’t active for so long these many notifications were unusual so I checked it out and all the comments wanted me to read Ingrid’s article. (It was 11 pm and I was just woken up by my mom to keep my books in place and sleep properly rather than curling up with my books. πŸ˜› )

I curled up in bed after clearing out the mess and started with the article. I thought it to be a few paragraphs then I would’ve read it quickly and gone back to sleep but it went on and on.

After reading the article, I just kept staring in the darkness of my room… how? why? what’s going on?

Here’s theΒ linkΒ to the article.

Ingrid claims that her work has been stolen and the person who did it is Joanne Clancy. Reading the name started a turmoil of emotions. I didn’t know how to react because she was the first author I interacted with and interviewed. She came out as a very sweet person in our email interactions and I grew fond of her. I loved her book “Tear Drop” which I received for reviewing. It was one of my first reviews too. I still remember my nervousness while posting that review.

She sent me a copy of the next book “Insincere” and showed genuine concern for me after having read my post about me needing some time off. That was really touching for me.

Before reading the article I thought maybe this was just some jealous woman conspiring against this sweet and intelligent lady but the article got me thinking. I remember feeling a bit weird when I realized she already had like 26 books out. That number isn’t small for a writer and I made sure to include a question related to that in myΒ InterviewΒ with her.

The part of the article where Ingrid compared the texts from her book and Joanne’s book were another hit for me.

Tear Drop wasn’t simply similar to The Dead.

It was The Dead. Everything about it was the same, from the plot to the protagonist’s sarcastic manner of speaking, to the jokes, to the very structure of the sentences and paragraphs.

Saxon had been turned into Elizabeth Ireland, and the reporter she meets at the start, Nick Elliott, was now Brendan Mahon; the story, too, was told in the third person rather than the first; but these were mere details – window dressing to conceal what was little more than a straight-up theft.

Here is the original: “I glanced up as the door chimed and saw him coming in, looking round, shaking off the rain violently like a dog, as if offended by the very business of being wet. I quickly turned my gaze back to the coffee, a moment before his eyes would have found mine. I knew he was looking for me, because Nick Elliott wasn’t the sort of person who could feign an accidental meeting even if he wanted to – he didn’t have the subtlety or intelligence to carry it off – but I ignored him in the hope that he’d take a hint and leave me alone.”

This was Tear Drop’s version of the same scene: “She glanced up as the door chimed and watched the man violently shake off the rain. A moment before their eyes met, she averted her gaze, knowing he was looking for her; Brendan Mahon didn’t have the intelligence or subtlety to feign an accidental meeting. She ignored him, hoping that he’d take the hint and leave her in peace.”

I was so shocked that all my napping wish flew out of the window in the dark night and I kept reading.

Most gallingly of all, Grace Fitzgerald had unexpectedly turned into a man, Frank Murphy.

After reading this, I understood why I never felt any chemistry between Elizabeth And Frank in the “Tear Drop” because if the work was copied and a woman was turned into a male love interest then obviously it would have needed more work to develop that kind of relationship between the characters. I asked her a question related to this too in my interview, which was –

3. That felt like talking about a real person. πŸ˜› Will we get a better picture on Elizabeth’s and Frank’s relationship in the further books? (I really confused him as her friend in the beginning)
Yes, there will be more on their relationship in future books, but even I’m not sure what’s in store for them…stay tuned…

The shocking of all was this part of the article that hooked me in.

We sent her a series of questions to try and tease out more information. Clancy didn’t reply for a few days and then said she would get back as soon as she could, but that she’d just found out that a family member was sick. That floored us, rather – natural sympathy kicked in – but was she even telling the truth?

When I sent her the interview questions, she took some days to reply and the reason being her mother’s sickness. Co-incidence? I guess not. :/ :/

I was so perplexed with all this that I didn’t have an inkling how to react. :/ Whether I reply to all the comments? Get in touch with Ingrid Black or Donna Patel who is the person to identify the similarity between Joanne Clancy’s and Ingrid Black’s work? Or do I just focus on my exams?

Sleep won. I decided to sleep on it. πŸ˜›

It’s 8 in the morning now and I still can’t stop thinking about it and have two exams today for which I have prepared nothing, so I thought it was better that I did something. I went over my email interactions with her and my interview with her. I checked all her contact links and found that her facebook and twitter were down. Her website and pinterest account are still up. Amazon has taken down her author page but her books still seem to be on sale.

I shot her an email and sat down to write this post. I really hope she comes up with an explanation.

Ingrid came across as a really genuine and caring person throughout her article and I hate to know that her work was copied and she was cheated.

But the silver lining to this is that Ingrid has re-published her books in ebook format and I finally am writing a blog post. There’s atleast one good thing in this for both of us. πŸ˜›

I will sign off with this little positivity in this mess and prepare for my exams which start at 1 pm. But first… tummy needs filling. πŸ˜›

I would love to know your thoughts on plagiarism and what this incident made you feel. As for me, till date, I was living in this bubble thinking that people related to the book world are all very genuine, honest, and loving people. I seem to have forgotten the basic rule of universe that where there is good there is bad too.

p.s. This is some detetctive thinking… πŸ˜›

Some of the details led us to believe that she was taking delight in her deception. In Tear Drop, the heroine is called Elizabeth, the anglicised form of my own name. Was that a coded reference, a knowing nod?

Elizabeth Ireland’s initials were EI – E for Eilis, I for Ian, perhaps? Tear Drop even had the same initials as The Dead.

Turning to Insincere, the cover was equally noteworthy. It showed a woman’s face, half in shadow, her right eye streaked with black lines, strongly suggesting the title of the book from which it was stolen, The Dark Eye. This didn’t seem like the work of a woman who was sorry for what she’d done, but one who was secretly laughing at us.

This article of Ingrid makes me want to read her books. That’s another good thing, I guess. Hello there, silver lining! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

 

 

Author Interview | Joanne Clancy

Do you guys remember the time I kind of fangirled about a book named “Tear Drop”? Wasn’t long ago, right? πŸ˜‰ If you don’t then check it outΒ here. πŸ˜€

I was so impressed by this book that I decided to let my feelings known. I contacted the person who created this impressive piece and she turned out to be so sweet that I couldn’t help ask her for an interview. Without further delay, I present to you guys, *drumrolls please*, JOANNE CLANCY. (Did I tell you I love your name because I do. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ )


 

A lit bit about Joanne-

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Joanne Clancy is a Kindle All-Star and an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. Joanne is an Irish mystery writer, from Cork, Ireland. She is an avid reader, a self-confessed Kindle addict, and a tea fiend!
Her books combine murder, mystery, and suspense with a twist of psychological drama.
Her crime books have consistently hit the Amazon paid bestseller lists in Crime, Thrillers & Mystery.
Joanne’s latest release is TEAR DROP (Detective Elizabeth Ireland Crime Thriller Series, Book 1). She is currently working on her twenty-sixth book, INSINCERE (Detective Elizabeth Ireland Crime Thriller Series, Book 2) which is available to pre-order now at Amazon and will be released on October 21st 2015.


 

BOOKS BY JOANNE CLANCY
Crime Novels:
*Tear Drop (Detective Elizabeth Ireland, Book 1)
*Insincere (Detective Elizabeth Ireland, Book 2)

*Open Your Eyes
*Return to Me
*I Should Have Told You
*Before I’m Gone
*The Gift
*The Detective’s Wife
*If You Tell Anyone
*Traceless

*Killing Time
*Watched
*A Daughter’s Secret
*Killer Friends
*Shattered
*The Offering

Romance Novels
*The Unfaithful Series:
*Unfaithfully Yours
*Revenge
*Web of Deceit

*The Secrets & Lies Trilogy:
*Secrets & Lies
*Aftermath
*Redemption

*Unforgettable Embrace
*The Wedding Day

I decided to make this interview fun by dividing it into 3 categories and convenient too.


 

Questions related to Joanne’s book (Tear Drop):

Tear Drop: Irish Crime Thriller (Detective Elizabeth Ireland Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

1. What made you choose the name, Elizabeth Ireland, for the protagonist?
I’ve always loved the name Elizabeth. I think the name suits my female protagonist’s character; it’s a no-nonsense name for a no-nonsense character, but has a certain element of mystery because of it’s regal association.

2. What makes Elizabeth, according to you, different from the other detectives in the story apart from her secret?
I think the cases affect Elizabeth more than the other detectives. She tends to see the humanity in others. For her, detective work is getting to the heart of the matter, whereas for the other detectives it’s all about solving the case, and when it’s done, it’s done. Elizabeth is far from perfect, but she makes no apologies for who she is. She tries to portray a tough exterior, but deep down she’s a big softie with a heart of gold.

3. That felt like talking about a real person. πŸ˜› Will we get a better picture on Elizabeth’s and Frank’s relationship in the further books? (I really confused him as her friend in the beginning)
Yes, there will be more on their relationship in future books, but even I’m not sure what’s in store for them…stay tuned…

4. Were there alternate endings you considered?
I had a few other killers in mind, but I’m happy with my final decision.

5. Which character from the book did you find the easiest to write about?
Elizabeth Ireland was the easiest character to write about. I like her cheeky sense of humour and her directness. She’s far from perfect, but makes no apologies for who she is. She tries to portray a tough exterior, but deep down she’s a big softie with a heart of gold. In previous books, I’ve tended to over-think my characters a little, but with Elizabeth I just let her voice take over in my head as I write.

We are quite alike in some ways, and I’ve always been fascinated by the life of a private detective and all the secrets they discover or are told, so Elizabeth’s character allowed me to indulge that side of myself.

6. What got left out in the final draft? πŸ˜›
Apart from a few minor adjustments I didn’t leave out anything major.

Questions related to being an author:

1. Are you a plotter or pantster?
I used to be a pantster, but I’m a definite plotter now. I write an outline of the story and then I plot it chapter by chapter, but I do leave some room for manoeuvre.

2. What’s more important for you: characters or plot?
Both are equally important, I believe, but great characters drive the plot.

3. You have 26 books out there already. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I aim to write 3,000 words 6 days a week.
I try to get the first draft written within a few weeks. I write lots of notes on the first draft to follow up later when I’m editing because I don’t like to interrupt the flow by getting bogged down in too many details initially. The second draft is all about the follow-up and fleshing out the story and characters. The third draft is where I tighten everything up. Fourth draft is the final writing round. From start to finish, it probably takes me about six weeks to write a book.

4. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?
I don’t like writing very bloody or gory scenes, so I try to avoid them as much as possible. I prefer to hint at a gruesome scene rather than go in to graphic detail.

5. We know your books are mainly psychological mystery/thriller but which other genre you would want to try your hands on?
I started writing romance novels, then went into romantic suspense, and finally mystery / thriller. Mystery/ thriller writing is definitely my favourite genre.

6. Tell us about the covers and how they came about. (All 26 of your books have beautiful covers.Β Β )
Thank you ☺I base the covers on a key theme or scene in the book, then I spend weeks looking through stock photos to try to find the ideal cover shot.

Proof of the beautiful covers:

All the pictures are linked back to their Goodreads pages. Do check them out and check out the list of her booksΒ here. πŸ™‚

Btw, Being the sweetheart she is, Joanne sends out free ebooks to her readers. Get lucky! πŸ˜€Β Sign up for Joanne’s mailing list atΒ www.JoanneClancy.comΒ to receive three best-selling mystery books for FREE! πŸ˜€

Questions for fun:Β 

1. Do you have any scars? What are they from?
I still have scars on my knees from all the falls I had as a child.

2. What do you want your tombstone to say?
99 per cent angel, but oh that 1 per cent!

3. Characters often find them in situations that they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
Someone broke into my house and crept up the stairs to my bedroom. I tiptoed across the room and pushed my bookcase against the door. When they tried to push the door open, they hit the bookcase and ran! They were never caught, but I can say that my quick thinking and my bookcase saved me….

(Books, hehehhe. πŸ˜› That’s what they do. They save you. πŸ˜› )

4. Share a fun fact with us before signing off.
I wrote my first 16 books in a campervan.


Wow! That was fun, wasn’t it? πŸ˜€ Stay tuned for the Giveaway of Joanne’s Book “Tear Drop“. The book that introduced me to her. I will be hosting a giveaway in October. Try to get the book so that we can discuss it. πŸ˜€

Before I sign off for today. I would really love to Thank Joanne, for being so sweet and down-to-earth and putting up with me. πŸ˜› Seriously, I will soon have read all your books because “Tear Drop” sold me on it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀ Β 

ARC Review|Tear Drop (Detective Elizabeth Ireland, Book 1) by Joanne Clancy

Tear Drop: Irish Crime Thriller (Detective Elizabeth Ireland Crime Thriller Series Book 1)

 

 

Title: Tear Drop
Author: Joanne ClancyΒ 
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Fiction
Publishing date: 27th August, 2015
My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 

*ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:Β 

The crimes of the past echo in the present…

THE SERIAL KILLER
Ross Campbell vanished almost a decade ago, and since then nothing has been heard from the serial killer known as Teardrop…until now.
An Irish newspaper receives a chilling letter claiming to be from Campbell, which promises a new reign of terror.
As death stalks the dark streets of Cork City, it soon becomes clear to the police and the media that a serial killer is on the loose.
THE DETECTIVE
Elizabeth Ireland, a former detective with The Metropolitan Police, was the lead investigator on the original case when Campbell vanished.
THE SECRET
However, only she believes that Campbell didn’t send the letter. She embarks upon a frightening psychological journey to uncover the killer’s identity, where she’s pulled into a lethal game in which the killer sets the rules and waits for her next move.
With the crimes of the past echoing in the present, can she find the killer before he strikes again?


My take:

Wow! What to say? I always love books that challenge me. Whenever I read mystery and thriller novels, I try to solve the mystery as I go on and if I can get the mystery befor the author reveals it then that book kind of disappoints me. But that wasn’t the case with this book. This is the first book that I have highlighted paragraphs in because I am just to lazy to mark things off. πŸ˜›

The synopsis of the novel is pretty much clear and I will say up to the point. It sums up the book perfectly so there is no point in me blabbering the same stuff again. So, I decided to talk about my experience with this book instead. πŸ˜‰

The Detective, Elizabeth Ireland, is the standard image of a lady detective that we usually come across in these type of books. Blunt, straightforward, no-nonsense attitude, holding a secret kind. And I don’t know why but I love them! ❀ I love the type who knows who to be sarcastic with and who to look up to, I am that kind of the girl. So, I relate with characters like her.

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Here’s an example of her being instinctive. I don’t know, why, but I liked this line.

 

Then when Elizabeth and the Murder Unit started trying to put the pieces together I was doing the same. I read carefully for clues to unravel the mystery before the smart detective.

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This paragraph gave me the first suspect because a character fitted the bill perfectly and as I held onto the idea, Β after few pages my suspect was the one to be rounded up. I was like… yeah! But then, it became clear that he wasn’t the one.

The author smartly turns all your suspicions to the person who gave rise to my first suspect and he actually becomes the suspect of the Murder Unit too because of the planted evidence and then in the end obviously the one you never doubt is the suspect. While, I was reading this I kept remembering another story although I can’t remember the name but the story structure was the same, the serial killers were the ones whom the main characters usually liked and though you get the idea that you can solve the mystery, in the end you are to be proved wrong.

Damn! I seriously love the writers you can convince you and make you believe what they want you to and this book was nowhere short of that. ❀

Why didn’t I give 5 stars if I liked the book so much. I think the reason for it will be the little things that weren’t too clear. Like her relationship with the Chief Superintendent Frank, in the start I thought they were friends because that’s what the author kind of states it as and then some other character walks in and calls Frank Elizabeth’s boyfriend. At first I thought he was taunting her but then I realize that he wasn’t. I think if that angle had been more clear then maybe…

There were more screenshots of the highlighted areas that I thought were the pieces of the mystery but then it would spoil the fun for you and I don’t want to do that. I hope you guys read it so that we can discuss it. πŸ˜€


Β Why would I pick it up?

I think I made it pretty obvious that this book is a good read if you are in a mood for deciphering a mystery! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

Β -Dimple Malhotra