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Short Bio

L.J. Kane is an English author of thriller novels and her debut novel ‘Captor Captive’ was originally published in April 2017 (under the title of Snatch Girl). L.J. Kane can be reached via the contact form at

Medium Bio:

L.J. Kane is an English author of thriller novels and her debut novel ‘Captor Captive’ was originally published in April 2017 (under the title of Snatch Girl).  L.J. Kane is currently writing the sequel to Captor Captive, and can be reached via the contact form at

L.J. Kane loves people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. She is having so much fun with her novels, and it’s because she always believed in herself, that she has finally become an author, after procrastinating for twenty years!

Long Bio:

L.J. Kane is an English author of thriller novels and her debut novel ‘Captor Captive’ was originally published in April 2017 (under the title of ‘Snatch Girl’). L.J. Kane is currently writing the sequel to Captor Captive, and can be reached via the contact form at

‘Write what you know’. When L.J. Kane was a young teen this statement was a huge stumbling block, one that nearly derailed her ambition. What did she know at fourteen? If it wasn’t for her English teacher loving her fluent writing style and encouraging her, she would never have started.

L.J. Kane never gave up, the stories inside her just had to be told. Now as an adult, she is having so much fun with her novels and, because she always believed in herself, she has finally become an author, after procrastinating for twenty years!

L.J. Kane loves people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. She lives with her husband who’s a great soundboard, full of encouragement, and great ideas. Between them, they have met many unusual characters over the years, people with extraordinary lives from whom she can derive lots of inspiration.

With an active interest in the Earth Sciences, L.J. Kane dreams of seeing the Northern Lights, but her fear of flying has stopped this ambition being realised but is still on her bucket list. Her interests are diverse: geology, country walking, painting, and watching movies, her favourites being ‘Vanishing Point’ from 1971 and ‘Soylent Green’ (1973).

You’ll always find L.J. Kane with a pen in her hand, tapping it against her teeth in thought, plotting, planning, and idly sketching characters and scenes with it. Even when typing her novels the pen is always nearby. So thankful to be an author in the 21st century, quill pens of earlier times would have stunted L.J. Kane’s ability as she is allergic to feathers!

Five Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Me:

  1. Fun fact: I’m allergic to feathers.
  2. Fun fact: I met Dave Prows (Darth Vader) when he was the ‘Green Cross Code Man’ in the 1980s.
  3. Fun fact: I love 1970’s movies, the grittier the better.
  4. Fun fact: Aged three, I was knocked over by a bicycle.
  5. Fun fact: Just after I passed my driving test, I went for a drive in the country, and drove home with a small branch in full leaf wrapped around the wing mirror!


L.J. Kane – Interview Questions & Answers

Where can we buy your book ‘Captor Captive’?

Captor Captive is available on Amazon Logo for Website as a paperback and also as an ebook for Kindle Logo for Website, by following the universal link
For Waterstones and other major bookshops, the paperback (ISBN 978-0-9956273-6-9) is also listed with Gardners:

Can you tell me the blurb for Captor Captive?

Girl missing. What if you’re with her all the way through to the end? Will Ellie survive? Would you?

Snatched from her sadistic captor’s lair by his own getaway driver, eighteen-year-old student Ellie realises that she’s still kidnapped. As the enigmatic Darren Broderick drives off into the night with the terrified girl beside him, the sadistic Jon Braddon is not far behind.

Thrown together, on opposing sides, Darren and Ellie must stay one-step ahead of Braddon’s twisted mind, and Ellie must resist Darren’s Aussie charms to the end. Darren Broderick needs the ransom, Braddon needs a victim. And he will fight to the death to get her back.

What is Captor Captive about?

Ellie, an 18-year-old student, is kidnapped, and is held captive by a sadist. When she’s snatched from his lair, by his own getaway driver, she realises that she’s still kidnapped. Captor Captive is a fast-paced, disturbing novel, written solely in the deep point of view of the kidnap victim, as she tries to escape the clutches of her sadistic kidnapper and his getaway driver.

Which genre does Captor Captive belong to?

It’s a disturbing, psychological suspense thriller.

What draws you to this genre?

It’s exiting, fast-paced and you can explore a range of emotions. I love movies and novels that keep you glued to the screen and to the page, with thrills all the way through. What I like most of all, is to finish reading a great book, and then start the book all over again!

How much research do you do?

It’s amazing how much research goes into a novel. Things you think you know well seem to take on another level and suddenly, you’re researching little things, like how to apply butterfly stitches, and what the hell does an animal trap look like anyway?

When did you decide to become a writer?

About twenty years ago. I wrote the first draft of Captor Captive (it was untitled back then and Darren Broderick was the only recognisable character in it). I read the first few chapters to a friend who loved it, and when I met up with her, about 5 years later, she asked me whether I’d written more, she liked it that much. So, I guess I knew then, that I’d be an author. It just took twenty years to take the plunge and bring Captor Captive to life!

How is your day structured?

I research and plot my chapters in the afternoon and then start writing from about 6pm. I’m most creative late evening, wrapping up around 2am. If I’m on a roll, I write until 4am, but then my creativity drops the next day, so I try to limit my time in front of the PC after 2am.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?

I try to write every day of the week, including weekends, even if it’s just a few hundred words. I might spend an afternoon editing, which gives me a break from creating.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

Not as such. I aim for completing a scene. I wrote the penultimate chapter (Bait) in draft in about three hours, while listening to good music. I can’t write dialogue with music on though…

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I use a PC, but I do write longhand when I’m feeling lazy, lying on the sofa with a clipboard, pen and paper on my lap. I have typed like that too! A wireless keyboard is brilliant for that, though my back doesn’t thank me for it, when I bend down to pick up items from the lowest shelves in the supermarket the next day.

Where do your ideas come from?

A mixture of experience, news, books, and films. Observing people is one of my favourite pastimes, and my best friend is just the same. We often meet up in a coffee shop (we can sit chatting for hours) and then fall silent, listening to an interesting conversation going on at the next table. There are some amazing people, with amazing stories to tell, even if they don’t realise it.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I prefer to outline the novel first, and then plot each chapter, so I know where it’s heading. Captor Captive started out as a ‘write and see’ type of novel, but I had to reign it in pretty quickly, for the re-write.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

Having the discipline not to edit during the creative writing process. I’m easily distracted and if I find that I’m in edit mode, when I should be creating, then I’ll revert to writing longhand, with the PC switched off, so that I can’t fiddle with the manuscript.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

About 6-7 months. I could write a first draft in about two months, as long as I don’t flick over to edit mode…

Who are your favourite authors?

Stephen King and Paula Hawkins. Their books just hook me in, even if I don’t feel like reading. I also read Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’ and it really helped me focus on my own project, but I still can’t bring myself to read the axe scene in ‘Misery’.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paperback books?

Any, I just love novels. If I’ve read the novel as an eBook first and really enjoyed it, then I’ll buy the paperback too. I like to have the choice and if I’m going on holiday, it means I can take my favourites with me on the kindle, knowing that the paperback versions are safe at home.

What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m re-reading ‘The Girl on the Train’, and ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. I have many books on my shelves on Goodreads that I want to read (and re-read).

In which formats is your book available?

Captor Captive is available on Amazon Logo for Website as a paperback and as an eBook for Kindle Logo for Website by following universal link:
For Waterstones and other major bookshops, the paperback (ISBN 978-0-9956273-6-9) is also listed with Gardners:

How do you relax?

I love walking, hiking, painting, and watching movies, especially from the 1970’s, Vanishing Point being my favourite. Oh, and I love reading!

What is your favourite positive saying?

“You get what you think about most.” – ‘The Secret’ DVD, by Rhonda Byrne.

What is your favourite quote?

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway.

Which is your favourite movie and why?

Vanishing Point from the 1970’s. It has a surreal edge to it; a gritty film so different from the modern day, with a nod to escapism that I love. In one particular scene, the filmmakers overlaid a violent attack with gentle music, which stressed the poignancy of the scene, and changed the mood of the film.

Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?

Stephen Fry. He knows so much about everything, and he has a wonderful command of the English Language.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

I love to connect with readers and fellow authors on Twitter. I also have my own website, and blog, and I’m also on Goodreads. I’ve included all of the links below.

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