Staying in with Karla Forbes


I’m so enjoying these Staying in with… posts and today I’m delighted to welcome Karla Forbes to Linda’s Book Bag to stay in and tell me all about her novel Fallout which is the first in her Nick Sullivan Series of thrillers.

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Staying in with Karla Forbes

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Karla and thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

This evening, I’d like to share with you a thriller called Fallout which is the first of eight books featuring Nick Sullivan. It is based on a rumour circulating during the cold war that Soviet scientists had developed a nuclear bomb that could be transported in a suitcase.

Nick is a man who, to begin with, seems to have it all: a fantastic wage as a hedge fund manager, a beautiful wife, a yacht and an Aston Martin. His charmed life comes to an abrupt halt one day when he and his friend are sailing in the English Channel and come across three men who, unbeknown to them, are recovering the plutonium from one of the suitcases that was lost at sea. During the encounter, Nick’s friend is brutally murdered and Nick becomes the Police’s only suspect. Within days, his perfect life unravels and he loses his job, his reputation, his friends and very nearly his liberty. He goes on the run but it isn’t long before the authorities realise that far from being a murderer, he is the only person in the country who can identify the three terrorists and prevent a catastrophic attack somewhere in Britain. They use every means at their disposal to hunt Nick down but, unaware of his importance, he remains in hiding as he doggedly pursues the three criminals in order to prove his innocence.

(Fallout sounds incredibly exciting. It just goes to show how lives can change in an instant.)

What can we expect from an evening in with Fallout?

Fallout is a fast paced thriller full of twists and turns that, as one reviewer observed will leave the reader attempting, but usually failing, to guess the direction the story is about to take. By the end of Fallout, I had grown too fond of Nick to let him go and I decided to make him the main protagonist in a series of thrillers.

Despite his undoubted courage and resourcefulness, Nick is no infallible superhero. He spends most of his time trying to placate his long-suffering girlfriend and his miserable and demanding boss and his love of adventure often spills over into recklessness causing him to make mistakes. As another reviewer observed, Nick’s stubbornness is both his greatest strength and his biggest weakness.  Overall though, he is a likeable hero who is often too clever for his own good but is stubborn enough to get the job done. In other words, if you are a criminal with Nick Sullivan on your case, you might as well give up now and save yourself a whole lot of time and trouble.

I think I’d rather like to meet Nick!

What else have you brought along and why?

Together with Fallout I’ve brought along my tablet armed with my Spotify list. I have varied musical tastes but one thing many of my favourite pieces have in common is that they have all served to inspire me and help the writing flow. All I need now is a box of Thornton’s Continental selection and the evening is perfect.

I’m afraid leaving me with a box of Thornton’s is a very bad idea! They have all gone!

It’s been great having you to stay in with Karla. Thanks so much for being on the blog.



The British Government is being blackmailed by criminals who have got their hands on a quantity of plutonium left over from the cold war. Only one man knows their identity and can prevent a catastrophe but he is on the run for a murder he didn’t commit and has no intention of being found.

As the authorities attempt to hunt him down, the clock is ticking and they are running out of time. They pin their hopes on the fact that a bunch of amateurs won’t have nuclear technology and the worst they’ll come up with is a dirty bomb. With luck, the carnage can be limited. A few people might die in the explosion but the majority will run away at the first sign of danger and the radiation will drift harmlessly into the atmosphere.
But what if the terrorists have found a way of keeping the radiation near to the ground, encouraging people to hang around breathing in death and when they invite them to their own slaughter they come willingly?

They would be dangerous then…wouldn’t they?

Fallout is published by Williams and Whiting and is available for purchase here.

About Karla Forbes |

Karla Forbes first began writing books when she was twelve years old. Heavily influenced by Ian Fleming, she wrote about guns, fast cars and spies. Naturally, she knew nothing of her chosen subject and was forced to use her imagination to make it up as she went along. These books, half a dozen in total, ended up being thrown out with the rubbish. Several years later, she dabbled in a futuristic sitcom and a full length horror story. Although both of these efforts were also consigned to literary oblivion, at least no one could have accused her of being in a genre rut.

She began writing properly more than fourteen years ago and her first book, The Preacher was published on Amazon in July 2011. Twelve books in total are available to download from the Amazon kindle book store. Other books will follow at regular intervals. She writes about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations and she aims for unusual but scarily believable plots with a surprising twist.

You can follow Karla on Twitter @KarlaForbes, visit her website and find her on Facebook.

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