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Farm worker and author Jane E James publishes new novel, Looking for Lucy

As a keyworker for an organic farm, Jane Richards admits she is ‘not as quick as she would like to be’ when it comes to writing novels.

But despite the full-on duties of her day job, she has found time to write her fourth psychological thriller, Looking for Lucy.

Jane, who writes under the pseudonym Jane E James, lives in Essendine and has taken literary inspiration from the local area.

Author Jane E James (Jane Richards)
Author Jane E James (Jane Richards)

“The main character, Cindy, is a Stamford girl,” said Jane, “and the setting, a house called Moon Hollow, is based on a manor house I know well, about 20 minutes away in the Cambridgeshire fenland.”

While Jane plays down her success as an author, her second novel, The Crying Boy, became an overnight best seller on Amazon, knocking one of her favourite authors, Stephen King, off the suspense top spot.

“I’m not sure my neighbours know what I do,” said Jane, whose day job is at Riverside Organic Farm near Stamford.

“I started out as a screenwriter but city life wasn’t for me; I’m a country girl and so I started writing novels.

Jane's new book
Jane's new book

“My first book was published in 2014 and I had begun writing about five or six years before that.”

A fan of Stephen King, Jane also counts The Woman in Black by Susan Hill and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier as works that have inspired her, and says she has loved ‘creepy stories’ since childhood.

Looking for Lucy tells the story of a wealthy couple whose daughter goes missing, “but the real nightmare begins when another Lucy is found”.

More about Jane’s published books can be found on her website.

Looking for Lucy is £8.99 from Walkers in Stamford and Oakham, and from Bourne Bookshop.

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