As a second act of vandalism rapidly follows, and then a third, Ryan is given the lead in the investigation. The attacks become sinister, the trail of Morse code messages with each act taunting Ryan and his team, daring them to break the code before itâ€™s too late. And at every turn is the elusive Alex Ware.
Will Ryan and his team find the key to solving the case? Will Alex let down her guard and tell Ryan her secret?
Can they uncover who is behind The Code?
Interview with Alison Clifford
- If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? People to be nice to each other, my children to live long and happy lives, to die peacefully in my sleep from old age.
- Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment? I would love a small cabin on a mountain with a view down over water. It would be self-contained so I didnâ€™t have to go anywhere while I wrote and would have a comfortable chair on the porch where I could sit with a cup of tea and admire the view.
- Where do you actually write? I share a spare bedroom with our greyhound (yes, you read that right). She sleeps on her bed and I have a desk next to it. Itâ€™s fairly quiet and I enjoy her company.
- How long does it normally take you to write a novel? On average it takes me four to five months to write the first draft.
- What are your inspirations? I find inspiration everywhere! Movies, TV shows, music, other books, watching people, and daydreams.
- How did you come to write this particular book or series? The first book of the series, Seeing Red, was inspired by my favourite movie The Hunt for Red October. I thought about what life might be like for those left behind when the submarine was deployed and thatâ€™s where it started. Seeing Red was supposed to be a one-off, stand alone book. When I finished it, I had an image come to mind of the heroineâ€™s brother, sitting in his study and receiving a call for help from her. I gave in and wrote the second book, thinking that would be it. When I finished that one, I knew I had to write one more. One of the characters needed his own bookâ€”even my editor said so! So, there are three books, and The Code is the third and final in the series.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? I always get to a point where I donâ€™t know what happens next. Itâ€™s usually about half way through the story at it can stump me for days. I know how the story will end, but it takes me a while to work out how itâ€™s going to get there. This book was no different and had me coming up with all sorts of ideas before I hit on the right one to carry the story forward.
- When and why did you begin writing? I started writing in small bursts as a teenager, but it wasnâ€™t until the end of 2013 that I did more than that. I had a story in my head and Iâ€™d been adding to it for years and it finally became too much to contain. I sat down with the intention of â€˜letting some of it outâ€™ and four months later Iâ€™d written â€˜Rosesâ€™.
- How did you come up with the title? The story of The Code revolves around someone leaving cryptic Morse code messages for the investigators to try and solve. Itâ€™s code, leading to another code, so the title decided itself!
- Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? My manager at my day job has been amazing. She loves to hear how my writing is going and is happy for me to take the odd day of leave here and there, at short notice, to do writing. Iâ€™d also like to give a shout-out to NCIS themselves. I had a dilemma regarding protocols and couldnâ€™t find the answer on the internet, so I emailed the NCIS PR people. I received a reply to my question within 24 hours, along with an invitation to email any further questions I had, at any time. Wonderful people!
- If you could travel anywhere in the world for thirty days and just kick back and relax, where would you go, would you take anyone with you and why would you chose this vacation spot to go? Washington DC. My other book series is based there and I loved it when I visited last year. It would be incredible to be able to spend more time there with my husbandâ€”we both enjoyed it.
- What is your favorite late night snack? Cheese. Cheese and crackers, cheese sandwich, cheese and apple, cheese on its own.