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Character Interview: Amy Lane from Rosie Claverton’s mystery ‘Captcha Thief’




CaptchaThief-Cover-HighResWe’re thrilled to have here today Amy Lane from Rosie Claverton’s new mystery, Captcha Thief. Amy is a 25-year-old greyhat hacker and police consultant living in Cardiff, Wales.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Amy. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I’m a very private person. There are very few people who know me. I’ve been alone most of my adult life and I don’t trust people easily, even in the hacking community. Letting readers see any part of me is scary, and I don’t like it. Is it true? My parts are, I think. I can’t speak for Jason. He’s my assistant, but he’s his own man. I don’t have much say in what he does with his life or who he shares his secrets with.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I am a difficult person to spend time with. In the first two books Binary Witness and Code Runner, I was much more prickly, more closed off. I think I’m opening up a little, letting more people into my world. I think you see more of me in Captcha Thief. Some of the things are even good.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I didn’t go to school as a teenager, so most of my talents are self-taught. Other people have said that is admirable. I call it survival. I had only my grandmother and older sister for company. I had to find something to occupy my time. Learning how to disembowel a computer and own the dark corners of the web was how I did that.

Worse trait?

I have very dark days. There are days when I don’t want to get out of bed or see anyone or do anything. It doesn’t happen very often while we’re working on a case, because I have some purpose. I get lost in my thoughts very easily. Jason knows how to break me out of that, but sometimes even he can’t help. I also struggle to leave the house, though I think that’s getting better. It is very slowly getting better.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Actresses in Hollywood are too pretty to play me. I don’t know anyone who would be suitable. The closest person would be Ellen Page, because she’s small like me, and wears T-shirts and jeans a lot. I can imagine that.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

I don’t want to talk about it.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

I’m always nervous. I knew things were going wrong when Jason left for North Wales, with Frieda Haas from the National Crime Agency. Jason is very smart on the street but he has terrible judgment with women. We’re not very good when we’re on our own. We’re better as a team.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

This is going to sound strange, but I wouldn’t want to be ‘The Blue Lady’. I know  she’s a painting and not a real person anymore. However, I feel like I know her, from learning so much about her in order to find her. She was cut apart, taken away from her home and hidden away with a stranger who meant to harm her. I wouldn’t want to be her. I couldn’t.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I know that these are the consequences of my actions and I have to live with them. I don’t know if I’ll be the same after what’s happened, after everything that is yet to happen, but I have to face up to what I’ve done. I hope I am strong enough to cope with it.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

This is a mess of my own making. If she can see any way of making it right again, I am willing to do my part. It can’t get any worse than this.

Thank you for this interview, Amy!

Rosie Claverton, December 2013

Title:  CAPTCHA Thief

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Author: Rosie Claverton


Publisher: Crime Scene Books

Purchase on Amazon

About the Book:

Agoraphobic hacker Amy Lane and her sidekick Jason Carr are swept up in a tortuous and increasingly dangerous adventure following the murder of a security guard at the National Museum of Wales and the theft of a priceless Impressionist painting. As Amy seeks to help track an art thief and Jason seeks to impress the National Crime Agency investigator Frieda Haas sent to recover the missing painting – and its abductor—Jason and Amy become entangled in a perilous web.   As the evidence leads Amy and the police in circles, Jason finds himself taking more and more risks in his hunt for the thief. Nothing is as it seems. Are Amy and Jason merely playthings for a vicious murderer? Can they survive the game? The stakes are high, and this game is serious. Dead serious….

About the Author:

Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon, daughter to a Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother, surrounded by folk mythology and surly sheep. She moved to Cardiff to study Medicine and adopted Wales as her home. She then moved to London to specialize in psychiatry. Her first short film Dragon Chasers aired on BBC Wales in Autumn 2012. She co-wrote the ground-breaking series of short films The Underwater Realm.  Between writing and practicing medicine, she blogs about psychiatry and psychology for writers in her Freudian Script series.



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