WIPs and New Releases
1) Tell us about your work-in-progress, or WIP, as it’s known as in the industry…
Ø What is the story about?
· The new book, Fatal Pretense, is a conspiracy thriller that delves into the drug industry, and a new factory experiences strange incidents and deaths.
Ø Who is the main character?
· Actually, the main character is more than one; it is a group of people investigating what is going on in their small town.
· The place is quiet and also – because a factory recently closed – they are excited to have Crawford Pharmaceuticals opening a packaging plant to bring jobs to the area. At least, at first they are.
2) What inspired this tale?
Ø How did the story come to you?
· This story, like most of my books, comes from my dreams, but also I heard about the regulations on companies being eliminated. I got thinking about past bad drugs released and wondered how that would affect the drugs coming out.
Ø Did you have to research for this novel and if so, why?
· Oh, yes. I don’t know much about lawyers or drug companies. I also had to figure out what some drugs do to people, especially when the mind is concerned.
Ø If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn, and why?
· I don’t think I was surprised as much by the research for this book as I was in the last one, DeadlyAfflictions, which deals with anxiety and mental illness. The numbers are staggering how many people deal with mental illness. Many struggle each day just to step out of their own homes.
3) Do you relate to your character?
Ø Is your protagonist anything like you personally?
· I’d say I relate to all my characters, good and evil.
Ø If yes, then how?
· I find the heroes of the story are easier to write, but the evil doer always, to me, is easier to describe and write about because I can always think of someone who made me mad sometime in my life. How awesome is it to let out pent up anger by making a character we all want to get what they have coming to them.
Ø If no, how do you differ from one another?
· I think my main characters are always nicer than me and the wrong doer is always a bit worse than me. I can then make the difference between them larger and hopefully, more interesting.
Ø What made you write this character; what made them important to you or made you want to tell their story?
· In this book, there is more than one main character so I feel in Fatal Pretense the story is about working together. I think in most of my books, it is having a good friend or a family member you feel you can trust and depend on to cover your back that is an amazing thing. I hope all my readers have at least one person they feel this way about.
4) Is there anything you specific want readers to know about this piece of work?
I hope people will read this book and walk away thinking that no matter what catastrophes or tragedies we face, you can find a way to overcome. I also hope that when people see something wrong, they will know they can stand up and say, ‘No, we are not going to let this happen.’
5) When will the novel be available for purchase?
I hope Fatal Pretense will be out in March to join the others.
I have published 45 books. I am just starting my fifth year of being an author and hope to have 50 finished by the time the year is through. I like round numbers. At the end of four years, I had forty.
Ø Has the book already been published?
· It is written, but I have to do final edits before publishing.
Ø If not, when is the approximate release date?
· Sometime in March 2017, fingers crossed!
Ø If yes, do you have a link available for buying it?
· No, but readers can check out the other 44 on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Both places have the e-books and paperbacks.