Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Killing Collective

Book Spotlight


1)      What is the title of your book?
The Killing Collective
Ø  What is the story about?
·   Can a group sway a crowd through words alone? Can people who are normally moral and law abiding be convinced to break laws in a single moment of fury, swayed by words and a mob mentality? In the right – or possibly (very wrong) – situation could you be convinced to kill in the moment?
·   Det Carter and his forensic scientist wife, Jill Seacrest, face their toughest case when they become FBI agents and learn a series of what is originally thought to be thrill kills may have very disturbing connections.
Ø  Who is the main character?
2)     What inspired this tale?
How a drug, or even words, can make people into zombies, and ripe for the devious instigator preying upon them for his gain.
Ø  How did the story come to you?
·   Finding out that a natural drug can actually zombify people into doing things they would never normally do.
Ø  Did you have to research for this novel, and if so, why?
·   And, I also researched the mob mentality, learning that several philosophers believe that individuals, when put into crowds, behave abnormally.
Ø  If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn and why?
·   How anyone might do anything under certain circumstances. It’s like we are in a lab, waiting to be tested for an experiment.
3)     Do you relate to your character?
Ø  Is your protagonist anything like you, personally?
·   Not really. He is closed off sometimes, but he does it on purpose to shield himself from the horrors of his job. 
ü   If yes, then how?
o   Maybe how he appears reserved in professional situations.
ü   If no, how do you differ from one another?
o  Carter differs from me because he can truly embrace a Zen lifestyle. However, he will find out as his investigation progresses, he may not know himself or life as well as he thought he did.
Ø  What made you write this character; were they based on a real person or something that inspired you?
·   I was originally inspired by the characters in CSI and by Kay Scarpetta, and even TemperanceBrennan. So, I think Carter and Seacrest embody those characters.
ü   What should readers know about this character?
o   Carter tries to make life better for everyone, one person at a time, no matter how dark and depressing his job may be.
ü   Why is this character important to you?
o   Carter is very hopeful for humanity, overall. He is a humanitarian.
Ø  Do you consider the main character of your story to be good or bad, and why?
·   Carter is good, but like us all, he’s flawed.
Ø  What’s the objective of your character?
·   Carter needs to get justice for victims.
4)    Is there anything you specific want readers to know about this piece of work?
It is based on real places in NYC, and readers may enjoy a tour guide at the back of the book, along with book club questions.
Ø  Is there a particular idea or morale you are trying to convey?
·   Sometimes, we need to put more emphasis on how we live, than why we live.
5)     Is this novel a standalone?
Yes, it is a standalone novel, but the third in the Stanford Carter series.
Ø  If it is a part of a series, what’s the series name?
Ø  If it is a part of a book series, can it be read as a standalone or do you need to read the entire series to experience the full realm of the tale?
·   Robin and I wrote this so readers can come in and read it as a standalone novel.
6)    Where can readers connect with you and purchase your book? 

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