Monday, March 25, 2019

James J. Cudney's BROKEN HEART ATTACK


Book Spotlight

1)    What is the title of your book?
BrokenHeart Attack, the 2nd book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series
Ø  What is the story about?
·   Kellan Ayrwick is a professor at a small college in Pennsylvania, but he solves murders in his free time. In this caper, one of Kellan’s nana’s friends gives him an extra ticket to the college’s performance of King Lear. Unfortunately, she dies of an apparent heart attack during the intermission. Her sister-in-law begs Kellan to find out which member of the Paddington family killed her because she’s certain there was foul play.
·   Kellan digs into the personal lives of the victim’s siblings, three children, countless grandchildren, and estate staff. Along the path, Kellan learns how cruel some members of the family have been, but he also discovers a variety of motives that few knew anything about. The Paddingtons have lots they need to explain to the rest of the town.
·   In Kellan’s own personal life, he’s raising his six-year-old daughter by himself, trying to find out what happened to his supposedly deceased wife, helping his nana win the mayoral race, and figuring out what craziness is exploding within his family and with his new boss at the college.
Ø  Who is the main character?
·   Kellan Ayrwick. 32. Single-father. Widowed. Professor of film & communications. Former director on a Hollywood reality TV show. Searching for love. Sarcastic and fun-loving. Takes a lot of grief from his family, boss, and friends. A true modern hero for us all. He’s brilliant but acts goofy. He’s handsome but shy and distant.
2)   What inspired this tale?
Ø  How did the story come to you?
·   I’m an only-child but enjoy writing about large families. I wish I worked on a college campus as a professor. I would love to solve murders and delve into everyone’s business, but I’m too shy. I threw together a character who is half me and half who I want to be, then tossed a whole bunch of trouble at him.
Ø  Did you have to research for this novel, and if so, why?
·   Not for the basics. The setting is fictional but based on various places I’ve been to.
·   For each murder and backstory, I’ve done some research. In this book, I worked with a medical specialist to understand symptoms of a heart attack and what would happen if another person tried to purposely cause one using drugs.
·   In my next book, Flower Power Trip, I researched how to create a lab explosion that could kill someone.
Ø  If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn, and why?
·   I now know how to kill someone without it being too obvious. I kinda wish I didn’t anymore as that’s not a power I want to hold.
Ø  Is your protagonist anything like you, personally?
·   Kellan’s the middle child of five, but I’m an only-child. He’s blond, yet I’m not. He’s a professor and knows all about films, I rarely catch movies. We’re pretty different, except of course, in personality.
·   I can be sarcastic and witty, which I’ve bundled up in his personality. I’m also very detail-oriented and like to solve puzzles, so we’re similar on some levels.

Ø  What made you write this character; were they based on a real person or something that inspired you?
·   I think he’s who I wish I could be on many levels!
ü   What should readers know about this character?
o   He’s quiet and reserved at times, but he’s also very aware of what happens around him. He just doesn’t like to show it.
ü   Why is this character important to you?
o   He is who people should strive to be: kind, good-hearted, generous, caring, funny, intelligent, approachable, and genuine. When someone dislikes him, it makes me wonder why and begin to distrust them.
Ø  Do you consider the main character of your story to be good or bad, and why?
·   Definitely good. There’s not a mean bone in his body!
·   All he wants to do is the right thing for everyone involved. He can be pushy and trade barbs with someone who’s insulting him but only to defend himself. He will never be the one to start the fight.
Ø  What’s the objective of your character?
·   To raise a wonderful daughter, mentor younger people, ensure the good outweighs the bad, and provide justice wherever necessary.
4)   Is there anything you specifically want readers to know about this piece of work?
Yes, Broken Heart Attack introduces readers to the world of the Paddington family. They are often mean and hurtful, but some have a sensitive side. The children are a product of how they were raised. Environments hurt people, so many of these characters come across spiteful and aggressive. BUT, they are on a journey, so in future books, you’ll see the softer side as Kellan’s influence helps shape them and change them.
Ø  Is there a particular idea or morale you are trying to convey?
·   Not really, it’s more about seeing different types of families. Some are good, some aren’t. The Paddingtons make the Ayrwicks look like lovable and cuddly people who never do anything wrong.
5)   Is this novel a standalone?
No
Ø  If it is a part of a series, what’s the series name?
Ø  If it is the first in a series, when can we expect to see the next book published?
·   Book 2, Broken HeartAttack, is out now.
·   Book 3, Flower Power Trip, comes out on March 30th.
·   Book 4 will be released in the summer of 2019. I’ll drop the name of the title in April for everyone to see what it’s all about!
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?
·   Each mystery can be read stand-alone, but Kellan’s personal life changes over the course of the books, especially his relationship with his wife and family.
·   I'd suggest reading them in order, so that you get the full shock and awe of the cliffhangers and surprises I’ve built throughout the series.
6)   Where can readers connect with you and purchase your book?
My website will always have the most current information about the books. It is https://jamesjcudney.com. From there, it will link you to the books on Goodreads and Amazon for reviews and purchase.

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