Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I am very into Scottish noir author Craig Robertson’s Glasgow crime series following police photographer Tony Winter and DS Rachel Narey. It starts with RANDOM, a very twisty book told entirely from the point of view of a serial killer.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why? He’s not entirely new, but I think John Rector is great. Very cinematic, intense noir stories.
What contributes to making a writer successful? I’d say will, above anything else. Drive is another word for what I mean. It’s much more important than talent in making a career. Plenty of people have talent but you need an inexorable will to just DO IT, however you have to make it happen – to make it as a writer.
Do you have any advice for writers? I have two books and a blog full of advice for writers – my Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks and my ScreenwritingTricks.com blog.
What do you do to unwind and relax? I dance! Anything. I love partner dancing, swing and salsa, but I do some kind of dance every day – jazz, hip hop, Zumba if the teacher is good. I love dancing at the writing conventions where there’s dancing.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? Working every day at something as ultimately satisfying as writing is a continuous dream. It’s not an easy life but it’s a great life. And I get to travel all the time, and I have friends all over the country and the world. That was a very unexpected perk but fantastic.
Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us? I think my next in person appearance is at the Horror Writers Convention in New Orleans. Then Thrillerfest, in New York. There’s a regularly updated list on my website:
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? I’d like to think that I wrote and taught in a way that inspired my readers to think and feel. I’d like to think that I got a great deal of deep living done as well as writing.
—- Book II in the Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series —-
Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace.
The haunted child who was the only surviving victim of his rampage is now wanted by the FBI for brutal crimes of her own, and Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt for her, despite his conflicted sympathies for her history and motives.
But when his search for her unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman Roarke seeks – and wants – may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath.
It is highly recommended that you read Book I of the series, Huntress Moon, first.
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Genre – Mystery / Thriller
Rating – PG13
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