The Story Behind Rogue Wave by Isabel Jolie

By Isabel Jolie

Last June (of the year that shall not be named) my family and I descended upon Bald Head Island for a two-week vacation. Signs of the pandemic wrapped around us as we unloaded our car and prepared to board the ferry. Everyone wore masks, and those in line whispered worries about whether or not they’d make this ferry or be stuck waiting for the next one given the lower capacity requirements to meet Covid safety protocols.

We weren’t sure what would await us on the island. It had opened for visitors weeks before we arrived. But we felt a profound need to get away after essentially being locked inside our home since mid-March. In my tote bag I carried several hardback books, plus my trusty ebook reader with a gazillion more. The fringe of an enormous cold front hit as we waited in line, and light rain splattered us. We bought sweatshirts from the SailShop before we ever entered our cottage rental.

For almost all of the next week, it poured. And we didn’t even mind. That was how happy we were to be out of our house and in another. I sat on the covered porch as the rain pelted down, and read The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina. As I read his account of real life events and people, and I stared out at an ocean chock full of white caps, the seed of Rogue Wave sprouted.

It was on that beach vacation that I began my outline for not only Rogue Wave, but for the entire Haven Island series. Because I also read Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, about a modern-day Great Gatsby and a billion dollar scandal that Bill Gates is quoted as calling “thrilling.” And at some point on that vacation, my husband asked me if I had heard of a site called OnlyFans.

So, that second week of our vacation, as we stacked surfboards on top of our golf cart to get to the best location for surfing, the characters of Tate and Luna spun to life. As did Gabe, Poppy, and to some extent, Cali and Logan.

What are some of the cold hard facts that have stayed with me about our lawless ocean? First and foremost, we’re courting environmental disaster. I’m fully aware everyone’s tired of hearing about saving the whales, the turtles and the planet. I purposefully didn’t delve too much into all of the dangers of overfishing, or how complicated a scenario the world faces in regards to policing the ocean (spoiler alert: for all practical purposes, it isn’t policed). And overfishing? Let’s just say when people talk about the dangers of advances in technology, few think about fishing, but maybe we all should. Ian Urbina referred to the ocean as lawless, and others make references to the silver ocean. Silver or gold are probably more apt, because like pretty much everything else in our world, our issues revolve around money and greed.

Adrian Tate grapples with this reality in Rogue Wave. When he meets Luna, she’s everything he used to be. In a way, it’s an opposites attract romance, as he’s in such a different head space. She’s starting out, exactly where he was so long ago. It’s an age gap romance, but the chronological age isn’t the issue – it’s the life experience and the variance in perspective. As so often is the case in life, what starts out as mere sexual attraction, grows into more.

We’re preparing to go back to Bald Head this summer, only this year Rogue Wave and Adrift will be released. I’ll be working on the final edits for First Light, the third book in the series, which is due to my editor on July 4. It’s a bit surreal. We’ll also be vaccinated and maybe this summer masks might not be mandated. Or they may be. Who knows? But the ocean will be waiting, and I can’t wait.

Isabel Jolie is the author of the new book Rogue Wave.

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Interview with Laila Tarraf, Author of Strong Like Water

What can you tell us about your new release, Strong Like Water?

Strong Like Water is a leadership book disguised as a memoir. It has been described part memoir, part leadership guide, part psychological probe. It chronicles a period in my life when I lost my husband, my father and then my mother as I was trying to raise a young daughter and establish myself in my first senior executive role. As is so often the case, times of tremendous adversity become powerful teaching moments in our lives. For me, it was the moment in my life when I realized that if I didn’t allow myself to be vulnerable and feel the pain associated with those losses, I would become hard and brittle and unable to raise my daughter with compassion and vulnerability. I was terrified the journey would make me soft, and it did. But soft turned out to be strong.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always enjoyed reading and writing stories. Throughout my life I would catch myself trying to capture the moment in a few words in my head as if I were writing a book, but I never consciously thought I would be an author until a friend invited me to a daylong workshop for aspiring writers led by Laura Munson. I was so moved by that day that I signed up for a 5-day author retreat at Laura’s home in Montana. Throughout the retreat, she had one or two participants read a scene we had written out loud in front of the others. I remember being really nervous and feeling like an imposter. I chose to read a scene that represented a particularly poignant moment with me and my mom and when I finished the piece and looked up, everybody was crying. Something clicked in my brain in that moment. I had touched them with my writing. Maybe I could do this.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I never know how to answer these questions because it’s so hard for me to compare vastly different stories to each other.

I love reading the books of contemporary writers like Ann Patchett (Bel Canto), Kristin Hannah (The Nightingale) and Jodi Picoult (Small Great Things). They are all amazing writers.

I love sagas like Ken Follette’s Pillars of the Earth and Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove. I’m always so sad when I finish reading them because I have completely immersed myself in the worlds they have created.

Classics by the Bronte sisters and Jane Austin like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice and books we all read in school like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck are near the top of my list.

And finally books that have had a big impact on how I see the world are Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and more recently The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Two women whom I would love to speak with are Diana Gabaldon author of the Outlander series or Margaret Atwood author of The Handmaid’s Tale. I would ask them all about their process in conceiving, structuring and writing in such rich detail the worlds they create. I can’t even get my head around what that would take, and I’m fascinated by their ability to do it so masterfully.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is when you are so into a scene that it almost writes itself. It is revealing itself to you as you write it as if it’s not coming from you at all. It’s a magical space to be in.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, I still have a full-time job. I’m the Chief People Officer for Allbirds and right now I’m pulling triple duty as a full-time leader, an emerging writer and a single mother of a high school teenager. Lots and lots of coffee!

What scene from Strong Like Water was your favorite to write?

I actually loved writing about my Aunt Helen. She was iconic. Everything she said and did could be turned into a bumper sticker. She had her own way of looking at things which was maddening and hysterical at the same time.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I used to have a Maya Angelou quote up on my whiteboard at work for years, that said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

I think it captures my philosophy to life. I can be dissatisfied with something and even complain about it a bit, but I pretty quickly either figure out how to change it so it works for me or how I can let go of my attachment to it if I can’t.

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Interview with McKenna James, Author of Inherit Love

Today we’re interviewing both halves of the Mckenna James writing team.

What can you tell us about your new release, Inherit Love?

Mckenna: Inherit Love is a series of contemporary romance stand alone novels. We came up with the idea for the series one day when we were talking about how, in other genres like cozy mystery—

James: –and Hallmark movies.

Mckenna: Yes, in so many of those—you have a character who inherits something and their world changes. So we decided to write a series of books where an inheritance plays a major role in the story.

James: And they are all very different. In Inheritance Goals, the heroine inherits a football team, which makes her life complicated because the team’s quarterback is her ex-boyfriend. In Inheritance Reversal, which is an office romance, a woman who is a mere assistant inherits the company and becomes her hot boss’s boss.

Mckenna: We had a lot of fun writing them. Readers like them because they have some steamy scenes, but there’s also a sweetness to the stories that fans of Hallmark movies will enjoy.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Mckenna: I’m reading The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson.

James: And I’m reading Lord of Chance by Erica Ridley. Also, we both just got The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger, a book on writing that we’re both dying to read.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Both: Reading!

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Mckenna: My kittens. They are a year old now, but a stray cat had kittens in our garage during the pandemic, and we kept the momma and two of her kittens. Watching them grow up has brought our family so much joy. They keep us entertained.

James: I’m a dog person. Her cats are cute, but I have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and they are my babies. We go on walks every day together and have a great time.

What scene from Inherit Love was your favorite to write?

Mckenna: The scene in Baby Inheritance where Valentina and Hudson come to an agreement to make a baby. It’s both awkward and sexy at the same time.

James: Probably the scene in Forgotten Inheritance where Roman realizes the hospital staff thinks Charlie is his wife and in a split second he decides to go along with it. There are so many complex emotions that run through him in that one scene, and the ramifications are so huge!

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Interview with Ava Ryan, Author of His Forbidden Love

What can you tell us about your new release, His Forbidden Love?

A sexy alpha male billionaire doctor who could have anyone struggles with his feelings for the one unforgettable woman who’s off-limits to him. Emotional turmoil, intense passion and a happily ever after ensue.

Which books would we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Jon Krakauer’s riveting Into Thin Air, about the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster, is one of my favorite books. I revisit it in audio or ebook at least once a year.

Who is your favorite couple from literature?

Do Calvin & Hobbes count? Is that literature? 😉

If His Forbidden Love is turned into a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?

Thinking…thinking…this is a surprisingly difficult question…Okay. Got it. Kit Harrington, but we’d have to de-Brit him and give him blue contacts. And Bryce Dallas Howard. Man, they’d make beautiful kids, wouldn’t they?

What’s in your Netflix queue?

My life is all about Grey’s Anatomy right now. I’m late to the game and watch an episode a day. It’ll be a dark day around here when I get to the end.

What scene from His Forbidden Love was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene where Michael finally confesses his feelings–emotional FIRE!!!

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Interview with Edmond Geanta, Author of Crimson Transcendence

What can you tell us about your new release, Crimson Transcendence?

This is Book 4 of the “Blood Calls for Blood” Series and it follows the struggles of an ordinary family with unique blood traits. When the hero (Gabi Halldor) gets infected, her husband choses to find a cure for her. In book 1 (Zombie Evolution) he does just that, but now, transformed into a telepathic vampire, Gabi and her daughter, Eve are being hunted by the government and other unsavory characters for their blood with hopes to find the immortality formula.

“Crimson Transcendence” follows three characters: Gabi’s husband—Reynir Halldor – an Icelandic ex-special forces (big shout to Iceland here – love the country and its people), Jenkins–a former medical doctor and Gabi’s second in command-Silvia who is also a vampire.

The three of them travel to Florida in an attempt to save Jenkins’ son, Josh who is now surrounded by hordes of zombies. The book depicts Silvia’s dedication and sacrifice when confronted by a very tough choice – save the man she loves or the one she swore an oath to.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Although English is my second language, I’m an avid reader of English literature. I’ve always been fascinated with books written by Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson and Stephen King but also the classics—Shakespeare, Twain, Steinbeck, etc.

The flexibility and richness I found in the English language is so unique to me. I’ve always aspired to be like these authors, so I decided to put my thoughts on paper and share my stories with the world.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I am Legend – Richard Matheson
The Republic – Plato
Misery- Stephen King
Home Deus – Yuval Noah Harari
Brunner – C. L. Werner

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

If I could turn back time, that would definitely be Edgar Allan Poe. The guy was weird enough to create huge ratings.

For a contemporary author I would go with Jeff Carson. Reading about him actually inspired me to start publishing. I thought—“If he did it, why not me?”

I would ask Jeff the following:
1. What are the things you’d do different when you wrote and published your first book?
2. How much time do you dedicate to social media promotion and on what platforms specifically?
3. What would be his advice to Jeff Carson from ten years ago?
4. Would you consider crossing genres and write something totally different than what you’ve been writing so far?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The editing. Ideas I have plenty and I can write several thousand words each day, but editing is an art. Constantly trying to hone the idea into less words without losing its meaning and intention is a drug to me. I quit watching TV or movies just so I can have more time to write.

If a day goes by and I haven’t written something, I feel I wasted that day. Not trying to be cheesy here but, the truth is that writing completes me, although my wife might have different thoughts on that topic…

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t sleep much, probably because I consume insane amounts of coffee and chocolate. Also, because I have a full-time job and a part time one as well – teaching management and leadership at a local college.

The day starts with reviewing what I wrote the day before while I’m having my three cups of coffee. Then, I talk to my wife for a bit, who is doing all the social media, promotion, ads on Facebook, etc. We go over the stats, changing ads, descriptions, etc. Without her I would probably be miserable and unpublished.

Then I start my full-time job – I’m a Technology Program Manager, working remote for a company out east. During my lunch break I write and then, after dinner, the real writing starts until past midnight.

I go to bed thinking about my characters and what would they logically do next. Whatever crazy idea comes to mind, I write it down and then I struggle for days to get the characters out of the problem I just created for them. Interestingly enough, some days I wake up after dreaming the solution of the problem I just created for my characters. I love to shock my audience with twists in the plot that make sense and could very well happen. In a way, I create problems for myself, not my characters and I never take the easy way out, as in an UFO dropped by and gave the hostages a ride out of the conundrum, they found themselves in, etc.

During the day I also respond to messages from my fans (emails, Facebook messages, IG, etc.). I think it’s important for and respectful to those who read my books, so I always dedicate time to that.

What scene from Crimson Transcendence was your favorite to write?

One that I’m afraid to share with you because it would give away the book. Let’s just say, my wife cried while I was reading her that part and my editor admonished me for writing that piece. It seems both, my wife and my editor had grown fond of one of the characters and the final chapter was not something they expected. In the end they loved it.

That’s why I’ll defer to my second favorite piece which is the banter and often life philosophies shared between Rey and Jenkins during their trip to Florida to save Josh. The scenes consist of questions I often ask myself. By writing them, I actually provide my own answers. In a way, I’m dialoguing with myself. It’s fun…in a weird kinda way.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Several:
1. Don’t tell me what to do. Nobody died and made you king.
2. Live and let live.
3. If there’s no love then there’s nothing.
4. Without darkness you’ll never appreciate the light
5. Every man dies, not every man lives.

Edmond Geanta is the author of the new book Crimson Transcendence

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Interview with T.E. Butcher, Author of Armored Warrior Panzerter

What can you tell us about your new release, Armored Warrior Panzerter?

It’s a military story as much as a sci-fi story. Veterans will recognize a lot of familiar situations and kinds of people in some instances. I’m not even talking about combat, but day to day things. Oh and there’s plenty of awesome Mecha fights.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

It was my own desire to tell stories. I’ve always been a storyteller in one form or another, weather it was through my experience with tabletop games or just telling my family members about something amusing or dangerous that I did. What it came down to was I just had so many ideas I wanted to explore welling up and lacked a medium to share them until I discovered self publishing.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Top five is tough, because it’s constantly changing. Number Five would have to be the Worldwar series by Harry Turtledove. Four I’m going to say is The Exodus Arks series by J.N Chaney, though I admit there’s a fair bit of recentcy bias there. Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Chrition are solidly three and H.G. Wells the War of the Worlds is Number two. The original Dragonlance trilogy sits at number one for me as it got me into tabletop gaming and fantasy.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would host George R. R. Martin and do a bit where I’m like a hard boiled detective and he’s a mob boss and I’m grilling him over where Winds of Winter is. If he could do an Italian accent that’d be even better. 

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite thing about writing is the stories themselves. I just get so excited when I’m hyper focused on the worlds I’m building and I’m in my element writing.

What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up early , kiss my wife, go to my day job, come home in the evening, workout, then I work on writing for about three-four hours. Throughout the day I’m making notes, checking my email, editing, outlining and rereading parts on my lunch break and my bus ride. It gets busy, but I hope to write full time in a year or so.

What scene from Armored Warrior Panzerter was your favorite to write?

Honestly it’s the downtime scenes I love writing because I get to reminisce about my own time with my brothers in arms. Some of the downtime conversations are real conversations I’ve had.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Embrace the suck- an old Army mantra. Means that you’ll have to experience something unpleasant or different, but doing so is required to move forward so why sweat it

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Interview with Emma Lombard, Author of Discerning Grace

What can you tell us about your new release, Discerning Grace?

I hope my readers have just as much fun reading about Grace’s adventures as I did writing them. I never realized how much of a penchant I had for feisty female leads in historical fiction until I started writing my own. The first ever strong fictional female who made an impact on me was Centaine de Thiry (The Burning Shore — Wilbur Smith). She was so strong and resilient and SMART! No matter what the world threw at her, she handled it with poise and passion. I’m no wilting wallflower myself so it was good fun sharing some of my character traits with Grace. She’s actually MUCH braver than me, and of course, she can live on a ship no problem, where as I get queasy the minute I step onto the dock.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Reading the epic historical adventures by Wilbur Smith as an early teen started the ball rolling for me. Then when my grandmother told me about my 3x great grandmother who eloped with an English sea captain and lived aboard his ship, I just knew I wanted to write a story like that one day — and so the idea for Discerning Grace was born.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Power of One — Bryce Courtenay (first book to ever make me cry — and I mean sob!)

The Burning Shore — Wilbur Smith (my favorite go-to re-read)

Outlander — Diana Gabaldon (I adore the book series, audiobooks and TV series!)

Shantaram — Gregory David Roberts (I bought it purely because it was the size of a doorstop, but I fell in love with the epic tale)

The Magic Faraway Tree — Enid Blyton (still just as magical when I read it to my own children 25 years later)

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

If I remembered to stop gushing long enough to let my guest speaker get a word in … Enid Blyton. I’d ask her whether The Famous Five adventures were a figment of her imagination or based on childhood experiences, and whether she had a dog like Timmy when she was growing up. Who wouldn’t want a dog like Timmy?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

As a historical fiction author, I like researching events and people of the times and then re-imagining how my characters would react to those circumstances given their personalities. I incorporated some crazy characters I came across in my research into my story but my editor and beta readers didn’t think they were plausible. LOL!  Just goes to show that sometimes life can be stranger than fiction.

What is a typical day like for you?

Being in Australia, and in complete opposite timezones to much of the world, I wake between 5 and 6am and hop onto social media so that I can interact in real time before everyone goes to bed. After the kids have left for school, it’s good that my working day is not overly interrupted by the lure of social media. I only go onto social media if I’m taking a break from writing (or updating my website, blog, newsletter, or one of the other million things an author does besides writing novels). Because of my early starts, I’m usually ready to wrap up by about 4pm. Then I hop on social media again for a little while just as the world is waking up. You could say my day is like a social media sandwich!

What scene from Discerning Grace was your favorite to write?

Ooo, I can’t say too much for fear of spoiling it for readers. But let’s just say it was the poignant death scene of one of my absolutely favorite characters. It needed to happen plot wise, but I shed plenty of tears over it. And based on the number of messages I receive from readers that just say, “NOOOOOOOO!” I guess there’s plenty of tears happening on their part too. (Am I an evil author if this makes me chuckle?) Sorry, dear readers.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity — Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman philosopher. Or as we say in Aus: you gotta be in it to win it!

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Interview with B.G. Cousins, Author of The Tachi

What can you tell us about your new release, The Tachi?

The Tachi is Book 4 of the Rainey Chronicles. Like the previous three, it is an adventure novel steeped in real history.

Angus Rainey is caught up in the Wars of Scottish Independence. He becomes hunted by a powerful English earl and has to escape the country. In doing so, he eventually ends up with a caravan traveling the ancient Silk Roads to China. Along the way, he meets a German knight, a Persian princess and a disgraced Japanese nobleman who possesses three great Asian swords. One will become the hereditary sword of the Raineys, as seen in Books 1 to 3 of the Rainey Chronicles.

Together, the four head to the land of Nihon (medieval Japan) to regain the lands and status of the Japanese nobleman that were lost through deceit and betrayal.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I do a lot of historical research. For Book 5 of the Rainey Chronicles, I have a copy of Vietnam by Max Hastings. For a novel unrelated to the Rainey Chronicles, I have The Ghosts of Medak Pocket by Carol Off and I’ve saved a video on my PVR called You are Here: A Come From Away Story.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Oh, tough question. Anything I would say would eventually change who I am today, so one must be careful. I think I would say, consider your imagination and curiosity as strengths. Ignore people who belittle you for it. However, don’t be curious about too many things. Focus on three things, tops, or you will not reach your potential.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

That’s easy. I’d go for longer walks with my dog. My imagination soars the best when I’m walking alone with my puppy, especially when I’m in the mountains around Banff and Canmore.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Bagpipes. Not only does it make my world go round, but it has also allowed me to travel to far off places with bands. I love to travel, and music has always been such a big part of me. Bagpipes define me to a large extent.

What scene from The Tachi was your favorite to write?

Ah, that is too hard to answer. There are so many scenes that I enjoyed visualized and putting to paper. The fight scenes are exciting. The funny conversations, especially the off-beat comments made by Freiburg throughout the book, were a joy to write. I couldn’t pick just one scene.

 

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Interview with Thomas Scott, Author of State Of Killers

What can you tell us about your new release, State Of Killers?

State of Killers is the eleventh book in The Virgil Jones Mystery / Thriller Series. Without giving away any spoilers, it touches on part of the story arc from book six, State of Freedom. In this most current novel, the main plot revolves around a group of criminals who are manufacturing drugs and transporting them from the southern part of the state to the northern counties. Virgil and the rest of the state’s Major Crimes Unit are tasked with taking out the group, but along the way they soon discover that their adversaries aren’t going down without a fight. As with all the books in the series, State of Killers is a stand-alone novel, however most people enjoy starting the series with book one and working their way forward to experience the character growth and the larger over-arching storyline.

What books are currently on your night stand?

In no particular order…Anything by James Lee Burke, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Nelson DeMille, C.J. Box, and Stephen White. There are others of course, but those are my favorites.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Probably to go easier on my parents. There really isn’t a parenting manual, so it’s all on-the-job training. I’m sure they did the best they could, especially considering what they had to work with! In other words, I’d try not to be such a snot. As a parent myself with four grown children, sometimes I look back and cringe a little at the behavior of my younger self.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

With my family. Period. In each of my books I touch on family life as it relates to the detectives in the story, and even the bad guys. But family is where it’s at for me. Always has been.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

Almost the same answer as the previous question. Spending time with my family and friends is extremely important to me. It grounds me in ways that wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have the kind of people in my life that I do right now. And that feeling…the grounding, is what enables me to write the kind of novels I do. As for joy, it’s all connected. Being able to write books for a living is something I’ve always dreamed of, and the people in my life (especially my wife) allow me to do just that. And that, is pure joy!

What scene from State Of Killers was your favorite to write?

Again, without spoiling the story for anyone, it was the ending of the book. There is a particular scene at the end—sort of a surprise twist—that was very challenging to write. And I love a good challenge. I wish I could say more about it, but if you read the story (especially if you’ve been with me throughout the entire series) then you’ll know what I’m talking about. And In case you haven’t been with me, now is the time, because the whole series is on sale this entire week, and always free for Kindle Unlimited members! Find out more by searching Virgil Jones Series on Amazon, or at my website, ThomasScottBooks.com.

Thomas Scott is the author of the new book State Of Killers

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Interview with Ian Loome, Author of Snitches Get Stitches

What can you tell us about your new release, Snitches Get Stitches?

Snitches Get Stitches is the fourteenth book in the Amazon best-selling Liam Quinn mysteries, an old-school private eye series in the tradition of Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker. Quinn is contact by a childhood boxing rival. The man’s life has fallen apart and he’s a career criminal. But he’s convinced his beloved sister’s recent death wasn’t the suicide police claim. She was involved in both politics and the local drag community, and had a growing list of enemies. Quinn, meanwhile, is waiting for wife Nora to give birth at any moment to their first child.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’m on the autism spectrum and began reading at an adult level at age three, so it was sort of a natural fit. I was a print journalist for twenty-five years.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I can’t possibly limit it to five books, or ten, or twenty. My favorite books is usually just the last one I really enjoyed which, right now, would be The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Probably JD Salinger. His character Holden Caulfield is the most misunderstood in books, mostly because kids read him when they’re teens themselves and still developing significant aspects of their empty. He wins (or loses, I suppose) poll after poll on the most annoying literary characters, but he’s just a kid who has lost his brother, the only person who care about him, and is lashing out at the world’s inequities. People were so hostile to Holden, I wouldn’t doubt his misunderstood nature is part of why Salinger was such a recluse.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

If I can give myself deep sympathy or empathy for a character even having pre-plotted what’s going to happen. I had a teary moment at the end of the vigilante story I’ve been working on that reminded me how much a good tale can affect us.

What is a typical day like for you?

A lot of work; usually four hours here and there to write, another four of working on ads or technical stuff. Walking the dogs, household stuff, an hour or two at night of blues guitar.

What scene from Snitches Get Stitches was your favorite to write?

The fight in the alley. I hate bullies and it’s nice when they’re surprised.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Absolutely not. Like is about being flexible and open to change.

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