New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Fall Reading List | 2020

New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Fall Reading List | 2020

Need some new mystery and thriller book recommendations for your fall reading list? We’ve got you covered with this list of some amazing new releases. Check out the latest from authors GP Hutchinson, Rimmy London, J. Beckett, Willow Rose, Ann Cleeves, and James Patterson. We hope you enjoy your new books!


Dead Ball

by GP Hutchinson

Release Date: July 9, 2020

The second book in the America’s Pastime Series by GP Hutchinson… Dead Ball begins in 1912 when St. Louise Cardinals pitcher Hal Gerecke unleashes a pitch that he will forever regret. The Boston Braves hitter Rube Wannamaker never caught sight of the incoming fastball and was left unconscious and bleeding. As weeks pass by, Rube is left in a permanent vegetative state. Hal abandons his career after the incident, but certain folks haven’t forgotten that fateful fastball and they are out for blood.

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Stranded at Poppyridge Cove

by Rimmy London

Release Date: September 25, 2020

The third book in the Seaside Inn Mystery Series by Rimmy London… Abby and Chase are thrilled when paranoid surgeon Jessie LeVan wants to rent the entire Inn at triple the cost. But, he demands absolute solitude, and one renter never got the message… Taylor is a corporate lawyer in desperate need of a break. Her week at Poppyridge Cove was a lifeline she couldn’t do without. So, when a bossy doctor insists she leaves, she refuses. But something is not quite right with the doctor and suddenly her vacation feels more like a trap.

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Island of Secrets

by J. Beckett

Release Date: September 29, 2020

The first book in the Expedition Inc Series by J. Beckett… Expedition Inc. is a team of explorers for hire. They are ready and willing to set out on an adventure. For the right price, that is. They hunt for treasure all over the world. Wherever a job takes them, that’s where Jason Kincaid and his crew go. When offered with a discovery of the century, how could they turn the job down? It turns out they are not the only ones with this particular job, and the race is on.

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Black Frost

by Willow Rose

Release Date: September 25, 2020

The 13th book in the Emma Frost Series by bestselling author Willow Rose… A young girl has disappeared from the park. When she turns up again the next morning in a different place on the island, people start talking. Was she drunk and doesn’t remember? Did she go home with a guy? Why is she insisting she doesn’t know? Emma Frost is fighting for Victor’s best friend, Skye, but then a guy falls into her arms and dies a few minutes later. It turns out he was frozen to death. When a young boy turns up to school frozen as well, Emma fears for her loved ones.

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The Darkest Evening

by Ann Cleeves

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The ninth book in the Vera Stanhope series by New York Times bestselling author Ann Cleeves… It is the first snowy night of winter and Detective Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. After missing a turn, she suddenly becomes lost and disorientated. She finds a car skidded off the side of the ride in front of her, so she stops to help. But she finds no driver in sight, but a toddler strapped in the back seat.

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The Coast-to-Coast Murders

by James Patterson

Release Date: September 21, 2020

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a terrifying past. Both adopted, and now grown, they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to. Their parents are public intellectuals, an Ivy League clinical psychologist and a renowned psychiatrist, and they brought up their adopted children in a rarefied, experimental environment. They were sheltered from the world’s harsh realities, which forced secrets upon them, secrets they keep at all costs.

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Interview with J. Beckett, Author of Island of Secrets

What can you tell us about your new release, Island of Secrets?

I’ve always loved the pulpy action adventure thrillers. As a kid I devoured David Goleman’s Event Group Thrillers. I also really loved a very short lived Canadian show called Adventure Inc. (short like 1 season iirc) that featured a team of folks that were treasure hunters. It was fun to watch them explore the depths finding previously hidden things. I wanted to tap into a bit of that excitement.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I think there are two major factors. As a kid I wasn’t a huge reader, but my parents bribed me to read and write book reports with GI Joe figures. Once I got started I never stopped reading. The other factor was much later when I discovered David Eddings and Terry Brooks’ work. While I don’t write fantasy, my early reading was predominantly fantasy and really kindled my imagination.

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

Oh wow, tough one. I’ll cheat a little with series 🙂
1. The Shannara Chronicles – Terry Brooks
2. Omega Force – Joshua Dalzelle
3. Spinward Fringe – Randolph Lalonde
4. Wool – Hugh Howey
5. The Event group Thrillers – David Coleman

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

I think maybe Hugh Howey. I’d ask if he was surprised at the success of Wool. It was one of the first (that I recall) self-published things I read and I remember falling in love with his world. He was/is one of those ‘breakout’ success stories, but there’s always more to that, I’d love to talk to him about it.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I love telling stories. I have since I was a kid. I always looked at assignments in school and if possible made them into stories even if that wasn’t the project.

What is a typical day like for you?

I try to write every day. My current day job is running my own indie conference company, so some days it’s all about that, but most I try to get a few words down. Much of my writing tends to be in the evening, often as I’m re-watching old sci-fi like Stargate SG1, Dark Matter, or Firefly.

What scene from Island of Secrets was your favorite to write?

I think the (Spoilers ahead) base. Exploring that and then subsequently destroying it. Creating a bit of history around it so it (at least to me) felt kind of plausible.

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

Not a John Wilker Original but I love “the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself”

It’s so easy these days to measure yourself against someone else regardless of if they’ve been on their path longer than you or if their path even similar to yours, etc. I try to keep my eye on the prize and not worry what other writers are doing.

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Interview with Andrew Rivas, Author of The Daughters of Depair

What can you tell us about your new release, The Daughters of Despair?

The Daughters of Despair is a subversion of the damsel in distress trope told as an oral history. Princess Ruby is kidnapped, but as the rescue party sent after her encounters trouble on the road, she finds that sometimes a princess can only rely on herself. The world of Ember-I is a blend of fantasy and science-fiction, one that contains swords and bows and arrows but also machine-human hybrids from space. I had a lot of fun writing it and I think people will have a lot of fun reading it.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My mom and Stephen King. Growing up, my mom was always reading, and she’s a big fan of Stephen King and had every one of his books. I always wondered why she was such a huge fan and at a certain age she let me go through her collection and I devoured his whole bibliography. I liked reading before that but after reading so much of his work I knew I wanted to be an author, and that’s all I’ve wanted ever since.

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

The Drawing of the Three, by Stephen King

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, by David Foster Wallace

Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk

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

If the person can be living or dead, then I’d want to interview Hunter S. Thompson. I’d love to hear what he has to say about the current state of … everything. His takedowns of politicians are some of the funniest and most insightful things I’ve ever read.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Seeing something that was previously only in my head on the page. It’s like magic. And knowing that the world and characters I’ve created are being read by others, and now they exist in others’ minds as well … I still can’t believe it.

What is a typical day like for you?

Unfortunately, it isn’t very interesting. Self-publishing is a grind. I spend most of the morning alternating between working on new work and editing manuscripts I’ve finished but haven’t published yet. The afternoons are about soliciting reviews, planning promotions, trying (and failing) to establish a social media presence, and obsessively refreshing the pages that monitor my sales and reviews. Then whatever media I’m currently consuming at night to decompress.

What scene from The Daughters of Despair was your favorite to write?

The meeting of the Crown and the Five Families that occurs early in the book. It’s not the most action-packed scene but the whole thing is dripping with subtext and full of hints as to the future of the series. The people involved have decades of history with one another and it was fun to have to create a whole history for them that’s not necessarily shown in full during the scene. This is the only time in the series that they’re all in the same room, and I wanted readers to be able to look back at the scene two, three, four books down the line and say “Oh, so that’s why they said that.”

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

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” I always thought that it was Mr. Rogers who said this, but apparently he was quoting an author named Henry James.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | September 29

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Willow Rose, J. Beckett, Rimmy London, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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Our Audiobook Playlist For September | 2020

Our Audiobook Playlist For September | 2020

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite audiobooks we’ve been listening to in September. Our playlist includes a little something for everyone from mystery, romance, literary fiction, and thriller. Grab your headphones and happy listening!


To Tell You the Truth

by Gilly Macmillan

Release Date: September 22, 2020

The new release from the New York Times Bestselling Author of What She Saw… Lucy Harper has a talent for writing bestselling novels and it has given her fame, fortune, and millions of fans. It has also given her Dan, her needy and jealous husband whose own writing career has gone nowhere… Now Dan has vanished.

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The Book of Two Ways

by Jodi Picoult

Release Date: September 22, 2020

The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light… In a single moment, everything changes for Dawn Edelstein. While on a plane, the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. As she braces herself, thoughts flash through her mind. But they are not of her husband but a man she last saw fifteen years ago.

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Thanks for Last Night

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: September 15, 2020

I can give you three reasons why it is a bad idea to date the sexy, charming pro hockey star: 1. He is one of my closest friends. 2. All our friends are friends. 3. We both have wounds from past relationships… We are both single and it’s just safer for the heart to stay that way. But there’s no reason not to bid on him at the charity auction. Right?

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Mountain Laurel

by Lori Benton

Release Date: September 1, 2020

North Carolina, 1793. Ian Cameron has come to Mountain Laurel hoping to remake himself yet again-into his planter uncle’s heir. No matter how uneasily the role of slave owner rests upon his shoulders. Then he meets the beautiful and artistic Seona, who is enslaved to his kin. As his fascination turns to love, he can no longer be the man others wished him to be.

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To Love a Prince

by Rachel Hauck

Release Date: August 10, 2020

Daffodil Caron isn’t a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. She grew up as a playmate to royal princes of Perrigwynn Palace in the North Sea’s Lauchtenland, but when she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed. Fast forward eighteen years and she is now living a sweet, non-royal life. The last person on her mind is Gus, the price she once called her best mate.

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Irresistible in a Kilt

by Anna Durand

Release Date: August 22, 2020

The eighth book in the Hot Scotts Series by Anna Durand… I fell in love with Alex Thorne twelve years ago. But every word that comes out of his mouth is a half-truth, a con, or an evasion. Now I discovered my dream job at a university in America is his way of pulling me back into his world. But I won’t fall under the spell of the British Bastard again.

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The Buzziest Books of September | 2020

The Buzziest Books of September | 2020

The month of September was a great time for readers with a host of exciting releases from bestselling authors. There were so many page-turning novels that captivated us from cover to cover this month. If you want to catch up on the books everyone was talking about, here are our choices for the buzziest books of September. Happy reading!


One by One

by Ruth Ware

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The new thriller from the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Turn of the Key… Being snowed in at a luxurious ski chalet in the French Alps doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world. Especially when there is a breathtaking vista, a full-service chef and housekeeper, a cozy fire, and others to keep you company. Unless the company happens to be your eight coworkers… Each of which has something to gain, something to lose, and something to hide.

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Anxious People

by Fredrik Backman

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of A Man Called Ove… Looking at real estate isn’t normally a life or death situation, but that is exactly what happens when a failed bank robber bursts into an apartment open house and takes a group of strangers hostage.

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Keep My Heart

by Lex Martin, Kennedy Ryan, Kennedy Fox, and Willow Winters

Release Date: September 6, 2020

The seventh book in the bestselling Top Shelf Romance Series… With over 800 pages of stories, Keep My Heart includes: Reckless by Lex Martin, Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan, Travis & Viola Duet by Kennedy Fox, and Knocking Boots by Willow Winters.

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The Evening and the Morning

by Ken Follett

Release Date: September 15, 2020

The fourth book in the Kingsbridge Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Ken Follett… It is the year 997 CE, the end of the dark ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined.

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Retribution of the Damned

by Roderick Donald

Release Date: August 30, 2020

The fourth book in the Cait Lennox: Femme Fatale Series by Roderick Donald… Cait’s powers of insight and perception are pushed to the Max when Angie, a close friend of her father, unknowingly becomes involved with a ruthless international crime cartel in the US. Cait must go undercover and use her unique profiling skills to slowly piece together the lies, deception, and bitter rivalries of the Garibaldi mafia family.

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Shadows in Death

by J. D. Robb

Release Date: September 8, 2020

The 51st book in the In Death Series by New York Times Bestselling Author J. D. Robb… While examining a body in Washington State Park, Eve’s husband, Roarke, spots a man among the onlookers he’s known since his younger days on the streets in Dublin. A man who claims in his half brother… A man who kills for a living and burns with hatred for him.

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Engage at Dawn: First Contact

by Edward Hochsmann

Release Date: September 15, 2020

When Coast Guard Officer Ben Wyporek and his crew discover a drug-runner’s derelict boat with extensive damage, they are lead on a dangerous mission to locate a crashed alien vessel before a transnational criminal organization, known as 252 Syndicate, can find it. However, the crew finds itself ill-prepared to handle the mission.

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Piranesi

by Susanna Clarke

Release Date: September 15, 2020

“A novel that feels like a surreal meditation on life in quarantine.” Piranesi is the new novel from the New York Times Bestselling Author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell… Piranesi introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by the tides and the clouds.

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Bestsellers Now in Paperback | September 2020

Take a look at this month’s selection of bestsellers now in paperback! September had a great selection of bestselling books to check out from thrilling mysteries to enthralling literary reads, and insightful biographies. Pick up these latest paperback books by bestselling authors James Patterson, Stephen King, Vince Flynn, Margaret Atwood, Elin Hilderbrand, Brandon Sanderson, and many more!


Mystery, Thriller & Suspense


Literary Fiction


Fantasy & Science Fiction

Young Adult


Biography & Memoir

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Interview with Michael Rabasco, Author of The Secret of Grimsey

What can you tell us about your new release, The Secret of Grimsey?

I am a first-time author and am excited about the release of The Secret of Grimsey. This novel is the first of three–the second installment will be titled, “The Long Road.” The story revolves around three small town teenagers who are thrust into the middle of the Viking end-of-times myth, called Ragnarok (the twilight of the gods). The teens must contend with powerful forces as they come to terms with an otherworldly inheritance. There’s a heavy dose of magic, but this magic comes in a realistic, almost scientific context. The book also explores the good and bad in human nature and exemplifies the old adage that “even the smallest among us can change the course of the world.”

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Ever since I discovered Greek and Roman mythology as a young boy, I was fascinated by the genre and all that myth and fantasy had to offer. When my 5th grade teacher in Maine, Mr. Fournier, read The Hobbit to our class over the course of the school year -with a spot on Smeagol accent- I was hooked. From that point, I scribbled bits and pieces of stories from time to time, but it took me about 35 years to get serious about it.

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

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (I know I’m bending the parameters of the question, but I’m counting this trilogy as one book). And what can I say, other than it’s simply the best.

The Silmarillion, also by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s the most sublime, deep, and complex world and myth building I’ve come across.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It’s a wonderful and moving display of the manifestation of hubris, identity, basic human needs, and the meaning of humanity itself.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brone. Heathcliff, the quasi-villain, is perfectly conceived and executed, and is such a classic and enduring character.

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. I recently read this novel and was completely enthralled. The author provided a master class in different characters’ perspectives.

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

You’re probably going to identify a pattern in my answers, but it would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien. I would want to talk with him about his creative process and how he approached and was inspired by the Norse myths. I’d love to know how the Runic alphabet influenced his creations, particularly the language of the Dwarves, called Cirth, which was one of the many languages that underpinned his world. In terms of a specific question, I would want to know the secret behind his most enigmatic character– Tom Bombadil.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There are two things I enjoy. First, the research that goes into writing. For this novel, the research revolved around learning more about the history, origin, and different cultural traditions of the Norse myths. Second, I love the “ah hah” moments when discovering something new about my characters. They really do take on a life of their own.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work full-time and write part-time as a hobby whenever I can. Most of The Secret of Grimsey was written at a local coffee shop in Washington, D.C. near my home and also in Boston, where I recently lived. I tend to work several hours at a time and then break until the next session, but the characters and storylines stay with me and evolve even when I’m not actively thinking through what will come next.

What scene from The Secret of Grimsey was your favorite to write?

I loved writing anything to do with Alrick because of his mixture of seriousness and joviality. I also share his love of good food. In terms of a specific scene, I would say either the events at the Temple or Meddybemps Lake.

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

Again, you might see a pattern in my answers…

“Someone else always has to carry on the story.” –Bilbo Baggins

This quote conveys the idea that every person has inherent value and a unique contribution to make to our communities, society, and the world. Each of us plays a part in the “story” passed down from generation to generation.

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Interview with Michelle G Stradford, Author of Rise Unstoppable

What can you tell us about your new release, Rise Unstoppable?

“Rise Unstoppable” is book three in my “Rising” poetry series, written to celebrate the tenacity and the capacity we all possess to transform and rise to be an unstoppable force. The themes in this collection focus on the self-created barriers we place on ourselves, as well as the trauma of unhealthy relationships. It also touches on the social and racial injustices that many of us face, as well as the challenges and biases we often address in navigating our work lives.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have always loved that we can experience so many other existences, live alternate lives through the stories told my others. From childhood I was intrigued by the art of story telling and started writing short stories and poetry in elementary school. However, I was encouraged by my high school English teacher who recognized my passion for the written word.

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

  1. And Still I Rise – Maya Angelou (Tall on talent and grace, there are too many to choose from)
  2. The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin (or any of his books)
  3. A Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela (the epitome of strength, wisdom, servant leadership)
  4. The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet ( the longest book I have ever read that remained enchanting throughout)
  5. Becoming – Michelle Obama (inspirational, relatable and uplifting)

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

Maya Angelou.
What would you want to ask?
With a life so full of adventure, experiences, and a fearless thirst for life, what is her one regret.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Discovery. Writing requires a hunger for knowledge, exploration of the world we inhabit, the people who surround us, and our thoughts, fears, and emotions. I love going wherever a thought takes me and often discovering something I had not noticed or contemplated before.

What is a typical day like for you?

My most productive efforts are on weekends when I have more time to devote to either painting, crafting or writing. However, during the week I awake early morning and meditate, stretch, then partake of my requisite cup of coffee before I begin writing. I typically spend a few hours on a work in progress or final edits, then get dressed for the day. I spend the better part of the day focused on my full-time role. After dinner and family time, I get caught up on social media and marketing. I finish my evening unwinding with music, and a great read from some of my favorite authors.

What scene from Rise Unstoppable was your favorite to write?

The ‘Guilt-Free’ poem. The wordplay of mixed metaphors, the mood-setting imagery while elevating the message of empowerment was just a delightful writing experience.

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

My favorite quote is an excerpt of two verses of the Invictus poem by William Ernest Henley:
“Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”

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Interview with Roderick Donald, Author of Retribution of the Damned

What can you tell us about your new release, Retribution of the Damned?

• As with my other books, Retribution of the Damned crosses boundaries. It’s difficult to pidgeon-hole it into a specific genre. I like to think of it as contemporary urban fiction with a paranormal twist.

• I really think the story can be fairly succinctly summed up by quoting the words of one of my early reviewers – “Fast paced story . . . lots of action, adventure, mystery”. That sort of says it all.

• The story is an adrenalin rush from page one. It explodes off the page with two amazing action scenes in in the first thirty-four pages. It’s initially set in Australia, then quickly moves to California.

• Now, without giving too much away, as to be expected, Cait—and for those of you who aren’t familiar with the series yet, she’s my femme fatale heroine—well, she finds herself in the thick of things. She’s a bit of a trouble magnet.

• Anyway, Cait’s now a full-on criminal profiler. She ends up going undercover to help out a friend of her fathers who unknowingly has become involved with a ruthless international mafia cartel.

• Heaps of action and suspense builds as Cait goes head to head with a vindictive mafia heiress. And you simply have to hang in there to the final 15 pages. There’s a huge, unexpected twist at the end that will shock the socks off you!

• And by the way. This might be book #4 in the Cait Lennox: femme fatale series, but it’s a standalone book, so it can easily be read on its own.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

• No single person or event directed me down the writing path. I’ve always been a bit of a scribbler, right from when I was a kid. Words just came easy to me and had a habit of unexpectantly popping out of my mouth.

• But there was a cathartic event about twenty five years ago that literally shoved me down the writing path with the force of a locomotive on a full head of steam. I had an unfortunate business dealing that went totally pear-shaped and it forced me to rethink my life and my priorities. As an almost therapeutic way of dealing with the fallout I took a writing course, and that was it. I became hooked.

• And the rest is history. For the first few years I started writing freelance news and magazine articles and toyed with a few ideas for a novel. That was until one day, fifteen years later, my femme fatale character Cait started screaming at me – “Let me out. I’ve got a story to tell”. And then the books started flowing. My first book took 3-years to write, then I pumped out four in the last eighteen months.

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

• That one’s hard to answer because I often read a novel, vividly remember the plot and storyline, but totally forget the title. I know it sounds weird, but it’s true.

• So books that immediately come to mind? They’re are usually ones that I’ve become engrossed in when I have been travelling. And as I’ve travelled to and lived in over 70 countries now, that’s a lot of books.

• Straight off the top of my head? Dune, by Frank Herbert. Just loved the world he created. I read this while back packing through Europe; Lord of the Rings. A masterpiece of pure fantasy and escapism. It brings back memories of hitch hiking around Ireland; Caravans, by James A. Michiner. This one reminds me of travelling the Silk Road from Istanbul through Iran and Afghanistan, then down the Kyber Pass and into Pakistan and India; the Conqueror Series by Conn Iggulden sucked me in a few years back, so much so that I immediately read the Emperor Series about the rise and decline of the Roman Empire and then War of Roses – medieval England at its decadent and violent best; I loved the historical detail in Nelson De Mille’s books like Cathedral. Read one this while driving around southern Europe for 6-months. So many countries, so many books . . .

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

• I think Mark Dawson. And why? Because he’s managed to achieve what every self-published author aspires to – success in the dog-eat-dog world of publishing, which he has done. But somehow he’s also managed to retain a totally down to earth perspective on life at the same time.

• #1 Question? With your obvious success, how have you managed to remain level headed and maintain what appears to be a sense of humanity?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

• Well, I could say the expected—the creative process of course, or the way words play with each other, but I’d be wrong.

• If I really think about it, I’d have to say my favorite thing about writing a book is that moment in time when a story suddenly becomes alive. All I can say is that when this occurs, the storyline actually takes over. As a writer, the story is then in control and leads me where it wants to. When this occurs I may be steering the ship, but the story decides what ports we drop off in along the way.

• I find this usually occurs a few times in the life of writing a novel. For me, it always first seems to happen around page 50 or 60, which I suppose is understandable because by then the story is rolling. Then again around page 100 to 120, which is the half-way mark. By the time the story gets to page 150, the story is the boss and I’m just the scribe. Sometimes I really don’t know what’s going to happen next.

What is a typical day like for you?

• Days when I write? I’m an early riser, so I tend to fluff around for an hour or two with a coffee after a freshly squeezed orange juice (essential!!!) in the mornings, looking for an excuse not to start the writing process. Quite strange actually. I realize I’m consciously doing other things when I’ve ear-marked the time to write, but I do them regardless.

• When I start, I always re-read the last session’s work. Gives me a heads up on where I’m up to, and the editing puts me in the mood to put finger to keyboard.

• I aim to write about 10,000 words in a sitting. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Regardless, I try and put at least a few words down every day, 7 days a week.

• I always have my computer with me everywhere I go. Light bulb moments can occur anywhere, and they fade as quickly as they arrive, so I jot them down.

What scene from Retribution of the Damned was your favorite to write?

• Definitely the final scene, right at the end of the book. The last 15 pages in fact. The ending really surprised even me, because honestly I didn’t see it coming. It’s a totally unexpected twist that came out of left field.

• It’s actually where the title came from – Retribution of the Damned, with the emphasis on the word ‘retribution’. I’ll leave you to read the book to find out what happens!

• All I can say is, it certainly wasn’t the ending I’d initially factored in. But I’m glad it appeared out of nowhere like a beacon in the dark. Looking back, the original ending really was a bit vanilla and passe.

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

• Cream always rises to the top.

• I’m very pragmatic about life and do tend to let things roll as they play out. I find if I force things, more often than not the outcome is less than desirable.

• I’m a firm believer in Karma. You reap what you sow. I try to do the right thing by every living thing. Especially if they’re furry, walk on four legs and have a tail wag that will clear your coffee table in a heartbeat.

Roderick Donald is the author of the new book Retribution of the Damned.

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