Archive | Mystery/Thriller

Interview with Author Stephen Gane

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 9.31.55 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre as a writer?

The genre is Crime Thriller

Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?

A story of redemption, how unforeseen events can change a person’s life.

Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

I was 65 years old and suffering from dyslexia I’ve always had problems with reading and spelling so writing a novel never entered my head. But, Christmas 2013, I had a dream and had to write the story. Seven weeks and three days later “A Questionable Hero” was finished. And now I have written the sequel. I hope you enjoy reading my novels as much as I enjoy writing them.

Give us insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 9.30.05 PM

Liston Pearce is a black gangster a yardie from a poor part of Bristol. An unforeseen event changed his life.

Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

There are elements of my character in Liston Pearce.

What is the message in your books that you want your readers to grasp?

The message is anyone can change, everyone has choice.

If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?

Liston Pearce would be Denzel Washington, Leon Brown would be Wesley Snipes

What is your current writing project and when will it be released?

My current project is preparing the final draft in the Liston Pearce trilogy, it goes to my editor 4th April 2016 and should be available approximately two months later.

How do you find the time to write?

I am retired so time is not an issue for me.

How can readers find you online?

Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/stevephensgane  

Twitter: https://twitter.com/steve_gane

Website: www.stephengane.com

 

Excerpt from A Questionable Hero

     Liston left her flat on a bright, late October afternoon. A breeze had got up and a slight shiver went through his bones so he pulled the black hood of his jacket over the black bandanna he had tied around his head. Liston liked wearing black: it made him feel and look like the hard man, which in fact he was.

     The trees had lost their leaves; they were blowing about and drifting into the gutters at the sides of the road. With just a short walk to get back to his car, he set off in a good mood.

     He had walked a few hundred yards down the road from Inez’s flat when he heard shouting and screams. Immediately he hurried toward the cries.

     A young white man was attacking a policewoman. He had stabbed her in the back with what looked like a large kitchen knife and was bending over her, about to strike again at her motionless, blood-spattered body. The young man looked up with a blank expression on his face to see a tall black man standing in front of him. He raised the knife again, ready to thrust it deep into the back of the policewoman. Without a moment’s hesitation, Liston pulled his German WWII Walther P38 pistol from his coat pocket. Two shots shattered the silence of the cool, otherwise peaceful afternoon. One bullet hit the attacker in the chest, the other in the stomach. The man seemed to fall in slow motion on top of the policewoman’s body. In blind panic, Liston ran, his heart pounding. It felt like it was about to burst out of his chest.

     This started a series of events that he could never have foreseen, even in his wildest imagination.

 

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Interview with Author Heather L. Benton

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 3.28.10 PMWhat is your book’s genre or category and what draws you to the genre as a writer?

Rich Boys is a suspense/thriller novel, and though the characters are in their twenties, it deals with very mature issues. Although I’ve written comedy, as well… sometimes I find it easier to write dark stories. They always have some kind of silver lining to them, but I like to feel raw emotion when I write. It makes my work come to life more, and therefore creates a more vivid read.

Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?

During a drunken party, aspiring dancer Autumn Wright is stolen away by one of the rich young men she grew up next door to, and finds herself on a luxury train under the guise of a impromptu joyride. After realizing it is actually her kidnapping, and taken to a remote mansion lodge in Manitoba, Autumn realizes she will have to decide: kill someone she cares for… or be killed.

Tell us the story behind the story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?

When I wrote Rich Boys, I had already completed five and a half novels, but couldn’t seem to keep the inspiration going on that last half-completed novel. I needed to find my “mojo” again, so I wrote down settings, conflicts, character types, romantic subplots, and tension that intrigued me. Within about 10 to 15 minutes I had the basic plot of Rich Boys, and wrote the entire first draft in two months.

Give us insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 3.29.07 PM

Autumn is a realistic female in her early twenties (at least in my opinion). She’s driven, ambitious, though afraid to trust her gut at times. She swears, has a touch of O.C.D. and anxiety, but loves deeply. She’s special to me among the many characters I’ve written in that she is often afraid, but when it’s necessary, does what’s needed to help those she loves, and is willing to risk greatly when cornered. She’s a fighter.

Is there a part of you in any of the characters?

There is a part of me in virtually every character in all of my books. Even the antagonists. We all have dark and light within us. I draw from within and amplify it on the page.

What is the message in your books that you want your readers to grasp?

Naturally, there is a different message to each of my books, but in Rich Boys, I suppose it’s that we often put up blinders when we should listen to our intuition, and that even after trauma the light will come back. The light always comes back.

If you assigned an actor/actress to the characters in your novel, who would they be?

I actually do this for almost all of my stories, envision specific people in the roles. For Autumn, I picture a girl who looks like Erin Moriarty, and for Alex, definitely a Hunter Parrish type.

Are there other writers that inspire your own work?

Most of my favorite authors do in some form or another. Maggie Stiefvater for her delicious prose, Stephen King for his suspense, Hemingway for writing so raw, tragically, but lovely. There are dozens.

When did you decide to become a writer?

Nearly a decade ago.

How do you find the time to write?

Will power. These days, I have so many things to juggle I have to force myself to sit down and get rolling. But once I get warmed up, I’m in the zone.

How can readers find you online? 

My books are on Amazon, and I’m also on:

Instagram: @heatherlbenton

Twitter: @theheatherleigh

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/HLBenton/

And, of course, my website: www.HeatherBentonBooks.com

 

Excerpt from Rich Boys  

When at last I felt confident he was in a deep sleep, I slithered out of that bed with more stealth than any of the previous attempts. I’m becoming an expert at this.

I set my own bag close by so I could grab it in a hurry if needed. Then I moved to his bag and searched through it painstakingly slow. So slow. Where are you, stupid drugs? I investigated each item in the weak light of the fire, squinting to see what it was. Finally, finally, I found a bottle. I lifted the prescription bottle, read the name of some drug I didn’t recognize, and realized this must be it. It had to be the sedative. I glanced back at him, making certain he still slept. Sleeping beast. Then I raised the white-topped orange bottle up to the light of the embers in the corner to see how many pills were inside.

It was empty.

I bit my lip hard and let all of my antagonism contort my face into pure terrible irony. For the love of all that was holy, the bottle was empty. End this! My heart sank, because I searched again to make sure I had not missed another bottle or plastic baggy, but I knew I hadn’t. And I knew there was only one other option in there, an object my hand grazed over a minute before. When I found no other evidence of something containing any kind of drug, I went back to that object. I sighed, closed my eyes for a moment, and mustered the toughest, darkest, most ruthless part of me. End this, Autumn. End it now. I swallowed, opened my eyes, wrapped my hand around the handle, and pulled out the knife.

 

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