Hi, Rachel. Nice place you have here. Thanks for having me over.
Tell us about your thrillers! I’m sure each one is special, but do you have one that is a favorite?
Seven of my eight novels to date are part of my Vigilante series so I’ll concentrate on those. As the series’ and first book’s title imply, the theme is vigilante justice. The first thriller dealt with vigilantism in its pure sense but as of book two, I formalized the concept by creating a secret clandestine government agency which deals with criminals using somewhat more unorthodox methods than those used by regular police forces. As for having a favorite, I can’t say that I do, I love them all.
Do you find yourself returning to similar themes in your novels, or do you explore new ground each time you write?
There is a theme recurrence with the vigilante aspect. The new ground from one book to the next relates to variance in types of crime. Where the first book dealt with the Vigilante and the police investigation to stop the killer, the second book involved the drug trade and biker gangs. Subject matter in other installments of the series included sex slayings, terrorism and kidnapping, to name a few.
How do you make sure your novels are accurate? What kind of research is helpful?
I strive for realism in the sense that my stories could actually happen. This means that if someone gets shot, stabbed or hit by a car, that person gets hurt and can die. My characters are not such that they can jump out of a sixth floor window, land, roll and run away with a slight limp. The same realism applies with weapons and other equipment used. It would be easy to write about special x-ray devices which scan through concrete walls and silencers which make firearms completely soundless. However, if such gadgets don’t exist in our world, you won’t find them in my novels. All this to say, much of the research I conduct is to ensure what I write is realistic and possible.
Who are some of your literary influences?
I’ve been asked this question or variants of it in the past and always had a hard time trying to narrow it down to a select few. The fact is, I’m influenced by everything I read, whether it’s a historical epic by a bestselling traditional author, a fast-paced thriller by a successful indie or a poorly written work by someone who didn’t put in the requisite effort. I believe we learn from both the good and the not so good writing we’re exposed to.
What’s your best advice for other writers?
Make it your best before you put it out there because you owe it to your readers and never believe this is an easy gig as you will be sorely disappointed if you do.
Thank you so much for joining us on the Freelance and Fiction blog!
Thanks a bunch for having me, Rachel.
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