Welcome to the blog, Ed! Could you tell us a little bit about Consequences of Truth?
First of all, thank you for featuring me. Consequences of Truth is my debut novel which revolves around a son’s obsessive desire for revenge against his father’s killers. As a young boy, Jake Nomad witnesses the murder of his father and through the years the lack of knowledge about this killing finally surfaces into an insatiable need to find out what really happened to his father. Jake, a failed ex-special ops soldier, now a successful plumber, slowly uncovers the people responsible for his father’s death: members of the Mafia. There are several underlying subplots: a retired detective’s awakening, a jealous second in command Mafioso, and a family member living a secret life. These subplots intersect and intertwine and keep the reader involved until the last paragraph.
What led you to write this novel?
In the early 1990’s I was reading many crime books, which is what I enjoyed at the time. After reading maybe 10 or 12 of these I said to myself, this is not that hard, I’m going to write a novel. Well, I found out quickly writing is hard work and I wrote a 300 page novel which I completely threw out. But that was the seed for Consequences of Truth. Many years of writing, trying to get an agent, putting the book away, taking it back out, revising, rewriting over and over, and working with a writing coach led to the version that is now available.
What is your favorite aspect of the crime genre?
I think my favorite aspect is the unexpected. Usually in the end, the good guys prevail, but the twists and turns make the reading interesting, as long as they are believable. There’s nothing worse than figuring out the ending halfway through the book. I believe a reader must be kept in suspense until the very end, but that suspense must be built up throughout the book and when the ending comes, the reader should not say to himself, how did that happen? The reader should be led along the path to the end without knowing he is being led.
Jake Nomad is obsessed with finding out the truth. How did you keep him sympathetic while still allowing him to push past the boundaries of the typical “good guy” in his journey?
I tried to keep Jake sympathetic by making him a flawed everyman, someone who the reader could relate to. But with his background, he does possess abilities the normal man or plumber would not posses, which allows him to carry out his plan. Not every reader may consider him a good guy as some people do not believe in revenge, no matter what, but they would feel compassion towards a little boy watching his father being shot. The people who help him also make him more believable and they do not always agree with his motives or go along blindly. I think that helps to define Jake’s mission even deeper.
What is your best advice on writing?
My best advice is do not quit. Publishing a book the traditional way these days is very hard. Getting an agent to read a manuscript is even harder. Rejection should not slow down a writer, rather I believe rejections should energize a writer to write and re-write and re-focus their efforts even more. Put rejections on the wall and look at them when you don’t feel like writing or when you have a blank page. Use them as a motivation tool to get better. My other advice is to hire a writing coach or editor, someone who you will pay to tell you that your work stinks or that you have potential. Relatives and friends are not impartial critics. I would not be where I am today with my writing coach who helped me shape the plot and characters better than I had done by myself. Professional athletes have hitting coaches and pitching coaches, why can’t writers also have coaches?
Thanks so much for stopping by, Ed!
I work full time by day and write in the morning before I go to work. I think about the next scenes in my book during the day and I will jot down thoughts on a yellow sticky pad. Those yellow pages decorate my desk and I use them as writing prompts to expand a section or as fuel for my next pages. My second book is more of a literary novel titled Regarding John Bailey which involves a man’s search for happiness in middle age. I am trying to get an agent for that book. I am in the process of writing an untitled sequel to that book.
Consequences of Truth is available as an e-book at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.