Welcome to the blog, M.K.! Could you tell us a little bit about your book?
The Abattoir is a story about a sadistic serial killer stalking Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and the Detective, Ellie Danson, who is out to stop him. There are also a couple of interesting subplots as well. Ellie pursues the case while battling sexual harrassment from her male colleagues and trying to save a teenaged boy from the clutches of the street before it pulls him down permanently. These narrative threads eventually all come together in what I think is ultimately a satisfying whole.
What led you to write this novel?
I was interested in exploring the psyche of a killer compelled to murder not necessarily because he wanted to, but because he needs to. Due to certain events in his childhood, he has become unable to engage in the kind of healthy, romantic relationships that can truly make life worth living. He has been psychologically disfigured in a way that belies what unsuspecting others around him see when they look at him.
I was also fascinated by the idea of a female Detective balancing several things in her personal and professional life while struggling to solve the case in a way that so many women do on a daily basis in a variety of occupations today. I’ve always been fascinated by that kind of story.
How did you create the mood you wanted to share with readers?
I decided to construct a narrative that gave alternating perspectives of the killer and Detective as a way of maintaining a fast pace and keeping it as fresh as possible. I suppose the closest analogy to that would be the Patterson style in his earlier books, though I don’t employ first-person perspective the way he does for the Alex Cross series, only third.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I can recall writing a personal essay for a sixth grade English class about my little sister, who had just been born nine months earlier. My teacher was so moved that she created a writing award just for me during our awards season that spring. From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be a writer.
What is your best advice on writing?
Read and write as much as possible and most important of all, to stay positive about your work regardless of how well it is received. Rejection is just another word for opportunity in my opinion.
Thanks so much for stopping by, M.K.!
M.K. Carver is a freelance writer and graduate of the University-at Albany and an alumnus of the Columbia University SOA. M.K. has written grant proposals, blogs, and essays on crime, short stories, novels and screenplays. M.K. is currently working on Point of Impact (An Ellie Danson Mystery) coming this fall.
M.K. Carver can be found at www.mkcarver.blogspot.com. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @carvermk
The Abattoir is available at Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble Nook.