One of the messages I’d like to convey to readers is that murderers sometimes don’t look or act like you think they’re going to — Skylar comes across as timid, with a high voice, and a charming countenance, but he is a master manipulator, just like his wife Jennifer, who was raised in a strict Evangelical Christian family. I think this book teaches folks that they shouldn’t always take people at face value because sometimes evil lurks within, and things are not always what they seem.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
Newport Beach Police Sgt. Dave Byington and Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy were both hard-working, dedicated public servants who were witty, smart and fun to work with during the five years that I spent researching and writing this book. They had great senses of humor, but they also took their jobs very seriously and were talented professionals who put together three winning cases for trial that were almost never boring to watch.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
Many, but here are two of them:
“Skylar really had a thing for boats.”
“And there, in the distance, was the deep blue scene of this horrific crime, where, somewhere, the anchor of the Well Deserved was resting on the ocean floor.”
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
I’d pick Ryan Gosling for the complex and bizarre Skylar Deleon, who seems so non-threatening, but has such sociopathic violent capabilities underneath, and Scarlett Johansson for Jennifer Deleon, who can seem so innocent and naïve, and yet is so controlling and demanding. Both Gosling and Johansson are very good actors, capable of playing characters with multi-layered personalities.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
Pulling together bits and pieces from various aspects of my research to craft a moving or dramatic scene that evokes the same emotions I envisioned when I first heard about it. It’s wonderful when it comes together and is even more compelling than I’d anticipated.