Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
My favorite lines and excerpts would be giving away too much of the book. But I do like all the cryptic email messages Bill receives from G. Here’s a fairly innocuous one from early on (again, I don’t want to give away any of the twists), but it demonstrates how these messages change the tone:
His phone rang. It was Emily calling to say hi, and to thank him again for the coffee and éclair. While he shot the breeze with her an email came in with the subject ‘about your meeting today’. He opened it up. The message was short, simply saying:
You’re treading in dangerous waters. Be careful. –yer pal, G.
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
Maybe Chris Evans for Bill, Lauren Ambrose for Emily, and Jeff Bridges playing G.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
I love the creative part. Building a world and cast of characters out of nothing, creating a plot that will thrill a reader, and when it all comes together it’s a great feeling. But the very best part of writing is when you get lost in your writing and the characters come alive. There’s a certain high when that happens that’s really quite something.
Your least favorite aspects of writing?
That would be writing a synopsis! My books and plots tend to be very involved, and I hate trying to boil it all down to one page!
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
I’ll limit it to 10 authors and books. Dashiell Hammett is my favorite crime fiction author. I’m in awe of all five crime novels he wrote, but Red Harvest is my favorite. Flannery O’Connor and Wise Blood. Ray Bradbury and The Illustrated Man. Donald Westlake and The Ax. In my opinion, Westlake, under both his name and Richard Stark, was the best crime writer of the last 30 years. Jim Thompson and Savage Night. Joseph Heller and Catch 22. Bruce Jay Friedman and Far from the City of Class. I love Friedman’s absurdist humor and Far from the City of Class is my favorite short story collection. Dan Marlowe and The Name of the Game is Death. James M. Cain and Double Indemnity. Rex Stout and his complete Nero Wolfe collection.