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Character Interview: Pat Tierney from Rosemary McCracken’s suspense thriller, Black Water, the second book in the Pat Tierney series

We’re thrilled to have you here today, Pat Tierney, from Rosemary McCracken’s new suspense thriller, Black Water. Pat is a 47-year-old financial planner in Toronto, Canada. In Black Water, the second book in the series, she leaves Toronto and heads out to cottage country north of the city.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you for this interview, Pat. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

BlackWater smallerBlack Water is narrated in the first person, which means that I told my story to Rosemary, and she wrote it down, just as she did with Safe Harbor, the first book in my series. And I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! It’s my story and I couldn’t trust anybody to tell it, other than myself. I related the events in Black Water, and how I felt when they were taking place. At times, I was absolutely terrified. At other times, I was uncertain what to do. And I was beside myself with worry when those horrible bikers threatened to take little Tommy from me. I just couldn’t let anything happen to that child.

Do you feel that the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

As I said, Black Water is my story, and I told it exactly the way it happened and presented myself exactly as I am. But Rosemary could have held back a bit and edited certain parts. When you’re telling your own exciting story, you sometimes get carried away and say things that are better left unsaid. Like that phone sex scene with my beau Devon Shaughnessy. Why Rosemary had to keep that in, I certainly don’t know. It didn’t add anything to the story because Devon wasn’t in this book at all. He was hundreds of miles away in Connecticut where he lives.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I try do give people the benefit of the doubt, and err on the side of generosity even if there is a chance that I may be wrong. In Safe Harbor, I brought Tommy, my late husband’s son, into our family. My daughter, Laura, calls me “the world’s biggest pushover.” And she’s probably right.

Worse trait?

I’m a worrier. I worry about everything, which makes bad situations twice as bad. I worry about them beforehand, and then I have to live through them.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Nicole Kidman. She’s now 45, a little younger than I am, but by the time the movie comes out, we’ll be the same age. She’s very convincing in portraying feisty, strong women. I think she’d do a good job telling my story on screen.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Devon Shaughnessy is the current man in my life, although he doesn’t show up in Black Water—apart from the phone sex scene. But just between the two of us, I don’t think Devon is Mr. Right. But he’s a perfectly acceptable Mr. Right Now.

At what point did you start getting nervous about the way your story was going to turn out?

At one point in Black Water, I was being held by two members of a biker gang. They were convinced that I was involved in a drug operation and wanted me out of the way. Permanently out of the way, if you get my meaning.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

This would be my housekeeper, Farah Alwan. Farah came to Canada from Iraq a few years ago. She’s a romantic young woman, filled with thoughts of finding a rich husband, having a beautiful home and lovely clothes. She’s the kind of woman I am trying to raise my daughters not to be.

But I have to remind myself that Farah comes from a different world. If her family hadn’t had to flee their country, her life would have been very different. Her parents would have arranged a good marriage for her, and that may not happen in Canada. I’ve tried to talk to Farah about going to school and building a career. But, so far, she’s not listening.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

The book ends exactly as my adventures in cottage country did. A killer is unmasked, other bad apples are rounded up, and peace is restored to paradise.

What words of wisdom would you give your author when she writes another book with you in it?

I certainly hope Rosemary will show me the next manuscript before it is published. And that she’ll delete any scenes I tell her to.

Thank you for this interview, Pat. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

I’ve started relating another set of adventures to Rosemary. It will be a while before it’s finished as we both have very busy schedules. It’s also set in cottage country.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout the Author:

RosemaryMcCracken’s first mystery novel, Safe Harbor, was shortlisted for Britain’s Crime Writers’ Association’s Debut Dagger in 2010. It was published by Imajin Books in 2012. Its sequel, Black Water, has just been released.

Visit Rosemary’s website at http://www.rosemarymccracken.com/.

Follow Rosemary on http://rosemarymccracken.wordpress.com/. And on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RCMcCracken and on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/rosemarymccracken?ref=tn_tnmn

BLACK WATER can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Black-Water-Tierney-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00CWF2X8S

Book Review: Blood Moon, by Alexandra Sokoloff

 

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Book Description

Book II of the Huntress/FBI Thrillers

Twenty-five years have passed since a savage killer terrorized California, massacring three ordinary families before disappearing without a trace.

The haunted child who was the only surviving victim of his rampage is now wanted by the FBI for brutal crimes of her own, and Special Agent Matthew Roarke is on an interstate manhunt for her, despite his conflicted sympathies for her history and motives.

But when his search for her unearths evidence of new family slayings, the dangerous woman Roarke seeks – and wants – may be his only hope of preventing another bloodbath.

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My thoughts…

This novel was a hell of a ride. Sokoloff has a gift for creating engrossing plots and heart-racing thrillers. I read the first book in the series, Huntress Moon, and although I loved that first instalment, this second one was even better.

First of all, the whole thing about the female serial killer–actually, a vigilante–is quite compelling, especially because our protagonist, Roarke, develops torn, conflicting feelings toward her. And we can’t help but do the same! Sokoloff has done her research well and she incorporates lots of information about the mind of the serial killer. She does this skillfully, however, without including long information dumps like some other authors do. Roarke is a sympathetic hero with a high sense of honor and justice. There are lots of twists and turns, yet the story evolves organically, with the right balance of quiet moments between the thrills. Lots of atmosphere, lots of interesting setups.

If you haven’t read Sokoloff’s novels yet, I highly recommend you do. She’s one of my favorite authors these days and her stories never disappoint. One more thing, although Moon Blood is the 2nd one in the series, it holds well as a stand-alone book, as the author incorporates bits of backstory here and there to quickly draw readers right into the central plot of the series. In sum, if you’re a fan of suspense and thrillers, I strongly recommend you pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.

Read my interview with Alexandra Sokoloff HERE.

Character Interview: Special Agent Matthew Roarke from Alexandra Sokoloff’s Huntress/FBI thrillers series

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Special Agent Matthew Roarke from Alexandra Sokoloff’s new thriller, Blood Moon, Book II of the Huntress/FBI thrillers. Roarke is a 35-year old FBI agent living in San Francisco, California.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Agent Roarke.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Roarke: There are things that I would do differently, personally. I deeply regret the course of action that led to the events at the end of the book.  Lives were saved but at a terrible cost.  I would give anything to do it over.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently? 

Blood Moon.jpg 250 x 375Roarke: I cringe at the obvious ambiguity of my feelings and motives. I can’t blame the author for that, though.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Roarke: Relentlessness.

Worst trait? 

Roarke: Relentlessness.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Roarke: The author is the expert as far as the film business is concerned. She says Kyle Chandler or Viggo Mortensen.  I defer to her.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Roarke: If I’m to be entirely honest, I have two.  One would almost certainly be fatal. One might be saving.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Roarke:  I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’ve been apprehensive since the first book. This case is unlike any I’ve ever experienced. There’s no criminal precedent for a female serial killer. There’s no psychological precedent for Cara Lindstrom, period.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really want to be and why?

Roarke: I deeply admire my team member, Special Agent Epps. I wouldn’t say I’d trade places with him, but I would be a better person if I had his balance and moral certainty.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? 

Roarke: It’s not over. I’m not going to leave it this way.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

Roarke: Don’t get in my way.

Thank you for this interview! Will we be seeing more of you in the future? 

Roarke: I’m afraid so. The third book, Wind Moon, is unfolding now. As I said, it’s not over.

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AlexSokoloff bwABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandra Sokoloff is the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill award-nominated author of the supernatural thrillers THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, and THE SPACE BETWEEN, and the Top Ten Amazon bestselling Huntress/FBI thriller series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON), which has also been nominated for a Thriller Award for Best E Book Original Novel. The New York Times Book Review has called her a “daughter of Mary Shelley,” and her books “Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.”

As a screenwriter she has sold original horror and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has also written two non-fiction writing workbooks: SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog, and has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA, west and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America.

Find the author on the Web: 

Website: http://alexandrasokoloff.com

Blog: http://www.screenwritingtricks.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/alexandra.sokoloff

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AlexSokoloff

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Character Interview: Veronica Vasquez from R. Barri Flowers’ crime thriller, BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN

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We’re thrilled to have here today, Special Agent Veronica Vasquez from R. Barri Flowers’ crime thriller, BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN. Veronica is a thirty-five year old Criminal psychologist and profiler with the FBI’s Serial Killer Unit., living in Washington, DC, but visiting Portland, Oregon.

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!

 

Thank you so for this interview, Veronica. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers? 

 

Yes, I believe the book was pretty accurate in its depiction of me as a career FBI criminal psychologist, a widow still hoping to find love again, and a sister seeking to reestablish the bonds with my estranged sister. 

 

That said, I would like to tell the readers that I didn’t run away from my hometown of Portland for the sake of running away, per se, but rather because it was time to start a new life. Though there have been some regrets along the way, I firmly believe that things happen as they were meant to, for better or worse. 

 

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently? 

 

Before He Kills Again_CoverYes, the author was spot on in colorizing my personality. I am basically the same down to earth, yet analytical character with an open mind as a profiler and tender heart for those who mean something to me as illustrated. Like other people, I have a few flaws and am continually trying to rectify them. 

 

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

 

My dedication to the job, even as other things were falling apart in my life. An honorable mention would be a willingness to look at the big picture while zeroing in on the smaller one. 

 

Worse trait? 

 

My worst trait is perhaps a stubbornness that I inherited from my mother—in which I can be pretty inflexible to my own detriment. It’s something I’m working on. 

 

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)? 

 

That’s a great question. If it were a television movie, it would definitely be Kelli Giddish, who resembles me physically and is a great actress. For a motion picture, I would say that Kate Hudson or Amanda Seyfried would be ideal choices to play me. If they decided on a British actress, I’d love to see Dominique McElligott in the role. 

 

Do you have a love interest in the book? 

 

Yes, I am happy to say. Things between me and Homicide Detective Sergeant Bryan Waldicott of the Portland Police Bureau become pretty intense as the story moves along.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out? 

 

I would say about three-quarters of the way when I think I’ve got the bead on the serial killer and am forced to look in a different direction, unsure just who the unsub is. 

 

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why? 

 

I definitely wouldn’t want to be the killer that’s for sure, because he’s going down—if I have any say in the matter. 

 

Beyond that, though I love my sister Alexandra, I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. Mainly because it would just be too weird as we know each other too well (not always a good thing). Also, I don’t get along too well with her new husband and certainly wouldn’t want to wake up one morning and find that I was married to him.

 

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? 

 

I feel it was really a great ending—everything you would expect in a good thriller with a heart pounding conclusion that wraps up everything while leaving open the door to the future.

 

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it? 

 

I would tell him to keep my character three-dimensional while exploring new ways for me to do my job and pursue a social life. 

 

Thank you for this interview, Veronica. Will we be seeing more of you in the future? 

 

You certainly will. BEFORE HE KILLS AGAIN is the first in a new crime series, starring me as a tough but vulnerable FBI criminal psychologist and profiler, ready to do my part in solving cases and bringing perps to justice; along with continuing an exciting new romance and exploring its potential. 

 

Thanks for interviewing me. It was fun. Hope to do it again sometime.

 

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R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of more than sixty books–including thriller and suspense fiction, relationship fiction, young adult mysteries, true crime, and criminology titles.

Bestselling mystery and thriller fiction, including SEDUCED TO KILL IN KAUAI, MURDER IN MAUI, MURDER IN HONOLULU, KILLER IN THE WOODS, DARK STREETS OF WHITECHAPEL, STATE’S EVIDENCE, PERSUASIVE EVIDENCE, and JUSTICE SERVED.

Author Photo R Barri FlowersOther novels by the author include the bestselling relationship novel, FOREVER SWEETHEARTS, and young adult novels, COUNT DRACULA’S TEENAGE DAUGHTER, GHOST GIRL IN SHADOW BAY, and DANGER IN TIME.

Flowers has also written a number of bestselling true crime books, including THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, THE PICKAXE KILLERS, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES and MASS MURDER IN THE SKY. He was editor as well of the bestselling anthology, MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME.

The author has been interviewed on the Biography Channel and Investigation Discovery.

Official Website: http://www.rbarriflowers.com/

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Book Review: Khost, by Vincent Hobbes

 

I was doubtful when I picked up Khost for review. I’d never read a military horror novel before, though I’ve always been a big fan of the first two Alien movies. The Alien movies are military science fiction, so I thought that perhaps the two genres would be similar. They were.

 

Well, as it turned out, I had no reason to be apprehensive. Khost was a very pleasant surprise, and I found myself caring about the characters and their predicament and engrossed in the story until the end.

 

The tale begins in 1984, with the Soviet Union engaged in the bloody war with Afghanistan. Afraid of losing, the Soviets develop a chemical weapon unlike any other in history, one with the power to enhance their soldiers in the battlefield.  They soon put it to the test in the province of Khost, where the Mujahideen hide inside a massive cave complex.

 

But things go awfully wrong. Instead of enhancing the humans, the chemical mutates them into beings that are way beyond human, into something horrifying and evil.

 

Move forward to 2010. The USA is at war with Afghanistan. And it becomes increasingly challenging in the province of Khost, where already an elite team of Delta Force Operators has gone missing. That is, except only one survivor, who has an incredible, terrifying story to tell, and whom nobody believes—nobody except the CIA, which soon sends a top-secret team to deal with the situation…

 

Khost is nonstop suspense, action, and thrills. The story moves at a heart-racing pace. The dialogue and descriptions ring with authenticity, and I was especially impressed with all the military language and details. I also found compelling the dynamic between the characters and their sense of comradeship.

 

None of them are your regular nice guy, yet they show admirable courage, honor, and responsibility for the wellbeing of their team. The scenes inside the cave are quite graphic and violent at times, but somehow they all felt essential to the story and not gratuitous. In sum, I enjoyed reading this novel and can fully recommend it to fans of thrillers, horror and science fiction, and well as those of you who would like to try something different.

 

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Character Interview: Abner Summeral from Patrick C Greene’s horror novel PROGENY

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Abner from Patrick C Greene’s new horror adventure PROGENY.  Abner is a fifty four year old hunter living in Eagle Ridge North Carolina. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Abner.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

Progeny for mayraPleasure to be here, (ma’am/sir.) I reckon he done a right smart job-I was a skeered all over again, even after all this time, when I read his book. I would like to say that I don’t think I was quite as skittish as he made me out to be, but all them other fellers-the ones what stayed alive, they all say I was actin’ purdy womanly, and I gotta admit–I try not to think about it too much anymore, so I reckon I was frazzled, what with them monsters and the storm, and Zane arguin’ with that Owen fella.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

I aint claimin’ to be as brave and tough as our leader Zane, or even them other fellers. But considerin’ we was surrounded by huge monsters, in the dark, with rain a pourin’ and lightning crackin’, THEN they made me stay alone in that basement with a dead body, I think I deserve a little credit for not losin’ my damn mind! I mean, Mister Greene is the one tellin’ the story and all, and I don’t presume to tell him how to do his job, but I wouldn’t a minded him talkin’ ’bout me holdin’ it together while all that craziness was a goin’ on. I mean, there wasn’t no need to tell about me peeing myself.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

Well, I’ve always trusted ol’ Zane to lead us in the right direction when push comes to shove-and he’s given me a pat on the back now and then for my loyalty. So I guess that’d be it-loyalty.

Worse trait?

Yeah, okay, I spook a little easy. Them monsters was the scariest thing I’ve ever known, so maybe I’ll be a little bit braver from now on.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)? 

Now that’s a right nice question! I like ol’ Robert Mitchum, Clint Eastwood, fellers like that that you see in westerns, but I get the feeling they’d probably go with that guy that played Newman on that crazy Steinfeld show.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Well, no. I’m married, but that don’t come up in Mister Greene’s book. That fella Owen, the guy whose house we hid in, he got to get up with that nice lookin’ Deanne girl from the local tribe. Judgin’ by how little she was wearin’ when we got there, I bet…well, you know.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

Zane was already in a sour mood when we started out on the huntin’ trip, ’cause we wasn’t supposed to be on Owen’s land.  Zane’s boy Byron didn’t wanna be there and they was arguin’, so we was all on edge a bit. Then Byron told that damn spooky story over the fire. Next day, wouldn’t you know it–Yancey and them saw that monster. We shoulda left right then and there–but that wasn’t how Zane wanted it. That’s when I knew we was all lookin’ at trouble.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

Everybody had a pretty rough time that night, to say the least. But Mister Greenementioned the Sheriff comin’ in after all the mess.  He got away with not havin’ to deal with them beasts, or nothin’. So, even though he aint in the book much, I’d take his place in a heartbeat.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

I’m just glad the whole thing’s over; and when I read the endin’ I’m glad all over again. That was the most terrifyin’ night of my life. He told it right, that’s for sure. We went through hell, if you’ll pardon my French.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if he decided to write another book with you in it?

I’d just like to say, aint nobody wants to read about me peein’ myself when the shit hits the fan. Also, I’d like for everybody to know I aint that scared all the time no more. Least ways, I hope not, and I don’t feel the need to find out.

Thank you for this interview, Abner.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

Might  be, but I hope it aint a monster story. None of us wants to go back up on that damn mountain. But I’ve always thought, when I’m all alone with my thoughts–aint nothin’ keepin’ them things from walkin’ offa their own territory. Leastways, I caint think of anything capable of stoppin’ ‘em.

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Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films-and experiences-in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal patrick for mayrainvestigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. These elements flavor his screenplays and fiction works, often leading to strange and unexpected detours designed to keep viewers and readers on their toes.

Literary influences range from Poe to Clive Barker to John Keel to a certain best selling Bangorian. Suspense, irony, and outrageously surreal circumstances test the characters who populate his work, taking them and the reader on a grandly bizarre journey into the furthest realms of darkness. The uneasy notion that reality itself is not only relative but indeed elastic- is the hallmark of Greene’s writing.

Website: http://www.PatrickCGreene.com

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Character Interview: Julia Graye from Anne K. Edwards’ Suspense Novel, Shadows Over Paradise

character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Julia Graye from Anne K. Edwards’ new suspense novel, Shadows Over Paradise. Julia is a twenty-seven year old professional writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. 

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at By The Book! 

Thank you for this interview, Julia. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I believe I came out of the story fairly well portrayed as I learned some things about myself and that always makes one stronger.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

This is a difficult question because one can never tell how others perceive them. I have always been satisfied with who I am, but I have run up on others who say I’m not feminine enough, or nosy, or don’t conform to their idea of who a woman should be.  My answer to them is, I am a writer, an individual who will be what she wants to be to succeed in her world. So yes, the author made me strong enough to survive the difficulties I encountered in the story which, I may say, are many.

shadowsoverparadise_med1What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I am persistent. I am determined to succeed at my profession.

Worst trait?

I don’t know, unless it is my tendency to see a story possibility in every person or situation I encounter.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be?

If you were to ask me what other fictional character from a book I’d choose to play me, I could answer this question a lot easier.  I am a voracious reader, but I rarely go to a movie or watch television unless the show is very well done and interesting.  I find the real world much more interesting than sitting in the dark and watching people play at being someone else. I prefer my own interpretation of characters in a book to those of someone else.  I know this doesn’t answer the question with a person’s name, but I honestly have no idea who could interpret who I am to my satisfaction.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Perhaps one might develop if I see more of a certain fellow named Jess who I find to be very interesting. He has a great personality and is fun to be with.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous the way it was going to turn out?

Hmmm. I guess right from the start when everyone except my friend made me feel unwanted. And if I might be so bold as to confess something I know about the author, Anne had no idea of most of the events until they happened. Now that is scary. I mean I was threatened, kidnapped, and someone tried to kill me. If I had know about those events, I might have stayed in Baltimore instead of going to the Mantua Islands. I was scared out of my mind at times.

If you could trade places with one of the characters in the book, which character would you not want to be and why? 

I can’t say I’d want to be any of them since I think they had bigger problems than I did, but most of all I wouldn’t have wanted to be my friend Suzanne since her entire life was turned upside down by tragedy.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? 

After all was said and done, I am satisfied that the book ends on a hopeful note. One thing for sure, I don’t think I’ll ever go into another cave. I’m not claustrophobic, but, after all, wandering around tunnels without light is not something I’d ever want to chance doing again.

What words of wisdom would you  give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

The answer is easy.  Let me stay home. However, I know this author fairly well and if she plans for me to have other adventures, they will be dangerous and exciting. My problem is, that I don’t have the same enthusiasm for getting into such predicaments. It’s like digging a hole and when you get it too deep, the sides fall in on you. I’m not sure she knows when to quit digging, and I’m the one in the hole!! So I guess I’d tell this author to be sure she knows what she’s doing. My life depends on it!

Thank you for this interview, Julia Graye. Will we be seeing more of you in the future? 

At this point, I don’t know, but there are requests for another such adventure.  It is possible since she has another idea for me to travel. I hope it’s someplace dry.

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anne-k-edwardsAnne K. Edwards has authored and coauthored books in several different genres, from children’s books to mystery to speculative fiction. Currently, Anne is working on a new mystery novel, second in the “Death” series, to follow Death on Delivery. She’s here today to talk about her latest release, Shadows Over Paradise. Visit her website  to find out more.

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