We’re thrilled to have here today Rosemary Sanchez from Carlyle Clark’s Mystery Thriller, The Black Song Inside. She is coming to us all the way from the great state of California. It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Well, fair is a relative term. There weren’t any inaccuracies, however, I do do something really humiliating to myself and I’d like to point out that it could have happened to ANYONE. Other than that no one likes to have all of their nitty gritty insides spilled out all over for anyone with eyes to goggle at. It’s embarrassing, but I guess that’s the fate of the fictional.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Sheer stubbornness. I may not be the strongest or the fastest or the smartest or the most beautiful or whatever, but once I get on to something I just have to keep at it, which isn’t always a good idea.
Loyalty. Even though that’s generally a good trait, I just can’t help believing the best about people I care about. It’s probably part of my natural bullheadedness. God knows my gangsta brother Johnny has given me plenty of reason to give up on him but I can’t help thinking he’s going to turn it around despite the Mt. Everest of evidence to the contrary.
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!)?
It would have to be Naya Rivera from Glee. I’m nothing like the character but the resemblance is pretty good.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Yes, my co-protagonist Atticus Wynn. He’s smart, tough, sexy and funny as hell, but don’t tell him all that. I don’t want his head to swell. He’s this weird mix of humble and borderline overconfident that’s as maddening as it is irresistible.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Very early on. Almost at the beginning we realize we’re dealing with the Mexican drug cartels and that’s like defusing a bomb blindfolded, and that fact that Atticus’s ice queen Ex is the one who put us in their crosshairs by making us investigate the murder of her latest boyfriend puts us well on down the road past nervous to near blind panic . . . and then things start to get really scary.
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?
That’s an easy one. I’d have to say I’d be terrified to be The Priest, because he’s a merciless messianic megalomaniac mercenary whose scary smart and cunning. Just the things he actually does are scary enough, but I don’t ever want to know what thoughts are in his crazy cranium.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
As a novel the ending is apt, but for me personally it was very very trying and troubling. I’m damn glad it’s over.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?
Remember, like you did with this novel that it’s not just about what happens. Life is about people and relationships or emotions, otherwise we’d all just be The Nicaraguan, who’s another scary dude in the novel.
Thank you for this interview. Will we be seeing more of you in the future?
Definitely, Carlyle Clark’s already cooking up another mess Atticus and I will have to sort out, but that is the life we chose.
About the Book:
Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life. Nothing, though, has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart as they struggle to solve a case that could leave them in prison or dead.
Atticus’s manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary’s family that she exploits to force the couple into investigating the execution-style slaying of her lover. The case thrusts Atticus and Rosemary headlong into the world of human trafficking and drug smuggling, while rendering them pawns in Tijuana Cartel captain Armando Villanueva’s bloody bid to take over the cartel.
The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with murder and madness, melded with gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed and compelling protagonists who, if they can save themselves, may learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive.
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About the Author:
Carlyle Clark was raised in Poway, a city just north of San Diego, but is now a proud Chicagolander working in the field of Corporate Security and writing crime and fantasy fiction. He has flailed ineffectually at performing the writer’s requisite myriad of random jobs: pizza deliverer, curb address painter, sweatshop laborer, day laborer, night laborer, security guard, campus police, Gallup pollster, medical courier, vehicle procurer, and signature-for-petitions-getter.
He is a married man with two cats and a dog. He is also a martial arts enthusiast and a CrossFit endurer who enjoys fishing, sports, movies, TV series with continuing storylines, and of course, reading. Most inconsequentially, he holds the unrecognized distinction of being one of the few people in the world who have been paid to watch concrete dry in the dark. Tragically, that is a true statement.
His latest book is the mystery thriller, The Black Song Inside.
Visit his website at http://carlyleclark.wordpress.com/.
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