A question I sometimes get asked is how I came up with my two main series characters, Brendan Healy (the Titan Series) and Tom Lange (Tom Lange Series). Here’s the truth:
It all started when I imagined this guy sitting in his car, smoking a cigarette, totally anxious about his first big case. When the senior investigator knocks on the window and asks, “You ready?” Brendan Healy practically swallows his tongue.
Brendan is a guy who had everything; he was on the cusp of the perfect life, and that all went away. He’s trying start over but keeps getting knocked down. Half the time, he does it to himself. He’s driven by things most of us — hopefully — will never have to face. But maybe we can understand him a little bit. Maybe we can see ourselves in him. Because after getting knocked down, like us, Brendan gets back up.
Unlike Brendan, who found his way into law enforcement through a friend, Tom Lange has wanted to be a cop since he was a troubled teenager in foster care. Growing up on the streets, he had some bad influences and some good influences. Luckily, the good ones inspired him to help people.
Tom is troubled too, but when we meet him, he’s swimming his morning laps in the pool. He takes the skin off chicken, reads a book a week, and regularly hits the gym. If anything, he’s overcompensating. He got a perfect score on his SOCE and tries to do everything to perfection. He’s quiet, because he doesn’t want to say the wrong thing.
Over time, though, we see Tom loosen up a little bit, start to have some fun. Does some of his humor still mask his insecurity? Sure. Does he still get in the way of his own progress? Yes, but for different reasons. If you said that Tom Lange is further along in his recovery than Brendan Healy, you wouldn’t be wrong.
You can meet Brendan by reading HABIT, the first in the Titan Series. No matter what he puts himself through, he won’t stop until he solves the case; he won’t let you down. Though where he’s ultimately headed, is anyone’s guess.
To find out what makes Tom tick; why he tries so hard, why any sort of violence against women drives him crazy, or why his older brother worries him so much, his first case is the book DEAD GONE.
Two men, each trying to do good in the world, failing often, hopefully getting it right when it matters.
As always, thank you so much for reading and reviewing. Your support means everything.
I’m not patting myself on the back; this is expert work on the part of my publisher, Joffe Books.
My newest novel THE HUSBANDS has debuted as the #1 New release in Women’s Detective Fiction (US / Kindle) where it currently sits at #5. The book has also sneaked onto Canada’s top Police Procedural list, #8 for Kindle and #10 for books overall.
More importantly, readers are enjoying the story!
“Awesome read… Brearton has taken this book to another level”
“On point all the way”
“Fast and entertaining… I devoured it… I was plugged into the investigation and search for the killer”
“Characters seemed true to life”
“Kelly was really good…I could really feel her determination and anxiousness”
“Sucked me in from the first page and wouldn’t let go”
— Goodreads reviews
Hello dear readers,
Happy New Year! I have good news — two new books coming in early 2019, possibly a third and fourth before the end of the year.
Here’s a glimpse:
#1 — New to the FBI, Agent Kelly Roth is on the trail of a monster who contacts the husbands of his victims just to torture them. To stop him she’ll need to draw on all of her strengths and confront her darkest fear. (Click here for a sneak peek!)
#2 — When her husband goes missing, the cops suspect Jane Gable of foul play. Jane must unravel the mystery herself in order to clear her name, all while being a mother of two young children and the center of attention in a small rural town.
#3 — After being shot at and nearly killed, author Alex Baines is asked to meet with his assailant who promises to confess to other crimes. Meanwhile, Alex’s wife Corrine is in more danger than she realizes as the true motive of the assailant unfolds.
#4 — Tom Lange is back and put on the case of a missing girl. The stakes are high and Tom uses his street-smarts and tough tactics in order to save seven-year-old Lemon Madras. But no one thinks she’s alive, and the hunt is costing him everything.
I hope 2019 is a great one for you and finds you in good health. Thank you so much for reading. If you haven’t already, jump on my mailing list to be notified as these books are released!
To be released early 2019!
An artist is influenced by the world around him or her. Certainly, real events get stuck in my brain and find their way, changed but bearing the same essence, onto the page and into a story.
But sometimes it’s the other way around.
Near the end of the third book in the Titan series (spoiler alert) our hero uncovers a kind of Holy Grail that evidences massive corporate malfeasance, tax dodging and scams. Shortly after the book was published, a story on the “Panama Papers” broke.
Long before that happened, a story I was writing set in the the near future involved a blond man who was suddenly everywhere on the internet. The story was science-fiction, and the blond man’s digital ubiquity more about hacking than politics, but nevertheless when Trump ran for president a few years later, was elected, and began storming cyberspace as the media covered everything he did and said relentlessly, my blond man became real.
More recently I wrote a serial killer story with a main character who has a traumatic event in her past. That story hasn’t been published yet, so I’ll just say that a recent major event in our society closely mirrors that character’s past.
I even started a sequel with that same character. The plot of the book involved political terrorists kidnapping media professionals. I’ve stopped writing the book for other reasons, but as of this moment, bombs have been delivered to certain media figures by political terrorists.
Do I think I’m psychic? Not really. Surely there is an explanation, something along the lines of real-world clues filtering unconsciously into my creative process and sometimes aligning to create the illusion of prediction.
More concerning to me, anyway, are these actual events and their impacts. Not to mention that it seems reality is outpacing my fiction writing. I need to work faster!
Off I go, then.
I’m thrilled to see Jasper Joffe and his amazing team at Joffe Books featured in The Bookseller Magazine. My hat’s off to Joffe for such amazing growth and success in publishing! And ooh look, who’s that in the upper left of the second image??
Lisa Regan is the Amazon best-selling author of Finding Claire Fletcher, Hold Still, Cold-Blooded, Vanishing Girls, and soon-to-be-released The Girl With No Name. She has both self-published her work and been published by London-based Bookouture, now a division of Hachette Livre, and Amazon’s own Thomas & Mercer. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Watch out, because she knows Japanese karate.
TJB: So it seems like you’ve always wanted to be a writer. Your parents bought you a typewriter when you were eleven years old – was your family always supportive of your dream? Did they think of it as something which could be a nice hobby for you or could they see you doing it as a career?
LR: My family has always been wildly supportive of me and my writing dream. There were times when I thought a career in writing was out of reach but they always encouraged me to keep trying. When I turned fifteen, my stepdad was away on a job site and he drove all through the night to be home for my birthday so he could give me a complete set of books on writing from Writer’s Digest. I will never forget that. Later, when I was in college, I really put writing on the back burner. My dad asked me what I was doing with it and I said, “Dad, I have to work a real job and make actual money to live” and he simply said, “So you'll write in your spare time then.” My mom and stepmom, too, followed every step of the way, learning the nitty gritty of the industry so they could keep up with my ups and downs. All of my parents have consistently offered encouragement and continue to do so. They are some of my biggest marketing powerhouses because they are constantly spreading the word about my books. My stepdad and his wife (my other stepmom who is incredibly supportive) even have a skate and surf store in Astoria, Oregon where they stock my books! I am really lucky that they always took it so seriously and never doubted me for a moment. My extended family and all of my friends as well as my husband and daughter have also always been incredibly supportive. I don’t think there has been anyone in my personal life who didn't support this dream one-hundred percent and treat it as a foregone conclusion that one day I’d be a published author. I’ve got some pretty special people in my life.
Clearly you’ve done your share of querying literary agents – your Amazon bio says more than 150 agents passed on Finding Claire Fletcher! What’s your feeling there? I gave up on agents a while ago. Are they outmoded?
I’m not sure that they’re outmoded, I just think it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish as an author. Agents still act as gatekeepers to many of the larger publishing houses, so if you’re an aspiring author who isn’t going to be satisfied unless you’ve got a deal from a really big publishing house, then an agent is the way to go. Certainly, agents, especially experienced ones, have many contacts in the industry that can be helpful to budding authors. For me, I have been lucky enough to find two fabulous publishers who are author-centered and offer exactly what I want, and I didn’t need an agent to secure those deals. I used a literary attorney to review the proposed contracts and paid her for her time, and I felt confident going forward without an agent at that point. I’ve also had a great experience self-publishing a couple of my titles. For me, my goal is simple: I want my books to get into the hands of readers and I’ve been able to do that now without an agent for a few years. Again, I think it depends on what your intentions are career-wise.
Are all of your books in the same sub-genre?
I would say no. Hold Still was about a series of sexual assaults and Cold-Blooded was about a cold case murder of a teenage track star. Although yes I am drawn to abduction and serial killer stories.
So you’re comfortable in that overall crime-fiction genre. Do you think you’ll ever branch out? If it was guaranteed you’d get published and sell a million copies – is there any other genre you’d write in? Do you have a dream genre?
I have to say it's definitely the stuff I’m writing now. Maybe the only thing I’d like to do is spend more time delving into characters’ heads to show really deeply and intimately why people do the things they do and make the choices they make. But I really enjoy what I write. I just wish they’d sell a million copies!
I have no plans to branch out. I always talk with my ten-year-old daughter about writing a fantasy novel--possibly together--but it’s not something I have any hard or fast plans for. I love writing crime fiction. Right now I’m just working on the third book in the Josie Quinn series. I have several things started and outlined for afterward but I’m not sure which direction I’m headed after Josie. But there will be books. Many more books!
Do you outline your stories or are you a “panster,” finding things out as you go along?
I used to be a devout panster but found it was a massively inefficient way to write. I tried doing the outline thing with Cold-Blooded and it sucked all the joy out of writing. So now I’m a bit of a hybrid. I have an outline but it changes as I move through the story. When I don’t try so hard to stick with the outline, then I enjoy the writing. So it’s a vague road map. Kind of like saying to myself, “Okay, I’m going to drive from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and although I plan on taking Route A, I might make several detours along the way.” I have to be flexible--it satisfies my inner panster but makes writing more efficient.
How much do you write that doesn't wind up on the published page?
Usually my books are between 85,000 and 100,000 words. I would say that during the revision and editing process there are at least 10,000 to 20,000 words that get cut that never make it back into the book. Every time. With my first published novel, 40,000 words didn’t make it into the final published product.
Have you ever shelved a project or changed directions on something to make it more “commercial”? Or, have you ever wished you could pack a book with more of something you decided would be better left out?
I’ve had so many things taken out of my books by publishers for so many different reasons. The reasoning is always sound, in my mind. I've never come up against anything that I truly disagreed with. Even if I had, that’s the beauty of being able to self-publish these days is that if you have a project where you want to leave all that stuff in, you can do it on your own. So yes, I’ve changed directions, changed plots, changed characters, just about everything to make a work more commercial at a publisher’s direction. There are often things I wish I could leave in or leave as-is. There was a bit of a different ending to Vanishing Girls--well, not a different ending but I had wrapped up a certain element of the ending quite differently than it came out in the final book. I thought it was brilliant and loved it, and part of me would have loved to see it stay in, but I definitely understood that doing so would make the book far less commercial so ultimately I was fine with changing it. I think it was the right decision overall for the narrative and made it a better book.
Sometimes as authors, we fall in love with our own quirkiness, I think. For me, I am always willing to put that aside if I think doing so will make the book better. It would be great fun to take all the strange things that have been removed from all my books and smoosh them together into some kind of story and self-publish. But I doubt anyone would read it!
Can you describe one of your favorite moments in your writing career so far? A day or even a few minutes where you felt really, really good about writing?
My favorite moment will always be the first time I held Finding Claire Fletcher in my hands. There is nothing quite like that feeling of holding the actual, physical book in your hands with all of your words inside of it after so many years of struggle. When that book first came out, it was published by a small press that is now out of business. I knew they were sending me copies pre-publication, and I knew the approximate time the books would arrive but not exactly. Then one day while I was at work, my husband called me to tell me they had just been delivered. I still had a half day to work. It was the longest half work day ever. After an hour or two, my boss sort of realized that I was acting strangely and asked me if everything was okay, and I said yes, but my first novel is waiting at home and I can’t wait to see it! He let me leave early so I could go see it. It was just an incredible feeling. That one meant so much because it was six years between the time I started querying and the time I finally got to hold it.
Would you be willing to share one of your low moments? What happened and what was it like?
My lowest moments were really the ones that came before I was published because it was rejection after rejection, and I wasn’t sure if I would ever get anything published. I think the hardest one for me was waiting four years to get a rejection from an agent who really spent a lot of time helping me with Finding Claire Fletcher. I queried him in 2006. I actually sent my query to an agent who was no longer at his agency which was a huge faux pas, but he plucked my query out of the trash and emailed me. He loved the book. Over the next year or so he asked me to do many rounds of revisions which I did. Then he moved to a different agency and asked me to come with him as a “potential client,” which I did. Years passed. I did query other agents because exclusivity was never part of the agreement between us. Finally, four years later, he passed on the book. I was devastated. I think in part because he had invested a lot of time and energy into helping me make the book so much better, and he had opened his own agency and asked me to come along and after all that, it was a no. He was really lovely about all of it, and I don’t regret the work I did on the book because his suggestions were spot-on, but it was quite the blow to be rejected after all of that. That was really hard. That was one of those moments where I seriously considered throwing in the towel, not just on Finding Claire Fletcher, but on my entire writing dream. But my daughter was young and I kept looking at her thinking that one day everyone in my family would be telling her stories about how I used to write, and she would ask me, “Why did you give up?” and that was a conversation I never wanted to have with her, so I kept going. A few months later, I signed with a woman who would be my agent from 2010 through 2016 and she sold my first two books to a small press that did a really good job with them. Post-publication, the lowest moment was probably finding out that that small press was closing its doors and having to scramble to figure out what to do with my books. But it all worked out.
This might be the perfect place to end our chat but I have to ask – what are you reading right now, who are your favorite authors, and was there any book or author that made you want to write?
I just downloaded a copy of Jennifer Hillier’s Jar of Hearts from NetGalley. I actually pre-ordered the book awhile back but when I saw that it was available on NetGalley, I requested it. I love her work so much, and this one sounds so exciting, I simply couldn't wait. I’ve just started it and as always, Hillier is brilliant.
Karin Slaughter is my all-time favorite author and my favorite titles of her are Blindsighted and Pretty Girls. I also love Dennis Lehane's Kenzie/Gennaro series, Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series, Angela Marsons’ Kim Stone Series, anything by Nancy S. Thompson, Michael Infinito, Dana Mason, Katie Mettner, Carrie Butler, Jennifer Hillier, Gregg Hurwitz, Greg Iles and John Hart. There are so many. I’m sure I’m forgetting several! I also have a friend who is one of the most brilliant writers I’ve ever read and his work isn’t published yet. (He’s on submissions). So look out for works by Jeff O’Handley. I can't wait for the rest of the world to read his stuff. Any one of these authors gets me excited about writing and makes me want to get to the page!
The Girl With No Name is set for release on April 19, 2018. Learn more about it or pre-order your copy by clicking HERE.
Finding Claire Fletcher, the book passed up by over 150 agents, went on to win Best Heroine and was runner-up for Best Novel in the 2013 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards. You can find that one HERE.
To see all of Lisa’s books, click HERE
A close friend and long-time writing collaborator Geoffrey Pierce has published Manna City, a riveting drama set in a post-apocalyptic future with a central character like no other: Nista is nine-months pregnant when she’s wrested from her home and must cross the hostile wastelands to reach Manna, the last city in a shattered world.
Geoff and I met at college many moons ago and have worked on a variety of writing projects over the years, with Manna City dominating our creative collaborations. First a screenplay called Books from Purgatory, then a graphic novel, Geoff finally took the project over to pen its novel form. And I couldn’t be happier with the result.
Manna City, in its novel incarnation, promises to be the first of many books set in the “Manna Universe.” That universe is inhabited by terrifically nightmarish creatures, outlaws, marginalized desert denizens and a technical elite purportedly living in the utopic world of Manna, a city surrounded by an immense and impenetrable wall.
Geoff’s novel has landed at the perfect time. While dramatizing a potentially dark future through Nista’s journey, the story highlights the issues of contemporary society without choosing sides. Good people can harbor dangerous secrets. Bad people can be redeemed. Love and companionship can be found in the darkest places.
Manna City is a compelling road-trip story through a fascinating and unsparing world. I hope you give it a look.
Bobbi caught a glimpse of the car, saw the blood splashed across the front seats, and felt the nausea rise up. It should have been her who was working last night, not Harriet. It should have been her.
So, it’s almost the end of 2017 and I realize I’ve published five books within the last trip around the sun.
DEAD GONE (Tom Lange #1) was published December 26, 2016. BLACK SOUL, the final book of the Titan series, was published February 3, 2017, followed by BURIED SECRETS on August 18, GONE MISSING on November 16, and TRUTH OR DEAD on December 14. So not all five in 2017, but technically within a year!
That’s a good point – so what. Is writing all about speed? Absolutely not. It just worked out that way.
Like most books, each of these was written well ahead of the publishing date. Dead Gone was written in early 2016, partly in Florida, where the story takes place. Buried Secrets and Gone Missing were written later that year, simultaneously.* (*Meaning finish a draft of one, leap frog to a draft of the other, and so on until completion.) Truth or Dead was written over the first half of 2017.
And Black Soul? Honestly I can’t remember. I’d had the idea for a while that the story of Brendan Healy and Jennifer Aiken didn’t end with Daybreak – in fact the end of Daybreak, while conclusive, does set them up for a follow-on story – and at some point, I wrote it.
I don’t expect the next 365 days will yield as many published novels. Chances are, in 2019 there will be another batch – but who knows. The extent to which I plan all this stuff out is the extent to which I’m not actually sitting down and writing. Everybody is different; I like to venture into the cloud of creativity with one eye squinty and the other eye shut. Then again, maybe 2018 is the year I come to do things differently? The future of my process is just as murky.
Can’t wait to find out.
As always, thanks to all of you amazing readers and supporters. I hope I’ve given some of you something of value with these books. You deserve it. And really none of it would have been possible without you, reader, and without my amazing editors – Abigail Fenton, Caroline Oakley, Jasper Joffe – and all the talented staff at Bookouture and Joffe Books. Happy Holidays to you all; Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all the ways in which you may observe and celebrate this time of year.
By the way, my Christmas tree appears to have opened a portal to another dimension. Maybe that’s what the next book will be about. (Joking…… maybe….)
With love and best wishes,
Tim “T.J.” Brearton
Great News! After solving the murder of an unknown woman in DEAD GONE nearly killed him, Special Agent Tom Lange spent months rebuilding his life and is back on a brand new case…
On her drive to work, Heather Moss gets a phone call which will turn her life upside-down. If she doesn’t do what the caller wants, they will kill her two little girls.
An inmate dies in the county jail. He was a witness who could have brought down notorious criminal Mario Palumbo.
Tom thinks Palumbo was responsible for the inmate’s death. He desperately wants the evidence to point that direction, but it doesn’t all add up, and soon there are more victims.
Can Tom protect Heather and stop a killer? He faces a choice between the truth and getting the result he wants.
Set in tropical Florida, this second book in the Tom Lange series will keep you turning the pages till the tension-packed conclusion.
“Just wow! This book was amazing… had me on the edge of my seat… dark and suspenseful; you could feel the fear radiating off of the pages. I loved this book - if I could give it 6 stars I would.” – NetGalley Review
TRUTH or DEAD comes out on December 14th.
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Okay, eleven questions, really, but ten is a better hook. And that’s the point of this interview – what, besides the hook, makes a book successful? And what’s it like to write in a popular subgenre? And how do you possibly crank out such highly-regarded and thrilling books as fast as Stephen Edger does? Let’s find out.
TJB: Stephen, thanks for doing this. How many books of yours have been published?
SE: I have been writing since September 2010 and in that time have written 16 books. I self-pubbed eleven of those, two were published by Endeavour Press and Bookouture have published two with the third due out early 2018.
TJB: Kapow! That’s a lot of writing! Your latest series has Kate Matthews hunting down serial killers – can you tell me what it’s like writing a female lead?
SE: For a long time I avoided writing a series with a female lead as I was worried I wouldn't be able to get her thought and mannerisms right. After all, what do I know about a female mind (it's a mystery LOL). But I was really keen to work with Bookouture who are one of the hottest publishers out there at the moment, and I knew they had a great track record with female-led detective series, so set out to write one. I had completed two books in the series when I submitted to them in an effort to show the series had legs, and it must have done the trick. I'm also lucky to have a female editor who gets first look at my books, and she's able to pick me up when male thoughts start to occupy my lead's mind LOL.
Brilliant. So, how do you structure your writing life? You and I both are married and have kids – how do you make it all work?
I'm pretty good at compartmentalizing my life. I have a full-time job and a young family as well as the writing career, so I'm often asked how I manage all three. I write before my wife and children wake up, during lunch and sometimes in the evenings once the children are in bed. Before they're awake, I'm a writer. When I start work, I'm a worker, and when the family are there, I'm a dad and husband. I'm also lucky enough to be a quick writer, in that I can usually write 1500 words in an hour. At that speed, a first draft only takes 60hrs.
That's an impressive pace. Is your speed facilitated by having an outline, or are you freewheeling it the whole way? To that end, how much of a reviser are you - are you submitting after two drafts or ten or somewhere in between?
I am definitely a planner. I need to know where the plot is going chapter-by-chapter. Think of it as building a jigsaw puzzle, where your first job is to hunt for all the corners, and then the flat edge pieces so you can build the border before fixing the rest of the picture. So, when I sit down to write in the morning, I know the key moments in the scene and where it needs to end. That allows me to get in and out of the chapter and move on. Although I have the chapter's structure in mind, I still have the creative freedom to engage the characters and I have had unexpected twists stem from these moments too, which then require me to alter future chapters.
What’s the thing you’re after for when you’re writing? Is it truth? The narcotic bliss of creation? Protest? Pure entertainment?
It's an escape. When I'm writing, I don't have to be me, I can be any character I choose, make any decision I like, with no fear of repercussions. I can forget all the stress and worries from my real life and spend a couple of hours somewhere else.
Where do you write from – an office, a dining room table, a coffee shop?
I write in an office / spare room in my house most of the time, I can close the door so my wife and children can't disturb me, put on some music and just get lost. I don't like the idea of writing in a café with everyone else's conversations and troubles distracting me.
Do you have a favorite book you’ve written?
Always a tough question as it's like someone asking you to pick your favourite child. I have favourite books for different reasons. I'm proud of my first book (Integration) because it showed me I had the stamina to do it. It's probably one of my worst books to be honest, as I didn't really know how to write and I have certainly improved my craft since then. My fourth book (Snatched) is a favourite as it's my most successful book with more than 200K downloads since publication. That said, again, my craft has improved since then. My favourite book to write was book-12 (Blackout), as I wrote it with no plan. I had the idea for the plot (man wakes in hospital with no memory of the last five years, and is arrested for murder) on a Friday night, started writing it on the Sunday, and was finished within six weeks. It was a thrilling story to write and packed with adventure and harrowing twists. It's a story I may return to at some point in the future, as I think there is more of the protagonist's story to tell.
I love that idea - Blackout. And fitting you didn’t have a plan for that one. I rarely have a plan (though that may be changing). Enough about me – let’s talk about the marketplace. Some reports have shown that the growth of eBooks recently leveled off, and there’s been a slight resurgence of print. What do you think the future holds?
I don't think it matters what format books are in, people will read on anything they can. I tend to read on a Kindle these days, but for some of the traditionally published books, it can be cheaper to buy the reduced paperback in the local supermarket, rather than on Kindle, so I mix how I read.
I’ve heard estimates that there’s an ungodly amount of books published each day – in the thousands. How do we stay afloat in this business? Is “indie” or digital publishing going to wind up with publishers getting even more selective, or will there just be more of them emerging to handle the surge?
There are new publishers sprouting up every day, though a lot of them are yet to have significant successes. I can't criticise the "indie" revolution, as that is how I got started, but I think platforms like Amazon need to take more responsibility for the large cut of the profits they take. At the moment all the editing, beta-reading and proofing is the writer's responsibility. The only role Amazon play is to warn the author to make sure the manuscript is perfect, which is a cop-out to me. Yes, it is the writer's responsibility to make a book as good as it can be, but suppliers like Amazon need to vet some of the quality to help eradicate formatting issues, spelling and grammar troubles, so that the end user (the honest reader) doesn't suffer as a result.
I’m with you. In fact for a time I was a bit obsessed about a writer who was always showing up in my “customers also bought” section, but with very low ratings and reviews that the writing was poor. The thing is, his covers looked really good, and he had the right taglines to hook readers. I definitely think the direct publishing model is exploitable. Readers do catch on, though! But whether it’s a cover or title that initially draws them in, or a catchy premise, an author/publisher brand, or a particular timing (or some combination thereof) – success is hard to predict. So… cut through the confusion for us – what do you think is the number one reason a book soars or sinks?
I don't think there is one thing that makes a difference. I think idea, cover, blurb, and timing all play a critical role in how well a book does. I know all readers like to pretend that they don't judge a book by its cover, but most do (including me). If a cover looks good, I'll read the blurb, if that entices me, I'll look at the review / rating to see what others thought, and if that's good, I'll purchase. But timing is key too. Who knew Fifty Shades would suddenly take off? Or the Harry Potter series? Those books found a hungry audience and soared. To be honest, if I knew what they key to success was, I wouldn't still be working full-time and praying my books make me enough money to quit the day job.
Too true. Hey, I have one last question: What are you reading right now?
I have just finished reading DEAD SIMPLE (Roy Grace book-1) by Peter James, which I really enjoyed, and next up is THE SECRET MOTHER by Shalini Boland, which I've heard great things about.
Stephen’s newest book, the second in his Kate Matthews series, DYING DAY, has just been released. To find out more about it and the rest of Stephen’s books, visit stephenedger.com
Gone Missing is my newest thriller and now available to request on NetGalley. Here's what readers are already saying:
"A fast-paced adventure"
"This book was playing along in my imagination as I read it"
"An excellent mystery"
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Taylor Adams is the author of the huge hit of the summer, the thrilling NO EXIT, which has racked up the five star reviews, dominated the Top 100 list for Amazon Kindle, and was recently optioned by 20th Century Fox to become a feature film.
Taylor, still in his twenties, also a filmmaker, shares a publisher with me - Joffe Books. Shortly after my debut novel HABIT was published by Joffe in 2014, Taylor came out with EYESHOT, a taut thriller about a couple stranded in the desert and pinned down by a ruthless sniper. EYESHOT became a hit in its own right, but NO EXIT has set new and incredible records.
Three years ago this month, Taylor and I decided to ask each other some questions. Taylor's exacting, perfectionist nature was apparent even then, a trait that no doubt helped him to craft a book as successful as NO EXIT has been. For the interview between Taylor and I from three years ago, click HERE. For our follow up interview two years ago, click HERE. To read about details of the book being optioned by 20th Century Fox, click HERE.
If you're not yet familiar with the premise of NO EXIT, a young woman becomes stranded at a rest stop during a blizzard and discovers a potentially abducted child, locked in a van. She wants to help the child, but also has to figure out who among the few strangers stranded with her is the abductor. Click HERE for the book.
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