You know that old saying “The only reason I write is because it feels so good when I stop?” Well, some of that is true. Of course, I just start up the next day, so what’s that say about me? I think one hard part is knowing when to stop editing. I draft the story and then I begin editing. Then I edit again. And again. And again. Even after my book is released. I’ll often read a paragraph and say to myself “I should have said it this way”. Another hard part, as silly as it may sound, is coming up with names of characters. That’s tough for me. I have a difficult time recalling people’s names in real life. It’s even more difficult for me when it comes to naming a character. I save obituary pages. I write down all the male names, all the female names, and all the last names. Then, if I’m stuck on what to name a character I’ll pull a first name out of the gender-appropriate jar and a last name out of the last name jar. Presto, I’ve named my person. I always worry when a reader writes me to tell me I’ve named a character after someone they know. Maybe it’s even their own name. I never have the nerve to tell them the character’s name was, quite literally, the luck of the draw.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Fixed In Fear?
Sure. Fixed In Fear is the fifth installment in The Justice Series. Five bodies are found murdered in a sweat lodge outside a small town in Washington. Mort Grant joins that town’s chief of police to investigate. He finds a connection between the murders and his dearest friend, Nobel laureate L. Jackson Clark. What he uncovers changes everything Mort thought he knew about Larry. In the meantime, Allie, Mort’s sociopathic daughter, is now head of an international crime organization…and what she has in mind for Mort’s family puts them all in a danger. Can The Fixer save them in time?
What inspired you to write this book?
A while back I discovered a family story I long accepted as true was a lie. Perhaps in an attempt to sanitize a shady incident, a fundamental building block of my family’s history was proven to be something vastly different than how it was portrayed to the generation that followed. It changed me. Made me question what else I’d been told was untrue. The emergence of the truth rattled my ability to trust. To question my ability to accurately perceive reality. Perhaps in an effort to understand the motivation of why and how that old family lie was kept alive, I decided to play out a similar situation with my fictional cast of characters.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
I’m always thinking about my characters…plotting, twisting, what-if’ing. So in that regard I’m involved with my writing many hours of the day. However, when it comes to actual fingers on keyboard, that’s limited. I still work full-time. My patients deserve my full attention during work hours and on clinic days I’m often too tired by the time the last chart is written to do anything more than sink into a bubble bath before shuffling off to bed. I write on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. On those days I typically devote five to six hours to writing. The same is true for holidays and vacation days. Hopefully the day will come when writing is my primary focus.
Name your Top Five Favorite Books.
Ouch! That’s a tough one. That’s like asking me to call out my top five favorite days or my top five favorite restaurants. I enjoy so many authors and so many titles. How about the first five that pop into my mind? Maybe that’s my subconscious telling me these are, indeed, my favorite. In no particular order (and certainly as soon as you read this I’ll think of ten or twenty more), here goes.
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Prince of Tides – Pat Conroy
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Body – Stephen King
The Stand – Stephen King
What are you working on now?
I’m finishing the draft of book six in The Justice Series. It’s called Dead End Fix. I think it’ll come out in December of 2016. I’m also working on a stand-alone novel and developing another series. All the projects have me excited. It’s great fun to build worlds…create people…toss them into desperate situations and see who lives and who doesn’t. It rather makes me feel like a puckish Greek goddess. Now…if I only had their super powers!
Title: Fixed in Fear
Author: T.E. Woods
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Thriller
The Fixer returns in the pulse-pounding Justice series—perfect for fans of Lisa Gardner, Karin Slaughter, and Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter thrillers—as worlds collide in an inferno of bloodshed, revenge, and holy terror.
I’ll probably never see my daughter again. And if I do, she’ll either be dead or in a jail cell.
Seattle Chief of Detectives Mort Grant cannot reconcile the memories of his vibrant, headstrong young daughter with the cold, deadly woman she has become. The head of one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, Allie Grant seized power by wrenching it away from her lover, a notorious Russian gangster. How she maintains her control, Mort doesn’t even want to imagine.
Only two other people know the truth about Allie: the vigilante known as The Fixer, and Mort’s best friend, Larry, who’s undergoing a crisis of his own. Someone close to Larry, his last real connection to his beloved late wife, has been slain in a mass murder at a sweat lodge deep in the woods of Washington State. When word gets out, Mort immediately takes on the gruesome case.
But as Mort hunts down a pair of methodical killers, The Fixer does some deep digging of her own. And what she unearths will rock Mort’s family forever. Because The Fixer has set her sights on Allie Grant—and nothing will ever be the same again.
T. E. Woods is as eager as her fans to return to the thrilling world of the Justice series. She’s busy writing the next installment and is developing a new series set in Madison, Wisconsin.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/T.E.-Woods/e/B008EWPF2Y
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