Great question! Since this was my first murder mystery, the most difficult thing was determining when and how much to reveal about the antagonist. I don't know what it says about me, but I love creating evil characters and then dissecting them to discover what made them the way they are.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
I'll try to keep it short.
After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, former homicide detective Reggie Swann's conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she is still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The police still consider her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.
Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town, only to uncover evidence that suggests the two cases which are separated by ten years and three thousand miles might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective? The real murderer does; he framed her once, this time Reggie Swann will have to die!
What inspired you to write 'Framed'?
'Framed' was as much a challenge to myself, as inspiration. I love reading murder mysteries and decided to tackle the genre. At the same time, the Reggie Swann character was rolling around in my head and she really wanted to get out.
Do you have a favorite library?
Yes. While my home town library (Biggar, Saskatchewan) has a special place in my heart, the Hennepin County Library in Minnetonka, MN is my favorite. While we lived there, my wife, daughter and I spent many Saturday afternoons there reading and bird watching. It has a very comfortable lounging area that overlooks a beautiful marshland.
Name your top five books, please.
As a child, 'My Friend Flicka' by Mary O'Hara tops my list because this book started my love of the written word. It was my first full length novel. I enjoyed it so much I'm certain I read it at least ten times.
As a teen, 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card was my favorite Sci-Fi novel, and I read hundreds of novels from the Sci-Fi genre.
As an adult I've enjoyed so many books it is hard to pick favorites, however, 'The Bourne Identity' by Robert Ludlum; 'Vanishing Act' by Thomas Perry; 'Transfer of Power' by Vince Flynn - are way up there for me. I've read just about everything by these authors and loved all their books. I have to give honorable mention to the works of Dan Brown, James Patterson, Clive Cussler, Sue Grafton, John Sanford and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to name a few of my other favorites.
Do you write every day, once a week? What is your writing schedule?
I write everyday. I'm an early riser and write for three or four hours before breakfast every morning. I've tried other times of the day, but I do my best work first thing in the morning. Then I get on with the rest of my day, which usually includes playing tennis, hiking, biking or more recently kayaking.
What are you working on now?
I'm presently working on two follow up books to 'Framed'. I'm working on the second draft of book 2 and am almost finished the first draft of book 3. Sorry, no hints about content yet.
Thank you for the wonderful questions, I enjoyed answering them. I hope to visit your library some day. Perhaps it will become my favorite.