Thursday, December 14, 2017

Interview with author C.L Pauwels

Talking today with author C.L. Pauwels, author of the murder mystery thriller Burned Bridges.

When did you decide to start writing stories?
I’ve been writing poems and stories as long as I can remember. A play (!) I wrote in third grade was performed for the entire school at a parent assembly – something about astronauts teaching Martians about vowels and consonants (this was during the moon-landing era…tells you how old I am!). I’m sure I had a bit of help from the teacher for that one.

My first short story was published in 1989.

Why murder mystery versus the other genres?
As authors, we’re always told to write the novel we want to read, so thank the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden for that one. I grew up on mysteries, graduating from those childhood stories to Agatha Christie, PD James, Andrew Greely, and then on to my role models for Jadz: VI Warshawski (by Sara Paretsky) and Kinsey Millhone (from Sue Grafton).

Who is your favorite character in Burned Bridges and why?
I have to say Jadz, of course, because it’s her series (Forty & Out started it all). But I have a soft spot for Chick. He showed up unexpectedly during one writing session (I’m a confirmed pantser – no outlines for me), and once I’d named him for my grandfather (whose nickname was Chick), his role grew into Nate’s faithful sidekick. He’ll be back!

What are your plans for the next writing project?
I’m working on the third novel in what I mentally call my “Toledo Trilogy.” It’s the first novel I ever finished (NaNoWriMo 2005 draft, master’s thesis flesh out and polish in 2010). But it’s definitelya “first novel” and needs lots of work. If I weren’t so in love with the basic story line and several of the characters, maybe I’d have let it stay in the drawer where it belonged. Instead, I’m tearing it apart, turning the characters on their heads, and weaving Jadz into the story as well, in a pre-Forty & Out case.

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
*Two truths and a lie:
I’ve never read a Harry Potter book.
I have seven stepparents on record.
I drink a pot of coffee, black, every day.

Dogs or Cats?
Yes.  Actually, we have just dogs now (and chickens), but our last cat, Reese, was with us for 19-1/2 years. I still miss her, and always stop to check out the kittens at any pet adoption event we pass.

Previous question:
*I drink tea, not coffee!

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Murder reignites dormant passions between Toledo Homicide Detective Veronica Jadzinski (Jadz) and her ex-husband, retired-cop-turned-PI Nate Solomon – not all of them good. He’s pushing to re-open the shooting of his boyhood friend, a case that Jadz and her partner wrote off as a drug deal gone bad.

Emotions and egos collide as Nate and Jadz clash over who to believe: the victim’s grieving mother, his estranged sister with secrets of her own, or the demanding lieutenant who warns Jadz off the case for questionable reasons. The struggle pits them against a turbulent history neither of them is sure they want to explore as they uncover heartbreaking alliances and uncomfortable truths.

Links to ebook (print copy coming soon from Crossroad Press

Daily Writing Prompt

Set your timer for ten minutes and start writing. Include the word somewhere in your story.
Good luck and have fun. I hope you find a story inside you that grows to be much more. I would love to read the story the word prompt inspires

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