Cuts Like a Knife: Kristen Connor Mysteries, #1
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Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.25 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Kristen Connor Mysteries
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Located in: Brentwood, TN
Submitted: March 06, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the father of six great kids - with just one left in the house now. Oh - wait - one came back - so there's two. I've spent 30 years in publishing - from packing boxes, writing articles and curriculum, editing and managing editorial departments, marketing director, and finally serving as exec vp and publisher for three companies. I love book publishing! Amy and I live in Brentwood TN and attend Brentwood Baptist Church.
What was your motivation behind this project? I have always loved character driven mystery and suspense. From the Hardy Boys in grade school, to James Bond and Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe in my teen years, then on to spy thrillers by Deighton and LeCarre in college, and then discovering a plethora of great thrillers from Hillerman, Block, Grimes, Child, Leonard, Mosely, Crais, Silva and a host of others throughout my adult life. I even went through a crime noir faze where I had to reread everything from Chandler and Hammet. I can't forget Graham Greene. The common denominator? Great lead character. I've spent 30 years in publishing and have a couple graduate degrees, but the best training I've received to pen my debut mystery thriller comes from the sheer volume of great books I've read. I've had a tremendous amount of fun writing CUTS LIKE A KNIFE - and count it as a tribute to the writers who have brought me so much enjoyment as a reader. I think you will fall in love with my lead character, Detective Kristen Conner. She's tough and in your face. And she's a fragile mess. She loves God, her family, the Chicago Police Department - her dad was a cop - and anything you put on her plate. Doesn't mean she gets along with all parties mentioned, however - except the food. Kristen also has a secret - but don't expect me to tell you what it is for at least a couple of books!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I did my best to write a great thriller that has all the twists, turns, and suspense readers love. The fact that my character is such a "graceful mess" to watch in action should make the experience even more fun. I think there will be deep appreciation for Detective Kristen Conner's simple and honest faith.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I got quite a few frequent customer awards from Starbucks while writing Cuts Like a Knife. Wrote early morning and late night so I could do he day job. But I've never been one for a lot of sleep anyway! I do feel a sense of gratitude from the response to Cuts.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? See above! LOL. Let's just say I like a great plot as much as the next person - but the writer that creates a wonderful character is the one I read over and over. Probably my favorite character over the past 10 years has been Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon. The author that inspired me to try and write a Christian character into a general market mystery was Tony Hillerman. His character Jim Chee was deeply religious and reflective as he solved crimes on the Navajo Reservation.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: When books don't do very well you often hear an author complain that his publisher didn't do very much. Having been a publisher I know there are a lot of factors. But what I can state very boldly is that my friends from Worthy Publishing have done a tremendous job bringing Cuts Like a Knife to market. If it should fail commercially the fault will be all mine. However, I think we have something special here. The Worthy leadership team has something 170 years of combined experience in publishing. No one will claim most years of service, however.