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Writerly Wednesday Welcomes D B Berkom!
DV Berkom grew up in the Midwest, received her BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and promptly moved to Mexico to live on a sailboat.
Several years and at least a dozen moves later, she now lives outside of Seattle, Washington with her sweetheart Mark, an ex-chef-turned-contractor, and writes whenever she gets a chance. You’re welcome to email her at dvb (at) dvberkom (dot) com or chat with her on Facebook or Twitter- she loves to hear from readers as well as other writers.
SERIAL DATE: A retired assassin. A serial killer with a social agenda.
A politician with a fondness for free-range livestock.
Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television’s most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the ‘bachelors’ on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn’t so sure.
When Leine’s estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she’s forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she’ll need to use all of her cunning to stop him, and rescue her daughter.
1. In three days, all power will go off, everywhere for a very long time. What will you include in your author survival kit?
Solar-powered laptop & 4G phone, loaded Kindle, several packets of vegetable seeds, dark chocolate and many cases of red wine. I’m all about barter ?
2. Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise?
From a severely twisted dream that woke me out of a dead sleep.
From Sally – last week’s guest mentioned his dream-life. It seems to be a normal thing for writers to cultivate the dream-world and all of its potential.
3. What do you like to read?
Lots of stuff. I gravitate toward fast-paced thrillers and mysteries as well as satire, but also love good historical fiction. I tend to read whatever’s within reach if I’m stuck sitting somewhere; signs, cereal boxes, license plates…
4. Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited?
Snorkeling in the Virgin Islands in fairly shallow water when a HUGE (we’re talking bus-size) manta ray floated by underneath me. I inhaled a LOT of sea water. Other than that, I’d say San Francisco during the Loma Prieta earthquake.
5. What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself?
I love carrots?
6. What scares you the most?
Narrow minds and the people who have them.
7. Tell us anything but keep it G rated.
I’m currently working on the second book in the Leine Basso/Santiago Jensen series. With a good tailwind, I expect it to be available in the fall. After that, I’ve got at least two more Kate Jones Thrillers in the works, with several more ideas on the boards. I’m also beginning a new professional chapter (sorry for the pun ?) and will be writing full-time. Wish me luck!
From Sally – I am sure all Writerly Wednesday Writers and Readers are cheering you on!
Thanks DV for the excellent interview!
DV Berkom, Serial Date, assassin, serial killer, thriller, suspense, satire, dark humor, reality shows
Let’s offer a big Writerly Welcome to Christopher Hudson.
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Christopher Hudson currently resides in a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan. An on-and-off denizen of cubeville, he has written and produced many corporate videos and marketing projects. His creative endeavors have resulted in several short stories, three screenplays, and two novels.
If you’re on vacation, fly coach. If you’re on business, fly first-class. If you’re on a mission, fly with Mickey.
Tony Boccaccio is after a bag of cash that he believes is his. Max Burke thinks otherwise and has hired two couriers to take the money to California. Mickey Soto is a commercial pilot hauling freight and instructing students from a small, Florida airport. Tony hires Mickey and his airplane to go after the couriers. Mickey thought his days of flying illegal cargo were behind him, but the lure of easy money and his policy of ‘don’t ask/don’t tell’ cause him to add to his history of poor decisions. Tony’s cousin, Gina, jumps in to help, and the three of the end up in a desperate cross-crountry race that leads to a West Coast pier and a fateful decision by Tony that impacts their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen.
A cloud of dust followed the Cadillac as it sped along a country road west of Miami. The driver winced at every rough patch that threatened to shake the car apart. A gold chain bounced against his chest under a Hawaiian-print shirt. In spite of the air-conditioning going full-blast, his olive forehead glistened with perspiration and he ran his hand over it and through dark, slicked back pre-maturely balding hair.
Suddenly he grabbed the wheel with both hands and slammed on the brakes, his sunglasses slipping down his nose as the car skidded to a stop.
He threw the barely stopped vehicle into reverse, throwing a cloud of dust in the opposite direction. Slamming on the brakes again, he jammed the Caddy back into drive and swung it onto a barely visible two-track.
He eased the car a quarter-mile down the primitive driveway, stopping in front of a gate in a ten-foot high chain-link fence. A sign proclaimed, Rodriquez BROS. AUTO SALVAGE. He stepped out of the Caddy into the blazing Florida sun, walked to the intercom mounted on the gate and pressed a button.
A barely recognizable, “Yeah?” filtered through the static.
“It’s Tony,” he said just as two snarling Dobermans reached the gate from the inside, barking frantically and pressing at the fence to get at the sweating man. “Give me a sec to get back in my car before you …”
The gate began to slide open, the dogs nosing at the quickly widening opening.
“Sonofabitch,” Tony yelled as he scrambled back to the car and dove through the open door.
He slammed the door shut as the lead dog reached the car and leaped on the window.
1. In three days, all electricity is going to be shut off for a very long time. What items are you going to gather in preparation for this event?
I guarantee food is going to be front and center … I get grumpy when I miss breakfast … beyond that, sheesh, I don’t know … I guess TV is out of the picture … oh, I know, my golf clubs.
2.Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise?
I’m always think ‘cinematically’ … the stories I write play out like movies in my head, and there is always one showing … I think about turning my books into movies, but, unfortunately, I’m the only one.
3.What do you like to read?
Oddly enough, I read mostly history and historical fiction. I’m reading Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris right now and I just finished the WWII series by Jeff Shaara.
4.Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited?
Beside the amusement park? I don’t know … I’m not a real excitement junky … but I love being around the water … I love Lake Michigan and Hawaii was an absolute joy.
5.What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself?
That I can share? Okay, I do the laundry … there, I said it.
6.What scares you the most?
Talking heads on TV.
7.Tell us anything but keep it G rated.
Wow … that’s a broad topic. Let’s see … how about that I’m working on novel that I’m pretty excited about … no airplanes this time, but new characters that are very interesting and some exotic locals. Unfortunately, I’m a slow writer, so it won’t be available this year.
Headwind, Northern Cross, Christopher Hudson, action, adventure, thriller, fiction.
Come by next week when I know our guest will be Angie Skelhorn.
Christopher has been a very interesting guest and I suppose we’ll have to learn to wait for his next novel, he claims to be a slow Writer. Thanks Christopher for letting me post about you and please forgive my neverending formatting issues!