Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Interview and Giveaway: One Scream Away by Kate Brady


Today Kate Brady, author of the One Scream Away, is joining us for a great interview and giveaway as part of her blog tour!

Beth: Hi! Welcome to Beth's Book Review Blog! It's great to have you here today! Thank you for taking the time to join us and answer some questions.

Congratulations on your first book, One Scream Away, being published! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Kate: Thank you! One Scream Away is a psycho-killer story, a cat-and-mouse chase with a touch of romance. In it, serial killer Chevy Bankes plots vengeance against antiques expert Beth Denison, whom he feels is responsible for hurting his sister. Traveling coast to coast, he leaves a trail of dead women to mark his march toward Beth, and sends her an antique doll representing each kill. By the time she receives the final dolls in the set—a mother-daughter pair—there is little doubt about the fates he has planned for Beth and her daughter. But by then, he is right under their noses. Neil Sheridan is an ex-FBI agent who once hunted Bankes, and this new hunt brings him face to face with the tragedy of his past and with Beth. Instead of being grateful for his help, Beth lies to Neil about Bankes in a desperate attempt to protect her daughter. Only when they begin to trust one another can they unravel Bankes’s twisted mind and hope to survive his final efforts to make Beth scream.

Beth: The description of One Scream Away just gives me the creeps! Did you ever scare yourself with the material while working on it?

Kate: I didn’t have any idea it was so scary when I was writing it. On the first draft, I was just telling the story. I hoped it was suspenseful, but didn’t really think about the scare-factor. Then, on edit runs, I was too concerned about choosing the right verb or cutting twenty-thousand words to feel fear of the villain (only of the writing!). It wasn’t until after the book got out there that I realized Chevy Bankes was actually pretty darned creepy. That’s when everyone from agent to reviewer to friend started telling me they slept with the lights on when they finished reading it.

Beth: If your book was made into a movie, who would you most like to have play your hero and heroine, Neil and Beth?

Kate: Hmm. I’m not much of a movie-watcher, so this is tough. For Neil, it would be someone tall and brooding, with dark intensity, great blue eyes, and some serious pects. How about Christian Bale? For Beth: a pretty, tough, and down-to-earth young mother. Maybe Jennifer Garner.

Beth: I hear you're currently at work on your second novel in the series, about Neil's brother, Mitch Sheridan, already! Can you give us a sneak peek at it?

Kate: Mitch is what Neil calls a “righteous do-gooder, champion of every underdog” and some other things not suitable for reprint here. In the second book, Last to Die (July, 2010), Mitch discovers that his own charitable foundation is involved in a murderous black market adoption ring, and teams up with a tough-as-nails cop named Dani Cole to find out who’s tormenting and killing the mothers—and why the murderer hacks off their hair. What they don’t know is that the ring has little to do with babies or money and a lot to do with a warped killer’s quest for atonement. And they soon find out this killer will do anything—including kill Dani and Mitch—to accomplish the chilling goal.

Beth: Do you have any special writing routines? Do you always write in the same place at the same time of day?

Kate: I would love to tell you that I write from eight-to-four each day, in my tidy writer’s office, in my ergonomic chair. The truth is, I use a laptop and a recliner—or make the dog share the couch—and my only routine is to be sure I have a fresh pot of coffee before I sit down. In addition to the writing, I have two part-time jobs (professor of music education at a nearby state university and choir director at a church,) a husband, two children, and way too many furry, feathery, and scaly things. I write whenever I can… In between loads of laundry, flute recitals, paintball tournaments, cooking dinners, orchestra concerts, dance recitals, weeding gardens, hockey games, dentist appointments, dog walks, taxi-duties, gymnastics practice, and everything else moms/wives/homeowners/employees do every day. It’s a sporadic schedule for the writing, but basically it includes any time in any day (or night) when I’m sitting down.

Beth: I'm always curious about what other people are reading. What are you reading now?

Kate: John Sandford’s Wicked Prey. And the Summer Entertaining issue of Gourmet magazine.

Beth: And finally, do you have a favorite book of all time?

Kate: No, I really can’t say that I do. There are so many, in so many different styles and genres, serving so many different purposes, that trying to rank order them is comparing apples and oranges. Since I’m a musician, I also get asked a lot, “Who’s your favorite composer” or “What’s your favorite piece of music?” And I always hedge and say, “That’s not a fair question!”
I can’t narrow it down; I need them all. Every time I come in contact with a great book or a great piece of music—no matter what the style or genre or subject matter—I come away a little bit changed.



About Kate:

My writing career began in the closet, where--thankfully--my first several novels remain. As a full-time choral conductor and assistant professor of music education, I didn't consider going public with my fiction. It was strictly clandestine and only a hobby.

Then the needs of small children convinced me to switch to part-time teaching. For the first couple of years as a mostly stay-at-home-mom, it was all I could do to complete the metamorphosis from domestically-challenged career woman to culinary-queen and housework goddess. (Okay...Some transitions are never fully realized.) But later, when the kids got old enough to be in school for six hours a day, the characters in my head found time to come out again. Murderers, cops, victims, lovers. I started writing down everything they did and said, then finally decided to see if anyone but me wanted to read about them.

Now, I lead a double life. Some days are spent in the university classroom or at the rehearsal podium; others spent chasing villains on my laptop.

So what do I do when I'm not creating music teachers or psycho murderers? (Two unrelated populations, I assure you.) With a husband, two children, and way too many furry, feathery, and scaly things, there isn't a lot of time left. It's enough to keep up with the house, the yard, and the family schedule, and hope no one on my laptop gets murdered when I'm not looking.


Giveaway!


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