Devious by Mark Love
Jamie Richmond, reporter turned author, is doing research for her next book. Attempting to capture the realism of a police officer’s duties while on patrol, she manages to tag along for a shift with a state police trooper. A few traffic stops and a high speed chase later, Jamie’s ride takes an unexpected turn when she witnesses the trooper being shot. Although it is not a fatal injury, Jamie becomes obsessed with unraveling the facts behind this violent act. While she is trying to sort out this puzzle, she becomes romantically involved with Malone, another trooper with a few mysteries of his own. Now Jamie’s attention is divided between a blooming romance and solving the crime which is haunting her. Jamie begins to question the events that took place and exactly who could be behind the shooting. It was a devious mind. But who?
Be sure to read the excerpt after the interview!
Tricia: Tell us a little about yourself.
Mark: Well, Mark Love is really my name. I live in Michigan and have been writing on and off for years, whenever I could find the time. Like many writers, you’ll find some similarities with my characters. I enjoy cooking, so food often shows up in my stories.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Are you a plotter? Or do you write by the seat of your pants? Do you have a special place to write, or can you write anywhere?
Mark: I usually start with an idea and let it flow from there. Often the interaction between the characters will lead the story in a direction I hadn’t considered before. I can’t work with an outline, but I’ll often jot down scenes that I think will work with the story. Ideas can crop up any time. I’ve worked on plots and dialogue when I’m driving, out for a walk or working out. Then the challenge becomes to get them down on the computer or in a notebook so I don’t lose it.
Tricia: Can you tell us about Devious?
Mark: This is the story of Jamie Richmond, a former reporter who is now a novelist. She is riding with a state trooper during his evening patrol, gathering information for a character for her next book, when she witnesses him being shot. Fortunately, it is not a fatal injury, but Jamie becomes obsessed with figuring out who did it. As the official police investigation stalls, Jamie keeps coming up with theories. During this period, she becomes romantically involved with Malone, another state trooper, who has a few mysteries of his own. Jamie is determined to find the answers.
Tricia: Where did you get the idea for the book?
Mark: I had a friend who worked in the forensic department for the state police. She suggested I ride along with a trooper one night to get some ideas. Several of the scenes I witnessed ended up in the book.
Tricia: Which character is your favorite? Why?
Mark: Malone is my favorite. He’s good at his job, has plenty of self confidence and knows how to treat his lady. He also knows how to cook. And he has a few secrets that he’s keeping from Jamie.
Tricia: Of all your books, which has been the most challenging to write?
Mark: Devious was definitely a challenge, because I wrote it from Jamie’s perspective. There were many passages that I had to completely redo. Jamie’s an independent woman, but she still has her own faults and flaws. She’s not perfect, but she’s an interesting character.
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Mark: Elmore Leonard, John D. MacDonald, Greg Iles, T. Jefferson Parker and Harlan Coben are some of my favorites.
Tricia: What are you currently reading?
Mark: L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker.
Tricia: What projects are on the horizon for you?
Mark: I am working on a mystery about a serial killer whose victims are found in room 319 of hotels in different parts of metropolitan Detroit. I’m also starting to put ideas together for a third Jamie Richmond mystery. The second one is called “Vanishing Act” and is scheduled to be released in May with Sweet Cravings Publishing.
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