Hi Mikey, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
Usually a scenario comes to me and I think about the type of person I’d like to see handling the situation. Sometimes, like with Fourth and Long, it comes from my love of football. Most of my stories are very heavy on the characterization elements. I love to build a complex character.
Who doesn’t love a good hero? Tell us about your protagonist. Was there a real life inspiration behind them?
Vince is a trainwreck. He’s basically a good guy who just can’t buy a break or get anything right. Vince wants to be one of those guys people can count on, but he’s been through a rough childhood and doesn’t trust easily. Even the people he loves, he keeps at a distance, because deep down he’s afraid they’ll find out he’s a masochist. He’s afraid his wife will think he’s a sexual deviant and the man he’s in love with doesn’t want him anymore (really he does, but there is a lot of miscommunication). All three characters: Vince, Mica (his wife), and Greg are grieving, which makes it difficult for any of them to see what the other is going through. On top of everything, Vince has to find who is killing young women, because it’s his job and he feels like he knows the killer.
What real-life inspirations do you use when world building?
I like to set my stories in places I’ve been or that I would like to go to, but for the most part, I take from my own experiences. Some folks have difficulty believing some of the far out scenarios in my books, but those are the ones that are true. I think it’s funny, really, just like my mother. When I’d tell her the truth, I couldn’t keep a straight face and she’d think I was lying. When I was lying, she’d think I was telling the truth. Story of my life. When it comes to the BDSM club that Vince and Greg frequent, it’s actually a friend’s home and it’s the play I’d like to be. I’ve modeled it on how I would have my own place and not on any real club. Back in the day, people would gather privately in a group members home and that’s how I modeled ‘the club’.
Did you learn anything from this book and what was it?
There is a lot of loss for these characters and they survived. I’ve learned to survive. My wife passed away last October. I’m still trying to figure things out. My husband and I miss her deeply. Sometimes I still think, “Oh, we need to hop on the Harley’s and go to this place.” Then I remember, we’re alone, and it will just be the two of us. Learning to survive not getting to hear a loved one’s voice ever again, except in your head.
It’s your last meal on earth. What do you choose?
The last meal I had with Mary was ham, cheddar-bacon scalloped potatoes, and corn. She loved it. That’s what I want, because I’ll remember having made her happy with it.