Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blog Tour: Prey of Desire by JC Gatlin #giveaway #interview

Date Published: February 17, 2014

They said the disappearance of two high school students over 25 years ago was mystery that couldn't be solved.
No one ever said it shouldn't be.

Following the abrupt end of a relationship, college student Kimberly Bradford finds comfort in the friendship with her over-the-top neighbor, Mallory. And, Mallory encourages her to get back out there. She would of course if it weren't for the thrilling little love notes and gifts she's been receiving .

Kim thinks they're from her ex-fiancee, not realizing he's been murdered. Worse, whoever is sending her all the extra attention is not only in her inner-circle, but has a connection to that unsolved murder some 25 years ago. That connection puts her life in danger, and exposes secrets better left buried around her closest friends and family.



What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Cutting scenes -- especially character back story -- that I absolutely loved and thought was brilliant. But, I knew those scenes weren’t moving the story forward. You wouldn’t believe what I cut out of ‘Prey of Desire’ to keep that story tight and racing to the big climactic end.  I might post some of the character histories on my blog. That way, interested readers can access it, but it doesn’t interrupt the flow of the book.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
When I was writing Prey of Desire, I listened to ‘Too Close’ by Alex Clare over and over. It would definitely be the book’s theme song.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Yes, on WattPad. I received a lot of great feedback on early drafts of Prey of Desire. I added the subplot of Kimberly’s grandfather after feedback from the early readers.

What book are you reading now?
I just started the new Dean Koontz book, The City. I read the short story prequel “Wilderness” and have been looking forward to diving into the following book. I’m also reading the Indie novel, Dinoworld, by K. Thomas Olsen. It’s kind of a Jurassic Park meet Avatar adventure.

How did you start your writing career?
I’d say it started with reading Encyclopedia Brown in grade school. That’s when I knew I wanted to write murder mysteries. Over the years, I’ve written twenty some odd mysteries, although I just recently found Indie publishing. Before that, I wrote a monthly article in New Tampa Style magazine.

My next mystery-suspense novel is about a young woman who returns to her hometown to attend a childhood friend’s funeral and must face the man who dumped her at the altar five years earlier. However, when she suspects her past lover actually murdered her friend, no one believes her. They think she is still mad and acting like the typical jilted lover.

JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida. In addition to regular fishing trips, he wrote a monthly column for New Tampa Style Magazine, then began penning several mystery/suspense stories. He also maintains a blog about mystery writing.

Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC grew up in Grapevine -- a small Texas town just outside of Dallas. He moved to Tampa in 1999, and most of his stories feature the rich landscapes of Texas and Florida as backdrop.


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