Monday, September 20, 2010
Repost - Interview with David Fingerman - BK Walker Books
Back in mid-June we had a chance to chat with David Fingerman about his upcoming novel, Silent Kill. Well, the book is now released, so I'm reposting part of the interview and giving readers a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate. Read through for details.
Please tell us about your current release.
Silent Kill is about Louise Miller, a lesbian cop trying to track down the person who murdered a fellow officer, and one of her few friends on the force. It's about her brother, Andrew (aka New Age), who's trying to be the best Sheriff's Deputy he can be. It's about Melanie Cartier, a lawyer set on getting revenge for her clients, and then for herself. It's about William Gillespy, a psychiatrist who feels that the world is out to get him. It's about Elias who just wishes people would do what he says. And tying them all together, it's about SK, a rottweiler.
What kind of research do you do to make your novels realistic?
For Silent Kill, I took part in the Citizens Academy run by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and learned a lot about procedure. I was also fortunate enough to go on a couple of ride-a-longs with deputy sheriffs. Also, working for bunches of years in the court system, I picked up a thing or two.
Did anything in the writing of the current book come as a surprise to you?
Very much so. When I started writing this book, Andrew was the main protagonist. Louise was going to be a very minor character used mostly to guide him along, being that he was a rookie. The deeper into the book I got, the more Louise started taking over. Halfway through it became clear that she was going to be the central character. I had to do a lot of rewriting in the early chapters.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
This is my first novel and quite a learning experience. I'd probably spend more time working on an outline. After the first draft I read it over and noticed some places where the timeline made no sense. People were reacting to things that hadn't happened yet. I'm guessing some astute readers might catch that.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I do write full time. My typical day is get up and grab a Diet Mountain Dew for breakfast (I know, I know, but I don't drink coffee and it's my caffeine fix), check email, read the paper online (do the crossword puzzle and crypto quip, then get to work for a few hours, take a break for about an hour, then work a few more hours. Yup – I lead one exciting life.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
In the evening I pretty much veg out in front of the TV (again, that life in the fast lane). I also love walking and there's a number of wonderful lakes around here to walk around. Occasionally I'll even find time to exercise.
Congratulations on the release of Silent Kill.
Readers, leave a comment (and your email addy) to be entered into a drawing to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate. I'll draw a name at the end of the month and BK Walker Books' promoter will send you the GC via email.
Thank you for participating!