Welcome to our stop on the MURDER ON THE LAKE OF FIRE blog tour!
We’re excited to share with you an interview with the author, Mikel J. Wilson, and a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card.
Murder on the Lake of Fire
Mikel J. Wilson
(Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 1st 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.
About the Author: MIKEL J. WILSON
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.
Interview with Mikel J. Wilson
Who is your favorite character you’ve written?
If forced to pick one, I’d have to say my favorite character is Emory Rome from Murder on the Lake of Fire (Mourning Dove Mysteries, #1). He’s the one I’ve lived with the longest and know most intimately. He was the protagonist of the first book I ever wrote, which was an adventure story of a fifteen-year-old boy fighting for his life in the Smoky Mountains. About three years ago, I started wondering what he would be doing as an adult, and that was the impetus for writing this mystery series. I never published that first book, but I use it as backstory for Murder on the Lake of Fire and future Mourning Dove Mysteries.
How long did it take you to write the book? Did you encounter any setbacks?
I finished the first draft in six months, but I had been thinking about the story for maybe a year before I put pen to paper. After the first draft, I set it aside so I could revisit it with fresh eyes a little later. I spent the next five months writing the second book in the series. Afterwards, I edited and redrafted the first book for approximately three or four months before I considered it done.
What is your writing routine?
When I start a book, I create a playlist to match the tone I’m seeking, and I play it while writing. I always write the first draft longhand in a spiral notebook because it helps me concentrate on the story without distraction. I normally write in my office, but I do find writing outside can help spark my creativity. My absolutely favorite place to go when I’m in search of that spark is above the tide pools at Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma.
Have you had other jobs besides author? If so, have those influenced your writing in any way?
I was a bartender at one of the largest nightclubs in Los Angeles, and I worked in healthcare for years – first as a pharmacy tech and then in marketing and communications. My time as a bartender gave me a great window into how people interact, particularly when they’re seeking connections with strangers. My time in healthcare taught me how to be better at marketing my work, which is especially important for authors without big-name recognition.
Do you read reviews of your books? Why or why not?
I do because I value what readers think of the book. Reviews provide important feedback that I really do consider when writing future books.
If you woke up tomorrow with the knowledge and skills to do every kind of job, would you still be an author? Why or why not?
I’m a science geek, and astrophysics would be my fantasy job. Even if I did pursue another career, it would be in concert with writing and not in place of it.
What genre have you never written in but would like to?
Historical fiction. I’m a big history buff, and I love doing research.
When you aren’t doing things related to books, how do you most like to spend your time?
I love adventure, whether it’s within a page-turner of a book or in physical excursions. I was a licensed skydiver for several years, and I prefer vacations that involve activity over relaxation.
Thank you so much, Mikel, for taking the time to answer our questions!
Readers, I hope you have enjoyed this interview!
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