1. How did you come up with the title?
The title is part of a description in the book, which captures the foreboding and momentary fear of the protagonist, Inspector Marcus Chao.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
A reviewer, although the review was a good one, objected to the book’s depiction of the rape of a teenaged girl. However, I see that character’s eventual victory over her victimizers as a message that we all have a strength to persevere and triumph. That message is part of the underlying theme that human connection is the strongest force in our lives.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
I studied Linguistics at Rice University with Dr. Phillip Davis, who spent a great deal of time in Bella Coola, the setting of the book, documenting the language of the Nuxalk. His stories inspired me to later go there and then to write the book. The descriptions of the place itself are as accurate as I could make them, and the customs and language of the Nuxalk as they appear in the book are accurate, although sorcery and death rituals are part of the past. The characters, of course, come from my imagination.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I think any piece of writing can always be made more eloquent or more moving or simply better. Perfection is never achieved.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I always want to look at every character’s inner spirit and attempt to make even the worst of them at least human to the reader, if not admirable or likable. It’s not always easy to wring humanity out of villains.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
This was my first mystery. A lot of planning is required to make everything come together in this genre. Timelines, motives, etc. And those pesky characters. Most writers know that no matter what you have planned for them, they take on a life of their own and go in unforeseen directions. That can have a ripple effect in a mystery that calls for lots of rewriting!
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have written stories since I learned to write. I was an only child and an introvert, so I spent a lot of time in my imagination.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
John Irving. My favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany. Irving is the ultimate wordsmith, and his novels are exquisitely plotted with characters that live in your head long after the book is finished and back on the shelf.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I’m well into the second Marcus Chao mystery, A Premature Death, and hope to have it published by next spring.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I want to thank anyone who buys an Indie book, mine or another author’s. It’s a revolution in its infancy and all support is welcome.
About the Book
“It was the hour of prowling bears, circling nightowls, vengeful spirits, and savage hearts. It was the hour of predators.”
Two murders have shocked and divided the community of Bella Coola, a small, isolated village in a remote river valley on the coast of British Columbia. The evidence points to a teenaged Nuxalk boy, and the simmering tension between whites and tribe members heats up. To find the truth RCMP Inspector Marcus Chao must sort through misleading clues, cultural conflicts, tangled relationships, sexual scandals, and even indications that the crimes might have been committed by a sorcerer.
Marcus is a man whose life has skidded into remorse and misery. His own infidelity has ended his marriage to the woman he still loves, and now he finds himself with only two things to keep his sinking spirits afloat: the need to serve justice and his eternal fascination with solving the mystery of the crime. This latest puzzle, however, is proving to be a maze of intrigue and suspense, and his mettle as a detective as well as his principles will be tested.
Release date: November 18, 2011
Buy Links: Amazon, Smashwords
About the Author
Lane Stark has had three enduring passions through her life: travel, art, and the written word. She has traveled the world, lived abroad in both Europe and Asia, and experienced many cultures. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in linguistics, has studied eight languages, and recently ended a career as a graphic artist. She has now turned her creative attentions to full-time writing and leisure-time photography. Travel provides a wealth of inspiration for books, and she finds herself weaving tales around the people she meets and the places she explores. She and her husband have indulged their love of the vagabond life by moving into an RV full-time and following the roadways to new adventures. She is currently working on a second novel featuring RCMP Inspector Marcus Chao, A Premature Death.
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