My fourth mystery, Sin Creek, is about a topic most folks don’t talk about: the seedy ugly underbelly of most towns (large and small) where pornography tempts and then destroys lives.
What inspired you to write this particular story?
I was a high school principal and a young woman told me a story one day that really shocked me. I wrote a letter in the front of the book to readers so they would understand why I delved into such an ugly subject
How long did it take you to write your book?
It took almost two years because I was so uncomfortable with the subject. I stopped often and questioned myself about whether to complete the story. Reviewers claim they could feel my discomfort through my protagonist, Logan Hunter. I’m glad that was evident. Another reason this particular book took so long is that I killed off a series character I loved very much. I can’t tell you how many times I stopped and sobbed. I am pleased with the way the book turned out although I have a few fans who’re still upset with me.
Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)
For Sin Creek I had to do lots of research since I’m not at all familiar with the porn industry. The Internet was, as you can imagine, a great source of information and shock. It was easy to access plenty of material without ever having to use a credit card or prove my age. That’s scary.
What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?
My main purpose in writing about this subject is to make folks aware of how easy it is to get pulled into a life of pornography. In this book, a young girls decides to ride a van with strangers who have video cameras and will pay her one thousand dollars to “participate”. She uses the money for college tuition and clothes. In the end, her murder is what throws Logan Hunter into the mix. As Logan questions others who’ve been on the van or the ferry, she becomes more uncomfortable with what she’s learning. I take the reader right into rooms where unspeakable things are going on. It’s shocking and yet this kind of stuff goes on right under our noses all the time.
How many stories do you currently have swirling around in your head?
I just completed my first women’s fiction, Slightly Cracked. I needed something light and funny after writing Sin Creek. I enjoyed writing this book even though it not only contains humor but also pathos. And it’s NOT series. I’m currently writing the fifth Logan Hunter book, tentatively entitled The Pricking Place. There’s an abundance of sexual tension in this one. I am slowly researching an ancestor of mine who was a Knight of the Bath. I plan to write an historical mystery about him. That’s years down the road, though.
Pat, thanks for having me over. I enjoyed the questions.