Can she weather the storm brewing in the horizon?
- Along with being a writer, you’ve long worked as a professor of philosophy. Do you find philosophy working its way into your stories often? Or are they two entirely different passions?
I never begin a story with an explicitly philosophical theme or intend to teach anything in the course of the book. But often when I am done and going over the first draft, I find that broadly philosophical ideas have worked their way into the story as they probably wouldn’t for someone with different training. I like to think this gives the book greater depth than it otherwise would have had.
- Your novel Stormy Weather is one of over twenty you’ve had published in the past two decades. Where do you get all your inspiration?
I think that’s a challenging question for any writer. It’s something of a mystery to all of us where exactly our inspiration comes from. For me, I will frequently think of a particular character with a fully realized voice and go on to find a suitable plot. It’s like being introduced to someone and then imagining where you’d like to go with him or her. Over time, a lot of characters differing in age and gender have appealed to me and generated ideas for stories. The best I can say is that it’s something that just happens.
- What was your inspiration for writing Stormy Weather?
There were several inspirations. I wanted to write a story about a woman in a very public profession, and since so many television meteorologists are women, I thought that would be a good choice of profession. I also wanted to write a story where one character was particularly religious and the other was not. I thought that would be an interesting tension to explore as their relationship deepened.
- What is one characteristic of your hero, Chance Malone that would endear him to readers? And something noteworthy—Chance keeps a Bible in his desk drawer. Why?
I think Chance has a number of endearing characteristics. He has a great sense of humor. He is intelligent and brave. And he also has a very strong moral center, which means that he carries through on his commitments. He has a Bible in his desk drawer because he is fundamentally religious. I wanted to go against type here and have a rather hard-boiled detective who also has a deep religious faith. He also uses the Bible in a somewhat unique way to help him solve crimes.
- What about your heroine, Stormy McCloud? Why would readers sympathize with her, aside from the fact that her colleague’s body was buried in a shallow grave next to her house?
I think many readers can relate to her because she is a typical contemporary career woman who is struggling to be successful in a world where she sometimes meets opposition from male colleagues. She also has a difficult relationship with her parents, particularly her mother, which gives her ongoing problems. Finally, she would like to have a lasting relationship with a man who can accept her for who she is, and won’t feel compelled to try to change her. All of these elements make her sympathetic.
- It is inevitable that Chance and Stormy would clash. How do they resolve their difference when they do?
I think the resolution takes place slowly as Stormy realizes that Chance is a reliable person who genuinely wants to help her. Chance, for his part, comes to see Stormy as someone who has the ability to compromise. I think you see this in their differences over religion where Stormy agrees to at least give the religious approach to life a fair hearing, and Chance is clearly in love with her regardless of what her final decision may be.
- What’s up next for you?
I have a novel coming out in July entitled The Eye of Mumbai (Solstice Press) about a librarian who has a secret life as a jewel thief and what happens to her when she is apprehended by an insurance investigator who needs her services.
Wow, sounds exciting! You surely lead an interesting life. *wink*
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: January, 2017
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