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I’d like to welcome author KJ McGillick back to my blog and thank her for answering more questions about her writing . . . . read on to discover what she shared and more information about her latest release, Trust Me.
Why do you write crime fiction?
Crime fiction is my passion and I try to weave several different categories in and out of my books. All of my books contain a common element of police procedural or private investigator tales and that is the base I start with. From there I decide if the story will be a legal thriller, a medical thriller, or a psychological thriller. But whichever way I take the story, forensics and human sleuthing are always an important part.
Crime Fiction is all about who did it and why they did it. To understand that you have to understand the characters themselves and then what motivates them. I get great enjoyment out of building a character from scratch and giving them qualities that are good but also flawed. And from those flawed qualities comes the story of why they did something wrong. It’s a puzzle that I challenge readers to put together.
What’s your usual writing routine?
I am a Lee Child panster although that’s not how I started. My first book started with a long drawn out outline that involved 60 pages of a detailed outline and storyboards. My next two books were my foray into a hybrid of panster and plotter. I used two types of plotting charts, but they basically covered the important chunks of information I wanted to cover. It was my fourth book that I found the ability to let go and allow the story to take me where it wanted, but I still had a very roughed out 7-point story wheel. Facing A Twisted Judgment and Karma Never Loses An Address I felt confident enough to let go of all planning and allow the book to take me where the story wanted to go. I knew the characters I wanted to write about, and I knew the end of each book. However, everything from start to finish was up for grabs. I’m up at 4 am with a cup of coffee and writing until 6 am. Then I’m back at it at 7:30 pm cleaning up the morning material.
Where do your ideas come from?
The ideas from my books come from my varied and usual background in the law and medicine. I find that most people have a keen interest in how the law works and most especially how people escape justice due to technicalities of the law. I try to think of a crime that would hold my readers’ interest and then delve into the mechanics of it. If I can throw in how medicine enhances or interferes’ with the crime all the better. I like to use my books as a teaching experience. Hopefully, I can educate people about aspects of the law and sprinkle some medical as well.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
The Last Lie She Told the main character was loosely based on a girl that disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the ’90s and never found. Although it was not someone, I knew. Personally, it was someone who a friend had come in contact with, and I found the story intriguing. The characters may be very loosely on someone I have brushed up against in life but with those people I have taken loads of creative license.
Thank you for answering the questions!
Read on to discover more about her latest book, Trust Me:
Sex. Power. Murder.
Dr. Gabriel Blackwell and his wife Sandra Blake have it all. He’s a brilliant thoracic surgeon. She’s a high-powered attorney with family money. Their lives are as loving as they are glamorous.
Or are they?
When a nurse Dr. Blackwell works with is brutally murdered, the questions fly. Who would want to kill this woman and why? When an autopsy reveals the woman was pregnant, all signs point to Dr. Blackwell. Just what was her relationship with him?
Whispers about a scandalous sex club surface. How many other lovers are there? Are any of them safe? How far would he go to protect his reputation?
Tragedy strikes again as Sandra Blake is found dead floating in their pool. Dr. Blackwell now finds himself on trial for two murders. Facing life in prison, Dr. Blackwell will grasp at any straw to preserve his freedom.
Is anyone innocent? Is anyone safe?
K.J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of and to K J McGillick for allowing me to share her answers to the questions!
Check out her first interview with me
and discover more about Karma Never Loses an Address here!