DEATH OF AN ASSASSIN, by Ian Hiatt Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Urban-fantasy Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press Date of Release: June 16, 2016 Cover Artist: Eugene Teplitsky Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads Description: Technically, Layla hasn’t killed anyone. Ask the witnesses. It was a misstep here, a trip-and-fall there—accidents happen. And Layla is paid very well to ensure that they do. Her mother once traced their lineage back to ancient times. Go flip through The Odyssey. Some great-great-great grandmother is in there beckoning sailors to rocky deaths. For eons her kind has made it their business to bring hapless men to quick and messy ends. Layla can’t help it that Saint Roch City has job listings for someone who can cause blameless death. You go where the work is. When the most difficult hit of her career goes sideways, Layla finds out that what she’s been told about her own history may not be so accurate. And there is no forgiveness in the business of assassinations. When you’re paid to kill someone, there better be a dead body. About The Author: Ian Hiatt is the crazy guy who lives on your block. You know the one that all the neighborhood kids point at and whisper about. He’s cleverly hidden himself by marrying an incredibly tolerant woman and finding himself an adorable dog. This is the best disguise for living in New England. The villagers have not yet run him out of his castle. When he’s not scrawling delusional words about mythical-filled cities or dinosaurs, he’s busy tapping out code for websites and software. If he’s kept away from writing implements, he treks aimlessly through forest hiking trails, across abandoned beaches, and wandering the shelves of bookstores. These three things don’t overlap except for that one time, and that was a really weird day. Find the author Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience. Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape! Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
So we have Leigh who has trouble keeping a job but is good at writing. And she finds an embalmed body – problem is that this man was supposed to have been buried a long time ago. So the question arises: why isn’t he in his grave?
And then it appears that he was never in his grave – so where was he kept? between his burial and now?
And then it seems the corpse is that of the old owner to her friend Cara’s house – a Paul Fischer – and Leigh’s curiosity gets the better of her.
In the cozy genre this is a fairly typical murder/mystery and light reading.
And the Devil has a son and heir.
But there is a small problem – he is half human, and ex-cop, and now a witch running an occult shop.
Honestly, he is not at all sure that he likes his father! And the idea that he is his father’s heir... A nice set of circumstances which allow stories of extraordinary murders to be introduced that only someone like Nick, with his unique combination of attributes, can solve.
These are novellas and thus less compelling than they could be with a longer word length and thus more character and plot development. Nevertheless, promising.
Questions for Author EJ Chadwell
Book: How the mighty fall
Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
(I am answering this question very vaguely because I don’t want to spoil the story for you. I will tell you the actress’ name and book titles before you write your review, but after you read the book).
I must confess, I like to read biographies and autobiographies of powerful people. In this particular case, I read an autobiography of an actress active from 1917 to about 1953, who hid a powerful secret that could destroy her life and career. This stimulated me to think about how many things could have gone wrong, and how a secret like this could literally destroy the many people involved.
How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it?
This story took about six months. During that time period, I wrote detailed descriptions of each character, and then proceeded to write diary entries for the main characters. I imbued each character with major virtues and flaws that could either help them or destroy them. I gave each of the main characters a motive to kill.
Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
Yes, I use a notebook (which I carry in my handbag in case any ideas pop into my head while I am out and about), index cards, and also write my thoughts on a file on my laptop. This way nothing can get lost.
I choose to write this story first because the characters developed quickly and easily. In essence they told me their stories.
How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?
This is my first book, and the research took me 6 months.
What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?
I spent many hours on Google, in the library, reading books, and on the phone talking with NYPD public relations office, which was extremely helpful. Also, I belong to writer’s groups such as: Mystery Writers of America, Sisters In Crime, International Thriller Writers, and found if I had any questions they were happy to assist in answering them.
How helpful do you find authority figures such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good way to approach them in your experience?
I called the NYPD public relations office countless times, and I told them I was writing a book and I had some questions. They were patient and helpful. I find if you call the public relations department they are always willing and able to help. I find being upfront about being a writer is the best way to get your questions answered. Generally, if I am calling any authority I always call their public relations office. If they can’t answer the question, they will find out and follow-up with me.
How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
About 15 times, I made the short list on my first submission to a publisher, but not the final cut. This gave me encouragement. Then I was told by another publisher to rewrite the last chapter and then they would recommend it for publication. Another publisher said, he would publish it, if I rewrote the book from a specific characters point of view, etc. So even though I received several rejections, there were encouragements along the way.
Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?
No, I just kept sending it out until Jaffa Books made me a publishing offer.
Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher?
I think the publishing industry is rapidly changing and the old ways of publishing are dying.
Although I did not self-publish, I would cautiously recommend self-publishing.
If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
Here is why: you are immediately paid a good royalty rate; you are in control of all decisions about the book such as price, layout, design. Also, if a major publisher decides to publish an author’s books, it is still up to the author to market the book. The publisher does nothing to help. Building an audience before approaching a publisher will certainly help get the book published.
Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?
Not yet, this is my first book.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you on a book tour?
I haven’t done a book tour yet.