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Monday, March 18, 2013

Lethal Business

How do you separate yourself from the characters you write? Or do you?

That was the question I was asked recently on another forum. Well, with my Hunter Files series it’s easy to draw the line, mainly because they’re written in the first person from a male point of view and I’m all woman! Not surprisingly, that creates a few problems because…well, I don’t want to get into the ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ mind set thing, but I do believe our brains are wired differently.

That said, I had a good idea of the sort of man I wanted my hero, Charlie Hunter, to be. Tough, resourceful, cynical and emotionally damaged by his traumatic youth. (He saw his mother gunned down in front of him, which would be enough to screw with anyone’s head).

In Lethal Business the third in the Hunter Files Trilogy released by Carina Press today, Charlie doesn’t quite know what he’s got himself involved with when, returning from France in his boat early one morning, he witnesses an explosion at sea. The vessel nearest to the stricken craft then callously runs the survivors down and Charlie unable to forget what he’s seen.

The idea for Lethal Business struck me when I was watching the results of the last general election in England. All the pundits seemed surprised by the popularity of the smaller nationalist parties, which is how my fictional English National Party was born. Mind you, I’m sure that real life politicians wouldn’t behave nearly as badly as my ENP do in order to grab hold of power, would they…

Here’s how Carina describe Lethal Business –

Why kill the survivors of a sinking ship?

A speeding boat rams a life raft, leaving no survivors. A man embroiled in an investigation of potential suicide bombers disappears...

Retired inspector Charlie Hunter's belief that the two events are related leads him to accept a job working a charter between England and France. The only way to find out the truth is to be the man on the inside.
But Charlie's life is at risk on the rough Channel. All is not as it seems on the shifting seas, and some players are holding secrets that will change the game...and the sunken life raft is the key.

Lethal Business – Available now from Carina Press, and all on-line etailors.



Anne Marie Becker said...

Congratulations on your new release!! Love the cover. And setting something on the sea - was that a challenge for you? I'd have to do all kinds of research, but it's one of those settings that's fascinating because it's like a foreign land you're trapped in.

Wendy Soliman said...

Ideas for novels was about the only good side of boating for me, Anne Marie!

Marcelle Dubé said...

Congrats on the latest release, Wendy! Love the premise.

Rita said...

Oh Wendy this sounds wonderful. I love how the story came to you. And the cover is brilliant. Wishing you much success.

Elise Warner said...

Wish the best of success with your latest. Sounds terrific.

Shelley Munro said...

What a gorgeous cover! All the best with your new release.

Wendy Soliman said...

Thanks for the encouragement, ladies.

Maureen A. Miller said...

"Why kill the survivors of a sinking ship?" -- I know somewhere in there you are referring to the Buccaneers. :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Lethal business sounds like a edge-of-your-seat kind of read.

To write like my male heroes, I do have to get 'in character' and use what I know of the opposite sex.

Elizabeth McClung said...

The better the villian, the better the book. Harris' first book was so-so with the exception of Lector, who made his career. The problem I find is how to be evil, to know evil, to inhabit evil. So many have a sad stereotype of evil and have not been given nightmares by their own character.

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