This morning on my ‘Meet the Characters’ blog today thriller writer Jake Cross is interviewing Liz Grafton from his riveting novel, The Choice. I don’t know about you but I think that cover is really intriguing.
Now, let’s find out a bit about the book
‘You’ve got to help me.’
On a wet road in the black of night, Karl Seabury is driving home to his pregnant wife. Suddenly, caught in his headlights in the middle of the road is a woman shaking with fright.
The woman says her name is Liz Smith, that her home was attacked, and that she was the only one to escape.
In a split-second decision, Karl decides to help her to safety. But can he really trust her? Or has he put his family in danger?
Well that’s a blurb to grab your interest, isn’t it?
Now let’s move onto Jake’s interveiw with Liz Grafton
Q: It was well documented, that day and the danger you were in. Do you still fear for your life? Your husband made a lot of enemies.
A: He did, I didn’t. I admit he was a gangster and rising to the top meant a lot of people wanted to take what was his. But everything is legitimate these days. I run everything in line with the law. If someone comes for me, it’ll be with a pen, not a gun.
Q: You mean now that you run your husband’s businesses? But recently there have been arrests of men connected to you. Criminals who call you the boss.
A: Residual bad apples. I’m weeding them out. Anything unlawful about what my husband used to do is not part of my portfolio.
Q: Mick McDevitt, the former Detective Chief Inspector, it was revealed he had a personal reason for targeting you and your husband. Do you feel any blame for what happened to him?
A: I didn’t meet that animal until he was a grown adult. So how can I be blamed for whatever happened in the womb to skew his brain and turn him into a psychopath?
Q: Karl Seabury, the man who helped you escape. Do you have any contact with him now?
A: No. He has his wife and a child, and he’s trying to put that bad day behind him. I don’t want to tear at healing wounds.
Q: Do you ever think about what would have happened if he hadn’t stopped his vehicle to pick you up when killers were chasing you? Do you feel bad for dragging him into all that danger?
A: Is there a point to reflecting on what might have been? What happened, happened. But why would things have been any different? I escaped and there was no reason why these people would have caught me just because I didn’t have a vehicle. And I didn’t cause any of this, remember. It’s all on the animals who killed by husband.
Q: You showed resolve in escaping, though. Did you husband teach you a few, shall we say, underworld survival skills?
A: My father taught me how to run and climb. That was all I needed. All my husband taught me was that the world is full of bad people and you need to keep on your toes.
Q: It was reported that there’s doubt about what happened in the graveyard that day. Some people think Brad Smithfield, McDevitt’s former partner-in-crime, shouldn’t be the one in prison for murder. That it should be you. Have you heard this story? What can you tell me?
A: Smithfield is in prison because he helped slaughter my husband and two of my friends. And I’ve heard the rumours. And I know the police are trying all sorts of cheap tactics to get me to say what they want to hear. Including getting reporters to go undercover and try to trap me. So go report that to your handlers and add that I’m not stupid. I didn’t kill anyone and I’m not involved in crime. Goodbye.
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As a kid, Jake chose to write fantasy because there was no research needed for an invented world. Early short stories covered probably every genre except dieselpunk-romcom. Although he now writes thrillers, Jake’s reading love is true crime. He thinks he’d make a good detective, but his partner points out that he can’t even decide if it was the three kids or the two cats who broke something in the house. His excuse: kids won’t sit still for a polygraph, and cats know their right to remain silent.
There are no dieselpunk-romcom novels planned.
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Thanks for dropping by Jake. Lots of luck with your book.
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