Guest Author Interview – B. L. Wilson

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Title: Deaths By Unnatural Causes: Life By Any Means Necessary

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/African American

Synopsis: At first, Chief Investigator, Roberta Crawford, thinks the attempted murder of Karen Morris links to several other arson deaths in her precinct. Upon further investigation and interviews with Karen’s friends and co-workers, Roberta begins to suspect this case is unrelated to the other arson deaths. She thinks Karen knows who is trying to kill her. She’s certain something in Karen’s past is the key to breaking the case wide open. The only problem with her assumptions is that Karen won’t confirm them. Despite the lack of cooperation from her main witness, Roberta finds herself increasingly attracted to her and is afraid to tell her brother, Lieutenant Mark Crawford, that Karen is staying at her place. She knows he’ll decide she’s too personally involved and pass the case to other detectives in the unit. He’ll demand Karen leave the safety of her place. If Karen leaves, Roberta is afraid she’ll never discover the secrets in Karen’s past. Can Roberta get through to her witness or will Karen’s silence set off more Deaths by Unnatural Causes?

B. L. Wilson, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is B. L. Wilson. She felt she had a story to tell…maybe a few of them, so she started writing. Welcome to my blog, B. L.

CH: Can you tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book?

BLW: Ever imagine waking up to whispering conversations between emergency medical personnel and the police declaring you’re dead?

CH: This book is a mystery/thriller. Where did you get the idea for this book?

BLW: I usually dream my books first. I actually keep a notebook and pen by my bedside to capture my dreams. They are the source of this book and most of my other books, as well. I usually write the first twenty pages of my dream, then I add in things to flesh out the story and the backstory.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life and elaborate?

BLW: No, it’s not difficult to create believable situations and issues. Watch a few hours of court TV or go to any playground, public park or shopping mall. Walk around the city; take a taxi; ride a train or bus. All of those things give me ideas about people and the things they do and say.

CH: Was there a special reason that you decided to write this book?

BLW: Other than imagining how it must feel to be declared dead and not actually be dead, there was no special reason I wrote this book. I just like examining unusual situations for my mysteries and suspense novels. For my romance novels, I usually use everyday situations.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

BLW: Yes, I did some research on arsonists, smoke inhalation, the Ohio prison system, abusive spouses, domestic violence, NYC educators, NYPD and East Harlem locations.

CH: What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

BLW: I think readers enjoy my books because the main characters in my novels are different. Years ago, I wanted to read books with black lesbians over thirty as main characters. When I couldn’t find any, I decided to write my own novels.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

BLW: Tanya Young, Karen’s boss and good friend was my favorite character to write. I liked her because she was funny, bossy, empathetic and very observant when it came to understanding her students and her staff.

CH: Who was the hardest character to write?

BLW: The most difficult character was Karen’s abusive ex-husband, Philip Sweet. I tried to get inside his head to understand why he would track her down and stalk her, so he could kill her this time.

CH: Is there a message in your novel that you want the readers to grasp?

BLW: Yes. It’s never okay to be abusive or stalk someone. And even when you think you’re safe from your abuser/stalker, because you’ve done everything right—reporting it; pressing criminal charges; testifying against him in court, then putting him in jail; moving away and changing your identity—you still may not be safe. I know it’s a scary message but sometimes bad things happen to good people.

CH: You’ve written several books in various genres. What contributes to your success as a writer?

BLW: I believe I found a niche that I could fill. I write about black women, as main characters, who also happen to be gay. Most of my characters work in city government as tow truck drivers, commissioners, doctors, police officers, lawyers, trash collectors, artists, educators, maintenance workers, accountants, paralegals, small business owners, security guards, electrical workers, construction workers, flag persons, coaches and taxi-drivers.

CH: You had a bad experience when traditionally publishing. So, what has been the most exciting thing to happen on your self-publishing journey?

BLW: I love taking an idea from the initial dream state, to the manuscript, and to publishing an actual book I can hold in my hand.

CH: If you could collaborate with any author living or dead, who would you choose?

BLW: Maya Angelou

CH: Are there any authors who you would consider to be your inspiration?

BLW: Yes, my inspirations have come from a variety of authors, such as Walter Mosely, Maya Angelou, Zora Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Charles Chesnutt, June Jordan, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Michelle Alexander, Karin Kallmaker, James Patterson and Sherwood Anderson just to name a few.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of your books?

BLW: It’s been mainly positive feedback. Readers seem to love my characters, which is always good to hear. I’m also getting suggestions for sequels that I never thought about writing before, but I am considering them.

CH: What can we expect next from you?

BLW: In response to reader requests, I wrote a 7-book series called Forever Women. Forever Woman (Vol. 1), and Sweet Sarah’s Bluez (Vol. 2) are already available on Amazon.

Look for Two Moons Bakery (Vol. 3) and Get Reckless with the Truth, But Don’t Lie (Vol. 4). They will available before June.

CH: How to Find B. L. Wilson:

CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?

BLW: My books are sold on Amazon, Smashwords and Kindle.

CH: Any closing remarks?

BLW: Yes. Cheryl, Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to appear and talk about my books on your blog. I feel honored that you invited me here today.

CH: Thank you so much, B. L. Wilson for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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