Guest Author Interview – Tim Adler

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Title: Slow Bleed

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Medical Thriller

 Synopsis: A missing son; a kidnapper who’s dead; nobody believes her; and nothing will stop her.

When Doctor Jemma Sands’ five-year-old son goes missing, only she believes that a vengeful patient has stolen her child.

How do you convince police to search for a dead woman? As her world falls apart, Jemma realizes she is the only one who can save her son. If somebody took your only child, how far would you go to get him back?

Tim Adler, Author

International Author on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog

CH: Today’s Guest is International Author Tim Adler. His debut novel was #1 eThriller on Amazon. Welcome to my blog, Tim.

CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?

TA: A female doctor hunts down a supposedly dead patient, who she believes has kidnapped her five-year-old son out of revenge.

CH: Since the doctor’s child is kidnapped by a vengeful patient, what made you decide to write this book?

TA: My background is as an entertainment journalist and I used to be the London editor of the Hollywood news website, Deadline Hollywood. Slow Bleed is my tribute to a genre I enjoy very much, the woman-in-jeopardy thriller, the kind of movies which used to star Ashley Judd and/or Jodie Foster.

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

TA: Every author’s book is autobiographical, often in the incidentals and settings rather than the thrust of the main plot. For example, the island of Port Croix, which Jemma travels to, is based on a trip to the French island of Porquerolles. And being a single parent at the time having brought up two small children, it was easy for me to transpose my feelings of fierce protectiveness onto Jemma.

CH:  Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

TA: Hollywood uses a ‘shorthand,’ it calls ‘high concept’ where you boil down the thrust of a book into a single sentence. I think it’s important to nail the concept down—almost like a tip of a spear, which the rest of the book will follow. With my second book, Surrogate, it was ‘What if a husband and wife invited their surrogate to come and live with them in their home, and the surrogate kidnaps their baby? According to the police, no law has been broken—the baby belongs to the surrogate.’ With Hold Still, my third book, it was the idea of a woman photographing the moment of her husband’s death—but the closer she looks at the photograph, the more she suspects her husband was murdered.

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

TA: Being a journalist, I try to get the facts as accurate as possible. I interviewed a doctor and psychologist for Slow Bleed, and also drew on my own experience, working as a hospital porter in university vacations. The highest compliment I received for Slow Bleed was when a book editor asked me how long I had been working in ER?

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

TA: Jemma-I drew on my own experience as a single parent for Jemma’s fierce protectiveness as a lioness protecting her cub.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

TA: Toppy Mrazek, the antagonist, I wanted to create someone who’s sociopathic and as believable as possible—to make the reader feel pathos for them. Everyone is the hero of their own story. Toppy feels entirely justified in taking revenge on what she thinks was a literal miscarriage of justice.

CH: Is there a message in this book that you want readers to grasp?

TA: The importance of letting go of the past, rather than carrying it around with you.

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

TA: Well, I would like to think that I’m getting better with each book. Being a ‘jouno,’ I have a lean and muscular writing style anyway, but it’s still evolving. Certainly, I think that the structure of each book is getting better.

CH: Do you enjoy writing books with lots of twists and turns in the plot?

TA: Of course. What you really want are twists that are both unexpected and inevitable. It’s about giving the reader a surprise, and making the story an accelerating roller coaster read.

CH: What type of feedback have you received so far?

TA: The majority of reviews on Amazon have been 5* — not that I think they’re justified. Slow Bleed was my first effort with all the faults that implies; I do think its follow-ups, Surrogate and Hold Still, are stronger. I’m still learning my craft.

CH: Are there any books that influenced you while writing this book?

TA: With Slow Bleed, it was more movies than books, which influenced me. My original pitch for the book was Flightplan (a 2005 thriller starring Jodie Foster), which was set in a hospital.

CH: Who are some of your suspense writing influences? 

TA: My paragons as writers have been Ernest Hemingway, Joan Didion and Graham Greene. I’ve been told that my writing style is very American, and I do find writers in the States much more exciting, than their British counterparts. There’s a whole new wave of American thriller writers, such as Blake Crouch, whose Dark Matter was the best book that I read last year. And Dennis Lehane is a new discovery (for me).

CH: What can we expect next from you?

TA: I have spent the last year writing a new book, Dead Already, about a man, who wakes up in hospital and sees a get-well card from his five-year-old daughter—the only problem is that his daughter died 27 years ago. Having finished the first draft, I then completely restructured the book and it’s now lying in pieces around my feet—a bit like a kit for a car that you’re rebuilding by hand.

CH: How to Find Tim Adler:

CH: For my audience, where is your book sold?

TA: You can download Slow Bleed for free either through my website or through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and Kobo. All I would ask is that you either sign up for my mailing list or leave a review—for good or ill. Reviews help Indie authors, such as myself with discoverability (I’m told).

CH: Any closing remarks?

TA: My third book Hold Still, came out last year in England through Urbane Publications, what you in America would call a small press. Despite this, I am still without representation, which puzzles me. So, if there are any agents out there reading Cheryl Holloway’s Blog, please holler! Thanks for having me on your blog, Cheryl.

CH: Thank you so much, Tim Adler, 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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