Guest Author Interview – D. B. Corey

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Title: The Lesser Sin

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Crime

Synopsis: She calls it justice…CIA sniper Hanna Braver never missed an enemy target, nor did she miss Confession after pulling the trigger. But when word comes that the courts acquitted her sister’s killer, she leaves Afghanistan for home with a new mission, and a new target.

But her return finds her Catholic Faith standing in her way. Now, she must choose. Does she dismiss God for the vengeance she seeks? Or does she keep to the path she’s walked her entire life. The wrong choice will damn her immortal soul to burn … for all eternity.

D. B. Corey, Author

CH: Today’s Guest Author is D. B. Corey.  He has written two books and enjoys writing so much that he wants to retire to write full-time. Welcome to my blog D. B.

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

DBC: Given the rampant crime in this country, committed by repeat offenders released to the streets, The Lesser Sin strives to illustrate the total failure of our judicial system through the story of Hanna Braver, a devout Catholic woman who is compelled to take justice into her own hands after the courts free her sister’s killer.

CH: Hanna’s job as a CIA Sniper is in conflict with her faith. Where did you get the premise for this story?

DBC: I like to write my novels around conflicted characters that I create. What’s more conflicted than a woman of faith that kills for a living? True, Hanna is a Catholic woman and a sniper for the CIA, but she does her job within the confines of war. Before a solider steps on the battlefield, does he not pray to God to see another day? Hanna is no different—until she steps outside of the permissions of war to exact her vengeance, which conflicts her even more.

CH: Do you have any background experience that helped in writing this book?

DBC: Nothing more than a vivid imagination. But my wife is a devout Catholic. Sometimes, I think she’d like to kill me.

CH: This is your second well-written novel. What a way to begin as a debut author.  How long have you been writing? How did you begin your writing career?

DBC: I started writing in 2005 on a challenge from my wife, then girlfriend. We emailed back and forth early on and she said I was good enough to write a book. My first attempt did not see the light of day.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

DBC: I find, as I always do, placing the reader in a Time and a Place a very challenging and necessary element; so much so that I note the time and place of the scene at the beginning and end of the rough drafts so I know where and when I am. Noting bothers me more than not remembering, “Was it day? Was it night? Hot? Cold? Raining?” On and on.

CH: Your book has a lot of ups and downs and potholes and high rises, so do you prefer writing a book with a lot of twists and turns?

DBC: I do. I see the storyline as peaks and valleys. Twists and turns are the easiest way for me to maintain the momentum.

CH: Reviews have said that you have great character development.  Readers tend to love or hate your characters. How do you develop the characters – beforehand or as you write the story?

DBC: Generally, I have a concept of what I want insofar as psyche. What is it that makes ‘em tick? The protagonist and the antagonist—these guys (or gals as the case may be) drive the story, so I have to get them right. Then as the story progresses, I see them more clearly in my mind’s eye. I add the things they need to make them lovable or despicable, and more importantly, memorable.

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

DBC: So far, there has been an underlying message in all my novels. That’s part of what inspires me to write them in the first place. Defining them here would defeat the purpose, and I’d prefer that the reader draw their own conclusions.

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

DBC: I think I write the outcomes readers don’t expect, but totally agree with when they get there. The good guy might not win the way the script suggests he should, the bad guy might get his comeuppance in a most satisfying, yet unorthodox way, or the characters may be something or someone other than they seem to be.

CH: This book is definitely a page turner. So, what is the hardest part of writing for you?

DBC: I discussed this with a colleague not long ago. I think getting it off the ground is the hardest part—the first five or six chapters. After that, I’d say resisting the urge to constantly re-write.

CH: Have you taken any writing classes to hone your craft?

DBC: I was not a good student in high school. English and grammar were my worst subjects. So when I got the writing bug, I took advantage of several college courses on writing fiction, and read as many books on the subject as I could. One does not just sit down with a pen and write without a little technique. Well…not me, anyway.

CH: Can you tell us a little about your writing journey?

DBC: I can say it’s just beginning. There were (and still are) rejections. This is a tough business. That’s why most writers have day jobs. Some get lucky and find themselves at the right place at the right time, but most struggle. But if I were to offer a bit of advice, I’d say never quit.

CH: What kind of feedback are you getting from readers of the book?

DBC: I often get the chance to chat with folks who have read my work. I find them excited and enthusiastic when we sit down to talk. And I totally enjoy them. They almost always say they didn’t see the end coming and I just love that. It’s the best kind of acknowledgement for a writer.

CH: Are any of your personal experiences reflected in your writing?

DBC: Not experiences, so much as idiosyncrasies and personal “ticks,” if you will. I borrow things like gestures, nervous habits, things like that. In Chain of Evidence, the protagonist runs his fingertips across is shaved head when he’s deep in thought. So, do I.

CH: I understand Harlequin picked up Chain of Evidence and you gained a lot of readers and fans. Most of your readers can hardly wait on your next book. So, what is your next writing project?

DBC: I am working on the second book in Hanna’s Lesser Sin series. I hope to finish the first draft in a few months.

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

DBC: Amazon and Books-A-Million.

CH: How to find D. B.:

CH: Any closing remarks?

DBC: A review is the best feedback a writer can get, so please write one, and thanks, Cheryl. (DB)

CH: Thank you so much, D. B. Corey 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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