What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write an authentic crime story about what’s really going on in the underbelly of our culture. There’s no sugar coating the characters, the bad ones are really bad, the addicts are both despicable and pathetic, and the innocents are just that, caught up in situations not of their making or choosing. I wanted a just ending with strong resolution. A third of law enforcement is involved in drug related crime, seventy percent of all convicts were using when they committed the crime, and two thirds of the murders in Detroit go unsolved. I wanted a story with a better outcome.
What topics in your book or background do you think book clubs would find interesting?
I think the subterranean culture that exists below the surface of the community and how law enforcement tries to cope with it. It’s a character story as much as it is plot driven. And there’s a wide range of different kinds of characters.
Tell us about your career outside of writing and how it influence your writing?
I am a former 911 operator. They say write what you know. I think my background allows me to write realistic stories about crime and police procedure.
Describe your style of writing
I don’t write with simply a narrator telling the reader a story. I want the actions and dialogue of my characters to define them, their environment, what they think, what they feel. You won’t find long flowery paragraphs describing flowers in the crannied wall in my writing, I let my characters just pick the flowers.
Which authors have inspired you?
When I was young I read Mark Twain. I like how with humor Clemens broached serious subjects. I think my writing style is a little like Hemingway, although Children of the Enemy is in third person. I like to believe I have my own recognizable style. I think JD Salinger probably was as big an influence in my thoughts about writing characters as anyone.
By: David Swykert
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