Monday, February 23, 2015

Tour Kick Off: Silk by Chris Karlsen

Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
Date Published: December 14, 2015

Silk on the skin—luxurious, luscious..lethal.
London-Fall, 1888
The city is in a panic as Jack the Ripper continues his murderous spree. While the Whitechapel police struggle to find him, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are working feverishly to find their own serial killer. The British Museum's beautiful gardens have become a killing ground for young women strangled as they stroll through.
Their investigation has them brushing up against Viscount Everhard, a powerful member of the House of Lords, and a friend to Queen Victoria. When the circumstantial evidence  points to him as a suspect, Rudyard must deal with the political blowback, and knows if they are going to go after the viscount, they'd better be right and have proof.
As the body count grows and the public clamor for the detectives to do more, inter-department rivalries complicate the already difficult case. 

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I see it as my second career. After I retired from law enforcement, I decided to start studying the craft of writing. I had wanted to write for a long time but never seemed to find the time.

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
I'm a terribly slow writer and wish I was faster but I tend to be anal and constantly edit and re-edit as I go along so it takes me forever to finish that first draft. The second hardest is keeping the momentum of the story up, thinking of difficulties and obstacles for my characters to overcome.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
Yes. In the beginning, I made friends with Jill Barnett through a charity event. She was so kind and helpful to me. I will always be in her debt. We are still friends, going on over a decade. We have a potluck and play bunco once a month with 10 other ladies.

#4 – What is next for your writing?
I am currently writing the first draft of book 4 in my Knights in Time series. I've no title yet. I waffle over different ones. I listen to my playlists on the treadmill and I'll hear a great line from a song I like and wonder if I should call the book this or that. The antagonist French knight from Knight Blindness (book 3) is the hero of book 4.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I do. I don't know many writers who aren't avid readers. Right now, I am in the middle of A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn. She's one of my favorite authors. This book is set in Africa after WW1.

 After I finish it, I'll read the new book from my favorite historical author, Bernard Cornwell should be out. It's called The Empty Throne and part of his Saxon Tales series

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

The new book is called Silk and I'd Tweet it as:
 A rough around the edges detective must face down a wealthy and powerful killer.

This or That?

#1 - iPd or Mp3?

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries?

#4 – Comedy or Drama?

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks?
Danielle Steel

#6 – Fantasy or Reality?

#7 – Call or Text?
Call (I hate texting--UGH!!)

#8 – Public School or Home School?
Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate

#10 – eBook or Paperback?

Tough choice but paperback by a hair

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. 
I grew up with a love of history and books.

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