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It has been a very busy week here at CMash Reads.  And last, but not least, I have the privilege to introduce you to today’s guest author, Mr. Wix Simon!  Welcome!!

 

WIX SIMON

Wix Simon worked for the Environmental Protection Agency for many years and is now a consultant. His scientific training provides him the basis for understanding modern police work, which is heavily rooted in science and technology. Wix learned about police work from Mickey Lloyd, the lead investigator for the APD in the Atlanta Child Murders that occurred between 1979 and 1981. He is the author of the novel A Toxic Assault; he also plays the fiddle and enjoys black-and-white photography.
Visit Mr. Simon at his website here.

Q & A with Wix Simon

Writing and Reading:
-Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
I use personal experiences to shape character and motivation.  I think some about current events for plot, but usually I start the plot with an idea I’ve had for several years.

-Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I never know where the book is going.  How boring would that be!  Instead, I start the plot and then as I get to know the characters, they act out the plot through their motivations and desires.  Every character I create, even Rusty Nails in “A Lost Gun”, has some aspect that engages me.

-Your routine when writing?  Any idiosyncrasies?
When I’m writing a novel, I either think about the book or write for about 45 minutes while I sit in my kitchen drinking coffee.  I use a small computer to write novels and it’s easy to fire it up in the morning.

-Is writing your full time job?  If not, may I ask what you do by day?
I work as a consulting scientist. I have a solo practice as a consulting toxicologist.  As a toxicologist, I’m writing a text book on environmental risk assessment.  It’ll end up about 110,000 words.  I write it when I can.  Much more time consuming than writing a novel–after all, I can’t just make it up for the text book.  I can talk further about my work if you wish.

-Who are some of your favorite authors?
for thriller/suspense: James Lee Burke, Oliver Potzch, Gillian Flynn, Lee Child, James Elroy for literature; Thomas Pynchon, William Gaddis, Joseph Heller, William Faulkner for philosophy: Karl Popper, Friedrich Neitzche, Soren Kirkegaard, David Hume, Robert Pursig

-What are you reading now?
The Beggar King by Oliver Potzch and a biography of the photographer Edward S. Curtis.

-Are you working on your next novel?  Can you tell us a little about it?
I completed about 80 pages before starting on the text book.  In that story, Detective Bud Prior goes after a serial killer. This is the story in which he meets his first wife Sandi. Sandi drove a friend to an abortion clinic and was waiting for her. She was reading Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary.  Bud is a reader and was intrigued by her choice of books.  That was how they met.

Fun questions:
-Your novel will be a movie.  Who would you cast?
In “A Lost Gun,” I’d cast Rooney Mara as Jessie, Jude Law as Bud Prior, and Keith Couture as Ron Niles.”

-Would you rather read or watch TV/movie?
I like both books and movies–the choice is driven by content.  The last movie I saw out was “Django Unchained.” It was great. I’d read another Jack Reacher book by Lee Child, but I think he’s likely burned out.  I read “Dark Places” by Gillian Flynn recently. I’d read another by her in a NY minute.

-Favorite food?
I have food allergies and am gluten free.  I eat to live rather than vice versa.  I like good sushi.

-Favorite beverage?
Coffee, what else?

Other interests:
I do traditional black-and-white film photography and play the violin.

 ABOUT THE BOOK
In a matter of seconds, Leotis Wilson murders his entire family and speeds away in his pickup. His only witness is homicide detective Jessie Sands, who arrives on the scene just before he commits the crime. As Jessie tails Leotis to a bridge, she watches him toss his shotgun into the river and then points her .38 at him. But Leotis refuses to give up easily. In the ensuing struggle, Jessie shoots him, unintentionally drops her gun, and watches helplessly as it falls into the water below. When Internal Affairs is called to investigate the officer-involved shooting, Jessie knows she may be in trouble, even though she acted in self-defense. She has no idea how bad that trouble will be-soon her lost weapon is used to kill a prominent attorney. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Detective Bud Prior is investigating a complex case involving greed, murder, and temptation. As Jessie works to solve her own high-profile murder investigation, she is inexorably drawn into the evil web Bud has just uncovered involving a bad cop. As the two detectives attempt to bring their nemesis to justice, neither is prepared for what is about to happen next. In this riveting murder mystery, two detectives must sacrifice everything in order to take down a crime ring fueled by a cold-hearted, determined villain.
“Beaucoup drama in a dead-on noir.” – Kirkus Book Reviews
THANKS TO BRANDON AT BOHLSEN GROUP, I
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  16 Responses to “Guest Author Wix Simon and giveaway ENDED

  1. Jessie and Bud solve the crime, but are disgusted by “the system” and walk away to form a partnership in an unrelated industry.

  2. Trouble brews and a lengthy investigation.

  3. Jessie and Bud fall in love but keep working together. They finally catch the bad cops and solve the crime.

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  4. They discover a connection to more corruption. This sounds rather intriguing with lots of action. Thanks for a chance to win.

  5. They fall in love, of course!

  6. sounds like they solve the case and then run into trouble again

  7. I think they fall in love, grow closer.

  8. you find out what they sacrifice

  9. Jessie and Bud become involved and then solve the case.

  10. His wife is the sister of the killer

  11. Jessie gets arrested for murder and has to solve the case while inside prison.

  12. they get the bad guy but it costs them

  13. They fall in love and one needs to make the ultimate sacrifice their life for the others.

  14. i think they discover more cops are involved in some kind of ring, one cop used her gun to kill the attorney to make it look like she did it as a coverup of some kind somehow the whole town is involved…

  15. Someone confesses to the murders.

  16. Great Giveaway!

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