Prey of Desire
by JC Gatlin
on Tour at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours October 2014
Genre: New Adult Mystery-Suspense
Published by: Blurb, Inc.
Publication Date: February 2014
Number of Pages: 230
They said the disappearance of two high school students over 25 years ago was mystery that couldn’t be solved.
No one ever said it shouldn’t be.
Following the abrupt end of a relationship, college student Kimberly Bradford finds comfort in the friendship with her over-the-top neighbor, Mallory. And, Mallory encourages her to get back out there. She would of course if it weren’t for the thrilling little love notes and gifts she’s been receiving.
Kim thinks they’re from her ex-fiancee, not realizing he’s been murdered. Worse, whoever is sending her all the extra attention is not only in her inner-circle, but has a connection to that unsolved murder some 25 years ago. That connection puts her life in danger, and exposes secrets better left buried around her closest friends and family.
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JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida. In addition to regular fishing trips, he wrote a monthly column for New Tampa Style Magazine, then began penning several mystery/suspense stories. His first novel, The Designated Survivor, was released in July 2013, and Prey of Desire followed in February 2014. Both are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition.
Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC grew up in Grapevine — a small Texas town just outside of Dallas.
Q&A with JC Gatlin
-Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
Not consciously, but to some degree, all writers build from personal experiences. I’m sure if my psychiatrist read one of my books, she’d find a lot of me in it.
-Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I create a very detailed outline before I even put down the first word on the first page. Since I writer murder mysteries, which are essentially puzzles, you could say I start with the end in mind. I generally have the elaborate murder in mind, and all the drama that goes with its motive, means and opportunity. Then, comes the amateur sleuth who shows up to solve that murder.
-Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
It seems like a lot of writers like to have that quiet, private alcove, but I like loud and busy. I go to the food court at the mall, sit down with my laptop and write a few scenes or a chapter. Sometimes I go to a restaurant to write. I’m often more productive in that environment than in a quiet study.
-Is writing your full time job? If not, may I ask what you do by day?
I don’t write murder mysteries full time… yet. I have a 9 to 5’er writing manuals in the home building industry.
-Who are some of your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz is probably my favorite, but I’ve read about everything written by Mary Higgins Clark and grew up reading Sydney Sheldon. I just finished “Cell” by Robin Cook.
-What are you reading now?
I’m reading Counting Backwards by Laura Lascarso. It won the 2012 Florida Book Award and is well deserving of that award. I want more people to discover this incredibly talented young adult author!
-Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
Yes! Yes! Yes! And I can’t wait for it to come out. It’s about a woman named Tori who returns to her home town to attend her childhood friend’s funeral. Tori’s been out of touch with everyone for over five years and is bitter about her ex-fiancee ending their relationship. Before the final services though, she discovers that her friend was murdered by her ex-fiancee. However, no one believes her because they think she’s just angry at him.
-Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
Oh, man. That’s a tough one. I had a fan write me to say that she saw Kimberly Bradford looking like an actress named Jessica Khoury. The character and her best friend Mallory are actually based loosely on two girls I knew in college.
-Manuscript/Notes: hand written or keyboard?
Most of it is written by keyboard, but I do like to print out a chapter to read it, and will make notes in the margin.
-Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
Love fishing, and I’m great at eating. But then, who isn’t? I just want to get to a place where I have leisure time for an activity or a hobby.
I love anything chicken — grilled, blackened, fried — it’s all good.