Tortured With Love
The True Crime Romance of the Lonely Hearts Killers
by JT Hunter
on Tour August 1 – September 30, 2020
What is the price of passion? What is the power of love?
Meet Martha Beck, a young nurse dedicated to healing others, until her own hurting heart lured her down a darker path. Loneliness led her to Raymond Fernandez, but love led her all the way to the electric chair.
This is the tragic story of the Lonely Heart Killers.
JT Hunter is a true crime writer with over fifteen years of experience as a lawyer, including criminal law and appeals. He also has significant training in criminal investigation techniques. He enjoys being a college professor teaching fiction and nonfiction to his creative writing students.
Q&A with JT Hunter
Why did you choose this true crime case?
What drew me to this case was its prominent theme of the power of love and what someone will do in the name of love, a theme that resonates today even though the events occurred primarily in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s.
Give us a glimpse of the research that went into this book?
Since this book concerns events that took place 70 years or more ago, it was not easy to track down information as the key characters are no longer living and agencies discard or destroy records over the years. I was able to track down the transcript of the trial at an archives facility, which was vital to being able to tell the story.
What was the biggest challenge writing this book?
Recreating events that happened so remotely in time.
Name 1 to 3 facts that even surprised you from the case.
Martha Beck abandoning her two young children so she could be with Raymond Martinez.
Martha Beck drowning a young girl at Ray’s bidding.
What do you absolutely need when writing?
Enough source material (interviews, transcripts, etc.) to tell an accurate story.
Tell us why we should read your book?
It’s a timeless tale (like in that Beauty & the Beast song: “a tale as old as time…”) about the power of love…and it illustrates how that power is not always good.
Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?
First, thank you for supporting independent writers! We do this because it’s our passion, but it would be hard to do without any support from readers.
Second, Please, please, please post a review of the book on Amazon.com and anywhere else (Goodreads, etc) that you can. Good reviews are vital to attracting new readers who might otherwise never bother to read the book. Your support is incredibly important and very much appreciated!
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This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for JT Hunter. There will be 2 winners of one (1) Amazon.com Gift Card each. The giveaway begins on August 1, 2020 and runs through October 2, 2020. Void where prohibited.