Kori, tell us a little bit about HUSH.
What secrets are you hiding? We all have a few. Private investigator Dezeray Jackson specializes in uncovering secrets. And she won’t stop until she discovers the truth.
Dezeray Jackson examines the cold case of a 13-year-old girl from Fremont, NE. As details unfold, Dez is forced to confront her feelings about her sister’s unsolved murder, manage her relationship with former lover, Patrick Murphy, and diffuse the tension he’s creating with her current lover, Scott James. Things become more complicated when Dez begins receiving communication from a dead guy.
Did you have the book planned out before you wrote it? Did anything unexpected happen while writing it?
HUSH was my NaNoWriMo 2014 project. The only two things that I knew going in were that I’d finish in 14 chapters and that the story was about a cold case. I wanted to write about the unsolved case of Dez’s sister because I knew it would be the focus for the second book, but since I couldn’t make this first book entirely about that, Dez takes on a pro bono case about a girl who died several years ago. While investigating the girl’s case, Dez reexamines her sister’s death.
Did you find anything challenging about writing your book?
I rarely find writing difficult. It’s something I enjoy doing. When I get stuck, I work on something else until the story flows smoothly. I might write out a series of scenes that won’t be included just so that I can 1) get them out of my head, and 2) possibly use them in a different book. I’m writing a series, so some scenes are better in a different story. Marketing is challenging.
Do you have a specific writing style or process that you prefer?
I tend to write in a flash fiction style. This means that I’m careful about exactly how many words I’m writing in order to convey the story within a scene. Most of my writing is done at my kitchen table where I can look outside into our backyard. Some mornings, especially as fall approaches, I get to see wild turkeys searching for food, and my cats attempting to get a tasty treat. Now my kids know that turkeys can fly.
Who designed your cover?
Graphic design isn’t in my skill set. As an entrepreneur it’s important to recognize when you need to 1) delegate and 2) hire someone smarter/better/faster than you to accomplish certain tasks.
Christopher Brown is an excellent graphic artist. You can find him at ImLegendary.com. He’s easy to work with, doesn’t overcharge, but does over deliver. He’s drawn both the Deadly Sins and HUSH covers.
Are you working on anything else?
HUSH is available to pre-order now and will be available Nov. 1, 2015. At present, my focus is split between launching/marketing HUSH, writing short stories for the Deadly Sins Mini-Series, and fleshing out North Downing (Book 2) in the Dezeray Jackson series. I do plan to create audio books for the entire series. In addition to this, I host the Back Porch Writer live podcast every Tuesday, and am launching the Womanly Art of Self-Defense podcast in Jan. 2016.
What book are you reading now?
I just picked up a book called, The Bushido Way by M. Anthony Phillips. It’s about a PI in the 70s/80s, I think. I literally just started reading it last night (10/4/15) so I can’t say much about the story, yet, but I’ll post a review on Kori Miller Writes: The site for creative writers and newbie podcasters.
I read and listen to several books/month. My new favorite thing is my Audible membership.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the lovely readers of my blog?
HUSH launches Nov. 1, 2015. There’s a giveaway on Goodreads running through Oct. 31, 2015. Ten lucky winners will receive a signed advance reader copy of HUSH. There’s another giveaway on LibraryThing for the next three weeks. This is an ebook ARC, and readers can request a signature via Authorgraph. You also can snag the discounted preorder price on Kobo. It’s $1 less than what the normal book price is everywhere else. In addition to this, readers who join my Shadow Team receive ARCs, access to behind the scenes info, and get entered into monthly giveaways.
Specifically for your readers:
“There’s a lot going on. If you don’t stop to look around, you just might miss something!” Be the first to identify this quote (that I’m really paraphrasing) and I’ll send you an ARC ebook of HUSH. Tell me who said it, and in what book or movie. Send your responses to: authorkdm(at)koridmiller(dot)com.
Thank you, Meghan!
Thank you for sharing, Kori. HUSH sounds very intriguing! I hope this encourages more people to participate in NaNoWriMo. It is a good starting off point for launching a new book project and it starts November 1st, along with the launch of HUSH. Make sure you check out those websites Kori mentioned if you want to try and snag a free copy for yourself, or give her trivia question above a try.
If you haven’t read Kori’s book, you can purchase HUSH: A Dezeray Jackson Novel through these retailers: