Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blog Tour: The Knowing by Laurel Dewey (Giveaway too)

Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Laurel Dewey and Knowing.
After the life-altering ending in the third Jane Perry thriller, REVELATIONS, Jane Perry takes time off from the job to find the missing part of herself she never knew existed. But her journey is quickly hijacked when a wanted criminal, Harlan Kipple, steals her car. Kipple—accused of the heinous murder of a prostitute in a seedy motel—is on the run and desperate to stay that way. Jane’s personal plans take a back seat as she tracks down her stolen ride and discovers through an unusual source that Kipple may be innocent and is being framed by a nefarious group. When she trails Kipple and confronts him, every belief she ever had about this world and the next is put to the test.

Kipple, who by his own admission is not the “brightest bulb in the box,” received a heart transplant seventeen months ago. His life changed from the moment he woke up in the recovery room. In fact, he’s not so sure where he ends and his heart takes over. As strange as that sounds to her, Jane cannot deny what she witnesses after spending just two days with Kipple. It becomes clear that nothing is what it appears as Jane is drawn into a deep rabbit hole with dark webs and darker crevices that force her to operate on the other side of the law. With the police hot on Kipple’s tail and a devious faction intent on finding him first, Jane is caught in the middle and realizes that solving this crime could have fatal consequences.

With themes as diverse as immortality, regeneration, resurrection, transformation and death, author Laurel Dewey tackles this latest Jane Perry novel with originality and plenty of suspense. “Finding yourself” takes on a whole new meaning in KNOWING.


? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was about six. A friend of my mother’s asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up and I apparently “proudly announced” that I was going to be a writer. By that time, I was already spending way too much time in my bedroom writing “stories” and illustrating them.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?

I sold my first script (a radio show) when I was twenty years old. But then it was pretty dry for a few years after that. Before the next writing gig, I worked at a department store, a community center selling hot dogs, and did a brief stint during the Christmas holidays as an engraver. One summer, I was an extra in a string of Hollywood films. I then took a job for a couple years as a secretary (they weren’t “personal assistants” back then) for one of the biggest West Coast public relations firms.

? How long does it take you to write a book?

From start to finish? I’m including the creative prep time, the massive research and the actual writing. Add all that up and it’s about one to two years per book.

? What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

When I’m developing the story, I often get flashes of ideas or interesting dialogue that I want to remember. I’ll rush into the next room to write it down and invariably, find an old envelope and start jotting my thoughts down. The problem is that when I’m ready to start the book, I have to gather together a LOT of envelopes and piece them all together. I’d say that was fairly “quirky.”

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?

All my books are very much character driven and some of the weirder characters I’ve created, I honestly do not know where they come from.

But with my main character, Jane Perry, she was born over the course of many years when I used to drive back and forth on long business trips. To entertain myself one day, I just started talking out loud as a character and “telling my story.” It was just a way to pass the time but as the years went on, I kept coming back to this character with no name but who had one helluva great story to tell. After about ten years of delving into her psyche, I finally figured out a story she could roam around in and my first Jane Perry novel, Protector, was the result.

? How do you decide what you want to write about?

The subject matter has to really appeal to me because I’m going to be living with the themes for at least two years. If it doesn’t grab me and excite me to my core from the very beginning, I can’t translate that excitement to the pages later on.
? What are you reading right now?

Lifting the Veil of Duality by Andreas Moritz

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love to garden and grow vegetables and medicinal herbs. Of course, I love to read. Cross country skiing in the winter and biking in the summer.

? What is your favorite comfort food?

Nothing…and I mean nothing….beats a huge baked potato, smothered in butter and cheese.

? What do you think makes a good story?

For me, the story has to be original and the dialogue has to be sparkling.

Fun random questions: 
dogs or cats? Cats
Coffee or tea? Tea
Dark or milk chocolate? Dark chocolate!
Rocks or flowers? Depends what kind of rock we’re talking about! I’ll say flowers
Night or day? Day
Favorite color? Burgundy
Crayons or markers? Markers
Pens or pencils? Pens

My quick thoughts:
This was my first Laurel Dewey book - it will not be my last!  Wonderful story.  Fantastic characters, incredible storyline, clever, creative, original and exciting.  The story grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go.  An absolute must read.  

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1 comment:

CMash said...

Great interview!! So glad you enjoyed this read. I thought it was brilliant with many story elements. Very nice post! Thank you.