Today, we have an interview with Wendy Tyson, the author of Deadly Assets.
What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
The plot. A number of reviewers have referred to the twists and turns of the storyline and the complexity of the plot. While it was a lot of fun plotting DEADLY ASSETS, it was also a challenge because of that complexity.
I started DEADLY ASSETS with a vague idea for the storyline (two missing clients), but I needed to work out whether their disappearances were connected and, if so, how. Even after I wrote the first draft, I outlined the chapters and then re-read and edited the book multiple times to make sure all the threads were addressed and the plot played out in a logical manner.
Which of your characters can you relate to the most?
You know, I don’t really relate to any one character over the others—there are bits of me in each of them. I share Allison’s background in psychology, her interest in helping others, and her need for control (unfortunately), but she’s much more contained (and fashionable!) than I am. I relate to Mia’s love of the outdoors and desire for a simpler lifestyle, and I empathize with Mia’s grief, which sometimes colors her world and influences her decisions. And I love Jamie and Vaughn as though they’re my own brothers. Vaughn is a fighter. He took a terrible situation and struggled to make the best of it, seeking absolution by creating a better life for himself and his brother. And Jamie is so positive despite the hardships thrust upon him. I admire his strength and courage.
Which part of the book was the easiest to write?
The characters. I’ve come to know them so well that they are like real people to me. I was a little concerned that it would be hard to write a series. When you’re writing a series, you want your characters to develop in each book, but then you also want to have a broader development arc over the course of the series. When I started DEADLY ASSETS, I was very cognizant of where each of my characters was emotionally, mentally and even physically. I gave a lot of thought to where I wanted them to be by the end of book two, and what some of their challenges would be in future novels.
Which actors would play the main characters in the movie version of the book?
That’s always tough for me to answer. I don’t watch a lot of television, and with three kids and a full-time job (plus writing), I’m afraid I don’t see a lot of movies, either (although I love film). I guess if I had to choose, I'd pick someone who can master a dramatic role but who can also play comedy, a Sandra Bullock or even Elizabeth Banks type of actress for Allison. Jason would be played by Bradley Cooper, and Vaughn, maybe Hill Harper or Morris Chestnut. Mia? Annette Bening.
Which songs would be on the soundtrack of the movie version of the book?
DEADLY ASSETS has some dark elements, and the soundtrack would need to reflect that. Perhaps some darker classical music for the cabin scene—some Chopin or Stravinsky.
Any future books in the works?
Absolutely! I’m currently writing the third Campbell novel, DYING BRAND, which is due to be released in May 2015. I’m also writing a second mystery series—the Delilah Percy Powers series—which features a team of four female private investigators: a displaced cowgirl, a former nun, a militant homemaker and an ex-stripper. The first novel in that series, THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS (E-Lit Books), came out last fall and I’m now writing the second book in the series, THE INITIATION OF CAROLYN WU. And finally, I’m working on a standalone thriller set on the island of Corfu, Greece.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wendy Tyson is a corporate lawyer and former therapist whose background has inspired her mysteries and thrillers. She’s the author of three crime novels. Her latest, DEADLY ASSETS, the second Allison Campbell mystery, was released on July 22. The first Campbell novel, KILLER IMAGE, was named by Examiner.com as one of the ten best mysteries for book clubs in 2014. She’s also written THE SEDUCTION OF MIRIAM CROSS. Wendy lives near Philadelphia with her husband, three sons and two muses, dogs Molly and Driggs.
Find Wendy at:
www.WATyson.com and on twitter (www.twitter.com/wendytyson) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/wendytysonauthor)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
An eccentric Italian heiress from the Finger Lakes. An eighteen-year-old pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Allison Campbell’s latest clients seem worlds apart in every respect, except one: Both women disappear on the same day. And Allison’s colleague Vaughn is the last to have seen each.
Allison’s search for a connection uncovers an intricate web of family secrets, corporate transgressions and an age-old rivalry that crosses continents. The closer Allison gets to the truth, the deadlier her quest becomes. All paths lead back to a sinister Finger Lakes estate and the suicide of a woman thirty years earlier. Allison soon realizes the lives of her clients and the safety of those closest to her aren’t the only things at stake.
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