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Dark Side of Sunset Pointe: Book Feature and Author Interview

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lance Underphal was devastated by his wife’s death, and now, the down-and-out crime-scene photographer can’t let her go. He wakes up plagued by premonitions. The double shooting of an Arizona real estate developer and his mistress/bookkeeper immerse Underphal in a world of incomprehensible phenomena.

Frank Salmon, the hard-boiled homicide detective on the case, does his best to blow off Underphal’s “visions.” But the murders keep piling up and the visions are all-too real.

Salmon reluctantly pursues Underphal’s twists and turns, leading him from a popular strip club to a failing community bank, adding a blackmailing stripper’s murder to the body count.

Underphal struggles mightily with his psychic curse, teetering on the brink of insanity. His only hope for redemption is the voice in his head, the voice of his dead wife. Stumbling through dark vortexes of murderous intrigue, he comes to realize his visions will either kill him or lead to the capture of a killer-maybe more than one.

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Genre – Mystery & Thrillers

Rating – R

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Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. A different look at a mystery’s twists.

Any other books in the works? The second in the Lance Underphal Mystery series, Flight of the Tarantula Hawk is in the edit process for a 2013 release.  And I’m about a quarter of the way into the third, Grey Daze.

Goals for future projects? Expand into other genres and non-genre writing.  I’m drawn to storytelling in all types and sizes.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? Loved to read and I mostly knew I was a writer since before I can remember.  Just suppressed the impulse until it forced its way out.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. It’s like watching a garden grow.  And the best is yet to come.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? I do this every time I write.

What is your dream cast for your book? John Travolta as Lance Underpahl—he’d have to stretch, but he’d be good.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? I read a ton of SciFi.  Among my faves was Dune, by Frank Herbert.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? Vein Melter, Herbie Hancock

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? If it’s what you truly love, don’t give up.  No matter what.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? Here and Now!  It’s starting to get exciting.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? Poseidon.  I love the sea.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Commute between Martha’s Vineyard and the Bahamas.

What is your favorite Quote? There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them.– Edgar Allan Poe.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? A story-teller.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why? Steve McQueen or Clint Eastwood – the strong silent type, with a wry sense of humor.

How did you know you should become an author? Cause everyone told me not to.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? Too many to list here, but here’s a couple:  In the mystery genre, James Lee Burke; and in speculative fiction, K.W. Jeter.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Some of me in ALL of them.

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? Write with light, no words.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?Do what you love and to hell with the rest of it.

Hidden talent? So well hidden, not even I know about it

Favorite Food? Just one would get too boring . . .

Favorite Candy? Sees dark chocolates

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? Been too busy to pay attention  . . . oops!

What was your favorite children’s book? The Wizard of Oz series.

Nickname? None that I care to repeat.

How do you react to a bad review? What review?

If you were a bird, which one would you be? Great Horned Owl.

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? Sugar.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? Probably a short story – Poe’s, The Murders in the Rue Morgue – my first murder mystery.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? A scuba diving vacation in Bonaire.

Which authors have influence you most how?  Poe & Frank L. Buam – they showed me tragedy, beauty, mystery, horror and wonder

What do you do in your free time? Free time, really?

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? WTF

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. Too boring for words.  Even my dog sleeps through it.

What’s your favorite season/weather? Spring & Fall, equally magical.

What is your guilty pleasure? Not guilty!

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? And I don’t embarrass easily—maybe one of my grandkids shows, like Sponge Bob Square Pants . . . Nah.

Favorite music? Jazz Fusion

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? This sounds suspiciously like work.