What happens when tunnel vision clouds a police investigation? Is it true that once you are labeled a person of interest you really are the prime suspect? Can you trust the legal system? Probably not.
After a bitterly contested legal battle over inherited property, the hard-won art collection and its owner Samantha Bennington disappear. Both have vanished without a trace.
When blood spatter is discovered under the freshly painted wall of the room in which two of the paintings were hung, the theft becomes the opening act in a twisted tale of jealousy, revenge, and murder leading to a final judgment for all involved.
As the list of suspects narrows, the focus lands squarely on the husband. Some labeled Samantha’s husband a corrupt attorney, others an opportunist. Either way, he’s in the crosshairs of law enforcement and they are calling him a murderer. But is he the only viable suspect? What about the missing woman’s drug-addicted sister and her convicted felon brother? Both were furious over their loss at court and have more than enough reason to hate Samantha.
Guilty until proven innocent leaves Alexander Clarke facing a twisted judgment.
I am delighted to welcome the author of ‘Facing a Twisted Judgement’, K.J.McGillick, to TWG today for an interview. Enjoy!
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
The ideas from my books come from my varied and usual background in the law and medicine. I find that most people have a keen interest in how the law works and most especially how people escape justice due to technicalities of the law. I try to think of a crime that would hold my readers interest and then delve into the mechanics of it. If I can throw in how medicine enhances or interferes’ with the crime all the better. I like to use my books as a teaching experience.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
My last book’s main character was loosely based on a girl that disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the ‘90’s and never found. Although it was not someone I knew personally it was someone who a friend had come in contact with and I found the story intriguing. None of my other books are based on people I have come in contact with although I find a lot of myself in Aunt Mary.
How do you pick your characters names?
Some just come to me and others I try to pick based upon theethnicity after doing some research.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
With some books I start with a seven point plot wheel to outline the plot on one piece of paper. Then I jot down some information about the characters and flesh them out. Once I have the plot and characters in place I then spend about 2 hours in the morning writing a chapter and an hour in the evening editing it. However some books I have no outline or plot wheel and start with my first sentence and see where the story leads me. Often I’m surprised as the reader with the how the book ends when I use this method and I seem to enjoy the unexpected outcome.
Who are your top favourite authors?
Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, Dan Silva, Kristen Ashley, J. A. Huss, Lee Child
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
J.A. Huss who is an indie author. How do you write 8 books a year and do everything yourself in house and not hire anyone to help you.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes and my favourite series was Nancy Drew.
When did you start to write?
As an attorney I have to write briefs and legal papers all the time. However, my first stab at creative writing was when I returned from a concentration camp in Germany in 2005 and started a book on the Nazi pillage of art. I didn’t have the writing tools availablethen that I do now and the manuscript sat dormant not to be resuscitated. I became enthused about writing again last year and took a writing class and researched the craft of writing until I was ready to start writing. After I returned last year from a visit to London and Paris I was ready to write.
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Gone With the Wind. Scarlett and Rhett would have a happily ever after.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
The DaVinci Code
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
The Struggle Was Worth It
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Gabriel Allon from Dan Silva’s novels and it would be a coffee house in my area.
What are you working on right now?
The continuation of Facing A Twisted Judgement . Facing A Twisted Judgment can be read as a standalone with a conclusion to it. But early readers felt they wanted more, an expansion of the conclusion and that is what I’m working to give them.
Do you have a new release due?
Facing A Twisted Judgment–December. The next one February
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
Have a special lunch with a friend
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Every bit of my personal history has brought me to the place I am now where I use it all in my books. I like to think that when my readers finish my books thy are more educated about art, medicine and the law and find my endings satisfactory.