Today I have an interview with Carlyle Clark, author of The Black Song Inside. Be sure to check out the tour-wide giveaway after the interview.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
The hardest part of writing is actually just sitting down and focusing on writing. There are so many fun distractions like sports and everything the Internet brings. For instance, research is so easy and often so fascinating that I’ve burned hours just following that endless stream of hyperlinks well beyond the point where it’s likely to be useful. And then there’s that devilish DVR. It chock full of sports and brilliant shows and movies, and with the shows and movies I can tell myself I’m actually being productive because I’m studying storycraft, right? The weird thing is once I actually buckle down and start writing, I love it.
What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
My favorite part is when I’m really feeling a character and the internal monologue and dialogue just flows. I try to make my characters have a unique worldview because I’ve learned that way they are fun to write because they entertain me and then it gets flowing so quick I can’t really anticipate what’s next; it just pops out and I’m like a court reporter scrambling to take it all down and I get to enjoy it almost like a reader. Then I get to go back and tighten it up and hopefully make it hum, which is my equally favorite part. When I figure out how to really make a scene work during revision because the hard part of drafting is over so that’s a special kind of fun.
Do you read reviews written about your book?
Yes, unless it’s just a vitriolic diatribe. Fortunately only one of those so far and on a different book. It’s always good too see someone enjoyed your work although it’s goosebumpy to believe someone could feel the way I do about the books I love about my book. BUT it is incredibly satisfying.. But it’s not just for the morale boosting. Unlike movie people who can go sit in the audience and study people’s reactions to see if they are responding how you wanted to in real time, I can only guess. The closest I can get is reviews. It’s great to see people naming specifically what they liked and what they didn’t like and I can use that in my next book to know what to be sure to include and where I need to improve as a writer so the reader can have the best experience possible.
What input, if any, did you have in the cover design?
I had complete control over my cover as it was originally self-published, but I wisely ceded control to minds much more visual arts inclined than mine, namely my wife, Suki Michelle, and Naj, of Najla Qamber Designs. Suki, who has a bachelor’s from the Kansas City Art Institute, had me find a bunch of thriller covers and then she studied a few and sent her marching instructions to Naj who did her magic and created nearly the exact cover it has today. It was originally self-published and was discovered by Thomas & Mercer and they liked the cover so much they wanted to keep it. So I proudly congratulate myself on their brilliant cover. Haha.
Thank you so much for having me. Happy reading everyone!
The Black Song Inside by Carlyle Clark
Published by Thomas & Mercer on Sept 10, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Atticus Wynn and Rosemary Sanchez, newly engaged private investigators, have seen the dark and violent side of life, but nothing has prepared them for an explosive murder investigation that threatens to tear their relationship apart. They struggle to solve a case that as a best result could leave them in prison or dead.
Atticus's manipulative ex-girlfriend bursts back into their lives wielding a secret about Rosemary's family. She exploits the fact to force the couple into investigating the execution-style slaying of her lover. The case thrusts Atticus and Rosemary headlong into the world of human trafficking and drug smuggling, while rendering them pawns in Tijuana Cartel captain Armando Villanueva's bloody bid to take over the Cartel.
The Black Song Inside is a vivid crime thriller rife with murder and madness, melded with gallows humor and the heroism of two flawed and compelling protagonists. If they can save themselves, they may learn the nature of redemption and the ability to forgive.
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