Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Blog Tour: Death Opens a Window by @mikeljwilson #mystery #giveaway #interview @RABTBookTours

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Mourning Dove Mysteries, Book 2
Date Published: October 19, 2018
Publisher: Acorn Publishing

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Emory Rome is back in DEATH OPENS A WINDOW, Book 2 of the Mourning Dove Mysteries and the follow-up to the national bestseller MURDER ON THE LAKE OF FIRE.

As he struggles with the consequences of his last case, Emory must unravel the inexplicable death of a federal employee in a Knoxville high-rise. But while the reticent investigator is mired in a deep pool of suspects - from an old mountain witch to the powerful Tennessee Valley Authority - he misses a greater danger creeping from the shadows. The man in the ski mask returns to reveal himself, and the shocking crime of someone close is unearthed.


Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Being gay is not a defining trait for an actual person or a three-dimensional character. I’ve written Emory Rome, the protagonist in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, in an honest, realistic way. He doesn’t announce his sexuality when he enters the room, and the fact is not played for shock value or comic relief. The reader only finds out he’s gay in a nonchalant, organic revelation about a quarter of the way into the first book, Murder on the Lake of Fire.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The editing process can be challenging for me. The first draft is always fun to write, but each revision is increasingly tedious because the focus is on smaller details as I refine the text.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I’ve written four books and published three. Whatever book I’m currently writing is usually my favorite at the time. While I’m having a blast writing the third novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, I think my favorite book of all will actually end up being one I haven’t started writing yet – the fourth in the series. I have the story in my head, and I just love it. This book will answer all questions about Emory’s past while dealing with a current threat in a big way.

If You had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
For Emory Rome, I picture someone like Nick Robinson or Casey Cott. They physically match his description, they’re both wonderful actors and I think both can convey great depth with their eyes.
When did you begin writing?
I started with poems and short stories in elementary school. By high school I was writing plays, and I started working on screenplays in college. A few years later, I wrote my first book, which became a prequel of sorts for the Mourning Dove Mysteries. I use it as backstory for my protagonist, Emory Rome.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
My first published book was the sci-fi novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex. That one took me five years to write because I was working a day job 50 to 60 hours a week and going to school part of that time. The novels in my current mystery series take about six months to write the first draft and four to six months for revisions.

Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
If I had to pick one author who inspired me to write, it would probably be Agatha Christie. I read all her books when I was a kid, and I loved trying to get inside the writer’s head to figure out the plot.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
One of my favorite parts of writing a mystery series is coming up with the instigating murder. I have a “no guns or knives” policy for that murder and I’m a science nerd, so I love devising unique, visually exciting ways to kill a character that might seem supernatural at first but can legitimately be explained. 

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Murder makes interesting bedfellows.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
I’m having a blast writing the third Mourning Dove Mysteries novel, which will be out next year. It features the freakiest murder I’ve ever imagined, and it answers questions about Jeff Woodard’s past. The fourth book will reveal Emory Rome’s complete backstory, which will have a huge impact on a current case. The series will end with the eighth book.

About the Author

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Bestselling mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee. Building on the success of the first book in the series, Wilson continues his “no guns or knives” philosophy for murder as he delves deeper into the lives of the characters and their evolving dynamics.

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