Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Death By Payback by Gary Evans @GaryEvansBooks #interview #giveaway #thriller

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Date Published: November 2018
Publisher: AuthorSource

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After confessing to killing fourteen young men in La Crosse, Wisconsin, sultry serial killer Genevieve Wangen escapes custody for the second time. Aided by her Mafia contacts, she settles in at a remote cabin in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. Now, safely hidden behind her new identity as Samantha Walters, she happily continues her deadly work for the Carbones. But Detective Al Rouse and Deputy Charlie Berzinski are bent on locking her away for good. When they finally catch up to her, as she is about to wed her latest debonair lover, Genevieve finds that she must escape more than just the law!

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Date Published: July 2017

When Shawn Sorenson drowned in 1987, no one in La Crosse, Wisconsin, took much notice. They thought it was simply another drunken accident. When another student, Tad Schwartz, drowned a year later, the residents began to suspect foul play. Why else would a healthy young man drown? Even so, the police had no leads or clues to suggest anything other than a tragic accident. Were these truly accidental deaths? Suspicion became reality one fateful morning in 2011 when Police Detective Allan Rouse, Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Berzinski, and pathologist Rick Olson pulled the 15th victim from the river. The body had a tale to tell.

Dr. Olson, physician Patricia Grebin, and researcher Sarah Giles discover an obscure piece of evidence. It leads Berzinski and Rouse down a tangled trail of clues before reaching a mind-boggling conclusion. Will Berzinski and Rouse catch the killer before it's too late? Filled with intrigue, betrayal, and gut-twisting suspense, Death by Drowning will draw readers into a Midwestern town full of secrets and clues as breathtaking as the Mississippi River.

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Date Published: Spring 2018

Beautiful assassin Genevieve Wangen continues to work on her deadly concoctions from her secret lab in the woods, far from the prying eyes of the law. But just as soon as she has love and a new life in her sights, Genevieve is pulled into a far more dangerous high-stakes game of cat and mouse. She already upended her life and identity once. How far will she need to go this time to stay alive?



Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not a message so much as a thought. Eleven very similar drowning deaths occurred over the same number of years in La Crosse, Wisconsin, each of them labeled accidental as the result of a young adult male over-imbibing. I just think the deaths were worthy of another look. Just seemed like too big a coincidence.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
When you are contemplating a new book and developing the idea, it seems a process that will be never-ending. But when you get at it and get the first chapter written, things begin to fall into place. I love developing a mystery.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I have written four books. Three of them have been published and the fourth, Death by Explosion, is ready to be edited. The period between books two and three was a rather breathless time, and it seems prudent to be a bit more relaxed about the pace of the fourth.

If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?
It’s great fun to dream, and if I dreamed about any of my books being turned into a movie, if I had actor approval, I would hope that Meryl Streep might play Genevieve Wangen, even if it is a bit out of character for her. I like George Clooney for Alan Rouse and maybe someone like John Candy for Charlie Berzinski.

When did you begin writing?
I can remember writing sports stories for my hometown weekly newspaper when I was a junior in high school. I wrote several sports stories for the daily that circulated in our area when I was a senior in high school. I was writing for that daily as an employee when I started college.

How long did it take to complete your first book?
I started in August of 2013 and finished it in time to give computer generated copies to my family (wife and two children) for Christmas that year.
Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
No, I just always thought writing was a magical way to make a living. No one told me that reporters, editors, and writers are not likely to get rich without a whole lot of luck coming into focus.

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Developing the plot. I love to see how improbably plausible I can make things . . . you know the kind of plot that has everyone saying when it ended, “Gosh, I never saw that coming.”

Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Interesting life, sad ending.

Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?

Book number 4 is written. Titled Death by Explosion, it uses stories told by my father and father-in-law as the basis for a mystery that features cattle rustlers and moonshiners. 

About the Author

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Gary Evans has turned his passion for novel writing into a post-retirement career, with book four soon to be released, and book five already in the works. Evans spent 30 years in Midwest newsrooms as an award-winning writer, editor, and publisher. He spent 12 years as vice president at Winona State University. He ended his career as the president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communication, one of the nation’s first alternative entrant telecommunications firms, after 15 years. Married to Ellen, they have two grown children, Gregory and Natalie.

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