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Book Tour: Author Interview + Top 10 Favorites List + Snipppet/ Giveaway - THE WHITE RIVER KILLER by Stephen Wilson


Who is up for a murder mystery? Get ready to take a look into this great thrilling book.



John Riley Hubbard is a young farmer and part-time reporter in a small southern town. After the body of an Arab college student is found near his home, Hubbard reluctantly agrees to cover the grisly story for the local paper. When he discovers there is a surprising link from this crime to his father’s unsolved murder, he becomes obsessed with uncovering the killer’s identity. Since he was a child, Hubbard has been haunted by nightmares and suspicions that his father’s killer may be the man closest to him – his wealthy uncle.

As his investigation progresses, he must face mounting threats from an unseen adversary and managed his growing attraction to Maria, a young Latino woman who might be part of the conspiracy.

The White River Killer is an exciting mixture of mystery, romance, and suspense.


Make sure to pick up your copy of the book.

 

Biography

Stephen Wilson is an American author. His first book was, "Harvey Couch - An Entrepreneur Brings Electricy to Arkansas", published in 1986 by August House publishers. He also has won awards for his screenplays which have been presented by the Writer's Workshop program at the American Film Institute. His latest work, "The White River Killer" was developed as part of the Summer Words program at the Aspen Institute.
 Author Interview

1. Can you introduce yourself and tell us what kind of books you write?
My name is Stephen Wilson and I've been in marketing and advertising all my life. I've written plays for the local college, screenplays (unproduced) and one biography published by August House Publishers. This is my first novel. I started it as part of a juried workshop at the Aspen Institute's Summer Words program for writers.
2.What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing for me is self-doubt. Is it good enough? Will it keep the reader's interest?
3.Who is your favorite character in the book?
I have two favorite characters. The main character, John Riley Hubbard, who is searching for peace and the deputy Eddie, who lives in the moment. They're opposites, but they were so appealing to write about.
4.What do you want readers to take away from The White River Killer?
The White River Killer is more than a mystery. It's really about our search for a place to call home when everything we've known has been taken away.
5. What is the easiest and hardest thing about writing? 
Easiest? I love writing humor. I think finding the lighter side of serious moments adds reality to story. Humor is all around us even in the worst of times. The  hardest? Sharing a man's emotional life in a way that seems real and true to the reader. Men have an interior life that is seldom part of novels.
6.When you're not writing, what are you reading?
I love non-fiction. But fiction like Cold Mountain or Snow Falling on Cedars have special places on my shelf because I really felt a connection to the main character.
7.What’s the best thing about writing? 
The best part of writing is the feeling of satisfaction when you create a new world, fictional, but populated by characters who struggle and dream just like we do.
8.Tell us 5 things about yourself?
Five things:

a. I want to write full time.
b. Much of the story was pulled from my own life
c. I love writing dialogue. Too many authors don't get it. Characters speak from their hearts. They use their own words, their own viewpoint. I think I do that in my writing.
d. I believe that humor adds depth to a story. It's not a distraction.
e. I would love to hear from readers on their reaction to the story -- especially the ending. I took a big chance on the last chapter. Did it work?


White River Killer
Stephen Wilson’s Ten Fun Facts
1. I produced a commercial with singer Faith Hill.
2. I did dinner theatre in venues in the south just out of college.
3. I had two staged readings of my screenplays at the American Film Institute’s Writer’s Workshop with aspiring SAG actors.
4. I have a daughter named Emma.
5. I have done various types of marketing writing throughout my career.
6. I produced a 26 episode TV series on home improvement called Home Remedies. It aired regionally.
7. My daughter (14) is an aspiring writer also.
8. The main character of the book is named after my grandfather – John Riley Hubbard.
9. I would love to live in Paris.
10. Like many other authors, I’ve taken certain elements of my life, enhanced them, spun them around and used them in this book.

SNIPPET - Maria has to go

IT WAS THE FLOWER GARDEN THAT DID MARIA IN. Hubbard agreed
to till up his mother’s old flower garden that had gone to seed for a
new garden. Maria, through Emily’s translation, had requested a
fun summertime activity.
Emily was a born salesperson. “It will teach me responsibility if I
water it every day. I need that bad.”
The flower garden was followed by an irrigation request for the
home’s vegetable garden.
Neither of the planting activities was unusual for a farm. That’s
not what drove Hubbard to act. What troubled Hubbard was that
Emily now referred to them as Maria’s flower garden and Maria’s
vegetables.
There was no time to waste. From his tractor, Hubbard called
Mr. Carlos and told him that Maria wasn’t working out. After his obligation
at the Tomato Festival, they had to find new work for her. Mr. Carlos
didn’t understand the connection between Maria and the annual
event, but he reluctantly agreed to look for a new opportunity for
the girl.
Hubbard feared he would eventually screw up with her. She
was always within arm’s reach and he was too damned attracted to
her. Sometimes the pain of his growing desire made him feel like he was
burning alive. It made him want to drink to deal with it. That’s why
she had to go.

 

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