The end result is a book I'm pleased to offer, and one I hope you'll thoroughly enjoy.
My primary goal with this book was to take a glimpse inside the minds of the primary characters. I wanted to do this not just for the protagonist, Tony Hooper, but also for the antagonist, Mitchell Norton. I mean, everybody loves the good guy, right? But the bad guy needs some lovin' too! Or maybe some hatin'. Or maybe some gut-wrenching, oh-my-God-I-think-I'm-gonna-puke fascination.
What makes a serial killer tick? It can be any number of things, as the psychological sciences have taught us in recent years about the impetus for serial murder, or torture, or sick, twisted, sadistic sexual rituals. I hope I've given you enough of a glimpse into Mitchell Norton so that you'll know him well, even if you don't want to. (This is me grinning.)
As to our hero, Tony Hooper, well, he's not such a simple guy to figure out. Sometimes, he's not even sure he knows himself. I sought in this story to paint a picture of what might happen to a basically all-American kid when outside forces turn his world upside down. He loves hard, and therefore loses hard. We humans are such a complex lot, and I hope you'll find Tony's complexity interesting and compelling.
Strong relationships lay at the core of this story, which is ultimately one of love and loss, fueled by such a wide range of emotions. I've grown to love some of these characters, and I hope you, dear reader, will too. I plan to bring many of them back in my next book.
Thank you so much for taking a look.