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Q&A with L.J. Sellers
L.J. Sellers is an award-winning journalist and the author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series.
Q. What inspired you to write the Detective Jackson Mystery Series?
A. I wrote the first book featuring Detective Jackson as a standalone story. I had always wanted to write a police procedural because it's my favorite genre, and a couple of news events, along with policy changes, made me passionate about the subject of teenage sex and access to birth control. The Sex Club story evolved from my concerns. One of the main characters is a Planned Parenthood nurse, so I made the detective a male for balance. As I was writing, it occurred to me that Jackson was a great character for a series.
Q. Who was the inspiration for Wade Jackson?
A. Much of his character is based on the first homicide detective I interviewed. But Jackson's compassionate side--and his fierce love of his daughter--is modeled after my husband, who ironically, sometimes thinks Jackson is too soft. Jackson's trike-building hobby and his estranged/renewed relationship with his brother are also modeled after my husband. And of course, Jackson is a little bit like me. All of my characters have at least one of my quirks. That's one of the advantages of having multiple personalities.
Q: Tell us about Eugene, Oregon where your novels are set. Is there a lot of intrigue there?
A. Eugene is mid-sized, college town that used to be a quiet and safe place to live and raise kids. It's beautiful, ideally located an hour from the coast and an hour from the mountains, and culturally diverse. But an active methamphetamine trade contributed to an escalation in violence, then the repressed economy resulted in massive spending cuts to law enforcement and the county jail. The result was a lack of prosecution for minor crimes that, in turn, led to many gang members moving to Eugene. So there are a startling number of violent crimes, police standoffs, and lately, embezzlement cases. But nothing quite as intriguing as the complex cases I dream up for Jackson to solve.
Q. In your newest, Rules of Crime, Detective Lara Evans and FBI Agent Carla River are featured prominently. Might you spin off Evans or Rivers for their own series?
A. I've considered both. In fact, Lara Evans is also featured prominently in Dying for Justice (Jackson #5). I had so much fun developing Evans' character in that story that the next novel I wrote featured Evans as the protagonist, but ten years into the future in a standalone thriller. I also wrote the Agent River character with the idea that she might have her own series. And in Jackson #8, I created yet another FBI agent who I really had fun with, and now I'm writing a thriller featuring her. The new character, Agent Dallas, is most likely to end up with her own series because she travels around, and I need to get out of Eugene sometimes.
Q. What is the favorite reader comment that you have received?
A. I've had such great feedback that it's hard to pick just one. But several readers have contacted me to say that after reading one of my books, they bought them all and read them within a week. I love that!
Q.What is the most gratifying thing about being a full-time writer?
Hearing from readers every day that they enjoy my stories and are impatient for more is the most rewarding experience of my life. It's truly gratifying to bring joy and entertainment to so many people. The next best thing is the flexibility and opportunity to spend more time with my family. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication date : February 26, 2013
- File size : 1602 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (February 26, 2013)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B0099TF4R2
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1611098068
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #458,595 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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As one reads through the series, one that comes to know and understand the hero, Detective Jackson and I found myself actually caring about his situation and wondering what would happen in the next book. For those who want a book which touches on what may be called the "modern condition" as it would be evinced in Eugene Oregon this book series also will provide some satisfaction. While not deep literature nor Shakespearean prose this is very worthy work and most importantly, to me, extremely entertaining and qualifies as a "great read".
For that alone I give it a solid 5 stars.
First of all, a question. Had Jackson's wife been kidnapped before? I thought that I had seen a reference to it in an earlier book, but I'm not sure.
OK, I understand that Eugene, Oregon has an issue with funding for their law enforcement. I really didn't need to be told that ad nauseum. I'm not sure why the idea of a transexual FBI agent seemed like a good idea. It just added to the implausibility of the whole thing. If Sellers is out of ideas, at least good ones, maybe it's time for her to move on. It certainly is for me.
Oh, well. Plenty of four and five star reviews so obviously I'm in the minority. In fairness, I was interested enough in the outcome not to give in to the urge to quit reading.
I find that I care about the principal characters as though they were friends or family. Altogether I find this book a very good read and a pleasure to become immersed in.
All the books are quick reads and difficult to put down once you start. I look forward to reading the next story in this "series".
You won't be sorry you purchased this book especially if you like detective stories, you'll be surprised at the ending for sure, I thought I had it all figured out only to find out person I thought is responsible for all the murders was all wrong. I will definitely be purchasing more of the Detective Jackson mystery novels in the future.
Top reviews from other countries
I recommend starting with the first book in the series, The Sex Club - don't be put off by the title, it isn't what it sounds - and working your way through it, although each book stands alone and you don't have to have read the earlier ones.
I generally prefer to read British crime stories, and this is one of the few American crime series I have read out of choice. The characters have become very familiar, and are all too human (apart from Lara Evans, whose fitness regime exhausts me merely reading about it!). The plots are all very cleverly written, and I'm always kept guessing right to the end. I've even introduced the series to my husband, who is also now an addict.
Rules of Crime is different in some ways from the others, yet equally as gripping. There is a seemingly irrelevant case being investigated side-by-side with the kidnap case with which Wade Jackson is involved. Being used to the series, I knew that there would eventually be a link, so I went with the flow and enjoyed the way the cases panned out. There are no punches pulled, and some surprises, as always, along the way. There are never happy-ever-after endings with this type of genre.
I have now been able to put the books in sequence, and I like the way the characters' stories have developed along with the murder stories.
While I wait impatiently for the next in the series (which I am assured is going to happen!) I shall try out Ms Seller's other books - I know I am guaranteed a good read or three!
In 'Rules of Crime' we meet the familiar characters of earlier books in the series (although Jackson's girlfriend Kera doesn't get much of a look in this time). The story concerns the investigation of two separate incidents - the kidnapping of Jackson's ex-wife Renee, and the brutal assault of a female college student. Ms Sellers is very good at pacing the action, right up to the book's shocking ending.
If you've not read any of the Detective Jackson mysteries before, then I can certainly recommend them, and although 'Rules of Crime'could be read on a stand-alone basis, it would probably make sense to start with one of the earlier stories in the series.
Rules of Crime.
I have not read any of L J Sellers books for a while but reading Rules of Crime felt so good. Detective Wade Jackson is a workaholic so when he and his girlfriend get a phone call whilst on vacation it was no problem for him to go home and help with the emergency, the fact it was a kidnapping and it was his ex-wife who has been captured adds extra spice to this already fast moving story. He also has a teenage daughter which brings it's own set of issues as well.
This book grabs you from the word go and carries you all the way to the last page. This book is a great addition to the detective Jackson series.
5 stars. 13 December 2013.
The plot twists are interesting and the outcome is not obvious until the author intends it to be revealed.
I'm now planning to read more of this author`s work.