Author Interview with Wayne Kerr
I’m interviewing Wayne Kerr today, author of mystery / thriller “Framed – A Black Swann Investigation”. Welcome to my blog!
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
That is a very good question. It kind of snuck up on me. Five years ago, I wrote my first novel just to see if I could do it. It wasn’t until I held it in my hands that I realized I actually was an author. That was a thrilling day.
What inspired you to write this book?
It was more of a personal challenge than inspiration. I love the mystery/thriller genre. I wanted to see if I could write a murder mystery. Once I got started, I fell in love with the characters – good and bad. I don’t use outlines when I write, often not knowing today what I will write tomorrow, so I was revealing much of the story to myself as I went along. The second draft was key to deciding where and when to place the twists, etc.
What is your editing process like?
I usually finish the second draft of a manuscript before anyone else sees it. Before I pass it on, I check for grammar mistakes. Then it goes to my wife, who was a contract administrator and she finds an embarrassing number of grammar issues that I missed. Then I send it to my brother, also an author, who looks at the story arcs and character development, plus, he usually spots a few more grammar errors (I should have paid more attention in school). After we are happy with the manuscript it goes to an editor. In the case of ‘Framed’ it went to my publisher and in turn their editors.
Editors know what they are doing. I’ve learned so much about the craft from all the editing professionals I’ve worked with.
Is this your first book? If not please tell us about your first book.
‘Framed’ is my sixth book. ‘Monsters and Miracles’ was my first. Aimed at Middle Grade readers, it was a labor of love. Fortunately, it was such a great experience that I fell in love with writing. M&M is a paranormal adventure, kind of the X-Files for kids.
Did you set any writing goals for 2017?
Yes I had two major goals for the year. First and foremost, my goal was to write my first murder mystery, which I was able to accomplish and second, since I had self-published my first five books, I wanted to try the traditional publishing route. Thankfully, the first publisher I approached, Imajin Books, liked my manuscript and we came to an agreement.
Are you working on something right now?
Yes, I’m quite busy. I’m finishing the second draft of the next Black Swann Investigation and am about half finished the first draft of the third book in the series.
Thank you for these thoughtful questions. I hope your readers enjoy my answers as much as I enjoyed giving them. Have a great day!
About the Book
Title: Framed – A Black Swann Investigation
Author: Wayne Kerr
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…
A cop has very few friends in prison. After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.
Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?
The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!
Canadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar). He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since. They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home. The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters. When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.
For more information on the author and his books please visit: waynekerrnovels.com or follow him on twitter: @waynekerrnovels
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