Welcome to our spotlight on Killer Pursuit
by Jeff Gunhus!
We’re pleased to present to you an interview with the author and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
Genres: Adult, Thriller
When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection…and no-one knows who’s on the other end.
Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder. The most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but with rumors that the victim’s client list may have included Mason’s political enemies, Allison worries about the director’s motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she’s not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.
Jeff Gunhus is the author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.
After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in
Annapolis working on his next novel.
- JS: What triggered your imagination to write Killer Pursuit?
JG: Killer Pursuit is the second novel featuring my protagonist FBI Agent Allison McNeil. While the series is purposely written so that a reader can start anywhere in the series, the case she’s working on is a copycat to a case she brushes up against in book 1. Because I live so close to DC, I wanted in included more of the corridors of power and put my reader in the room with some of the world’s most powerful politicians. I think it give a good balance to the close, personal story of Allison and her father.
- JS: Of all the books you have written, which one was most challenging? Why?
JG: My novella The Torment of Rachel Ames was the most challenging. Ernest Hemmingway once wrote a ten page letter to his publisher and, at the end, he included the note: I apologize for the long letter. I didn’t have time to write a short one. But it was story that begged to be told in a shorter format than a novel. It’s also the novel that made me cry as I wrote it. If you’ve read it, you know which scene did me in.
- JS: What is the biggest difference between writing a thriller and writing fantasy?
JG: Not much really. It still comes down to believable characters put in challenging situations and dragged through the mud. Whether that character in an FBI agent or a monster hunter doesn’t matter. Also, each world must still have rules. I’ll say the research in fantasy is a little easier. While I need to look up the type of weapons used by the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, I can just make up a cool weapon for the Lord of the Vampires to use in my fantasy books!
- JS: What research did you do for Killer Pursuit?
JG: I live thirty minutes to DC so the research has more been the last decade of meeting political operators and seeing how they think and act. The scene in the abandoned warehouse was a google images search to find a space I liked, almost as if I was scouting a movie location. The bar scenes were favorite part of the research process. It took a lot of pints to get it just right!
- JS: Do you like to listen to music when you write? (I can’t do it; I lose my concentration!) If you listen to music while you write, what kinds do you enjoy most?
JG: I always listen to music as it helps me block out the outside world. I just can’t have any lyrics so I listen to movie soundtracks. My favorites are Gladiator, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Kingdom of Heaven and Last of the Mohicans. All great stuff.
- JS: Who is your favorite character in Killer Pursuit? Why?
JG: It’s always more fun to write the bad guys. Maybe it’s therapeutic. Harris was a lot of fun to write.
- JS: If you could change anything about your writing career, what would you change?
JG: I would have started earlier. I was always dabbling, but I allowed it to come in and out of my life for too long. I guess I was a little busy (building a national company and having five kids) but I could have gotten a lot more stories out if I’d focused earlier.
- JS: Do you have any ideas for books that linger in your mind but haven’t been written?
Literally dozens. Choosing between them is the greater problem. There are some gems in there, I think. I’m looking forward to giving as many of them their due as possible.
Thank you so much, Jeff for the wonderful interview!
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