Jane/Susannah/Sadie here, racing through the summer at a breakneck pace without actually meaning to…
Today I’m bringing you a special guest, my friend Marian Lanouette, whom I’ve known since just after I started writing seriously. ALL THE HIDDEN SINS, her latest police procedural–which is definitely NOT cozy, LOL!–releases next Tuesday. I asked Marian a few questions so you could all get to know her better.
Tell us a little about yourself and your series.
Good morning Jane, and Wicked Cozy Authors and readers. I’m thrilled to be visiting you today. I’m Marian Lanouette, author of the Jake Carrington Thriller/Mystery series and an avid reader of all things mystery, thriller and suspense. I grew up reading the NY Daily News and from an early age was mesmerized by the murder stories in the paper. They read like serial books. Each day, I’d grab my father’s copy of the newspaper to see if there were new clues the police uncovered and/or if they had caught the killer. When the police didn’t catch a killer, it set my imagination in motion. What if I solved the crime for the cops? Wouldn’t that be amazing for a ten-year-old to accomplish? Yes, it was a fanciful idea but it kept my mind occupied. After a while I started to write out my thoughts. I love puzzles and seeing my analysis on paper brought the cases and clues into focus. I’ve been writing ever since.
Do you have any unusual talents or skills?
I don’t know if they’re unusual, but I liked to snowboard, rollerblade, and wakeboard and participated in these activities until my open heart surgery in 2009. Now I’m a bit more careful in my adventures. I also love to knit, read, and lunch with friends and colleagues.
Tell us a little about your series.
Thanks for asking, Jane. Lieutenant Jake Carrington along with his partner/friend Sergeant Louie Romanelli are cops in a mid-size city in Connecticut. Jake is a single man while Louie is married with three kids. Besides having my characters solve crimes, I like to explore how the job interferes with the personal side of their lives. Jake’s motivation for turning down a sports career in college was the murder of his sister while he was in his teens. After his family buried Eva, Jake vowed to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a cop. He believes to his core that giving the victims justice is what matters, no matter whose feet he stomps on.
Was there a real-life inspiration for your fictional homicide detective, Jake Carrington? If not, how did you create him?
No, Jake slammed into my head fully developed one day when I was working on another story. He kept shouting in my head until I put down my work in progress and put him on paper. The first book ran through my mind as if a movie was playing. I’m acquainted with some police officers and love listening to their stories of suspects and events. Their views are colorful and a bit tainted. Cops see life differently than you and I do—how can they help it when they deal with the dregs of morally corrupt human society and desperate people every day they go to work?
Other than Jake, who’s your favorite fictional detective and why?
I love Lieutenant Eve Dallas in the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I also like Will Trent in Karin Slaughter’s series set in Atlanta, GA; and J.T. Ellison’s series with Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her one with Dr. Samantha Owens; and Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher. I could go on and on. Before I was published I was reading eight books a week. Now,with my deadlines, I’m lucky if I get through one.
It was unusual. When I finished the first two books I submitted to a small press and received a contract for them. After two years I wasn’t happy with the results and took back my rights and self-published the series. And I had some success going that way. At a function I met my now-editor from Kensington and asked if she’d be interested in reading the series. She was, and did, and offered me a four-book deal, including those first two books which received new titles and some revisions. It’s been working out great. I feel I’ve learned something important at each stage of the game. And I hope it makes me a better writer.
You write in other genres as well. Tell us about those stories. Is it hard to switch back and forth?
I write thrillers, mysteries, romantic suspense, and under a pseudonym romance novels. It’s easy for me to switch. It’s a mindset. I work off of a to-do list which I make up each night. When I wake up the next morning, I know what and where my mind/imagination should be and get to it.
What’s next for Jake?
On the 31st of this month ALL THE HIDDEN SINS releases. I’m excited about this book, because I used my career working at a cemetery/crematorium to invent sinister characters and weird possibilities. (Jane, butting in here–I read this story and you will never think about a crematorium the same way!) I love how it turned out. I’ve also turned in ALL THE PRETTY BRIDES which releases in December. And I’m now working the edits on book four, ALL THE DIRTY SECRETS, for a May 2019 release. I’m also playing with plots for future books in series. Jake keeps dominating my thoughts over other characters so for now he gets all the attention.
Here’s the book blurb for ALL THE HIDDEN SINS, A JAKE CARRINGTON THRILLER:
When it comes to crime, homicide detective Jake Carrington plays for high stakes . . .
Assigned a missing persons case, Lieutenant Jake Carrington investigates a local Mob boss. The trail goes cold, but the Mafioso isn’t taking any chances, and soon the heat turns up from another quarter. Turns out there’s more than one dangerous suspect . . .
Kyra Russell is drop-dead gorgeous and Jake is only human. But despite their mutual attraction, Jake’s suspicion deepens when he learns about her gambling problem—an addiction that cost her both husband and son. Even more disturbing is Kyra’s day job. She runs a crematorium—and it’s tied to the Mob. Now Jake will have to navigate a firestorm of treachery to get to the truth . . .
Previously published as Burn in Hell.
Thanks for visiting! Readers, any questions for Marian?