Happy August everyone!
I have been real bad about my blogging recently I have been sick and allergies have been driving me crazy and then work and life got in the way! Anyway here is my latest review for Coming of the Hour by Harrison Charles (@WriteOnharrison). This was my first ARC and I was super excited to read this and was honored to be selected to be one of the first to read this book.
This is definitely a thriller book with some twists and turns that you don’t see coming. Here is the description of this book: “When a bizarre recording of a popular clergyman’s murder is tauntingly left at the scene, concerned Georgians want answers. Engulfed by the heat of a hotly contested gubernatorial race bodies begin surfacing in awe inspiring places. Old wounds reopen when the impeccable Christine Chase becomes unnervingly devoted to a polymathic death row inmate. Constricted by a world that pits the individual against the establishment, and the insignificant against the elite; Douglass Parson reclaims his contemptuous position as public enemy number one. Galvanized by a set of inconceivable circumstances he unleashes the full extent of his wrath on the entire state, manifesting the unimaginable into a reality.”
I liked that you got to see the story from different perspectives of the people in the story. I also enjoyed that you thought you knew who someone was in the story and then bam you are thrown for a loop on who they really are! The concept of this story definitely hits home in the world that we are living in today. Harrison Charles is not afraid to talk about points that are hard to think about in normal life, but that need to be brought attention to. The idea that our legal system makes mistakes is definitely true. If you are wanting a book that makes you think about different topics and enjoy a good suspenseful book this is a good one for you. I was definitely trying to figure out how it was going to end and figure out who had really done the crime as I was reading the book. I was rooting for some and definitely rooting for some characters to get what was coming to them. You are even left wondering if Doug Parsons is innocent or if he is really guilty. I enjoyed that the ending was a hopeful one and that I was not left hating the legal system in the book!
I was also lucky to be able to interview the author, Harrison Charles, after I finished this book. Here it is:
1)What inspired you to write this book?
I don’t think there is one particular event that I can recall. I think it was more of me seeing if there was anything tangible that I could offer to the literary world. Something thought provoking; not just another routine suspense/thriller.
2) What research did you do before writing this?
The loin’s share of research came from my Encyclopedia Britannica collection and Google. A fair amount also came from friends, relatives and my own life experiences.
3) Who was your favorite character to write?
I think each character brought their own unique element to the overall plot. That being said, Douglass Parson had to be the one I took the most joy and sorrow developing. I knew he would incite the greatest amount of emotion from the reader. The great Sivan Goldstein would be a close second. Her character offered so much wit and pizazz; while at the same time exhibiting stern conviction and a sound moral compass.
4) Who is an author that has inspired you to become a writer?
I would say Robert Ludlum and his Vampire Chronicles. He really exposed me to the pull of quality literature. Tami Hoag was another who made me appreciate well written stories.
5) What advice do you have for others who want to write a book?
My first bit of advice would be to try to write about things you’ve already experienced. To me ideas seem to grow into more believable stories when there’s a certain part of personal connection attached to it. I would also encourage potential authors to be sure writing is something they do out of love rather than the prospect of fame and fortune. In my opinion this stance produces better writing while saving them from fits of disappointment upon realizing that selling books is not a get rich quick scheme. Persistence would be my last one. I once read that: Goals cannot be achieved with talent, genius, or education alone. Persistence is the key.
6) If your book was turned into a movie who would play the main characters?
Laugh!…….That’s a good one! In a perfect world I’d have Brad Pitt play the role of Parson. I’d put a young Sharon Stone in the role of Kathy. To add even more star power and push my budget into the stratosphere; I’d feature the late Heath Ledger in the part of Stockton. Tommy Lee Jones would make a great Gordon Stuckey. If we could bring back Seymour Hoffman he’d be unforgettable as Matthew Grainger. Hilary Swank as Sivan would be an artful contrast to Sharon Stone. Jack Nicholson would do a number on the cast as Harry Fawell.
7) Favorite part of the process of writing your book?
My favorite part of the book writing process would definitely be seeing the finished product. Writing a novel is a daunting prospect. So yes, the day I held the printed copy will be one I’ll cherish forever.
8) Any more books planned in the future?
Certainly!….My next project will be a fiction piece titled Pierced by a Rose. It spins off of Coming of the Hour, and introduces the reader to new characters Bailey Red and Sanders Bogart. It’s billed as a suspense thriller that illuminates the shadowy world of sex trafficking while showcasing a murderous vigilante who’s committed to making the profiteers pay. In each of my novels my aim is to take an issue that plagues the world, then fuse it with an imaginable story that hopefully encourages real life change.
9) When will Pierced by a Rose be released?
As of today it’s slated for a mid-2016 release. I’m not into haphazardly inking out books so I can trumpet a vast portfolio. I pride myself in giving the reader a product they can truly enjoy rather than just some manuscript with my name on it.
I thought that Mr. Charles’s answer on who would play the characters in a movie was great! I can imagine them in my head. Once again I would like to thank Mr. Charles for giving me the opportunity to read his book before it was published and letting me interview him as well. 🙂