Chris Patchell on describing a villain’s first kill and finding inspiration from Facebook

IR Sticker IR ApprovedIn the Dark received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Chris Patchell.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

In the Dark was published on August 4, 2015.

What’s the book’s first line? 

The heavy gate groaned shut.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

At the heart of it, In the Dark is a story about a mother’s love, and the lengths Marissa Rooney will go to, to protect her family.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

Two things inspired the story behind In the Dark. Oddly, neither of them actually made it into the book. At a writing workshop, the instructor asked us to write a scene that describes our villain’s first kill. The words poured out of me onto the page in a rush and planted the seeds for the chief bad guy in the book. You could have heard a pin drop in the workshop when I read my passage. To me, that’s a sure sign that I’ve got a winner. The second idea was inspired by Facebook. You know how Facebook sends you notifications when your friends check in from a particular location. Well that got me to thinking about what a risky proposition this practice would be for a college girl who thinks that the only ones watching her online feed are her friends. But what if someone else was watching–someone who is stalking her online? What a perfect opportunity to stage a meeting. Creepy, right?

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

If you like the kind of book that keeps you turning pages because you just can’t wait to see what happens next, then this is a book for you. I’ve always loved writing intricate, overlapping plot lines and am fascinated by the question of what makes people do the things they do. Maybe that’s why I like writing from the bad guy’s point of view…

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