Publishers: Createspace and Smashwords
Publication Date: November 10, 2012
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords / iTunes / Diesel
Synopsis: They say for every person in the world there is a twin. For Doris Watson, that simple wisdom becomes a nightmare reality that threatens her and the ones she’s come to love. An ex-military engineer who leads a quiet life as an appliance designer, she is recruited to perform one uncomplicated task: take a handoff of secret plans from a Chinese agent who believes she is someone else. She accepts the assignment and the only person she can blame is herself. She opened the door. She said yes. Her lonely existence is shattered as headstrong men cross her path. Dangerous men with dangerous needs. Suddenly embroiled in mob killings, espionage, and police investigations, she has become a billion-dollar target of sadistic crooks, the FBI, the NSA, and her psychotic look-alike. It is up to her to protect herself and the mysterious psychic child who has been thrust into her life. No one is who they appear to be. No one is telling the truth, because the truth can make you dead. Forced to use all her training and wits, she must find a way to survive. Forced to uncover the secrets of her childhood, she must face a new reality. Some days you just shouldn’t answer the door.
Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.
Double Mayhem, an action thriller romance, is the first in a planned Seekers Mystery series. It introduces Doris Watson, a reclusive engineer of home appliances along with a host of characters who will appear in future stories. Doris goes on a blind date, kills a mob hit man, acquires a psychic child and gets recruited as a spy. From there a rollercoaster ride of events puts her on the run from gangsters and federal agents. Doris is not the typical heroine. She is not a trained assassin or a career spy. She is a real woman who has to survive and that makes her more dangerous. Unpredictable and desperate, she is a smart woman pushed into a corner. Double Mayhem was crafted to combine unforgettable characters, fast moving subplots, humor, romance and a bit of sex into a read that is entertaining and rewarding.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
This book was written over a number of years, going through a number of rewrites, edits by a professional editor and vetting by my wife and friends. It was a true journey. This was not my first novel, but it was the first one I think I truly felt very good about. The characters were developed to the point they seemed real to me. They became a family to me.
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?
I've been writing since I was a child, and was blessed with an overactive imagination. As my life progressed and I went to college in science, I turned my writing skills to technical papers. But as a release from the tedium I would write fiction. I used to handwrite my manuscripts in the old days, and then have them typed by a professional. I am a lousy typist. I was working on a science fiction book at one point and my typist commented that one particular chapter made her cry. That’s when I realized that I might actually have what it takes. That my stories were more than just words on a page.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting started. Sitting down on a regular basis to actually compose. Once I get started I get drawn into the flow, the descriptions, the dialogue and the characters bantering back and forth. But the getting started is the hard part. Getting to the point of putting words on the screen.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?
I do like to listen to music while I write. It varies widely. I usually listen to cable music channels: everything from easy listening to smooth jazz to classical. When I was writing that science fiction book oh so many years ago, one of my favorites was a vinyl record of Night on Bald Mountain.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
My writing schedule is usually early morning and then late at night, always with coffee nearby, although I don’t really drink much. A half cup gets parceled out during the session. I end up drinking more water than coffee.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
I’m working on one now about an Assistant State Attorney who gets embroiled in a number of cases she’s working on to the point she becomes a target. It’s already developing nicely with several choice characters, love interests and interweaving subplots. It will be the beginning of a series also. The second in the Seekers Mysteries is rolling around in my head as I come up with new ideas to add to the rough outline I have written out.
Q. What are you currently reading?
I’m about to start Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts). Over the years I've read all of her Death books. I like strong female main characters and Eve Dallas is the epitome of that.
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Well, Shakespeare. But a little more on the current side would be Nora Roberts. Getting back to her Death series, the characters are well developed and unique. The descriptions are just detailed enough to create the scenes but not overdrawn or flowery. There is very little dead space in the plots, and action is paramount. It’s always well thought out and logical. I hate it when a character does something no normal person would do.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
Although my writing and photography seem to consume my life, my wife and family keeps me grounded and involved in real life. My daughter just graduated from law school in New York, so there was a brief visit to the Big Apple that was exciting and filled with good food, noisy subways, jazz, tired feet and the best of memories.
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
When I’m not writing I’m taking nature photographs or hitting the nature trails. As I was growing up on the barren plains of West Texas, I dreamed of escaping to somewhere with forests and rivers. So, here I am now, living in Florida. Of course, my dreams didn't include ticks, alligators and hurricanes.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I consider it an amazing privilege as a writer to be able to create a story for you. I want an opportunity to reach inside of you and make you react; make you get worried, excited or happy. I want my characters to come to life on the page and make you frown, smile or even laugh out loud. I hope you’ll give me an opportunity to entertain you.
Mr. Berretti is offering one (1) signed print copy of 'Double Mayhem' for giveaway!
To enter: please leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway ends August 7, 2013. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
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