I’m so excited to welcome Joan Swan to MSW today! Joan is a wonderful writer who is sweet, super talented, crafty, generous, and a promotional dynamo! If you haven’t picked up Fever yet, what are you waiting for? It’s out now, so instant gratification can be yours! (and look at that cover! *yum*)
Thanks so much Sylvia for having me at Murder She Writes! I’ve been a fan of this blog (not to mention of YOUR work) for years, so I’m thrilled to be here!
I just hope I don’t wear out my welcome on the very first visit, because I’m dying to talk…murder! (No pun intended – but it SO worked, don’t you think?)
Seriously, murder can be so cathartic! Have you ever tried it? I do, on a regular basis. Of course, I am a suspense author, but don’t tell me you readers out there don’t love a great murder. You know you do. When those ugly, evil bad guys finally meet someone with enough mojo or smarts to deliver the karma they’ve been collecting for years?
In my recent debut release, Fever, I’ve got a really nasty antagonist who escapes prison with my hero. He’s not the big villain, but he’s bad and he’s a miserable sidekick for my hero because he stands for everything my hero doesn’t. And, my heroine, who is my hero’s hostage, is bi-racial. Conflict, right? We love conflict in our novels. This guy spends the first maybe 50-60 pages earning his death. Yes, this is a spoiler, but hardly the biggest or best stuff in the book—and so damn fun to talk about!
Taz is a white supremacist—as many white men are in prison, associating with the white gangs—only he’s racist to the core. He’s also arrogant, mouthy, condescending, brutal, and as stupid as a brick wall. Hate him already right? Well, you’ll loathe him by about page 50…cause, yeah, he’s one of those human beings created by the devil and sucking up our oxygen. So when he does something beyond reprehensible and…well…I can’t spoil all the fun…gets his payback, it is sweet, sweet, sweet.
And, I have to admit, it is quite fun to name a murder victim in my books after that PITA doctor at my day job who I wouldn’t even allow touch my dog. Or create a character who resembles that parking lot attendant who gave me a $70 ticket because my tires touched the white line; she might get arrested for cocaine possession and thrown in a cell with some real brute ladies. And, man, that mouthy crossing guard who yells at me to slow down every dang morning when I’m only driving 10 freaking miles an hour? That woman is going to land in an intensive care unit in my next book…and I may just forget to tie up that thread. Oops.
It’s your turn. Come on – we’re in a safe place here. And of course we’re talking fictional. Share and you could win a copy of Fever!!
Who would you like to kill, torture or maim (or see killed, tortured or maimed) in your next book? Readers, is there a character (or two) in a series you follow that you’d like to see meet their end? And how?
- A print copy of Fever, US/Canada shipping.
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Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist and writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. Her debut novel with Kensington Brava, Fever, releases February 28, 2012. Her second novel, Blaze, follows in October, 2012.
In her day job, she works as a sonographer for one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation and lives on the California central coast in beautiful wine country with her husband and two daughters.