I am pleased to present Author Interview #3 with Benjamin King: a writer, world traveler, sculptor, and professional musician!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
BK: A thousand lives in one.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your latest book:
Excerpt: With the window sash scraping the skin off my back I finally wiggled my upper body through the small window and lay halfin and halfout of the house and sucked oxygen into my burning lungs. And then, in the ghostly, musky quiet of the attic, I heard the heavy crunch of tires on gravel from the driveway in front of the house. That’s when the stupidity that had brought me here to die like a criminal loomed like a billboard in my mind. If they caught me, I had no doubt they would kill me. How I wished I could go back to that night when I should have quit my job and left town.
— When a Lady Lies, by Benjamin King
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
“Every man has a religion or totems of some kind. Even the atheist displays an enormous act of faith in his belief that the universe created itself, and the subsequent creation of intelligent life was merely a biological accident.”
— James Lee Burke
What do you enjoy about the genre in which you write?:
BK: Mystery/murder thrillers give an author the best chance to utilize the only two real plots for the genre: chase and capture and delayed revelation. A good one is about a hundred chases and captures capped off with a surprise, delayed revelation. It’s also a very inventive genre – you can get away with unusual characters – in fact they make for a better story. My hero in my series is a young country singer who overcomes defeat and depression in each volume by losing himself in the soulful process of writing a new hit song. I record the song in my studio and put a link at the end of the book to the MP3 file on a website. When the mystery is solved and the heroine is rescued, the reader gets to hear the hit song inspired by the adventure. I think I’m onto something unique.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
BK: The highest quality of any art form is its believability. The best writers make the reader forget he is looking at a page filled with words and convince him he is part of the action.
Please share your #1 tip for writers in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre:
BK: Don’t give away your secrets too easily. Don’t make your characters blabbermouths. Make the reader follow your hero through hell to find the real answer to the puzzle.
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BENJAMIN KING is a writer, world traveler, sculptor, and professional musician. He had his first country song published in 1971 and followed that with numerous magazine articles, a volume of short stories, and a future-fantasy novel. His colorful characters are drawn from the eventful life he has pursued.