Friday, June 16, 2017

Interview with Chris Roy, Author of Shocking Circumstances

Chris Roy was raised in South Mississippi, in the midst of ugly Gulf Coast beaches and spectacular muddy bayous.

Chris lived comfortably with the criminal ventures of his youth until a fistfight in 1999 ended tragically. Since January, 2000, he's been serving a life sentence in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  

Nowadays he lives his life  crime vicariously, through the edgy, fast-paced stories he pens, hoping to entertain readers. When he isn't writing, he's reading, drawing or looking for prospects to train in boxing.

Shocking Circumstances
Book I: Last Shine
Sharp as a Razor
Book I: A Dying Wish

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Did you like thrillers when you were growing up?

Absolutely. I wasn't a reader until I read The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader. I was 18. Suddenly my world had something better than TV night in bed. T. Jefferson Parker’s LA Outlaws made me want to be a writer of crime fiction thrillers.

What was the first story in that genre that you wrote?

Shocking Circumstances was my first thriller. Took over a year to complete. Publishers rejected my submissions because of the length. After an internship at Crime Wave Press, I knew enough to repackage my work and myself as an author. Shocking Circumstances became a trilogy, and I found the perfect home for it at New Pulp Press. They accepted my submission and signed me for two crime thriller trilogies.

What is your favorite part of writing in this genre?

Creating antiheroes. “Bad guys” that commit criminal acts to accomplish meaningful things.

What do you find most difficult about writing in this genre?

Sometimes I design crimes that are tempting to actually go and do.

Is there an author in this genre that you admire most?

Greg Barth, Roy Harper, Tom Vater, Greg Iles. T. Jefferson Parker.

What is up next for you?

Near to the Knuckle published my first dark fiction work, a short story titled "Marsh Madness." They will publish another dark one titled "re-Pete" soon. I have a completed crime thriller novella that only needs polishing, but I have been hooked on short dark works.

Do you have anything to add?

When I decided to write a novel, I had no thought of a fantasy series (which I love to read), or romance or children’s books. I wanted to twist people into criminals, vicariously, with characters they may hate at first but would soon cheer for.

I'm a criminal. Serving a life sentence since I was 18. Half my life ago. I know criminal minds and behaviors. It's a cruel, nasty world with a short life expectancy. I share the best and the worst in my stories, with the intention of infecting your view of life.

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