Interview with Olga Stefan   Leave a comment

It’s Writer Wednesday when I intend to focus more on my fiction or on the writing of others.  In trying to find willing subjects for interviews, I asked for volunteers on Authonomy, Harper Collins slush pile site that allows writers to post their books and gain feedback from other writers as well as practice marketing in a friendly and competitive environment. Several of my fellow Authonomites have self-published their books and the next several interviews will be from that resource. Lela

 

Today, I’m visiting with Olga Stefan, author of The Deadly Caress, a murder mystery thriller.

PictureTell us about yourself, Olga.

I live in Sydney, Australia where my husband and I owned a busy pharmacy until recently. I’ve been writing for 10+ years and the sale of our business has allowed me to concentrate more fully on my writing.

Tell me a little bit about The Deadly Caress.

The Deadly Caress is a fast-paced story set in California. Suspenseful and thrilling, it holds a mystery that Amanda Blake, a freelance photographer, must unravel.

Amanda tracked down her birth mother, the multi-millionnaire Jean Campbell. Hours after her arrival, Jean is murdered.

Amanda sets out to find her mother’s killer. Her quest takes to Australia to find the man she thinks holds the answer to the killer’s identity. While visiting this man, she has to run for her life under a hail of bullets. Someone will stop at nothing until she is dead. If she thought things were bad enough, they are about to get worse.

What was the genesis of that work?

A newspaper article captured my attention and started me thinking — what if a person was to discover that the woman she thought was her mother wasn’t? How would she feel? What if this mother was murdered? What would this person do?

Then there’s a scary scene with Amanda driving down a mountainside and that comes from my memory banks. I grew up across the road from a very bad intersection and every weekend there would be at least one horrific accident. Some of these were youths speeding and chasing each other. Drunks and careless or not drivers who had miscalculated the sharp turn and careened into an oncoming car or the nearby light post. My dad would run over to see if an ambulance was needed, as we were the only family in the street to have a phone. He’d take blankets over if the person/people were hurt badly and I would help him. My sister and my mother would be too upset to help and didn’t go.

How do you develop your characters?

I find my characters everywhere and nowhere.

I was intrigued by how you go from the female protagonist’s viewpoint to the creeper’s viewpoint. What process do you follow to accomplish that?

I did get upset when I had to put Amanda in difficult positions as I’d grown fond of her. I find writing about the evil people easier than writing about someone who’s good because it is harder to make the honest person shine, but it does make you grow as a writer.

Did this project take a lot of research?

The Deadly Caress took a fair amount of research into police procedures and the prison system. I emailed a detective in Monterey who was very helpful. I did my research on the US prison system by reading prisoners’ blogs and articles posted from newspapers, and examining diagrams of the layouts.

What are your plans for the book in the near-future?

I self-published The Deadly Caress early this year. Currently, I am working on polishing my next thriller Lurking in the Shadows, which is scheduled for release in the latter part of this year.

Your art work is striking. Who did the cover for you?

I found a graphic designer on flverr.com to design the cover for me. I’d researched the covers I liked so that made it easier for the designer.

The Deadly Caress is available for purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I0DI0MY/?tag=booklinnet-20

To keep up on Olga’s writing and publishing activities, her website is: http://onstefan.weebly.com/

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