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It's Wednesday, and time for book talk!

Grab your coffee (or other beverage of choice) and join us! (Be sure to stick around to hear about the giveaway!)

Today I'm please to welcome  romantic suspense and mystery writer Richard Brawer.

Since he tells me he doesn't drink coffee or tea, we'll move straight to his bio.

Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time sailing and exploring local history.  He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife. Read more about Richard and his books at his website:

A unique fact about yourself: I have been growing roses since I moved into my house in 1968. I have 30 bushes and the house is filled with the aroma of roses from the end of May until early October. My wife loves them.

Ally:  I know you write mysteries and suspense, but can you be more specific about your sub-genre or genres? How did you get started writing in this area?

RICHARD:  The first four books I wrote were mysteries because that was my favorite genre to read although I also read suspense novels. Despite those mysteries receiving decent reviews, they were not widely received. However, they gave me excellent practice in honing my writing skills. Excellence in writing like most things in life comes from practice.

For my fifth book I changed venues and wrote a suspense novel. Actually it was a fluke that I shifted into that genre. My daughter is a lawyer in the entertainment business. As a sideline she writes scripts. It seems that is a sideline for everyone in Hollywood. Anyway she wrote a script about an African-American male wrongly convicted of a murder and sentenced to death.   Despite her numerous contacts in TV and movie industry and winning a number of awards including $1000.00 from a “Writer’s Digest” contest she was not able to generate interest in her story.

I said to her, “Let me write it as a book with an African-American female protagonist as there are many black actresses looking for a leading role.”  Thus The Nano Experiment was born.   However, in the process the book took on a life of its own and dramatically deviated from the screen play.

Although I liked creating a mystery and solving it, I learned from writing a thriller/suspense novel that I can develop more conflicted characters. The more conflicts a character has and how the character gets out of those conflicts, the more depth the character will have. Based on the reviews for The Nano Experiment, that first suspense novel, I leaned that characters in conflict and how they resolve their conflicts keep the readers turning the pages.

For example many of the 71 reviews on Amazon for The Nano Experiment talk about the characters: “Complex Characters” “Excellent Characters” “A Very Resourceful Character” “A Sympathetic, engaging Character” Characters are Uncomfortably Realistic” “A Strong Female Protagonist” “A Tortured Soul”

Conversely, this is what can happen if your characters are not conflicted: My wife was having a weekly Mah Jongg game at our house. I overheard the ladies talking about a book. One said the characters bored me so I stopped reading after 100 pages.

My daughter is now working on the screenplay for The Nano Experiment.

I stayed with writing thrillers for my latest book, Love’s Sweet Sorrow, a romantic suspense novel.

Ally:  Describe your writing day. Do you have a writer's cave?

RICHARD:  I write every morning from eight to twelve. Then if it’s summer, it’s off to the beach. In the winter it’s off to explore local history.  Yes I have a writer’s cave. It’s my daughter’s old bedroom redesigned as an office.

Ally:  What has been your most effective marketing strategy? What social media do you find to be the most fun? Why?

RICHARD:  I find two marketing strategies effective. Joining a lot of groups on Yahoo, Facebook, Linkedin and Goodreads. I also find interviews on blogs as a good place to get your name out. I advertise the interviews on the above groups. Advertising works by repetition. Keep repeating your name and website over and over again, and sooner or later people will say I should try one of his books.

Ally:  Was there a particular writer or perhaps a single book that inspired/influenced your own writing? Why and how?

RICHARD:  I read all the Mickey Spillane Mike Hammer books and Bret Halliday Mike Shane books. I guess I’m showing my age here. I like the fast paced stories and short chapters. That is the technique I use in both my mysteries and suspense novels.

Ally:  Try these quick answer questions.

  • Favorite hobby or non-writing interest: Growing roses in the summer, exploring local history in the winter.
  • Last place you went on vacation: I’m retired so I am on perpetual vacation. I go to California a few times a year to visit my daughter and grandchildren.
  • Would you rather hike a mountain or visit a museum: Hike a mountain
  • An item on your bucket list: Owning a 35 foot sailboat that I can live on in the summer. Probably will never happen unless I win the lottery.
  • Favorite cologne: None
Ally:  Richard, it has been a pleasure visiting with you today. Before you go, let's take a look at your latest book and tell readers about your giveaway... 

Book Jacket:

It is said opposites attract. There can’t be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America's largest weapons manufacturer.

Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.

As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify, Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become. Delving deeply into her and Jason’s long-held opposing convictions she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.

Imagine the conflicts.

Love’s Sweet Sorrow is available in a trade paperback and e-book wherever books are sold.

E-book: $2.99

Trade Paperback: $11.99

A couple of the more popular links:

B & N:

Can be ordered from any bookstore by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2

Love’s Sweet Sorrow is published by Vinspire Publishing, a well respected mid-size publisher.

***Book Giveaway: If you have a Kindle or a Nook, I will send
Love’s Sweet Sorrow in either Mobi format for Kindle or epub for Nook to the first 10 readers who respond to this blog and would like to review this book.
The only thing I ask is you read it as soon as you get it and post a review on Amazon, B & N, and if you belong, to Goodreads. I do not expect anyone to compromise their ethics because I gifted you the book. Please write what you think.
You can contact me at rich1braw(at)aol(dot)com. Please put―Lss  giveaway Ally’s blog― in the subject line so I do not delete your message as spam. Please include the e-mail address you want to use to receive the attachment and which format you need. ***

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