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Saturday, November 16, 2013

EQ Welcomes Whitley Gray!

Exquisite Quills Welcomes Whitley Gray as part of our author interview series

EQ: Welcome to EQ! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Whitley: I live in the Rocky Mountain West, and work in healthcare. Everyone in my family reads a ton, be it books, newspapers, or blogs. My house is full of books, and my Kindle has over 600 books on it. I write when I can, around work and other obligations. When I write, I sometimes fall into the story and forget to eat. Right now, my favorite writing fuel is Hot Tamales.

EQ:What was your defining moment as a writer?

Whitley: When I got my first acceptance—I felt like I could make it as an author. It would be wonderful to be successful enough some day to quit my day job, but I don’t see that happening for a long time.

EQ: Pick out one of the best lines in your novel. What do you love about it?

Whitley: “Zach. It’s robbery/homicide. Wake up and smell the testosterone.”
It’s typical of the way Beck chooses to get across his point, and it happens in the kitchen when they’re making coffee, which is the usual permutation of the phrase. My editor also loved it, and she’s hard to impress. I tend to agonize over things like this, and I love it when something memorable pops up!

EQ: Describe how you came up with the plot of your novel.

Whitley: During the midterm elections in 2010, watching all the cutthroat campaigning. I wondered how far some of these people would go to win. Eventually I wondered if they’d sacrifice their young, and the kernel of the plot was there. I was also taking an online class taught by a retired police officer. Part of her blog was a list of all the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty—that gave me the idea to have one of my cops barely survive a shooting.

EQ: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.
Denver homicide cop and shooting survivor Beck Stryker lives to solve the case that left him with PTSD, chronic pain, and killed his co-investigator four months previous. Now his career hinges on his ability to work with the man who shut down his advances two years ago.

After last parting ways with Beck, psychiatrist-turned-FBI profiler Zach Littman never anticipated seeing the detective again. Being sent to Denver to work on a series of killings that have continued after the only suspect died is bad enough. Discovering the detective in charge is Beck leaves Zach gritting his teeth and girding his loins.

The last thing either of them needs is romantic entanglement with a fellow investigator, but danger is a powerful aphrodisiac. The case heats up, and friction between them ignites a fire neither can ignore, first at work and then in the bedroom. As they zero in on the plot behind the murders, the crosshairs zero in on Beck and Zach.

Titles by Whitley Gray:

High Concept
Midwinter Night’s Dream (Coming Soon)

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Jane Leopold Quinn said...

High Concept sounds great! And I love the cover, Whitley. Yes, that first acceptance is such a thrill, but the rest of them are too. ;-)

Rose Anderson said...

Sounds like an intriguing story. And I agree with Jane. Nice cover. Best luck with your newest Whitley. :)

Kaye Spencer said...

I was excited to get my first publishing contract, that's for sure, but it was the second one that gave me more confidence in myself as a writer. Best of luck to you. ;-)