Today I am thrilled to bring you a guest post from K. J. McGillick, the author of Karma Never Loses An Address.
Betrayal on Every Level
Marley Bennington had brutally murdered her older sister Samantha in a drug fuelled rage. Only two people know that fact as true. One of those two people, was sitting in a state prison, serving a sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Who was that unfortunate person? Alex Clarke, Samantha Bennington’s husband, the man so buried in circumstantial evidence that he confessed to a crime he didn’t commit, rather than face a trial. He was now trapped with no way out.
It all began as sibling rivalry and jealousy, as so many tales of treachery do. Now, that intense jealousy had ended in her sister’s murder. Once Alex was tucked safely away in prison, Marley was set to inherit millions of dollars tainted with her sister’s blood. But suddenly, two obstacles stood in her way preventing her from quickly obtaining the reward for her well executed plan. One obstacle was her brother, and the other a nosy little old lady. But for Marley, this wasn’t a problem. She had killed twice already and cheated the justice system. What were a few more bodies?
Justice delayed is justice denied. Can Marley be trapped by the very people she tried to deceive? Will karma finally visit her door? Another gripping, tangled tale from the author of Facing A Twisted Judgment.
K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing
Why do I write crime fiction?
Crime fiction is my passion and I try to weave several different categories in and out of my books. All of my books contain a common element of police procedural or private investigator tales and that is the base I start with. From there I decide if the story will be a legal thriller, a medical thriller, or a psychological thriller. But whichever way I take the story, forensics and human sleuthing are always an important part.
Crime Fiction is all about who did it and why they did it. To understand that you have to understand the characters themselves and then what motivates them. I get great enjoyment out of building a character from scratch and giving them qualities that are good but also flawed. And from those flawed qualities comes the story of why they did something wrong. It’s a puzzle that I challenge readers to put together.
What’s my usual writing routine?
I am a Lee Child panster although that’s not how I started. My first book started with a long drawn out outline that involved 60 pages of a detailed outline and storyboards. My next two books were my foray into a hybrid of panster and plotter. I used two types of plotting charts but they basically covered the important chunks of information I wanted to cover. It was my fourth book that I found the ability to let go and allow the story to take me where it wanted, but I still had a very roughed out 7-point story wheel. Facing A Twisted Judgment and Karma Never Loses An Address I felt confident enough to let go of all planning and allow the book take me where the story wanted me to go. I knew the characters I wanted to write about and I knew the end of each book. However, everything from start to finish was up for grabs. I’m up at 4 am with a cup of coffee and writing until 6 am. Then I’m back at it at 7:30 pm cleaning up the morning material.
Where do my ideas come from?
The ideas from my books come from my varied and usual background in the law and medicine. I find that most people have a keen interest in how the law works and most especially how people escape justice due to technicalities of the law. I try to think of a crime that would hold my readers’ interest and then delve into the mechanics of it. If I can throw in how medicine enhances or interferes’ with the crime all the better. I like to use my books as a teaching experience.
Are any of my characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
The Last Lie She Told the main character was loosely based on a girl that disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the ’90s and never found. Although it was not someone, I knew personally, it was someone who a friend had come in contact with and I found the story intriguing. None of my other books are based on people I have come in contact with although I find a lot of myself in Aunt Mary.
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