You can find J D and his work online in the following venues:
Short stories are available through:
Stuck in Valhalla (www.sniplits.com )
Revenge Anthology II (www.lldreamspell,.com - coming soon)
Facebook: Find J D Webb on Facebook
Blog: (Twice a month) Make Mine Mystery Blog
J D's Website
At Wings Press Wings Press
Shepherd’s Pie Moon Over Chicago Her Name Is Mommy
At L & L Dreamspell J D at L & L Dreamspell
All paralegal Trish Morgan wants to do is grab a few bucks at her ATM one night. She finds blood on the screen and then hears a moan. Should she investigate or not? Fighting her apprehension, she ventures into the alley next to the bank and discovers a dying woman. While Trish’s attention is diverted frantically calling 911 for help, the injured woman slips a DVD into Trish’s purse. The DVD is a video of a hit of a Chicago mobster, which identifies the hit man.
The assassin stalks Trish somehow seeming to know her every move. He calls her at work, demanding the return of the disk and warning her not to notify the police. Too late, the police are already involved. Trish is torn about what to do.
Best friend Heather, a wanna-be PI, tries to help. Then Trish learns her abusive husband, Jim, is involved in shady dealings. She decides to separate and file for divorce, moving to a local bed and breakfast to begin a new life. How deeply is her husband involved? How will he react to her leaving?
Jim’s silent partner decides to resolve his problem. Trish again must rely on her inner strength and wisdom to escape a life-threatening nightmare.
I think I’ve always been a writer but since I’m published I think I can claim the title of author. That’s how I look at the difference in those two categories. We’re all writers of some sort, blogs, emails, letters to the editor or just letters to a friend or family. When I was younger I wrote short stories and had moderate success at publishing them but I wasn’t dedicated to writing as I am now. So I don’t believe it was a dream, merely a folder in the back of my head titled “possible idea for a novel.”
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
My latest is Smudge. The tagline is – a small-town paralegal wipes a smudge off her ATM screen one night, and it’s blood. Then she hears a moan. She probably shouldn’t go into the alley next to her bank, but she does. That began with asking some what-if questions as I often do. I’d just left a meeting at night, and across the street I saw a woman at her ATM. She was alone so I guessed it had to be an emergency, and the area is not a high-crime area. But I got to thinking what if she discovered something odd and terrifying? From there my brain engaged and off I ran.
Definitely sounds like an intriguing book. Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I suppose there’s a bit of someone I know in my characters. Some quirk they have. For my villains I try to find a picture of how I envision they look. One of my characters Ferlin Husky Lewis is patterned after an FBI most wanted fugitive – a Russian mafia guy. I actually printed his picture and taped it to my computer when I wrote his part. Scared my wife half to death.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
I love to do research. The internet is an amazing source to find obscure and unusual things. In my book Moon Over Chicago my hero Fulton Moon a cobbler and amateur detective tries to help a customer free herself from an abusive husband. Her spouse is a 6 foot 8 inch, bald-headed florist. Since he is, well different, I wanted an unusual hobby for him. So I gave him an ostrich farm west of Chicago. I have to admit I spent way too much time researching ostrich farms and their operations.
I enjoy researching for my books too. So thankful for the easy access of the Internet and how it is a big help in researching. How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
I’m a pantser, that is, someone who does not outline but charges ahead developing the story as I go. It takes a year to write and revise a novel. My books begin with a story idea such as the one for Smudge. Then I work on the first chapter which always involves some type of action relating to the story. That chapter will trigger more what-if questions and invariably some additional character will show up. At that point I have a vague idea of how the book will end. And so far in each of my books that vague idea never comes to pass. My endings always differ from the original thought.
Are you working on any new book projects?
Actually I have three in various stages of development. My main focus is on a book titled Gulf Terror. The premise is what if (there I go with what –ifs) the explosion of the Gulf oilrig was an act of terrorism and one of the two suicide bombers survived and is now loose in Louisiana? My protagonists are two Homeland Security agents who track this person down. I’m about 25% done with it.
Love that idea! Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
Well I have too many favorites to list. I just love a good story. And in an effort to draw me out of my mystery genre, I joined a book club at my local library. Finished Left Neglected by Lisa Genova last week. A great book which follows her best seller Still Alice which I also loved. A talented writer. Our list included The Help, Unbroken, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. In all 48 books in four years and still counting. And I still read my mystery compatriot’s books as well.
J D, always a pleasure when you guest at The Mustard Seed. Thanks for stopping by today and chatting.