I interviewed crime novelist Robert Skuce who is soon to release a new book, Kiss of Death. You can read more about it on his website www.robertskuce.com. The book is currently on pre-order, set to be released March 1st, 2017. He is hoping to have the majority of reviews done in and around the early summer.
Homicide detective, Bruno Norcross, is called to investigate the brutal murder of a college call girl. This isn’t just any other crime scene. Bruno has seen this scene before, only the last time, the killer got away leaving Bruno feeling as though his career is incomplete. Nobody escapes Bruno’s grasp twice and when his nemesis arises again, it’s time to bring him in. A serial killer, only known as the Kiss of Death, is back, only this time he made a mistake. A witness, like no other, was left behind and this witness knows the victim better than anyone.
Rosie’s stalker, Ashley Truelove, knows everything about her, from what she wears to who she sees. The question isn’t can Ashley help Bruno catch the killer, but will he? With meager and confusing clues, two known victims and time running out, Bruno realizes that the cost of bringing the murderer to justice will be paid in blood. With the police Sergeant on his back to catch this killer and provide justice for the death of his daughter, Bruno is racing against time. Kiss of Death only hunts occasionally and time is running out before he vanishes again. Can Bruno find the evidence to stop him or will the killer escape his clutches once again?
Robert Skuce says that he thought he was too pretty and small for prison so he decided to write about it instead. After dabbling in different genres, he found himself at home as a thriller/crime writer. A man who was born and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada, in a small town, he decided to try his hand at creative novel writing. Turned out, he loved it and kept writing to improve his craft to become the writer he is today. He enjoys a good mystery and once in awhile he likes to go back to horror when it was simpler and less complicated than you find in this day and age.
Currently living in Southern Ontario with his wife and four kids, he enjoys long walks, time with his family and lazy afternoons getting caught up on television. He loves playing with computers and is the household personal IT technician. When he goes out, you can find him exploring the different restaurants his city has to offer and driving in the countryside. He is always looking for new places to be the basis of his books. He photographs abandoned buildings and unique parts of town in order to create a sense of realism in his books.
Filled with ideas and personalities that are unique, he is always coming up with a new and twist-filled story that will make its way to the pages everyone can enjoy. Captivating his readers with the difficulty in his books and leaving them trying to figure out who did it, will make you want to keep reading to see what Robert Skuce will come up with next!
Here are his enlightening responses to my interrogation:
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write my books from multiple viewpoints. An example is not only the killer, but the cop that is hunting him. Generally, I find that multiple viewpoints are more interesting for me as a writer.
How did you come up with the title?
I have this image of the characters and story in mind and start to build it from there. Usually, it is during this process the title comes to me.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My interest in writing started as a child when we were assigned The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The images that came to me then as I read that book never left.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I liked the irony of a stalker named Ashley Truelove so the series Lee Truelove came to me.
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Bruno is my favorited character. He is a good cop dealing with bad choices and being pulled in all directions. He is the guy torn between loyalty to friends and his own moral values.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently, I am working on two series. There’s the Lee Truelove series which follows Lee’s journey from Stalker to serial killer as well as Logan Lupus. These characters cross through each other’s books and build towards a great showdown.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
The books in my current series take place in my city so there isn’t a lot of traveling, but I do plan on traveling through Canada to research various cities for future books. I will be seeing Kingston Ontario soon so I can search the prison. My books refer to Bloodvien prison which is based on the Kingston pen. I actually have a funny story about that. I told my parents that I was going to prison, but something happened that I had to go before the conversation finished. I checked my phone a few hours later and I had missed four calls. I guess I should have added that the prison is closing and it was for book research.
Who designed the covers?
I design my own covers. It’s inspiring to create the story and try and create an image for the passion that you put into it.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Generally, when I get excited the story just flows from me, but there are times when writer’s block kicks in. It is like having all these ideas and no way to express them.
Do you see writing as a career?
Of course, I would like to see writing as a career. I love writing and have a million ideas bouncing through my head, but even if I never earn a living writing I will always write.
Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:
Kiss of Death; Thriller/Mystery/Crime
Kiss of Death is a serial killer on the hunt again after a 5-year hiatus, he eluded detective Bruno Norcross once, but will he manage to escape again?
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