The Big Thrill caught up to the author duo of A. C. Brooks and R. R. Brooks to discuss their latest mystery, THE CLOWN FOREST MURDERS:
What do you hope readers will take away from this book? This novel was written in memory of a son and brother who committed suicide and is dedicated to all those who endure mental illness. THE CLOWN FOREST MURDERS is truly a collaborative work that relies on the original story by A.C. Brooks and its subsequent crafting into a compelling mystery by R.R. Brooks. Elements of an attractive but flawed hero, a heroine who holds a secret, and a hidden killer make the book a great read.
How does this book make a contribution to the genre? The tale is focused on the survivor of a horrible crime who must fight to regain his mental health by finding the unexpected killer.
Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book? Collaborating authors have different visions of what is reasonable behavior, believable dialog, and humor. Mutual teaching becomes part of the novel-writing process.
No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material? There can be explanations for bizarre behavior that do not involve the supernatural.
What authors or books have influenced your career as a writer, and why? David Eddings’ The Belgariad inspired the first fantasy book of R.R. Brooks. Martha Grimes and Dean Koontz are favorites of both authors. Creation of a consistent world with sympathetic characters is accomplished by these authors.
The review includes shots of the book cover and the authors.