Interview with Elliot York, Author of Dark Lies

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What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Dark Lies?

I usually get my ideas when I’m out in nature, walking or hiking along my favorite path. Characters peel out of my imagination and start to take shape in my head. Pretty soon they’re talking and I can picture them, and then they get a name. If a character gets all the way to the naming stage, then I’m committed. They’re going to be in the book. The storyline is just the thread that holds them all together.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Dark Lies, what would they be?

Logan Cooper’s theme song would probably be Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’. A heartbreaking divorce and a stressful job have put him in a sort of freefall and he’s looking for something to grab onto. His new partner, Reggie Hawkins, is sweet, innocent, and edged with some good old-fashioned badassery. I’d say she’s one part Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey and one part Bruce Springsteen’s Tougher than the Rest.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love mystery and romance, especially when they’re in the same book!

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I’m currently reading Tana French’s In the Woods. Her writing is inspiring.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I had a lot of fun writing the scene where Logan Cooper meets his new partner, Reggie Hawkins because he makes a complete ass of himself. But my favorite scenes are the ones that go back in time, to when Logan was a young, angry teen with an insatiable love for one girl and an equally insatiable need to protect her from a dangerous father.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I’m usually surrounded by sleeping dogs and something about their soft snores helps me find my rhythm on the keyboard.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

The one I grew up with. Kindness is priority number one.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I just hope they can find my book an entertaining escape from reality and if they close the book still thinking about the characters, that would be the cherry on top.


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