Interview with Jillian David, Author of Fallen Comrade

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What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Fallen Comrade?

This is going to sound bizarre, but when hubs and I moved into our home several years ago, there was a bench in the walk-in closet that hid a storage space below it. I started thinking, what’s under that space? Where did it go? And my author brain went: What about an escape hatch to a tunnel?

That was the genesis for the original (now cut) opening scene of Fallen Comrade, how Kiera escapes the exploding suburban Atlanta house! (If folks sign up for my newsletter, I’ll be releasing that cut scene this fall!)

At the same time my brain was playing with the idea of an escape hatch, I also recalled seeing a congressional hearing about a guy who had secured preferential government contracts by claiming he was a disabled vet himself. In fact, he’d sprained his ankle playing football in a West Point prep high school, and never actually served the country. He had exploited a loophole in the system and exaggerated his injury. It was a beautiful thing to watch Senator Duckworth (who herself was a military pilot injured in action – she lost both of her legs when her helicopter was shot down) utterly eviscerate him with just her patriotism and sacrifice standing in stark contrast to his wimpy usery.

That was the genesis for the villain of my series, Beau Lequire, and the Fallen Comrades bogus charity.

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

Romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, and biography/history.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I just received an ARC of Rachel Grant’s newest romantic suspense “Into the Storm”and I’m finishing up Yasmin Angoe’s thriller “They Come At Knight,” sequel to Her Name Is Knight.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I’ll try to explain it without too many spoilers. The hardest and best scene to write occurs late in the book and involves a high angle escape, and then something medical happening while in a moving vehicle shortly afterwards. I’ve never seen anything like this before in any book I’ve read, and for sure took a massive chance in putting something with this high of a stakes in the book.

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

As a busy rural physician, my writing days are generally days off or on vacation. But I often have to take care of things during those days off. So before I can write, I generally spend 30-45 minutes clearing my charts or in-basket at work (sending off prescriptions, calling patients on critical test results, prepping for leadership meetings, etc.). Once that work is done, I can usually switch gears to writing!

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

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.” – Fernando Sabino (I tend to use this when I’m on call a lot…) “All bleeding stops eventually.” (Also work-related!)

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

I have two things: 1) Power and corruption will never win over character and solid values. 2) Holy cats, that was a roller coaster of a read. My heart is pounding!


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