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Author Interview: Sallie Moppert
1) How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?
Mystery is by far my favorite genre, so it was the obvious choice for me when I started writing stories. Similarly, writing has always been a passion of mine, so I have wanted for a long time to become a published author. I started writing Sam as a part of a contest entry and instantly fell in love with his character. I composed two additional stories featuring Sam and his partner, Dahlia, afterward and then just kept writing. Twenty stories later, Sam has a whole journey written down! The fun part was figuring out Sam’s journey; I wrote the stories out of order, so I needed to come up with how the Sam we meet in the beginning becomes the Sam we see at the end of the collection.
2) Writers write what they know, and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?
I am a first born child and I have one younger sister. I consider myself very fortunate to have such a close relationship with my sister. She is like my idea springboard. I love to bounce ideas for stories, characters and plot points off of her. Though, since we are so close, she usually knows what I’m thinking and can we end up coming up with the same ideas for my stories. To me, it proves that I’m on the right track; great minds think alike, right?
3) Where is your favorite place to write?
My absolute favorite place to write is the beach. When I was younger, my aunt would take me to the beach all the time during the summer. I loved it. I still love it to this day. It is so peaceful and relaxing to be able to just sit on a blanket on the sand and just write to the sound of the waves crashing and the feel of the warmth of the sun overhead. I do the same thing at home, just minus the beach. I’ll grab a blanket, radio and my notebook and just lay out in the sun, writing. There is nothing like it, for me, at least!
4) How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you with the remains?
It depends on the character or the story. If I really like a certain character or story, I might feel a little bad about it (or really terrible about it, but, if a character needs to die for some reason, that character has to keep his/her fate), otherwise I know it’s just a part of the creative process and shouldn’t be worried about. If I scrap a story, or just put it on hold, I’ll usually hang on to it for a bit. I like to recycle ideas and characters that have been put on the shelf either permanently or at least temporarily.
5) You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is the one burning question you must ask them?
Hands down, my favorite author is Agatha Christie. Her mysteries are ingenious. I think out of the last 10 or so that I’ve read, I think I correctly guessed the culprit before the reveal. My one question for her would be to ask how her writing process goes, specifically, how does she come up with her mysteries? Her literary genius is still relevant and popular today; there was just a remake of Murder on the Orient Express, even so many decades later after the book was released. To have a glimpse into the inner workings of that talent would be amazing.
6) Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.
I pretty much put hot sauce on everything. Chicken, beef, tuna, salad, tacos, spaghetti, etc., I’ve likely put hot sauce/spicy seasoning on it in some form.
7) You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?
Well, it depends: one on hand, a vacation on a deserted tropical island sounds nice, so I’d pack a towel, notebook and pens to lay out in the sun and write! Then again, it probably wouldn’t be the best idea to be living on a deserted island permanently, so I would need some necessities instead. Hmm…I’m thinking some sort of Swiss Army knife for all the different tools, purified water (or some sort of water purified filter type thing) since the island is most likely surrounded by salt water, and my dog. She would perfect for company, protection and hunting. Plus, I love her so much 🙂
8) If you could have one super power in your existence, what would it be?
I would love the power to control time. I think it would be so helpful. Wouldn’t it be amazing to slow down time to enjoy a little more quality time with your family and friends? (Or just to slow down time to get in a few extra minutes after your alarm goes off in the morning). What about the ability to go back in time? I would go back in time and spend more time with my family members and pets before they passed away. It would also be super useful to be able to go back and fix mistakes or revisit certain situations with a little more wisdom and make better decisions or just have a better understanding of why whatever happened had to happen. It would also be fun to be able to check out the future!
9) Favorite snack?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. It depends if I want to eat something healthy or something not-so-healthy. For healthy stuff, I love fruits and vegetables. I could easily go through a bag of carrots or celery with some hot sauce for dipping. On the other hand, you can’t really beat a nice Hershey bar or some chips and dip. I’m partial to French onion dip, but queso is good and chicken wing dip is just plain amazing.
10) Indy 500 – Do you know how to get to where you’re going or do you drive the speed limit? I am terrible with directions when it comes to driving! Well, terrible with street names. I’m much better with landmarks, which, for my family, are restaurants or stores. “So, to get here, you need to turn at the light by the pizza place and the donut shop.” I would most likely know exactly where you’re referring to.
Good Cop Bad Cop
by Sallie Moppert
BLURB: When his mother is beaten to death by his alcoholic stepfather, fourteen-year-old Samuel Marlowe is rescued from seeking revenge against him by a chance meeting with Officer Edwin Hill. The veteran policeman takes Sam under his wing and even becomes the boy’s foster father.
Sam becomes a cop and works alongside his beloved mentor until Edwin is killed in a shooting. Hailed as a hero for his actions in the case, Sam feels like anything but. He begins a dark descent away from the stand-up policeman he once was, turning to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain and his PTSD.
The police captain assigns Sam a partner hoping to salvage what is left of him by forcing him to become a good role model for the young recruit. Needless to say, Sam is not pleased with the arrangement, protesting it up until the moment Junior Detective Dahlia Bennett enters his life.
Will he try to shake her loose? Does her by-the-book ideals and strong moral code rub off on him? Will his relaxed attitude and views on true justice start to influence her? What will ultimately lead to the two becoming a solid team? When Dahlia declares she wants to reopen some cases believing that the wrong person was sent to prison, Sam tells her straight out that in doing so, she would be putting her life at risk. As Dahlia persists, Sam is faced with the ultimate decision: let Dahlia reopen the cases and discover his crimes, or kill her to keep her from learning the truth.
Brian stepped forward, opening the massive doors with ease, and walked straight into the sea of microphones, camera flashes, and video recorders. Roderick followed a few steps behind his loyal attorney and stood at his side as he waited for the onslaught of the inevitable media coverage that was a result of the trial’s conclusion.
“People, please,” Brian started to speak, holding his hands up to halt the millions of questions that were being voiced to him all at once.
Once the media crowd quieted down, Brian addressed them:
“I am pleased to announce that my client, Mr. Roderick Morgan, was found not guilty for the deaths of his parents, Walter and Cassidy Morgan. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan adopted Roderick and raised him as if he was their own flesh and blood. There was no way that he would repay their love and kindness by brutally murdering them as they lay sleeping in their beds.”
Roderick nudged Brian, who turned to look at him.
“May I?” he asked.
“Of course,” Brian said.
Roderick stepped in front of Brian to better face the endless crowd of media before him.
“I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who supported me throughout this dreadful ordeal,” he said, speaking in the sweet and innocent tone that had helped him to win over the jury a short time ago.
Roderick’s gentle eyes and sincere expression then suddenly transformed to that of smugness accompanied by a sneer. “But that proves that you are all stupid as hell,” he said with a wink. “Because I got away with murder. Adios!”
Roderick pulled his designer sunglasses out of his designer suit coat pocket and put them on as his personal driver pulled up in front of the courthouse with his golden Maserati. The media watched in stunned silence as Roderick descended the concrete steps to his car, not a care in the world. Brian followed solemnly behind him, his head lowered in shame at the admission of guilt by his client.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A New York native, Sallie has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, with a Specialization in Forensic Science. A lifelong mystery fan, she has combined her love and passion for writing with her interests in criminal justice, law, and forensic science.
Sallie currently resides in New York with her family and her “zoo,” which includes two dogs, two guinea pigs, a betta fish and a leopard gecko. She works as a freelance writer/editor and a legal assistant.
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