I think Thursday is my favorite day of the week. And today, I have a great guest, Kenneth Hoss with his exciting cop thriller Storm Rising. It’s definitely my type of book with cops and a strong female main character. It doesn’t get any better than that!
When a murder investigation turns Detective Kelli Storm’s attention to a drug kingpin, the last thing she expected was to find a link to her father’s killer from twenty years earlier.
Detectives Kelli Storm and Bill Hayes are investigating multiple homicides in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
When a young woman is murdered, Kelli tracks the killer to a Gentleman’s Club in Manhattan. There she locates an unwilling witness. When the woman is assaulted and left dying, the investigation takes a new twist. The DEA steps in and takes over, forcing Kelli off the case.
She decides to take a different approach. Working behind the scenes, she pulls out one of her father’s old case files and finds a connection between the killer and his murder.
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Jennifer Chase: Welcome Kenneth Hoss! If Kelli Storm was trapped in an elevator with three other people, how would she devise a plan to escape? Would she take any of the people with her?
Kenneth Hoss: Knowing Kelli, she would definitely take charge and tell the other people to stay calm. She would try calling her boss first, and if for whatever reason her cell phone isn’t working, she would most likely try to get out through the escape hatch in the roof of the elevator. As for the other people, if they were physically able to climb out, she would take them with her. Once out and to safety, if anyone had been left behind for any reason, she would ensure that they got rescued.
Jennifer Chase: Smart, intelligent, and knows how to take action. I like that. So, how do you get inside Kelli’s head when writing?
Kenneth Hoss: It’s hard for me to explain, but I just think about her and how she would react in a given situation and she tells me. I guess in a way, I’m always inside her head. Or maybe she’s always in mine? One of my favorite quotes is by E.L. Doctorow, “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” It definitely helps, as a writer that is, to have the “voices” in your head.
Jennifer Chase: I think that’s true in many instances with writers. How would you describe your specific genre? If you could write in any other genre, what would it be and why?
Kenneth Hoss: Police procedural. I suppose it’s really more of a sub-genre, falling under the Mystery/Thriller umbrella. If I were to write in any other genre, I suppose I would write Sci-Fi/Fantasy, my first love.
Jennifer Chase: Hmm? Maybe one of your upcoming books could be a Sci-Fi Police Procedural? So why should readers pick up Storm Rising?
Kenneth Hoss: Well, if they don’t, they might find that they have one pissed off NYPD Detective looking for them. Seriously though, all anyone has to do is read the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads to find out why they should read my book.
Jennifer Chase: Great advice. You’ve received awesome reviews and I urge everyone to check them out. I’m not getting mushy on you, but what types of emotions will readers experience when they read Storm Rising?
Kenneth Hoss: Tough question, as every reader is different. From what I’ve read in reviews, readers either love or hate Kelli. They get drawn into the story and can’t wait to find out what happens next, so something akin to impatience or possibly excitement. They may feel sad at the death of a character, or possibly thrilled, depending on whether the character is a good guy or a bad guy.
Jennifer Chase: Now, please bear with me, it’s time to play word association with your main character. Please respond with one word that comes to mind (in Kelli’s voice) to the words listed below.
Plot – burial
2012 – year
Predator – Garcia
Giggles – funny
Rural – country
Omnipresence – God
Thank you Kenneth for stopping by Thriller Thursday!
Kenneth Hoss was born at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas in 1957. Kenneth served a combined total of fourteen years on active duty from 1974 to 1987 in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He has lived in several States, including South Carolina and California.
Storm Rising – A Kelli Storm Novel is a Police Procedural and is the first book in a three book series. Storm Warning, the next book, has a planned release of Fall 2012.
Kenneth is currently single and lives in Irving, Texas.
Independent Authors Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/kenneth-hoss.html
Storm Rising: Amazon