I often hold my breath to wait for Thriller Thursday. Today, I have a real kick-ass, gorgeous thriller author J.C. Martin with her latest thriller, Oracle. Let’s see what’s in store with some fun interview questions and what’s happening in the city of London…
With London gearing up to host the Olympics, the city doesn’t need a serial killer stalking the streets, but they’ve got one anyway.
Leaving a trail of brutal and bizarre murders, the police force is no closer to finding the latest psychopath than Detective Inspector Kurt Lancer is in finding a solution for his daughter’s disability.
Thrust into the pressure cooker of a high profile case, the struggling single parent is wound tight as he tries to balance care of his own family with the safety of a growing population of potential victims.
One of whom could be his own daughter.
Fingers point in every direction as the public relations nightmare grows, and Lancer’s only answer comes in the form of a single oak leaf left at each crime scene.
Jennifer Chase: If Inspector Lancer was trapped in an elevator with three other people, how would he devise a plan to escape? Would he take any of the people with them?
J.C. Martin: Detective Kurt Lancer isn’t the type to sit around and wait for rescue. He’d pry open the elevator doors. If the elevator was stuck between levels, he’d climb out first before helping the others out. However, should the gap be too small for his considerable bulk, he’d help everyone else out first before devising a different way out, probably through the roof hatch.
Jennifer Chase: I’m liking Inspector Lancer more by the minute. How do you get inside your main character’s head when writing?
J.C. Martin: I try to act and think like a man, which considering the fact I grew up a tomboy and hung with guys a lot, is not actually that difficult! Funny enough, I’d also sit up straighter at my desk to imitate Kurt’s height and broad shoulders. And when writing a scene, I’d always ask, “What would Kurt do?”
Jennifer Chase: I love that! We have hanging out with guys and that tomboy thing in common. What’s your specific genre? If you could write in any other genre, what would it be and why?
J.C. Martin: I write crime and thriller. I’ve dabbled in some horror, but they’ve always been short stories. I can never seem to produce enough content for a full-length novel. If I could write a novel in any other genre, I’d like to try high fantasy. The action and adventure suits me, and I’ve always enjoyed heroic myths and legends. The only element that daunts me is the immense world building involved, with all the intricate details to consider: economy, language, culture, environment, geography … I take my hat off to fantasy writers everywhere!
Jennifer Chase: Why should readers pick up Oracle?
J.C. Martin: Oracle will appeal to readers who enjoy a gripping mystery with intense action, all while delving into the dark side of the human psyche. If you enjoy Greek mythology, the references to the subject may interest you, too. And with the story set in the run-up to the London Olympics, its theme is current, making it a great read for this summer!
Jennifer Chase: What a perfect setting. What types of emotions will readers experience when they read Oracle?
J.C. Martin: The story will intrigue and excite, the crimes will awe and horrify, and you’ll laugh and cry with the characters.
Jennifer Chase: Now, it’s time to play word association with your main character. Please respond with one word that comes to mind (in your main character’s voice) to the words listed below.
Giggles Meghan (N.B.: Lancer’s daughter)
Thank you J.C. Martin for stopping by and sharing Oracle! I’m off to load a copy onto my Kindle!
J.C. Martin is a butt-kicking bookworm: when she isn’t reading or writing, she teaches martial arts and self-defence to adults and children.
After working in pharmaceutical research, then in education as a schoolteacher, she decided to put the following to good use: one, her 2nd degree black belt in Wing Chun kung fu; and two, her overwhelming need to write dark mysteries and gripping thrillers with a psychological slant.
Her short stories have won various prizes and have been published in several anthologies. Oracle is her first novel.
Born and raised in Malaysia, J.C. now lives in south London with her husband and three dogs.
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