Title: Murder on the Lake of Fire
Author: Mikel J Wilson
Series: Mourning Dove Mysteries #1
Genre: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Romance, M/M
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – to investigate an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. This mysterious case of a dead teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is just the beginning. In a small town bursting with envious friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just below the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits Rome against artful private investigator, Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome and smart, seducing Rome and forcing him to confront childhood demons, but Woodard has secrets of his own. He might just be the killer Rome is seeking.
What is the biggest influence/interest that brought you to this genre?
When I was a kid, I was hooked on The Three Investigators and Nancy Drew – not so much Hardy Boys. As a teen, I devoured Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels. These books instilled in me a great love of mysteries, and I would use what I learned about deductive reasoning to create scavenger hunts for my cousins. Those led to short stories and eventually books.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process (outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
I definitely don’t enjoy editing, and I obsess over character names to the point that I’ve completely changed character names right before submitting my work to a publisher. The only name I loved from the beginning is Emory Rome, and that’s mainly because of the word play associated with that particular name. The part of the creative process I enjoy the most is developing the characters and then throwing them together into a scene to see what happens.
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
I read several genres, but my favorites are science fiction and mysteries. The books that stick with me long after the last page are those that introduce me to relatable characters in settings or situations that perhaps are not so relatable.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
That’s a great question! I could go with Christie or Doyle or Arthur C. Clarke, but I’d have to say John Knowles. A Separate Peace is my favorite novel, and I just think our collaboration could produce a beautiful story.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I’ve wanted to write since at least high school. I loved reading books, deciphering the theme and writing papers on it. I would often write papers with opposing views for friends who needed help with theirs. I also wrote a great many poems and short stories in high school, and I started writing screenplays once I got to college. In fact, I was so certain I was going to make it as a screenwriter, I dropped out of college two weeks before the end of my second year, sold my lemon of a car for a Greyhound bus ticket and moved to Los Angeles. I had more ambition than actual skill at that point, and it took me several years to figure out that my true calling was to be a novelist.
Mystery and science fiction author Mikel J. Wilson received widespread critical praise for his debut novel, Sedona: The Lost Vortex, a science fiction book based on the Northern Arizona town’s legends of energy vortexes and dimensional travel. Wilson now draws on his Southern roots for the Mourning Dove Mysteries, a series of novels featuring bizarre murders in the Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee.
Murder on the Lake of Fire, the first novel in the Mourning Dove Mysteries series, will be available December 1, 2017.