Allan Emerson is a Canadian writer who was born in
and brought up in small towns there and in Saskatchewan . He lived in British Columbia and Australia before settling on the west coast of New Zealand in Canada . As his mother could tell you, he's been making up
stories since he was a little kid. Vancouver
Question: What is the title and genre of your novel? Why did you select them?
Answer: Death of a Bride and Groom is a small-town mystery with humor and characters with tangled personal relationships bent on keeping their secrets. I like mysteries with intriguing characters who are full of contradictions.
Question: What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
Answer: A few years ago, I joined the tourists swarming
and got to wondering what life was like for the
locals. That provided the germ for the Niagara Falls
series, which is set in a small resort town that bills itself as “The Romance
Capital of the World.” I started with a single scene: the bodies of a man and
woman are discovered dressed in full wedding regalia atop a giant wedding cake
parade float. From there, the story grew until I had a town full of characters
who had good reasons to want one or both of the victims dead. Honeymoon Falls
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your novel?
Answer: Will Halsey was in line for a promotion on a big-city police force. Then his wife left him for an affair with a famous actor. Disillusioned, he abandons the city and returns to his small hometown to become the chief of its three-person police force. The quiet life he sought is disrupted by internal feuding between his subordinates, and shattered when the murders occur. He’s a strong man who’s been avoiding personal relationships until he meets Lucy Mitchum, who becomes a charming distraction while he struggles to find the murderer.
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other published novels or work?
Answer: This is my first published novel. I’ve written numerous short stories, one of which, Judgment Day, was recently published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: I’m currently writing the next in the
series. It’s called Death of an Action
Hero, and without giving too much away, I can tell you that both Halsey’s
wife and her lover re-appear in Halsey’s life. Honeymoon Falls
Question: What made you start writing?
Answer: I’ve been addicted to reading since I was a little kid. I read everything from comics to books I had to sneak out of the library because the librarian thought they were too mature for me. The world I found in those stories inspired me to make up my own.
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?
Answer: Understand that being a writer is like any other profession—there’s an apprenticeship to be served. Getting published isn’t a realistic goal when you begin. First you have to develop the skills a writer needs to tell a story that people will want to read. And the only way you can do that is by writing. Finish your book. Then write the next one, and the next. Don’t give up! I know you’ve heard this before, but that’s because it’s true.
Question: Where and when will readers be able to obtain your novel?
Answer: Death of a Bride and Groom was released May 20 in the
(mid-June in U.S. ) in hardcopy and digital editions. You can order it
through your favorite bookstore, library, or online. Death
of a Bride and Groom is the first book in the Canada
series. A large print edition will be released November, 2015. Honeymoon Falls
Note: Allan is offering a print book giveaway/drawing, which includes the
and U.S. . If you are interested in receiving a copy of his
novel, please leave a comment for Allan with an Canada
e-mail address where you can be reached. Winner will be chosen in a random drawing.
You can visit Allan and check out his blog at: http://www.allanjemerson.com/