Now, Meet My Character:
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Claudia Barry - fictional
2) When and where is the story set?
Current times, eastern seaboard USA
3) What should we know about him/her?
Readers meet Claudia in my first book, The Tourist Killer. She’s sixty-two years old and has successfully negotiated a career of over thirty years. Now she’s contemplating retirement and examining her life. What’s next for a professional assassin? Who do you retire? Her assigner convinces her to take a year sabbatical rather than retire outright. A Year Without Killing is the sequel and chronicles her time off.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Is retirement from this career any easier than retiring from the CIA or the mafia? How do you break away and stay alive? Claudia must now find a way to be at peace with herself so she can enjoy the rest of her life. As The Tourist Killer ends, she and her lover are in separate parts of the country and neither knows the fate of the other.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Claudia wants to settle down with John Hixon and pursue life without the burden of being the harbinger of death to others.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
A Year Without Killing, my current work in progress is the third book in the Barry-Hixon series and is the sequel to my first book, The Tourist Killer. I participate most weekends in a blog hop, titled, “Weekend Writing Warriors” and most of the excerpts I publish for the next few months will be from AYWK. Catch up with Claudia and her exploits HERE.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
E-book and trade paperback versions should be available in the spring of 2015. A Year Without Killing will debut in serialized form, with two chapters per week in either late fall of 2014 or winter of 2015 on the publisher’s site, Venture Galleries.
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