Interview with Sara Wilke

Author of A String Of Murder

SJ Wilke has spent a lifetime or two in the world of IT and Psychology. She’s traveled the physical world and explored the psyche of herself and those around her. She likes to create stories that make you lose time, fall into another place, and leave eality.

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How would you describe A String Of Murder to a new reader?
  • A String Of Murder is a paranormal murder mystery. You know who the murder is. You learn about who he murdered. And you know who is going to be next. How do you stop him?
What was the inspiration behind A String Of Murder?
  • A String Of Murder started with the idea of an unusual paranormal skill and over a few years developed into the book of today.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Most writers are influenced by other writers. However, I rarely read other books other than my own. I don't watch televisions and rarely go to movies. I have an overactive imagination and I use my own life experiences with a little twist of insanity (okay, a whole lot of a twist) .
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • The action of the book occurs in a non-descriptive metropolis. I leave the location to the imagination of my readers.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • You are a story teller. A story needs to develop. You can no rush into it. Also remember as the character goes through the story that life happens - yes, they may need to solve a mystery, but they still need to eat, use the bathroom, and pay the bills.
What's your writing process?
  • I usually get a cover made first out of the idea I have. Once the cover is complete, that is my cue to write the book.I know what I want to happen. I start with the first chapter which always introduces the main character, then I write the ending. All that is left is to fill in the middle.
Which character in A String Of Murderhas had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Laura is an average young lady in typical Americana, but she has an unusual skill that she tries to use to build her career as an antique appraiser.
If A String Of Murder were to be adapted for TV or film, who would you see in the lead role? Who did you have in your mind’s eye when you wrote him/her?
  • I would be so keen to see who a director would pick. I'd really like to see how other people see the character and what they would do to bring her to life.
How have readers responded to A String Of Murder?
  • Funny and suspenseful describe the feedback I am getting.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • I continue to work on my Bitten and Banter series with a few other books thrown in to mix things up.
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Laura sees strings. Strings are memories people create during heightened emotional episodes. These strings are left behind on inanimate objects, creating a history that Laura can read. Not a bad skill to have for an antique appraiser. However, not all strings are good. When she bumps into a serial killer with twenty-three bloody strings attached to his knife, things become personal. Her best friend, Carol, is dating him. Laura suspects her Carol is his next victim. She tries going to the police, but they think she’s a kook. Travis Dyner is a respected member of the community. He broadcasts the college football games. The police say this isn’t the first time someone has tried to stop him calling the game. But what can Laura do? All she has are his strings. How can she use her talents to catch him in time to save her friend? …and possibly herself.