Interview with Sara Wilke
Author of She Didn't Do It
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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Quick description of the book for a new reader - what should they expect?
- There is a lot of mystery within this book. And a lot of plot twists. Who was the real bad guy/or gal?
What was your inspiration for this book?
- I've researched police procedures and forensics. I had the curiosity if I could use what I've learned and have the perfect murder. In a book, of course. I look forward to feedback from my readers.
How long did it take you to write this book?
- This book took a couple of months. I am a fast writer once I have the idea in my head. But some of the plot twists slowed me down because I had to make sure it would all work. And in a believable manner.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
- I try and keep my locations generic, but usually have a city and state in mind for the book's location. In this book, Denver Colorado is the location I had in mind.
Do you favor male or female main characters and why?
- Since I'm female, all my protagonist will be female. I favor strong women who are not really a mainstream stereotype. I like them able to solve problems, not be needy, and battle through whatever dilemma is dealt to them.
Could you talk a little about your writing process? Do you use an outline?
- I start with an idea and go with it. Most of the time, the personality I've given the characters helps me write the book. Often I get new ideas as I write, and I imagine situations. I don't use an outline. I never know how a book will end up until I write it. I always know the ending, but how I get there evolves.
What tools do you use to edit a book?
- I use a lot of online spell and grammar checkers. I also will turn the book into an audio book. Listening to the book, allows me to hear errors. They say reading a book out loud will find errors, but I find that I automatically correct any errors as I read. I need someone else to read it back to me to really hear where I've used a wrong word. Or should word things differently.
What is your opinion about using the word "said" for every line of speech?
- In a written book, it is easy to avoid over use of he said or she said. But in an audio book, it is easy to lose who is talking, especially if the same narrator is doing all the talking. I've found I will clarify in my written books who is speaking so this carries over into the audio book.
How have readers responded ?
- So far, reader response has been that of shock. Couldn't believe the twists and never guessed it would end the way I ended the book.
Where next? What are you working on now?
- I have two series that need a book 6. I am working on both. The Bitten series and The Banter series.
Evelyn is newly married with the love of her life, living in a new home, and successful in her career. Her husband, Mason, is just as successful in his career. Everything looks and feels like a fairy tale. Until she goes out of town on business. Three days later, she is told her husband is dead. The police aren’t talking. She finds she is under suspicion for the murder of her husband. Statistically, when a spouse is murdered, the most likely person is the other spouse. But Evelyn wasn’t there. How could she have murdered her husband? While being hundreds of miles away? How can she prove her innocence? And why were there two used wine glasses in the house, when she doesn’t drink wine. Are there secrets Mason never told her?