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Jackson Baer is a fellow writer friend whose debut thriller, THE EARTH BLEEDS RED, releases in August from Pandamoon Publishing. His book sounds chilling, and I for one can’t wait to find out what’s happening in that freaky basement. Below is my interview with him.
1. What is the premise of THE EARTH BLEEDS RED?
Scott and Jessie are a couple in love. Ashley, their only daughter, is 17-years old and has vanished; leaving behind nothing but a pool of her blood. Her strange disappearance is quickly thought to be a homicide. Her cozy, northwest town is stunned when police find the body of another girl at the bottom of the Willamette River. The eerie signature found on the girl links to a monster dubbed the Hail Mary Killer. While Scott searches for Ashley, the FBI feels convinced that she is the killer’s latest victim.
In spite of three other bodies with the same distinct marking, no one prepared themselves for the discovery in southern Oregon. Local hikers stumble upon a car in the mountain brush and a tattooing needle with an evil history surfaces inside. A cabin appears nearby with another gruesome discovery. Scott finds some solace in his friendship with Father Henry as he and Jessie try to salvage their marriage and move on beyond the loss of Ashley. The FBI finally catches a break when they unearth the dark past of the Hail Mary Killer’s family. What emerged in his basement is more terrifying than anyone could have possibly imagined.
What happens to the Miller family and Father Henry will shake your soul and keep you reading till the last page.
2. Where can we find the book to purchase it?
THE EARTH BLEEDS RED is my first novel and is due out August 2013 (Pandamoon Publishing). It’s part literary, part suspense and will cause you to fall in love with the Miller family.
3. How did you get the idea for the book?
Probably from all the Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU I’ve watched. That, combined with reading the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Sherman Alexie, and Junot Diaz.
4. What is your main character like, and are you similar to that character at all?
The main character, Scott, is a lot like me. He loves his wife and his daughter and is struggling with his faith in God and with humanity. He searches for meaning and asks the question that we all ask in life: why?
5. If your book was made into a movie, who would you pick to play the main character?
I want Mark Ruffalo to play Scott. I think he’d be a good fit.
6. What’s your favorite travel destination?
Ireland. My wife and I went there last November for our 10-year wedding anniversary and we can’t wait to go back.
7. How’d you get your novel published? (What was your path? Was it hard or easy?)
It was hard but it only took about a month of querying before I signed with Pandamoon. I received interest from a couple lit agents as well as one other small publishing company but also received many, many rejection letters. I met Pandamoon and one of the other agents via a Twitter #pitmad contest. I would advise all aspiring authors to use social media to their advantage and to build contacts (make new friends, don’t always self-promote).
8. What advice can you give other writers?
Write every day, no matter how short you might be on time. Every little bit adds up and you’ll be surprised at the progress you can make if you set a certain time each day to write. I write every night, after everyone goes to bed.
9. Tell us something about you beyond you being a writer.
I’m only 29 but I’ve been married over 10 years and we have 4 kids
10. Favorite ice cream flavor
I don’t eat too much ice cream but I suppose I’d choose mint chocolate chip-depending on the day.
11. Favorite holiday
Christmas, without a doubt.
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