I am thrilled to be today's official stop on the Lovesick Blog Tour. As part of the tour, I have an exclusive excerpt and interview with the author. So come on in and enjoy the party!
First up, the author Spencer Seidel has graciously agreed to answer a few questions:
1. Where do you do most of your writing?
At a small wooden desk my father made for me in a small office with the lights off and the door shut tight.
2. Do you have any quirks that come out while you are writing?
I think I’m secretly half-terrified that some psychologist will casually pick up one of my books and have a long, hard look at those quirks. “Perhaps a long rest in a relaxing countryside villa is in order, Mr. Seidel? Or these medications, maybe?”
3. What is your daily routine as a writer?
When I’m trying to finish a manuscript, I write every day for about two hours when possible. I get uncomfortable missing more than one day of writing because then I risk losing momentum, and that can be a death sentence for a new manuscript, particularly a first draft. Oh, and I’ve begun to write in the evenings, after dinner. I like the open-endedness of writing in the evenings.4. What book are you reading now?
I’m reading “11/22/63” by Stephen King and really digging it, much more than I have other recent novels of his. Lots of resonance in this one because he’s dealing with (mostly) real events. I love the “It” tie ins with the town of Derry. He gets it just right, I think.
5. What are your current projects?
I’m now working on a horror novel, or what you might call a supernatural thriller. It’s not gory, just creepy. It’s a bit of a departure for me, but I’ve been wanting to do it for a while. I’m not quite ready to reveal the plot or title, but I am excited about the project.
Publisher's Summary. Late one night out on the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland, Maine, the police discover an incoherent teenager sitting in a pool of blood, holding the body of his best friend and the murder weapon. The girl they both love has been missing for weeks.
The kid’s jealousy clearly drove him to murder. He says the missing girl is the love of his life. She also happens to be the girlfriend of the murder victim.
It’s an open and shut case, or so most of Portland thinks.
Dr. Lisa Boyers, forensic psychologist, receives a call from an old friend, a connection to her troubled past. Attorney Rudy Swaner wants her to interview the young killer Paul Ducharme, who is claiming he doesn’t remember the events leading up to the murder.
In her jailhouse interviews, Lisa helps Paul to recover his memories. But something about Paul’s disturbing love story shakes Lisa to the very core of her being. To understand Paul, she is forced to confront her own ugly, violent secrets.
Media attention mounts. Reporters stream into Portland. All eyes turn to the psychologist who seems intent on exonerating the vicious teen killer. Soon Lisa finds herself the focus of an over-zealous reporter with a knack for digging up dirty secrets.
But the killer who has Lisa in the crosshairs already knows them all.
Review: Lovesick is one part murder mystery and one part drama, but all parts a solid read. The plot hooked me from the beginning (always a good sign) which starts with a whodunit scene of the crime. I kept reading, however, because I cared about the characters. I wanted to know if the alleged killer, Paul Duracharme, ever sorted out his feelings about his best friend, Lee, and, Wendy, the girl he loved. I wanted to know what the deal was with Wendy who seemed bent on self destruction with the wrong guy. I also wanted to know if Dr. Lisa Boyers, the forensic psychologist, would confront her bottled up emotions concerning a dark secret in her past. Mainly, however, I just wanted to know how it all ended. Lovesick didn’t disappoint!
Now check out the excerpt below:
The kid was soaked through in blood and looked scared, confused. The knife lay in the little pile of puke next to him. When he got closer, Jimmy saw that the victim had been cut ear to ear. Blood from his sliced neck had poured down his chest in a bloody waterfall.
“Take it easy kid. Just going to put the cuffs on you, okay?” Jimmy said softly.
“My name is Paul. Paul Ducharme,” the kid said, his intense unblinking eyes wide with fear. “And I think there’s something wrong with Lee.”
Continue reading tomorrow at: PS Mom Reviews.
Thanks to the publicist for the advance copy to review!