Good morning and welcome to another Symposium Saturday. This week I am joined by the creator of the Jake Roberts Novels, Crime Fiction author Cary Allen Stone. Without further ado, for your reading pleasure, let’s meet the author.
About the author.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Author Bio)
Recently, I was asked to write a short story for a Mother’s Day box set titled
“Mother’s Day Magic…With love” Anthology along with 12 other award-winning authors from around the globe. It was not an easy task, so I asked my significant other to write it with me. I write crime fiction and psychological thrillers normally.
When asked what I wanted on the cover for the anthology, I said some blood and crime scene tape. My Jake Roberts Novels are all 5–Star reads. So we set out to change my genre for a brief time. The result, we became Amazon Best-Selling authors.
My backstory is, I spent almost forty years inside the cockpits of corporate jets and airlines and because of it I acquired a unique perspective of life. I always wanted to write but career and kids came first. When they had grown, I began to write. I was fortunate in 1992 to fly Sir Ridley Scott on a location scout in the islands. We talked about writing and building an image inside the words. He was quite a mentor. I wrote several stories and screenplays and received high marks.
Before all of that, I graduated from high school with a JD, juvenile delinquent, and from college with a Bachelor of Arts. I was lucky to be involved in some films both in LA and Phoenix. My biggest role was I played the bad guy in an AAA advertisement.
I have done voice-over, radio commercials, and standup comedy magic, even represented the USA alongside nine other countries in the Night of Magic in Bogota,Colombia performing before dignitaries, ambassadors and their families.
For my “Stealing Atlanta,” I received the endorsements of Clive Cussler and Tim Dorsey. My first published work was a true crime story titled, “Through a Mother’s Eyes.” It was a case study of parents who murder their children. I had a friend who murdered her six-year-old son and I did a case study of the tragedy. Respected expert, Dr. Philip Resnik, said it was the best layman’s book on the matter of “filicide.” The book has a worldwide reach, and is intended to prevent another tragedy. Book Bub did a promotion on it and 14,976 books went out in a day.
Other than all of that, I am a proud member of the oldest women’s writers club in the country, the Phoenix Writer’s Club, began by women reporters in the 1920s. And I am a member of many writers’ organizations.
As a last note, my significant other has worked with me on nearly all of my Jake Roberts Novels. The first time she has published was as co-author on our “Forever Sunshine,” for the anthology and she became an Amazon Best-Seller.
Wow, I feel winded.
What are your hobbies?
The work on local Indie film sets is a hobby. I used to do open mic nights. Most time now is spent on my Mac.
Which writers inspire you?
All writers inspire me, and should inspire all authors. You learn from everyone.
You can take away a vision, a thought, a direction, a nuance from anybody. That said, I read science fiction. Cussler, Dorsey, Patterson, Randy Wayne White, Tess Gerritson to name the big names.
For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or paper/hard back books?
I used to travel a great deal, so my iPad was always a required travel companion.
What are you reading at present?
Any article, or book, or magazine I can find on space travel. I want to step out of my crime fiction genre and write a scifi story.
What is your favourite book and why?
What is your favourite film/ series and why?
“Tombstone” with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. I can quote verbatum almost the entire film. It touched so many nerves of humanity. I love characters like Doc Holiday because they are the best and worst of us all. They have good sides and are not completely evil. They have to struggle with their demons.
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?
Raising my children. Second to that, flying for forty years with an untarnished safety record. My passengers and crew got home safe.
How do you relax?
Take a drive into the Four Peaks mountains with the woman I love and spend the day at Saguaro Lake, or drive to Sedona.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be dedicated. Learn the subtleties of your craft. And be prepared to expose you in your writing.
If your friends could use one word to describe you what would it be?
What made you realize your calling as an author?
When my intense imagination needed somewhere to go.
Where do your ideas come from, what inspires you?
A word, a phrase, a concept to explore, observing what is around me.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
“Through a Mother’s Eyes” took four years beginning until publishing. I did research and interviews with the court, her attorney, the homicide detectives and police officers on the scene, psychiatric depositions, and finally spending several days with her in the female correctional facility where she was incarcerated.
But the fiction I write usually takes a year.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I never outline. I write 24/7 inside my head. I find a title, a first sentence, the last sentence, and generally where the story is going. Basically the story is finished and corrected by the time I get to the page. The fun begins when you drift off the plan into those unexpected subplots along the way.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
To stay dedicated and focused.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Using a word processor with spell check.
Do you ever get writer’s block and if so, how do you deal with it?
Never, because as I said, I work the story and details in my head before I get to the keyboard. I can keep, or discard anything in my head, or change to another plot line.
How many books have you written, which is your favourite?
Six. I like “After the Evil” my first Jake Roberts novel, and it is the favorite of women readers, but all of my books are my favorites for different reasons. They all have a special place in my heart.
What are you working on at the moment?
My next Jake Roberts Novel.
About the books
What genre are your books?
One true crime and four crime fiction/psychological thrillers.
What book titles have you released so far?
Tell us a little bit about the series.
I think the best way to describe them is from a reviewer:
The exceptional thing about the Jake Roberts Novels is the emotive and human
touch that is given to the main characters. Each book is a taut, compelling and darkly introspective read. Cary Allen Stone delivers cunning and well-executed plots.
The twists are served timely as he skillfully penetrates the enigma of lives irrevocably tinged by the detritus of evil. As simply engaging thrillers, The Jake Roberts Novels have all the elements readers expect from the best in the genre, but by leaning towards the fallible side of his characters, Stone imbues them with a real world presence, demonstrating diversity in thought and execution that fans of the genre will find enthralling.
If you like hard hitting gritty novels that portray the true side of investigations with a fantastic eye for the harsh details of a crime scene, this series is for you. An author must entirely absorb the reader in order to deliver the thrill. Stone has an impressive gift for constructing complex and intricate detective stories.
The Jake Roberts Novels are a gratifyingly graphic murder mystery series with real depth that judiciously avoids the many trite stereotypes that dominate popular crime thrillers. By blurring the lines of justice, Stone sows the seeds for some serious reflection, in what proves to be a puzzle worthy of the most demanding armchair sleuths.
Where can we buy them?
Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, B&N, Smashwords, most crime fiction sites.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Homicide detective Jake Roberts, as one reviewer wrote, “Detective Jake Roberts rates alongside Patterson’s Alex Cross and Robinson’s Inspector Banks, a detective to rival Morse, Rebus and Frost.”
Jake is everyone’s friend. He’s a protector. He sees everyone the same. He
understands we all have a good side and a bad side and what a razor’s edge
separates them. He tries his best to follow the rules, but in “Mind Over Murder” and “After the Kill,” he’s willing to break the rules to stop the bad guy, or girl. In “Mind Over Murder,” he broke a serial killer out of prison to help him with a case. He’s a funny, loveable man. He will give you everything he has. And he has many demons
of his own.
Who is your favourite character and why? (an unfair question I know)
Jake, of course for men for all the above reasons. Lori Powers for women because she is the serial killer he fell in love with in “After the Evil.”
In what formats is your book available?
Paperback and every e-reader on the market, also audiobook. I recently had a
reviewer who was sensitive to foul language. I sent her a Word.doc with the bad words X’d out. If you want to read my books I will chisel the story on stone tablets if I have to.
When is your next book due for release?
I just started Jake Roberts Novel number five so I would expect a Christmas
Book titles and synopsis:
MOTHER’S DAY MAGIC…With love ANTHOLOGY
Every mother’s heart holds a bit of magic…her children’s love.
Enchantment awaits in a dozen brand new, previously unpublished-stories, written by #1 bestselling and/or multi-award winning authors from across the globe. Whether it’s a captivating tale of romance or fiction fashioned from loving memories, these poignant stories are sure to touch your heart.
10% of proceeds from this anthology will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society toward research..
AFTER THE EVIL – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 1)
Airline captain Nick Parker has an insatiable sexual appetite and wants sexy flight attendant Megan. On a sexual sabbatical, Fr. Anthony Moralli wants to taste the forbidden fruit. Dr. Thaddeus Abrams married into money, but wants her dead. Chief of Detectives, Ed Fairchild meets a man who has information about the case. He also had a knife. What do they all have in common––death by serial killer. FBI profiler Mika Scott and homicide detective Jake Roberts are obsessed on a cold trail that turns flaming hot. Will they get there in time? The killer is within a fingertips reach.
MIND OVER MURDER – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 2)
Jake Roberts returns in the thriller Mind Over Murder. In After the Evil, Lori Powers fled the U.S. after leaving a trail of dead men behind. She is returned to the U.S. to stand trial. A new serial killer wants to murder Jake. His life is in jeopardy. To stop him, Jake helps Lori to escape from her cell. Will she help Jake, or take his life? Not your average serial killer story.
Mind Over Murder is the perfect serial killer read!
AFTER THE GOODE – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 3)
Detective Jake Roberts went outside the law to capture serial killer Jared Hamilton. His superiors in Atlanta Homicide gave Jake a choice––retire, or face criminal prosecution. He decided to retire and move to LA with his Hollywood agent girlfriend Caitland. He writes bestselling crime novels. Caitland and Jake go to Phoenix to visit his childhood friend. Fred and Andrea take them to the opening night show of superstar comedian Bobby Goode. During the show, Bobby humiliates a heckler. Phoenix homicide detectives Wynter Williams and Vince Farina are investigating a murder. Jake happens onto the crime scene and is asked to consult on the case. Jake and Wynter have growing suspicions about who the killer might be. They arrive to see Bobby’s last show before he leaves for New York City. “Shots fired!”
AFTER THE KILL – A Jake Roberts Novel (Book 4)
Jake never looks for trouble, but you can bet it’s looking for him in the psychological thriller AFTER THE KILL. A beautiful morning quickly becomes a life and death day. Mackenzy earns a doctorate in forensic psychology, and specializes in serial killers. She wants to understand them beyond the textbooks. Will a DNA sample give her a clue? Caitland returns to LA for the party while Jake stays in Phoenix. It looks like Oscar night at the house in Malibu as Caitland hosts her A-list clients. Caitland is caught by surprise when the party’s over.
Will Jake get there in time?
Brandyn Wood and his team are professional con men. Their mark is Fed Chairman,Portend Ulysses Buford. “Smooth” is a legend in the business. “Summer” is the sexy, brilliant PhD. “Mysty” is an ex-Navy Seal. And “Crackhead” is the master machine wizard that hacks the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. After the con is over they escape to Freeland, the island they own and rule with no extradition and they are very, very rich. High-rollers fill the casinos. The fetish club is packed––worshipping room only. Brandyn is resurrected from the dead and reunites with Mai. It isn’t just an ordinary bank job––it’s the bank job of a lifetime!
THROUGH A MOTHER’S EYES
A chilling look at human nature in a context where the lines between right and wrong become sadly blurred. It’s a compelling account of one woman’s life, and what drove her to take the life of her six-year-old son. How everyday choices shape our perceptions justifications, and actions. One must consider how close to the edge we all are. It’s a true story told in layman’s terms, with the hope of preventing another tragic loss.
Connect with the author:
Amazon author page: https://amazon.com/author/caryallenstone
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CaryAllenStone @CaryAllenStone