Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Meet R Weir and his new novel TWICE AS FATAL

   R Weir

Meet R Weir and his new novel TWICE AS FATAL

So, Randy, Tell us about your newest release.  What is the title?
The title of the book is “Twice as Fatal: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel” This is the third in the series.

I want to interject that I just finished reading your second book, TRACKING A SHADOW, and you can read my review HERE.  I really enjoyed Jarvis Mann’s character and you can see my interview with him HERE.  I’m looking to reading your new book.

Now, what is your new story about?
Jarvis is working two cases at the same time, one with a missing college football player, the other following a cheating husband to gather evidence so his wife can divorce him. Both cases turn out to be much more than they appear on the surface, once Jarvis starts digging in.

Who is the main character?
Jarvis Mann, who is a Private Detective, with a sharp wit, a wandering eye for the ladies and a knack of getting himself into dangerous situations in his cases.

What inspired this tale? 
How did the story come to you?
I wanted to do a story where Jarvis was working two cases at the same time, the balancing act of handling the cases, and how they would come together to a big finale. The cases were different, yet had some common themes and it mostly worked its way out as I wrote it. I don’t do a lot of outlining. I start with a basic idea and work through it as I write, then tweak what needs to be tweaked after the first draft. I’m a seat of the pants type of writer.

Did you have to research for this novel and if so, why?
I researched concussion issues football players deal with to understand what they go through, especially when it happens more than once.

If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn and why?
The scary nature of the side effects of concussions and how they can destroy a players life, driving them to extremes, including suicide. It’s a terrible toll they pay to play the game they love.

Do you relate to your character?  Is your protagonist anything like you personally?
Since I write in first person, yes in some ways, though in many others no. I’m his eyes and words, though like an actor, I’m playing a part outside of my own character. There are many things Jarvis does which I could never do.

If yes, then how?
The humor he uses, especially in tense situations to defuse the moment and to mask his fear, is very much me. He is also a bit of a smart-ass, which I tend to be and which gets me in trouble.

What made you write this character; what made them important to you or made you want to tell their story?
I’ve always enjoyed gumshoe stories, and wanted to use a classic style in a more modern setting, dealing with some of today’s social issues. I also wanted him to be very much human, with many of the same personal failings we all have. He does not leap over tall buildings in a single bound, and screws up much as we all do, sometimes with dire consequences.

Is there anything specific you want readers to know about this piece of work?
I would say it’s a wild story, with many plot twists and a couple surprises at the end. There are several returning characters from the previous book TRACKING A SHADOW and several new ones, both good and bad. And it won’t be the last of the Jarvis Mann PI stories as the first draft of book 4 in the series, Blood Brothers, is already written.

When will the novel be available for purchase?
Release of “Twice As Fatal” is May 29th on Amazon, in both eBook and paperback format

Has the book already been published?
Yes, you can pre-order on Amazon at:
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  1. Thanks for posting my interview about Twice As Fatal. Looking forward to what readers think of it.

  2. You're welcome. Anything to help a fellow author. :)