Today Kylie Brant is here to talk about her new series, The Mindhunters. If you remember, Rowena recently reviewed the first book in Kylie's series, Waking Nightmare. The next two books, Waking Evil and Waking the Dead come out back to back in October and November.
by Kylie Brant
I rarely have a coherent answer when someone asks me where I get my story ideas. They just form, unsummoned and frequently at inconvenient moments. Like yesterday when I was spending the day out with my husband and he asked why I was staring into space. I sheepishly had to admit that a scene had just played out in my mind. He just stared at me for a minute, then said, “You’re weird.”
Maybe that’s true J. But after thirty-two years he should be used to it.
I wrote twenty-two books for Silhouette Romantic Suspense before taking a break to write Waking Nightmare on spec. I’d long wanted to write lengthier, darker, more complex plots with a focus on the suspense, as much as the romance. And I’d had an idea for this story nudging me for months. When they stick around that long I know they aren’t backing off until I flesh them out and write them. That’s how the idea for The Mindhunters was born.
I love books, TV shows and movies that are psychological thrillers, police procedurals with a forensics slant. Unsurprisingly, that’s what I enjoy writing. I’m on a lot of email loops with law enforcement and forensic scientists. Cops often say there would be few unsolved crimes if they had unlimited time and money. That got me thinking: what could happen if those resources weren’t a factor?
One regular poster to a loop I’m on has a private consulting firm and he is often hired by law enforcement as a forensic profiler on serial crimes. I began to imagine an entire agency of such experts with forensic specialties—profilers, linguists, anthropologists, as well as investigators. Who would be the head of such an agency? What’s his story? And Adam Raiker, head of Raiker Forensics ie The Mindhunters, began to take shape.
Waking Nightmare, Waking Evil and Waking the Dead are the first three novels in the series and are being released back to back in September-October-November this fall. They all feature an investigator from Raiker’s Agency. In Waking Nightmare forensic profiler Abbie Phillips pairs with Savannah police detective Ryne Robel trailing a vicious serial rapist. Abbie determines the selection method the villain is using—he learns his victims’ darkest fear and then fashions a torture to make them live it.
As I was writing that particular book I toyed with several different possibilities for the villain. Unlike the protagonists, the antagonist appears to me first as a set of behaviors, then motivations. As I explore that character more fully, his or her back story begins to emerge. Once I knew the back story only one of my villain possibilities could be sufficiently motivated to engage in the acts discovered in the plot. Thus, my villain was given an identity.
Thanks for the very insightful post, Kylie. We really appreciate you being here with us today.
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