Collision of Lies was one of my fave reads of 2020 so I cannot wait to read the next Amara Alvarez book by Tom Threadgill – Network of Deceit. And I’m honored to have Tom on the blog today to talk about whether books like his follow formulas (definitely sorta).
NETWORK OF DECEIT
SERIES: Amara Alvarez #2
GENRE: Inspirational Suspense
RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2021
She’s following her instincts. They’re following her every move.
After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she’s worked for: a transfer to San Antonio’s Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos.
As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she’s forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.
Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected.
Do Books Follow Formulas? Definitely Sorta.
by Tom Threadgill, author of Network of Deceit
What genre are my books? Do I write thrillers or suspense novels? Honestly, I’ve never given it much thought. If you do a web search for the difference between the two, you’ll find tons of opinions, but the general consensus seems to lean toward thrillers being slightly faster-paced and trading some character development for action. If that’s the definition you accept, then my last two books fall into the suspense category for sure. The three before that tilt more to thrillers.
I didn’t set out to write either series with the mindset that “this one’s a thriller and that one’s suspense.” That said, I did want to spend more time on the personalities in the Amara Alvarez series (Collision of Lies and Network of Deceit). Why? I wanted to do what I could to give dimension to the characters, particularly Amara. I wanted to give her every opportunity to show who she is and what she’s capable of. Her strength, doubts, and determination. It all has to be there but in a realistic sense. I want these novels to be about her, not about what she does.
You know the issue that creates, don’t you? Why make the main character female? I mean, I’m a guy. In the chaos of today’s world, don’t I open myself up to claims of gender appropriation? Oh, and since Amara’s Hispanic, what about cultural appropriation? Wouldn’t it be easier to just make the main character a white guy? Easier? Harder actually. He (whoever “he” is) wouldn’t fit in this story. I’ve never pictured anyone other than Amara in the role. This has always been the tale of a strong female protagonist. It’s impossible for it to be any other way.
Authors, like all artists, are creators. Yes, there are formulas to what we do. Three-act story, character arc, yada yada yada. It’s what we do within those formulas that allows us to give voice to people you’ve never met, yet who somehow feel familiar. Personalities you want to know more about. Situations that are relatable and yet, somehow provide an escape from reality. Locations you dream about going even (especially?) while living in a world pandemically frozen in place.
There is comfort in knowing what’s going to happen. As a reader, you expect certain things from certain writers. As an author, we know we have to not only deliver on that expectation, but also expand it to provide something new. Two plus two cannot always equal four in our world. Sure, that works for some genres maybe, but not thrillers and suspense. We don’t promise a happily-ever-after ending. Can’t. Because sometimes in life, two plus two adds up to five and when that happens, get ready.
The story is just getting started.
Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). The author of Collision of Lies, Tom lives with his wife near Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.tomthreadgill.com.
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What about you? What makes you want to read Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill? Which of Tom’s books have you read?