Interview with Joel M. Andre: ‘Sometimes it is easier to hate others, for the flaws we see in ourselves’
All around her Lauren Bruni is faced with destruction. Her marriage has ended, and her professional life is at the breaking point. For Lauren, this is only the beginning of her pain.
In the small town of Cottonwood, AZ everything seems to be headed in the same direction. A serial killer is on the loose, and his trail of victims holds no connection. His rampage escalates and becomes far more brutal with each murder he commits.
As Lauren attempts to prevent her own life from collapsing down around her she must stop a killer with supernatural strength. But there is something far more sinister in the works than she could ever imagine. In the end it is up to Lauren to make the ultimate sacrifice to save a community from the purest form of evil.
This is the exciting premise of Joel M. Andre’s new book, The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen. We had a chance to interview Joel about his book. Enjoy!
Q: Thank you for this interview, Joel. Can you tell us what your latest book, The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen, is all about?
Joel: Hello, thank you for having me. The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen is tale of mystery and horror that begins to unfold in Northern Arizona.
We begin with a murder in the hot Arizona sun, and then follow detectives as they deal with their normal lives as they try to snag a killer.
There is romance, drama, mystery and horror in this book. Several people that have read the book, have made comment to my twisted tea party.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?
Joel: Lauren Bruni is the main character. As the reader goes through the story, they get to see her on many different levels. She is more than just a tough business woman. There is a lot she is going through.
Miguel Sanchez is her partner. He’s an odd cookie, and has a dry sense of humor. You will find he’s a tough one to read, but has a good heart.
Maureen Rogers is the Medical Examiner. Things aren’t always as they appear with her, and she has a dirty little secret.
Tom Poole is Lauren’s love interest. He is a wise man that is working in the background to protect Lauren. He is an honest man, with a quick wit.
Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Joel: They are totally from my imagination, especially since I write Horror. I could never harm a fly, and would hate to base a victim after someone I know.
Q: Why did you choose Cottonwood, Arizona, as your setting?
Joel: It is my hometown. Not too many people know anything about it. Most of the attention goes to Jerome, and Sedona in the area. I thought it would be a great nod to the community that raised me.
Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?
Joel: Detective Poole and Lauren Bruni are discussing the fate of a victim that was overlooked and the sinister tea party.
Q: Can you give us an excerpt from that page?
Joel: Detective Poole gave her a curious look. “It is a female, but how do you know this?”
“We had a Silent Witness tip that our killer might be staying with an Eleanor Smith,” her eyes scanned his, and upon mentioning the deceased’s name, she saw Detective Poole step back slightly.
“That is exactly who it was,” his words were no more than a growl. “You knew she was in danger and you didn’t go and get her help?”
“Miguel Sanchez’s wife prevented that from happening,” Lauren snapped. “She was hit by a car and killed on our way to talk with Eleanor, when we came upon the accident. He was distraught, and the Medical Examiner wasn’t willing to do an autopsy. I came here to set her straight. There was never an emergency call from Eleanor.”
“Shit Lauren,” looking around, Poole made sure no one could hear. “If word got out about this, you’d lose your badge. “Does anyone else know this information?”
“Just you, and Miguel, I assume,” she looked at him.
“We’ll do our best to let this one blow over,” he sighed. “Don’t tell anyone else. I’m trying to protect you right now. You are a damn good detective, but your judgment here is somewhat questionable.”
“I won’t say a word,” she swore.
He nodded his head. “One more thing, did you see what the killer looked like?”
Shaking her head, Lauren simply shrugged her shoulders.
Q: What began your interest in the horror genre?
Joel: My father loves this genre, and his library was full of horror books. I swear, the man has read thousands of books.
I remember the first cover I saw, it was for The Stand, his edition has a bird like creature with a sickle on it. It haunted me, and I couldn’t get past it.
Outside of that, he would watch horror movies as well. I remember sneaking out, and watching The Howling and Halloween from the back of the room. Then being too scared, I would hurry back to bed.
Q: Are you a member of any horror organizations?
Joel: Naw, they all told me I was too scary to join.
Q: In your opinion, what is the key ingredient for writing horror that will keep readers turning page after page and not want to put it down?
Joel: Some people will tell you suspense is the key. I won’t. I believe you can have quite a bit of suspense, but a terrible story. Give the readers a great story, and they will devour it.
Q: Finally, I like to ask authors this question. What is your passion? What is it that you’re more passionate about than anything else?
Joel: I am passionate about life. I think too many people don’t realize how remarkable it is. It should be spent doing things that make a difference. When people go, “I’m Bored”, I can’t imagine it.
There are so many things you can do! While flipping through 3,000 channels on the television might curb some of it. Use your imagination. People need 30 minutes of mental exercise each day! This means grabbing a book and reading, or doing a crossword puzzle.
I am most likely making this statistic up, but it doesn’t hurt to work your mind.
Q: Thanks for the interview, Joel. Do you have any final words?
Joel: Sometimes it is easier to hate others, for the flaws we see in ourselves.
You can visit his website at www.joelmandre.com.