Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mortal Enemies by J. L. Farnsworth


Tell us a bit about Mortal Enemies

Mortal Enemies starts in the middle of my characters, Ryan and Tyler's, relationship. They have known each other for over four years, when Ryan, a trauma surgeon, saved Tyler's life. When Tyler, an undercover narcotics officer and "ex" Navy-Seal, and his police partner and childhood best friend, Tommy, go on what they believe is a simple drug bust, things quickly get out of hand, and they realize that Tyler's cover has somehow been blown. In the chaos that ensues, the suspected drug dealer gets away and we quickly learn that this man is out to seek revenge against Tyler, and not only wants him to die, but to die a very slow and very painful death. With a leak in the police force, tracking down this madman, Harry Jackson, proves to be extremely difficult, who continues to taunt and hunt Tyler throughout the book. As the story progresses, and new discoveries are made about who this man really is, Tyler's past begins to come back to haunt him. A past that Ryan wasn't fully aware of, which puts a strain on their relationship. When Jackson finally has enough of Tyler's continuous ability to slip out of each attempt to kidnap him, Jackson kidnaps Ryan instead and gives Tyler a choice, Tyler's life for Ryan's. Left with no other choice, Tyler, who would do anything to save Ryan, gives himself up to the psychotic killer. As he fights for not only his life, but Ryan's as well, even more of the past that Tyler had desperately tried to keep anyone from ever finding out, comes to the surface, and Tyler is left to explain a life he has kept so well hidden - from everyone - and deal with the repercussions his admittance to the truth of these accusations brings.

What's your favorite part of writing this book? Why?

I believe my favorite part of writing Mortal Enemies was how deeply the characters began to affect me. They could be anyone I wanted them to be, do anything I wanted them to, and they began to take on a life of their own. They took me on a whirlwind adventure that I hope continues for quite some time. To me, writing, just like reading, is an escape; it's an adventure that takes you away from your daily life, even if only for a little while. And in writing this book, I found that I could go anywhere, do anything, and create a world that I wanted to see.

What can we look forward to in the future from you?

I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on the second book in The Tyler Michaels Chronicles, and there will be several more that follows. I am also working on a children's series, and a young-adult series.

If you could change one thing about your publishing career, what would it be? Why?

I have been so pleased with my publishing career so far that at this point in time, I can't think of anything that I would change. My publisher, Dreamspinner Press, has been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I have been excited about the reactions Mortal Enemies has received.

J.L. Farnsworth

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