Ask the Author: J.C. Paulson
J.C. Paulson, Author of Adam’s Witness, Broken Through, and coming soon, Fire Lake
What would you like readers to know about you?
First of all, thanks, Maddie, for this! I wonder often what readers want to know about authors. I don’t know if this is interesting at all . . . but I’ve been a writer all my life, mainly as a journalist. The idealism I took into that job also shapes my fiction. I like to tackle social issues, while still creating something with a lot of action and mystery and love.
I’m also quite a sap; I think all stories should have love relationships in them. I use mine, in part, for comparison purposes: this is what love should look like, as compared to hate or evil or selfishness.
What is Broken Through about for those who haven’t read it?
Broken Through is my second novel in the series. The first, Adam’s Witness, tackled discrimination against LGBTQ people and brought my main characters together. Broken Through takes them along their relationship path, as Sgt. Adam Davis works to solve a murder and a series of missing women’s files. His lover, Grace Rampling,a newspaper reporter (yes! write what you know!) covers earlier, connected crimes until her friend becomes involved through a death in her neighbourhood.
What has been your inspiration for writing Broken Through?
It’s based on a true crime, in a way. A woman living next door to a friend of mine was discovered dead in her basement. We don’t know if she was murdered — to our knowledge, no one was prosecuted for her death — but her neighbours and friends believed she was. I took that terrible local event and imagined how it happened, and who the killer might have been. I often say I “twisted it into a fictional killer thriller.”
What was your favorite scene or part of to write?
Let’s just say there’s a scene between Adam and Grace, after they’ve been apart for a while, that curled my toes.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been reading mysteries since childhood. I have been profoundly affected by Dorothy L. Sayers and her Lord Peter Wimsey books; Louise Penny, and her MC Armand Gamache; as well as Ann Cleeves and P.D. James. When the plot for Adam’s Witness popped into my head in the middle of the night (I’d had insomnia for some time, stemming from some rather awful life events) it didn’t surprise me that it was a mystery/crime story
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
I fear that would take up several pages. I would say start with a fairly well-developed plot and a clear picture of at least one main character; some people don’t and end up trying to manage and edit a mess.
Also, every single writer on Earth needs an editor. Find beta readers at the very least; content and copy editors if possible. Even the greats — or maybe particularly the greats — have editors. There is no such thing as a perfect writer.
J.C. Paulson’s books can be found on Amazon, including amazon.com at
She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/joanne_paulson
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jcpaulsonauthor/
And via her website https://www.jcpaulsonwriter.com/