Ask the Author: Trey Stone

What would you like readers to know about you? 

As little as possible? No, I’m joking! The Trey Stone blurb states that: I like to both read and write dark stories, often mysteries that make you think and wonder, and try to figure out what’s what. I’ve written two psychological thrillers, The Consequence of Loyalty and A State of Despair, both of which are in my The Columbus Archives series and follows FBI agent Jordan Greer and his Critical Response Unit. My books are available on Amazon and I’m available in hand-cooked, individually wrapped, small batches on Twitter because I’m there All, The, Time! 

Also, I like heavy metal, whiskey, video games, my wife, and I live in the Arctic. 

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it? 

A State of Despair, follows a close-knit group of FBI agents whose lives are turned on their heads when a seemingly standard operation goes horribly wrong. An explosion goes off and a fire breaks out, and in the aftermath of the disaster, they realize one of their own are unaccounted for. As the case progresses down an ever-winding rabbit hole, Agent Greer has to cross lines that aren’t easily stepped back over again, proving to himself how far he’s willing to go to save his friend.  

What has been your inspiration for writing it? 

When I started writing this series of books, I knew there would be a total of three, and I knew that my trio of main characters would have the spotlight in one each. Around the time I got the idea for these, I was very influenced by a whole myriad of procedural crime shows that I used to watch, but I wanted to write something a little different. I set out to write a series of psychological thrillers where the main question was ‘Why?’, as opposed to the much more common ‘Who?’ I wanted the mystery to be about why something had happened, not just who had done it. That’s a continuous trend in my thrillers. 

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write? 

I’m great at dialogue and conflict between characters, so I love writing fights and arguments, whether physical or just verbal ones. In A State of Despair there’s a scene toward the end—and I’m not going to spoil it for you—that was definitely my favorite! You’ll know when you get there. 

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer? 

I’m glad you didn’t ask for favorites, because I hate giving favorite answers to anything. When it comes to books, I read a lot and widely, and really find it difficult to pinpoint specific inspirations. I grew up reading through my parents’ collection of the Hardy Boys, then moved on to the Animorphs series and Harry Potter, so that nurtured my love for reading.  

When I first started writing, I started with short stories and I was much more into dark horror like Lovecraft and Poe. I think the author that really made me want to give it a go and write a novel was Justin Cronin and his The Passage. I really loved that book, and something about it wanted me to try it for myself. I haven’t looked back since. 

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book? 

Start now. Right now. Don’t wait, just jump into it. Join a writer’s group or a webpage or social media where you can interact, get to know, and learn from other writers. Oh, and read books on writing. I recommend Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon and Save the Cat by Jessica Brody. Don’t sit around waiting for inspiration, you can always fix it in post. 

My books can all be found on Amazon, 

here: https://amzn.to/36t3Z1f 

and here: https://amzn.to/36n23XW  

I can be found on my webpage: www.trey-stone.com where I write about writing, life, or post reviews on the things I read. I’m also on social media: @TreyStoneAuthor. I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Goodreads, but you’re more likely to catch me on Twitter or through my webpage. 

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