Blog 47 Image At last! I’ve self-published False Guilt.

The eBook is broadly available on Amazon (here for Canada, U.S., U.K.). Use a Kindle or the free Kindle app on your tablet. The print version is also available in the U.S. and U.K. and coming to Canada shortly.

Here’s the blurb.

“Paul Tews, a rising Toronto mergers and acquisitions lawyer, is on a leave of absence for anxiety. An invitation to Rome from a woman with whom he’d once had a close encounter seems like a perfect remedy. Instead he finds that all things captivating have an ugly side. Friends confess baffling secrets. An art collector leads a double life. Passion deceives.

Paul must save himself from it all—and his past involvement with murder.”

And here are the key things I learned from writing False Guilt.

Sometimes, it’s not all about the murder. There’s a murder mystery in False Guilt. But I was just as drawn to the effect of the murder on a close-knit group of friends that includes the protagonist.

Group dynamics take a lot of thought. Individual characters were important, but so were the dynamics between all the friends, especially in relation to the protagonist. I had good editorial help there.

Flawed characters are interesting. Content characters make me drowsy. Those fighting battles don’t.

So are characters seeking redemption. The search to overcome past misdeeds never gets old.

Using two settings is fun. False Guilt takes place in Toronto and Rome. Two settings added dimension even if it was more work.

Research never stops. Among other things, I researched police procedure, art theft and Roman food. As the story deepened, so did the research.

Sex. My theory is that sex is worth considering in a crime thriller if it advances character development. Those scenes are the hardest to write though.

Character names. If enough pre-release readers tell you a character’s last name sounds like an insect, you change it.

Thanks to all prospective readers!

Copyright ©2015 Peter Fritze

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