Today, I’d like to welcome to Preternatura a fellow Southern author, Alex Hughes, whose debut urban fantasy, Clean, was released on Sept. 4 by Roc. Clean is the first in a new series by Alex, who lives in the metro Atlanta area. You can learn more from Alex’s website. http://www.ahugheswriter.com/.
Want to check out CLEAN? Read on…
ABOUT CLEAN: I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it–real scary. Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city–and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.
Now, let’s hear from Alex. Welcome!
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work?
Clean is the story of a telepath who’s a recovering addict helping the police in future Atlanta to solve crimes. In this latest case, they come up against a serial killer who kills with the mind.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
I love the ending, especially where they go from the warehouse. I can’t say more without spoilers
Hardest scene you’ve ever written:
The crime scene near the beginning of Clean. I must have rewritten that sucker a half dozen times until I figured out I needed other scenes to start the book. Then I had to rework it again to sit where it currently does without causing waves. I think it worked in the end, but I’m very glad it’s over!
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile?
TBR pile: The Napoleon of Crime by Ben Macintyre
Favorite book when you were a child:
Do I have to pick just one? Maybe George MacDonald’s goblin trilogy, or The Little Princess.
Your five favorite authors:
This answer changes depending on the day you ask me. Today, I’ll give a shout out to Catherine Asaro, David Weber, Christopher Stasheff, Gail Carringer, and Andre Norton.
Book you’re an evangelist for:
Mine of course!
Book that changed your life:
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey made me fall in love with science fiction, and The Ship Who Searched by Anne McCaffrey and Mercedes Lackey made me know I had to be a writer.
Book you most want to read again for the first time:
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Favorite book about books or writing:
Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel
Sharp, the sequel to Clean, will be out in April, and a novella in the same world will be out some time next spring.
You know the drill to win a copy of Clean. One entry for comment (what’s on the top of YOUR TBR pile?), another for blog follow, a third for a Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and a fourth for a Tweet or Retweet. Now…Go forth and comment!