Book Two of The Warren Files
About the Book:
Elijah Warren was a workaholic for the FBI, but during his hunt for the vicious “Poetic Murderer,” he fell in love with Aurelia Blanc–a beautiful and erudite forensic pathologist–and they barely escaped with their lives. They’ve since left the FBI for slower days and a mountain cabin, but a desperate call from remote Alaska leaves them not a choice.
Grizzly is a town of less than a hundred people, and for twelve straight years one of them has been killed. No one talks about the murders, like long-ignored secrets. In fact, it seems no one talks at all. But there’s a sick change in the pattern of death, and a mournful mother wants answers after her five-year-old son is stabbed and bludgeoned to death.
Something is very wrong in the diffident town of Grizzly, and stranded by the winter, Elijah and Aurelia face the killer daily, with paranoia as real as the icy air of Alaska. This is nothing like they’ve faced before. Whose dark past will reveal Grizzly’s secrets?
What people are saying:
“Cady’s writing is superb … Dark, engaging, and fast-paced.”
-Urban Book Reviews
“Cady’s nuanced prose scintillates and intrigues from beginning to end … As every piece is unearthed, momentum builds and fear intensifies.”
-Foreword Clarion Reviews
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I live in Colorado Springs and am from Oxford, Ohio, where I grew up and graduated from college. I moved to Colorado for a master’s degree, and began writing The Warren Files after that was completed. Rock climbing, rock concerts, and teaching high school English occupy the remainder of my time.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
I have a few different spots that really appeal to me. Home is certainly one of them. I have a small office at the house where much of my writing is done, where I can see the mountains as a distraction, but there are several spots around town where I consistently write. I at times need a change in scenery, and this accomplishes such a task. Really, anywhere with a view, I enjoy writing.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
I’ll see something in life that sends my mind racing, and then it will be there, ever developing. I think my ideas percolate and tumble until they boil over, and I’ve got to get some words down. For example, I’ve been thinking about one particular story for several years, and it consistently is on my mind, and at a certain point, I’ll write something for it. It might just be the first chapter. It might be quite a lot more. And it might not be for another few years, but it’ll happen. Just not yet. I think this process defines how and where my ideas develop.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
The previous question addresses this a bit, but it’s definitely a combination! I always have an idea of what the story will be and how it will begin and end, but the middle allows me to discover how it all connects. A prolific author uses the metaphor of uncovering a diamond from earth. You see hints of promise and you follow those, not sure what you’ll find, uncovering what’s hidden in the earth of your own story. If you are aware enough, you’ll be able to uncover amazing components you didn’t prior realize existed. So it’s a cool combination of pre-planning and discovery.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
My books will always have an element of mystery to them!
I’ve always loved mysteries because of how they can deceive. A great mystery writer is a magician. The secrets are unseen until the end, but, once revealed, they can seem even obvious in reflection. I love the, “It was right in front of my eyes!” moment!
Murder/mystery was natural for The Warren Files, and I’ll certainly return to the exact genre (as I have all the characters’ histories I can write about!), but I have some other projects that, I think, completely fit into my writing universe; they’re just different. Two novels are a bit more in the horror genre. One is my ode to haunted house novels—and its likely next for completion, though, with the other being a twist on the western, no promises. I’m excited about both!
I’m really just excited to continue writing quality material, consistently, and hopefully in my own unique style for my growing readership.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Danie, my girlfriend, and I joke about this a lot. We’ve battled some of the answers. I think this is the final cast…
Elijah- 90’s Patrick Dempsey
Riff-90’s James Brolin
We’ve got a great person to play the killer in the first book, but for the sake of description and gender anonymity…I must not include that one. : )
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
I read a lot and like a lot of different authors and styles. People like Mark Danielewski or Steven Hall stand out as people doing something really unique with the medium. But those authors don’t have a vast catalogue of writing to choose from.
Authors I return to consistently are ones like Peter Straub, Clive Barker, and Chuck Palahniuk. These are authors which have their own unique style and universe, but each book is different from the one prior. These authors consistently put out work in their own style. They’re unapologetically writing their own way, and I strive for this same thing.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
Speaking of Clive Barker! I’m amidst his monster narrative Imajica. It’s this amazing story about a parallel universe and its dominions, and how they’re interconnected with our own! It’s sexy and dark and adventurous, and it’s a brick of a book, but it’s awesome!
9: What is your favourite book and why?
I’m going to return to Mark Danielewski, who wrote House of Leaves. This book challenged me in ways I’d never been challenged, but it was exceedingly worth it. It’s best not to share much about it. Reading the House is an experience different from any other, and the more time you spend in there, the more you understand it.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
Get good, get tough, and get patient. I still need to remind myself of these things, as I’m far from achieving my writing goals!
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
It’s easy to find me on Facebook with a search of Kevin Cady Author, or Twitter the same. My website is kevincadyauthor.com, and that will be the most informative location! You can also find me (and review me!) on Goodreads, and Amazon.
Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Kevin-Cady/e/B01FWP3I4M
About the Author:
Kevin lives in Colorado Springs with his girlfriend, Danie, and their pets. He is a teacher at a local high school and earned degrees from Miami University, a bachelor’s in rhetoric, and Colorado College, a master’s in education. When he’s not writing, you’ll find him rock climbing or at the local metal shows. The books of The Warren Files are his first completed novels, with diverse side-projects not far behind.