Claire: As a writer, I always enjoy hearing about someone’s process of putting the story into its first draft and working from there. Do you have a man-cave you hide in to write or can you tune everything out?
Larry: My man cave is my writing desk in our guest bedroom. I shut the door and tell my wife not to disturb me unless someone is killed or the house catches fire.
Claire: Too funny. My husband posted a note on my ‘cave woman’ door for acceptable hours to work, and please eat some food. As a writer in The Burial Place, did you write with a message in mind for your readers?
Larry: I write with no agenda. My only purpose is to entertain my readers. If I can tell you a story, that after you finished reading it, you recall it as an actual memory you experienced and not a story you’ve read, I’ve done my job.
Claire: The Burial Place is well crafted, and with such attention to detail and the characters leap off the page. So, I would say you have certainly done your job. Speaking as both writer and reader, what is your process of creating ‘the perfect characters?’
Larry: Most of the characters in the book, and some of the events were taken from people I actually worked with. Frank, Rob, Terry Edna, the old sheriff of Sabine County are all real people I know. Not hard to write about people you’ve known for twenty or thirty years. As for as the bad guys, well I’ve known so many bad guys in thirty-seven years of law enforcement that’s not difficult either.
Claire: I can picture Edna giving the universal ‘get over here’ signal with her forefinger… You’ve added layers to the story, secrets, the past, all of which come as a surprise. The characters also share their contrasting spiritual beliefs. Frank and Rob challenge one another in this way, and there are some very humorous exchanges between the detectives: the very logical to the religious (yet not-so religious).
Larry: Frank is a man whose has lost his faith. He wants to believe in a higher power, but with his life tragedies and logical mind, he finds it difficult to believe in what he can’t see. Rob is very religious but not exactly a Bible scholar. He attends church and follows the teachings of the church like his parents and wife. Rob is happy and satisfied with the Catholic Church. Frank will never be satisfied with any religion.
Claire: Frank’s questions reflected that in dialogue, and because of the nature of the crimes committed one can certainly add to that logic. And as a last question, with the very surprising ending, will there be a follow up? And when?
Larry: I signed a two book contract with my publisher for another Rob and Frank novel. I’ve completed it and I’m working on the last revisions now. Look for it sometimes around the spring of 2019.
Claire: I’m definitely looking forward to it—but 2019 is an absolute killer to wait. The good thing is that The Burial Place and the characters are so memorable, I won’t have any trouble getting back into reading your work.
Thank you, Larry for taking time from your busy signing schedule—it is appreciated. Larry? Larry? Oh, he’s off to another signing…
If you haven’t read The Burial Place yet, and you are looking for an nail-biting book with engaging, realistic characters, plus a great plot, I recommend picking up The Burial Place.
You can read Larry’s biography on Amazon or here:
‘Larry Enmon retired from the U.S. Secret Service and started writing. During his career he acted as liaison between the USSS and FBI, working in the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He received special training from the FBI and CIA in weapons of mass destruction. For relaxation, and to get away from the city, he likes spending time at his ranch in rural Eastern Texas. With 200+ acres, private shooting range, a 2 ½ acre pond, and miles of woodland trails to explore on four-wheelers and RTV’s, it’s the perfect getaway. He swims four miles a week, holds a Divemaster rating with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and has a black belt in Tang Soo Do karate. He is married with two children and lives in Tarrant County, TX.’
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