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Aug 29 2017 12:00pm

Q&A with Roger Johns, Author of Dark River Rising

Read an exclusive Q&A with Roger Johns, author of Dark River Rising, and make sure to sign in and comment below for a chance to win a copy of this thrilling debut mystery!

Roger Johns is the debut author of Dark River Rising, a tense and expertly-plotted mystery set against the bayous of Louisiana. A former corporate lawyer and college professor, Mr. Johns has now turned his focus to his love of crime fiction. Recently, the author was generous enough to answer questions about his debut novel, Louisiana as a setting, and what it's like transitioning from lawyer to author.

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Aug 22 2017 9:00am

Roger Johns Excerpt: Dark River Rising

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Dark River Rising by Roger JohnsDark River Rising by Roger Johns is a tense and expertly plotted debut mystery set against the bayous of Louisiana (available August 29, 2017).

Read Roger Johns's exclusive guest post about why he focuses heavily on setting.

Baton Rouge Police Detective Wallace Hartman has had better days. With her long-time partner and mentor on medical leave and a personal life in shambles, she’s called to the scene of a particularly gruesome murder: the body of a known criminal has been found in a deserted warehouse, a snake sewn into his belly. Obvious signs of torture point to a cunning and cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to find what he’s looking for.

When Federal Agent Mason Cunningham arrives on the scene, Wallace expects a hostile takeover of the case. But when a scientist with ties to the victim goes missing from a government lab, she needs Mason’s federal connections as much as he needs her local insight, and the two form an uneasy partnership to solve a case that grows more complicated—and dangerous—by the minute.

Meanwhile, the killer lurks in the shadows with an agenda no one saw coming, and when Wallace and Mason threaten to get in the way they risk losing everything they hold dear. Including their lives.

[Read an excerpt from Dark River Rising...]

Aug 3 2017 2:30pm

Start with Setting: A Focus on Time and Place

A lot of choices have to be made when a story is under construction—what to put in and what to leave out, what to emphasize and what to touch lightly. Tradeoffs are inevitable, and it can be a complex calculus to get things right.

Once I got serious about writing Dark River Rising, setting was one of the elements that I was determined to emphasize. Rare is the character who changes her world in a significant way in the space of a single story—sure, it happens, but not often. Mostly, it’s the other way around. Mostly, it’s the place and time that shape and influence the behavior of the characters, which in turn determines the plot. I think, for this reason, I’m drawn to and inspired by writers whose stories have a strong, unmistakable sense of place—a sense of place so real and so correct that the tales they tell could not properly unfold elsewhere. Hence, my decision to focus so tightly on the setting.

[Setting importance on setting...]