#MondayBlogs – MICHAEL SYKORA: The Hit Man You Can’t Help But Love

Michael Sykora is my beloved hit man. When I started writing No Justice, his first book, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to make him likable. In the end, I didn’t make him anything. He did that himself. And, happily, readers have responded to him much as I have. He’s our lovable killer. Today I’m sharing a snippet from No Justice, featuring one of my favorite minor characters. Her name is Ruby, and Read More …

The Factory: Fiction Inspired By Reality

I set all of my novels in areas I’ve lived in. I need that familiarity to create the realism. Setting a novel in Hawaii or Montana would be impossible for me, since I’ve never been there. Each state has it’s own unique culture, so that even states I’ve visited but haven’t lived in would be difficult to fully capture. I also like to use actual neighborhoods as a base. If you live in Massachusetts or Read More …

Torture, Square Roots, and A Hit Man With A Short Fuse

Today I’m offering a glimpse into my novel Killing Instinct, the third in my Michael Sykora Series. Sandman built his dubious reputation by turning the dreams and nightmares of others into harsh reality. Now he’s pursuing his own twisted dream; the beautiful Maria Milan. But she doesn’t want to become a player in Sandman’s sordid fantasy. Michael Sykora is a hit man who kills for justice. Sean Riley is a hit man born to kill. Read More …