Monday, April 08, 2024

Virtual Book Tour - Highlighting D.W. Brooks, Author of Home Coming Chaos


By D.W. Brooks


GENRERomantic Suspense/Mystery/African American Fiction

A dead body in the parking lot of her family’s business, a killer on the loose, and a handsome detective asking a lot of questions…


Jamie Scott’s life fell apart four years ago when she broke off her engagement, turned down a dream job, and went overseas to run away from her life. Now she’s back, but the reunion is not without problems. She arrives home just in time to attend the soiree her mother planned, but she’s not prepared for what she finds—a dead employee in the parking lot.


Detective Nick Marshall is assigned to the murder case at the forensics lab owned by Jamie’s family. He meets the headstrong Jamie, but he has a job to do. And his attraction to her… well, he’s a professional.


Jamie knows the stakes are high. She has to face the past and save her parents’ business while dealing with her family drama and an uncertain future. She also has to deal with Nick, who wants her out of the way of his investigation. But fate keeps throwing them in one another’s paths… and into chaos that they both want to avoid, but neither can seem to escape.

“Wait, wait. Hold on. Do you have a warrant? Do we need an attorney?” Jamison stood up, too. She was almost as tall as the detective and incredibly pretty up close, which caught him off guard. “Aren’t there proprietary issues at the lab?”


Nick paused and deferred to Ronald. Ronald chimed in. “We’re just trying to get information about this woman’s death. You can call a lawyer if you wish but retaining one may slow things down.”


“Hmmm.” Jamie stared at both detectives. She couldn’t read either of them, but the situation gave her pause. She recognized the importance of finding out what had happened to their employee. However, the family business needed to be shielded as much as possible. Jamie hadn’t been back long, and her brain was still cloudy and jet-lagged, but she recognized the potential perils in just letting the police roam free in the lab. “Dad, Mother, someone should call Richard,” she said, scrutinizing both parents.


Margaret said, “Good idea. I’ll call while I change. He can meet us there.” She gave the detective and the other officers a superior glance. “Richard Bradshaw, he’s a partner at Bradshaw, Taylor, and Kline, and he is our son-in-law.” She turned to walk into the master suite, with Gregory following.


Nick shook his head, and Ronald was less subtle with a steady scowl. Both had heard about Richard’s firm and peripherally knew Richard. This situation just got a lot more difficult. Nick didn’t suspect the family, but involving a lawyer usually complicated their police work. He turned back to Jamie, who was studying his reaction. He adjusted his face so she couldn’t sense his annoyance.


Jamie noted the subtle change and smiled to herself. She could tell she had annoyed him. Even annoyed, he’s pretty cute. “I need to get my coat. If you will excuse me,” she said, heading back to her bedroom.


Upstairs, Jamie changed clothes, retrieving a pair of skinny black jeans from her bag. As she slid into her jeans, her mind wandered to the detective. She typically dated guys that were taller than her—with her ex-fiancé being the lone exception—Eddie had been the same height. A strong jaw, wavy-ish hair, nice lips, and a commanding presence—which Jamie suspected the detective had in spades—didn’t hurt either. Just the type of guy she would typically go for if the circumstances were different. Rifling through the dresser, she found a white Henley shirt she’d left on a previous visit. She had gained almost fifteen pounds since then, and the shirt fit snugly. She now had boobs! Placing the hat back on her head, she was glad she had an appointment at the hair salon later in the day.


Yikes, she thought after catching herself primping in the mirror. Am I trying to impress the detective who’s investigating us? Girl, it has been a long time. Although he is hot. She shook her head exasperatedly.

D. W. Brooks
The author is a doctor and editor who lives in Texas with her husband and children. She enjoys trying to stay in shape, sporadically cooking, reading (still), writing, and working on her blog. She is eternally grateful to the woman who donated a kidney to her over 5 years ago and continues to advocate for organ donation as much as she can.

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Thank you for stopping by and sharing your book Homecoming Chaos. There is always more to an author’s life. So, we thought our readers and visitors would enjoy learning more about you and your writing career.

What are some of the most valuable lessons you have learned from writing? 

I have developed additional courage. I know that is strange to say given my previous profession as a physician. But in becoming a physician, you are judged by and rely on your intellect and brain. You are used to being graded on that scale, and you can improve your scores by studying harder, working harder, or requesting help.  Writing a book is different. It doesn't matter how smart you are, the reaction to your book has nothing to do with you or your smarts. And after living a life where I could work to improve my reception, this is an industry where you throw caution to the wind. You might write a great book, and people may not be into it or you may have a hard time finding your audience. It takes courage to put yourself out there.

Also, I found some additional resilience. This was the first book that I ever finished. It wasn't easy, but I did it!

What type of characters do you enjoy creating?

I like creating characters who are basically good people, but they have character flaws or experiences that make them do bad or stupid things. I haven't created a straight evil character yet, but I am looking forward to making one. Perhaps I will whenever I write my first straight mystery story.

Which authors have influenced you the most? 

Alexandre Dumas: I appreciated his skill in spinning an engrossing read.

Charles Dickens: His ability to describe and set a scene had me struggling through his introductions to get to the real story.

James Patterson: His earlier works were really fast-paced and thrilling.

Janet Evanovich: The ability to create a long-running series with engaging characters. Also, the ability to have a lighter-hearted mystery series.

Alex Haley: I just felt every word that he wrote in Roots.

Have you ever had writer’s block, and if so, how did you overcome it. 

I haven't had writer's block; most of my writing issues come from a lack of time and time management. When I wrote Homecoming Chaos, I had nothing else to do. Due to a genetic condition, I was on dialysis and was exhausted while waiting for a kidney transplant. So, I had no deadlines – perceived or real. Now, I have more deadlines and more to do, so I am trying to organize my schedule to get my writing done.

Have you ever received a negative comment or review about your book, and if so, how did you handle it? 

While the vast majority of my reviews have been 4 or 5-star, I have received a couple of 3-star reviews with comments about issues they had with my story construction or writing style. Of course, seeing any criticism stings but I try not to let it bother me too much. I also don't linger over them. It's self-protection.

However, as I work on my next novella and novel, I am considering the content of their comments. I am not changing everything about my writing style, but I am paying close attention to one or two of the issues they raised.

What approach do you use when developing your characters?

To create a character, I start with age, placement in family, and education. I then look up popular names during the year they were born to select the name (this name may change as I write the character). Often, I fine-tune character traits as I go through the story where reactions to situations guide me to alter a personality trait. So, some character issues may be in flux as I write.

From where do you get your story ideas?

I put pieces together from things I have read or seen on the news, from movies and television shows, and other things to try to create different scenarios. I also have a vivid imagination. I then do some investigations to make sure that specific things can actually happen in real life.

Are your stories based on true current or past events? 

No, they aren't based on specific events. There may be some elements that may sound familiar, but I generally don't write ripped-from-the-headlines-type stories.

When it comes to writing, how do you manage your time? 

This is a big issue for me right now. When I wrote Homecoming Chaos, I was in kidney failure. My life was on hold until I received a kidney transplant. Writing with no plan or deadline is a different experience than writing with deadlines and time goals to meet. I am still working on organizing my schedule now that I have goals, schedules, and deadlines to work with. It is a challenge. Nonetheless, in 2024, I plan to focus and write 1 novel and 2 novellas. 💜

Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions. We wish you good health and continued success in your endeavors. 


Michael Law said...

This looks like a great novel. Thanks for hosting this tour.

D. W. Brooks said...

Thank you for sharing my book and this interview! It was a fun interview!

Sherry said...

This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.