Monday, July 13, 2015

Spotlight/Book Giveaway/Q&A: Somebody I Used To Know by David Bell

About the Book

Genre: Suspense
Publisher: NAL
Release Date: July 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads...

The breakout author of The Forgotten Girl and Cemetery Girl, “one of the brightest and best crime fiction writers of our time” (Suspense Magazine) delivers a new novel about a man who is haunted by a face from his past....

When Nick Hansen sees the young woman at the grocery store, his heart stops. She is the spitting image of his college girlfriend, Marissa Minor, who died in a campus house fire twenty years earlier. But when Nick tries to speak to her, she acts skittish and rushes off.

The next morning the police arrive at Nick’s house and show him a photo of the woman from the store. She’s been found dead, murdered in a local motel, with Nick’s name and address on a piece of paper in her pocket.

Convinced there's a connection between the two women, Nick enlists the help of his college friend Laurel Davidson to investigate the events leading up to the night of Marissa’s death. But the young woman’s murder is only the beginning...and the truths Nick uncovers may make him wish he never doubted the lies.

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Author Q&A

1. Where do you get your ideas for storylines?

My ideas come from a variety of places. Things people tell me, things I observe in the world around me, things that have happened to my friends or family, things from the news, or things I simply make up. If someone is friends with or related to a writer, they should always be careful. Anything they can and will be used in that writer’s work.

2. How long is the writing process - from writing the book to getting
it published?

It usually takes a year. I start with the idea and work it into a pretty detailed outline. During the outlining process I get feedback from a few different people. I try to write a first draft as quickly as possible so I can see the whole thing at once and know where things need to be cut or enhanced. And then there’s a lot of revising. First on my own and then with the help of my amazing editor.

3. What kind of research do you do?

I consider my entire life a research project for my writing. If I read something or learn something interesting, it gets filed away in my brain for potential future use. There are times during the writing of a book when I have to research a very specific question. How many people live in North Platte, Nebraska? How does someone winterize an inground swimming pool in the north? That’s targeted stuff. Most of the research I do is of the absorbing kind. I’m constantly absorbing information and facts and storylines that may or may not end up in a book.


Now you can win a print copy of Somebody I Used To Know by David Bell? Thanks to NAL, I have one print book to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

1) You must fill out the rafflecopter form below.

2) Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old

3) US Residents Only

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No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited.

The giveaway begins on July 13th (midnight est) and ends on July 20th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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  1. I love mysteries/crime stories and this sounds like a good one—thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  2. I've read at least one other book by David Bell and enjoyed it. I think I have a couple of others on my Kindle. Looking forward to this one.

  3. Thanks for this intriguing mystery giveaway. It sounds enthralling. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. I really enjoyed the interview, especially Mr. Bell's answer to question number 3! Thank you for sharing~this sounds like a very intense book~I can't wait to read it!

  5. I love stories like this, where you just can't quite figure out what will happen next. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. It sounds like a fascinating book

  7. Love suspense stories, thanks for the chance!


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