Willow Rose - Exciting Psychological Thriller set on a Cruise Ship
Willow Rose is a multi-million-copy best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 80 novels. Several of her books have reached the top 10 of ALL books in the Amazon store in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than six million books that are translated into many languages. Willow's books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won't see coming. That's why her fans call her The Queen of Plot Twists. Willow lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. As our Author of the Day, she tells us all about her book, Say It Isn't So.
Please give us a short introduction to what Say It Isn't So is about.
In Say it Isn’t So FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas is sent to a cruise ship docked in the Bahamas in a private island owned by the cruise line. Two American children and their mother have gone missing. The parents were in a fight and the fear is that the mother has kidnapped them. But when one of the children is found dead inside of the ship, they know there’s a killer onboard.
What inspired you to write about two sisters who disappear?
Without saying too much and ruining the plot, then there was a similar story in the media here in Florida recently. I always enjoy letting myself be inspired by real events and always put a link to the stories in the afterword of the book.
Why did you pick a cruise ship as the backdrop for your story?
I went on a cruise this summer and just thought it was an excellent setting for a murder mystery. I truly enjoy putting my characters in a closed setting, where no one can leave.
What makes Eva Rae such a great investigator?
She’s relentless and doesn’t play by the rules. Also, she has children so she understands the pain the parents face.
Why did you title this book: "Say It Isn't So”?
I was watching a movie when someone got some really terrible news and then said that phrase and I thought it was very appropriate for being told that your kids are missing.
Readers say this thriller has a lot of twists and turns. Did you plan it all out before you started writing?
I plan most of it but some happen along the way. That's the fun part. If I don’t know it’s about to happen, then the reader won’t guess it either.?
Besides writing, what do you keep yourself busy with at this stage?
We just had a hurricane slam through our area so right now I’m mostly cleaning up after the mess it left. Other than that I surf some days, run on other and then take care of my children who are now teenagers.It’s not an easy job, I can say that much.
What was your greatest challenge when writing Say It Isn't So?
I had to do a lot of research into how the cruise industry works, and what job titles they have and how they live onboard and so on. It was interesting and I always enjoy peeking into worlds I don’t know about.
This is Book 12 of the Eva Rae series. How many more are you planning on writing?
Till I get tired of her, I guess. So far I still love writing about her and plan to continue for many more books.
Marriage issues and parenthood also play important roles in this story - why did you take this approach?
I’m a parent myself, but also actually going through a divorce right now. So it is natural for me to write about these issues.
Which of your characters did you have the most fun with?
Definitely the woman who is into conspiracy theories. It was a lot of fun writing about her.
What are you working on right now?
The next book in the Eva Rae Thomas series, lol. I just started it and hope to have it out in a couple of months.