I’m delighted to have Bonnie Hearn Hill back on my blog for an interview to celebrate the April 1, 2017, release of the third book in her Kit Doyle series: I Wish You Missed Me.
Here’s a description of this exciting new contemporary thriller: Farley Black, Kit Doyle’s friend and former radio co-host, is missing. When Kit and her friend, former street person Virgie Logan, search Farley’s home, a surprising discovery makes it clear that Farley has been lying to Kit – and everyone else. As she and Virgie head north in search of the truth, a series of menacing incidents convinces Kit that she’s being watched. Someone is tracking her every move. As her unknown pursuer grows bolder and more reckless, Kit realizes she isn’t just looking for her friend – but running from a killer.
I love the title of this book, Bonnie. How did you come up with it?
“I Wish You Missed Me” is graffiti in San Francisco. Seeing it broke my heart. Who writes something like that? And for whom? The only way I could examine (not answer) these questions was to write the book.
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
Here’s what I took away from it. Writing this book taught me how we are changed by conflict and also what it teaches us about ourselves. It also made me question the pros and cons of off-the-grid communities, a topic I explore in the book. The book is set in a Sacramento homeless shelter where Kit volunteers and in a rural area on the Redwood Highway. I hope readers are able to experience these areas.
Was there anything new that surprised you, or that you discovered, as you wrote this book?
Much of what I discover is always about character. I discovered the person I labeled a killer was only desperate, and that the real killer was a character I hadn’t yet created. I learned that Virgie has secrets I still haven’t discovered. I learned that the relationship between Kit and John Paul, the former cop, is more complicated than I originally assumed. I was surprised to learn that Farley had been a promising classical musician until he broke his left hand in a fight. That was a shocker but also an organic development; I hadn’t been sure how he ended up in radio. Every book is full of surprises for me, and these are just a few.
I invite readers to join Bonnie’s protagonist, Kit Doyle, in her latest adventure. And thank you very much for being a guest on my blog today, Bonnie. I wish you the very best as you launch this new book!
Author Bio: This is the third in the Kit Doyle series and the author’s seventeenth novel. A California native, Bonnie Hearn Hill is passionate about how conflict changes us and both allows and forces us to discover new truths about ourselves. A mentor to numerous writers, she has appeared on a Central California television’s book segment for fourteen years.