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Interview with Mike Pace

What genre do you write and why?

Thrillers and horror/supernatural thrillers because that’s what I like to read.

Tell us about your latest book.

Think CSI meets The Exorcist.

...it’s a matter of light and death...

Dead Light employs a method to knock off people we’ve never seen before—everyday light. Milton teaches that at the beginning, Lucifer was the angel, the master of light, and used light for Godly purposes. Thus, when banished to hell, we can assume he would use light for malevolent purposes.

Three hundred and fifty years ago, an evil Light is released during a mysterious satanic ritual. “Lucifer’s Light” unleashes unspeakable horror upon an American colony, and many of its inhabitants die brutally by their own hand. A heroic priest recaptures the Light, and arranges to have it buried with him to protect the world from Satan’s destruction.

Now, in the sleepy college town of Cumberton, MD, an old cemetery must be moved to make room for a new dormitory, and the ungodly Light escapes. A rash of gruesome student suicides rocks the town. Sheriff Estin Booker teams up with former Baltimore homicide detective Anna Tucci to investigate the deaths. What neither expects is to have all roads point to a 2000-year-old legend which, if true, could lead to the destruction of mankind. With the clock ticking, and an impossible burden placed upon their shoulders, they must defeat their own long-hidden demons or Satan himself will claim the ultimate victory.

What formats is the book available in?

Trade paperback and ebooks. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Who are your favourite authors?

Too many to list, but here’s a few, in no particular order: Gayle Lynds, Steve Berry, Doug Preston, Jon Lands, Hank Ryan, Stephen King, Daniel Silva, Wilbur Smith, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly, Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Stephen Hunter, M.J. Rose, and Nelson DeMille

Where can people find out more about you and your writing?

Facebook, and website: mikepacebooks.com

Who is you favorite character in your book and why?

The city female cop, Tucci. She tough, abrasive, and a smart-ass. But under the thick skin she is vulnerable and has to fight hard to conquer her fears.

Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?

I would like to think it offers something new and fresh to fans of thriller fiction. The pacing is fast, the characters are multi-layered and hopefully readers will think, This could really happen!

Did you learn anything from writing your book that was unexpected?

Yes, how hard it is to write the occasional love scenes.

How do you research your books?

Firsthand where possible. For example, I recently climbed to the top of the tower in the National Cathedral, and to the top of the Capitol Rotunda to research a scene in an upcoming book.

What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.

My next book, One to Go, will be released by Oceanview Publishing December 4, 2014. Think John Grisham meets Stephen King.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?

Very much so. My wife is my first editor, and is not hesitant to offer constructive criticism. Of course, when she reads a passage that may be a bit grisly, she’ll turn to me and ask, “Who ARE you?”

What are you currently reading?

The Forgotten Killer, by Doug Preston and John Douglas. It’s a non-fiction forensic examination of the evidence behind the Amanda Knox murder trials. Doug has been relentless in his fight for Amanda’s exoneration, and the proceeds from book sales go to her defense fund.

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