Title: Black Rose
Author: Kris Thompson
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Publication Date: November 13th 2014
Kris Thompson is a veteran of the US Navy and single mother of three. When she’s not knitting scarves, chasing her children around or baking, you’ll find her enjoying a good book or writing down notes for her own upcoming stories. Writing has been a passion for Kris for many years, and seeing those stories printed on paper is a dream come true.
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I was lucky enough to be chosen for an interview and I want to thank her for taking the time to answer some of my questions ♥
- First novel! How does it feel to finally have a copy in your hands?
I still can’t believe it. Even during the editing process it didn’t feel real to me. Once we started promoting the book, and then the cover reveal, I was on the phone with my family thinking ‘Holy shit, I wrote a book and it’s getting published’. It’s exciting and scary all at the same time.
- Was it hard writing the dark scenes?
Absolutely! Being a woman, and writing about women going through such a traumatizing experience, was very difficult. I found myself in these character’s shoes many times, so while I was writing these scenes I was always cringing and thinking ‘What the hell am I doing to myself?’. And not to mention there were many moments during the whole process where I couldn’t help but know that at that very moment there was a girl out there somewhere going through what I was writing about. It’s a very chilling feeling.
- Did you do any type of research for the book? (For example, police reports, serial killers etc.)
I watched a lot of documentaries about serial killers and read a few articles and stories about people who were kidnapped. For me it was about making the story as real as possible. I wanted the reader to go ‘That could have been my daughter, my sister, my friend, or me”. I wanted to leave a lasting impression in the reader’s mind and have them face a very realistic situation, and to do that I had to spend a lot of time learning about these types of people. To be honest, it was just as hard reading about these horrible things as it was to write about them.
- From all the girls, which one is your favorite? Personally I enjoyed Kandace. She was tough and funny in the middle of a hard to deal with situation (apart from the main character of course).
Aside from Lee, because I did spend the most time with that character, I would have to say Anna was a close favorite of mine. Each of the girls are a favorite in some way, even the first victim in the beginning of the book because in my head I knew her story as well. Kandace was a lot of fun for me to write because she was saying everything I would have said, but Anna was very close to my heart.
- Any new stories to look forward to? And if yes, will your next novel be as dark as Black Rose?
Well there is a possibility that I might write a sequel to Black Rose, but that may not be for a while, which is why I ended it the way I did. The original version of the story had a huge cliffhanger, but after writing something so dark I want to take a little break and write a “light” story, and then get back into the sequel. At the moment I’m writing a paranormal young adult series that I hope to publish in the near future. I’m very excited about it.
5 wtf did I just read stars!
“Eenie, meenie, miney, moe. Who will be the first to go?”
Ohh I love this kind of books – not the thriller ones although I did love that theme – but those that literally hook you in from the first page. Fun story: The morning I got my ARC, like most people, I checked my emails and when I saw it I got so excited I said to myself, I’ll just read a few pages, get the feel of it and that’s it cause this is a dark book and I knew I was going to cry at some point and I wanted to enjoy a good cry – at least I hoped it would have been a good cry – so I did read a few pages and two hours later I was – maybe not so quietly – crying on my pillow. That’s the kind of books I love reading, those that don’t really care if you have a million things to do and once you read a single page it’s like magic, they come to life and suck you into their amazing world not letting you take your eyes off of the page or in my case the screen.
Black Rose is intense there’s no denying that but OMG this book blew my mind! Lillian is a strong character, she has pretty much the perfect life, an amazing boyfriend, an amazing family, awesome friends and overall, she couldn’t ask for more. Then, the unthinkable happens and she gets kidnapped. Now, in a situation like this every person reacts differently and Lillian’s reaction was real, every moment inside her head while she went through this felt real, she was strong but like a normal person she had her breaking moments and that made her all the more real.
The switch between Lillian’s nightmare and how she basically became – I’m not gonna call her a hero but more like a rock for the other girls that came before her and her boyfriend’s race to find the person responsible was amazing.
You’re always right, Elijah, that’s the word for this book!
Kris Thompson, amazing debut novel!