Featured Interview With Gary Corbin
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m the seventh of nine baby boom children (six sisters, two brothers), all born within eleven years from first to last. After spending the first sixteen years of my life in a small mill town with a funny name (Agawam) in Massachusetts, my family moved to the New Orleans, Louisiana area, and I graduated from a Catholic school, having gone there only one year. I earned a B.A. in political science and economics from LSU, then a Ph.D. from Indiana University. After nine years in Washington, DC, I moved to the Pacific Northwest. I share dog-raising duties for a rambunctious Golden Retriever with my girlfriend and partner, Renee in another small mill town – Camas, Washington – and I love it here.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I always loved reading. My older siblings loved to play school, with them as teacher, and I loved to play student, so I learned to read very young. By first grade, I was already reading biographies and Greek mythology (kids’ versions, of course).
My family, particularly my parents, inspired me to write at an early age. My parents’ generation and their parents were great storytellers, be it at the dinner table, around a campfire, or just hanging around playing cards, and we learned early to value the ability to tell a good story. My mother in particular praised and encouraged my writing and made me believe in and develop my writing talents.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite authors include Philip Margolin, Scott Turow, John Irving, Barbara Kingsolver, Lee Child, Toni Morrison, and Michael Connelly. I love any good fiction, especially mysteries and crime thrillers, but also everything from literary to science fiction. I also love biographies and memoirs. I get inspired by any good writing, but also by the success of newcomers and self-published authors, whose grit and determination help them overcome an industry sometimes marked more by rejections and gatekeepers than helpers and cheerleaders.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“He’s a good man with a dark secret. She knows it, and needs a man killed.”
In Lying in Vengeance, the sequel to my award-winning debut courtroom thriller Lying in Judgment (release date September 13, 2017), Peter Robertson must choose between two horrible options. Both involve death and revenge.
Peter Robertson, 33, once fought a man he believed to be his wife’s lover on a remote forested road and left him to die. Six months later, he served on the jury that freed a wrongfully accused man—and let his own secret slip to a beautiful but manipulative fellow juror, Christine Nielsen.
Two months later, Christine wakes him in the middle of the night with a threat: kill Kyle, the man who stalks and abuses her, or have his own murderous past exposed.
Peter pretends to go along as he seeks another, less violent solution, and his best friend Frankie threatens to expose the conspiracy to the police. When Kyle kidnaps her at gunpoint, Peter’s daring rescue gives him the opportunity to fulfill her request.
The next morning, Kyle turns up dead, and the police arrest Frankie, of all people. Peter knows he’s innocent, but can he prove it without directing the finger of blame at himself—for both murders?
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