A Knock on the Door by Roberta K. Fernandez
Along with iReadBookTours, I’m sharing A Knock on the Door with you. It’s a crime thriller with a title with so many meanings. Sometimes a knock on the door is good news, other times it is bad news. Keep reading for my thoughts on the book and an interview with the author and of course, a giveaway!
The two women vow to bring the perpetrator to justice. But time is running out, and their names are on someone’s kill list. The truth takes them down a path they never could have suspected. They set out to bring down one of the most powerful men in the country: the director of the National Security Agency. But who will believe them? And how many more will die before they do? Now, they have to decide if they have the courage—and the ability—to finish what they started.
When did you start writing?
Later in life, at 63, during the Covid lockdown. I’m a hypnotist, and in a daily self-hypnosis session, I got an inkling to write. I trust my subconscious mind, so I sat at the keyboard, and as crazy as it may sound, A Knock on the Door emerged quickly.
How do you describe your writing style?
Easy, fast, and relatable. I read plenty of industry-related publications and scientific research studies in my work. When I want to relax, I don’t want to read something that requires me to have a dictionary nearby. I think many people like that kind of escape, too. Reading a thriller should feel exciting and compelling, not feel like work.
What came first, the plot or characters?
Honestly, I cannot answer that question. I am a proponent of inspired action versus action. Being in the right frame of mind first always produces better results than something that is forced. I would practice self-hypnosis, and if the laptop called me to write, I did. The first draft of the story wrote itself. I will take credit for the editing - building the story and the characters. But there was no plan in the beginning, which carried through to the next in the series (currently being edited), And the Two Shall Meet.
Describe a typical writing day.
Inspiration to write comes in waves. The hours fly by, and I’m often surprised at how much comes so quickly. The session may end with not knowing where to go next, then an hour or a day or three later, the ideas emerge. That’s when I hope I’m near my laptop. If not, I record or jot them down, and they get worked into the story in the next inspired session. Most writers would probably say this is not typical. If I earned my living writing, perhaps this would be different. But if I forced myself to write rather than writing when inspired, I know it would be more challenging and not as joyful.
What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?
Those that survive the villains of A Knock on the Door appear in the second book of the series, And the Two Shall Meet. You’ll have to see how that ends to know how many end up in the third series.
Do you have an idea for a third book?
Oh yes! And it’s a good one. This one will have a hypnotist and a unique premise. I have no idea what inspiration has in store for my characters, but I know the ideas will be presented when it’s right for me to know.
I could not wait to get my hands on this book. I love thrillers and this one sounded perfect! I’m so glad to find out the author is writing a second and third book in this series as I want to keep reading about the characters. The book opens a week after the knock on the door that no one wants to receive. The one where to find out your spouse is dead. It was explained as an accident but Lori, Jack’s widow, and Rita, Jack’s former assistant, finds out Jack trying to stop the release of software because he had large concerns about it. As Lori and Rita investigate, they uncover more secrets.
I was drawn in by the characters. You have the policeman at the end of his career (or so people think), the boss who wants to make a lot of month, the investigative reporter who won’t stop digging, the assistant who knows something is wrong, and the widow who wants to find out if her husband was killed and why. The cast told the story so well. The story is set in winter which plays a part in the book in the way only winter can. If you enjoy a good crime thriller with a lot at risk, you will enjoy this book!
In her sixty-three years of life, Roberta Fernandez, a board-certified hypnotist, didn’t know that she had a story waiting to be told.
In 2006, she attended a weeklong memoir-writing class conducted by a bestselling author, Joyce Maynard. Joyce worked hard to bring out Roberta’s best work, in spite of her self-perceived lack of talent. While it was an awesome experience to be instructed by a well-known author, Roberta determined that writing about herself was not a talent she possessed.
As a first-time author, Roberta now understands she was simply destined to write in a different genre. She enjoys creating relatable characters and watching the story unfold as she types. Like her readers, she wonders what’s going to happen next. A sequel is already being written as this book is published. Who knows what words will flow across the page in the next fifteen years!
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