Relentless: A Captivating Journey into the World of Crime and Mystery with Shawn Wilson
In the realm of crime fiction, Shawn Wilson’s debut thriller, Relentless, stands as a gripping narrative that immerses readers in the intricacies of a complex murder investigation. Set against the vibrant backdrop of D.C.’s cherry blossom season, the story revolves around Detective Brian “Brick” Kavanagh, a character who effortlessly draws readers into his world as the list of scandalous murders grows.
To gain a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind Relentless, its characters, and the author’s creative process, we delved into an insightful interview with Shawn Wilson. Her responses offer a captivating glimpse into the mind of a storyteller who has crafted a tale that captivates and enthralls.
Unraveling the Creative Process: A Conversation with Shawn Wilson
Q: What ignited the spark that led to the creation of Relentless?
A: The genesis of Relentless lies in a combination of personal preferences and familiarity with the setting. Having spent over three decades working in Washington, D.C., I felt compelled to capture the essence of everyday life in the Nation’s Capital. The desire to write a police procedural stemmed from that longing.
Q: How has your extensive background in the justice system influenced the novel?
A: My years of experience in the justice system have provided me with invaluable insights into the personalities, strengths, and vulnerabilities of law enforcement officers. This knowledge proved indispensable in creating the character of Brick Kavanagh. Readers have praised his relatability and strong sense of decency, which are qualities I endeavored to imbue in him.
Q: Why did you choose to adopt a pen name?
A: The adoption of the pen name Shawn Wilson has a rather amusing origin story. In high school, I participated in an art contest. A mix-up resulted in my winning first prize under the name Shawn Wilson. Despite the initial error, the name resonated with me as a symbol of creativity. It has since become my literary identity.
Q: Are there any authors whose work has influenced your writing style or storytelling approach?
A: Attending numerous writer’s conferences exposed me to a diverse array of authors and their journeys to publication. Their experiences inspired me to pursue my own writing aspirations. Now, I hope to motivate aspiring writers to persevere on their creative paths.
Q: What has been the most gratifying feedback you’ve received from readers?
A: Reader reviews that acknowledge the authenticity of my characters and the accuracy of their actions bring me immense validation. Positive feedback from police officers who can relate to the characters and their experiences is particularly meaningful. It reassures me that I have captured the essence of their world.
Q: Can you share a sneak peek into your next project?
A: The story of Brick Kavanagh is far from complete. In the next installment, I plan to explore his Second Act career-wise and consider a move from Washington, D.C. to Chicago. Of course, life will present him with new challenges and obstacles to overcome.
About Shawn Wilson: A Life Dedicated to Service and Storytelling
Shawn Wilson’s upbringing in New York’s Hudson Valley shaped her early experiences. After attending Averett College in Virginia, she moved to the Washington, D.C. area and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from American University. Her extensive career in the justice system included roles at the U.S. Marshals Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. These experiences reinforced her belief that drama often unfolds within courtrooms more than in cultural centers like the Kennedy Center.
Today, Shawn Wilson calls Chicago home, having traveled extensively across five continents. Her diverse experiences and keen observations of human nature provide a rich tapestry for her storytelling.
Call to Action: Dive into the captivating world of Relentless today and embark on a thrilling journey of crime and mystery. Let Detective Brian “Brick” Kavanagh guide you through the labyrinthine streets of Washington, D.C., as he unravels a series of perplexing murders. Experience the adrenaline rush as the body count rises and witness the relentless pursuit of justice.