A warm welcome to authors Jenna Rose and KAtey Hawthorne joining us today for their blog post on their new release “Kanaan & Tilney:The Case of the Arm Dealers”.
They brought a special guest with them and there is also a giveaway to participate in.
Welcome Jenna & Katey 🙂
For today’s blog post, we thought we’d bring you something fun. Here’s an interview between author John Tilney and his inspiration for a new leading man in his novels, private investigator Lowell Kanaan, taking place after the events of The Case of the Arms Dealers. In it, we reveal at last the shocking truth about why Lowell became a detective. You won’t believe what you see. And stay tuned after for a holiday giveaway, Kanaan & Tilney style!
[Transcript of an Interview]
John Tilney: October, 2014. John Tilney Interviewing Lowell Kanaan, Private Investigator. Research for Untitled Modern Noir Project #1.
So, Mr. Kanaan–
Lowell: Mr. Kanaan?
John: I’m trying to maintain a professional atmosphere!
Lowell: You didn’t even call me Mr. Kanaan when you were interviewing for a job.
John: See, it was your job to maintain professionalism there. You had the ball in your court. Now I do, and I’m a professional. Or… something.
Lowell: [amused]. Uh-huh.
John: [sighs]. Anyhow. This is the first of several interviews, I hope, so I wanted to start at the very beginning. What can you tell me about your central motivation for becoming a private investigator?
Lowell: Being employed is a pretty good motivator.
John: [snorts out a laugh, then, very seriously] Lowell….
Lowell: [shifts in his seat, sighs]. Helping people. I couldn’t work with the BSPD and do it, so I became a PI.
John: There, that didn’t hurt too much, did it?
Lowell: Compared to…?
John: To me pouting?
Lowell: It was about equal.
John: [pouts a little]. Ugh. [laughs]. Right, I can’t keep on with that.
Moving on! PI’s don’t have the best reputation for ‘helping people’, in general. Do you think that’s a myth created by popular fiction, or do you think your fellow PI’s have different motivations than you?
Lowell: I think it’s hard to generalize. Some PIs do it to help people, some are in it for…whatever they’re in it for.
John: Exploiting the darker side of humanity?
Lowell: Or desperate people.
John: Ugly, yeah. But that does bring me to another important motivational question. You were BSPD first; why did you become a cop, and then work to make detective? Same reason?
Lowell: Yeah. It felt like the best way to do what I wanted to do. Anyone can make a difference, but being in that kind of position does make things a little easier. So I thought, anyway.
John: To dig a little deeper though: Was there an event or person that inspired you to want to do–er, what you wanted to do? Before the BSPD?
Lowell: [doesn’t answer immediately, then mumbles something unintelligible].
John: [Fondly.] Aw, come on, Mr. Kanaan. Once more, a little louder, into the recorder? I promise not to use it exactly–it’s just to inspire my hero!
Lowell: [louder]. Nate the Great. [embarrassed]. Happy?
John: [excited] The books?
Lowell: [embarrassed, still]. Yeah, the books.
John: [even more excited.] A cranky, gritty PI who strives to keep the streets of Boston safe and clean–secretly inspired as a child by Nate the Great! This is gold! You are gold! [Sounds of things being knocked over, some rustling, then a sound distinctly like lips meeting and parting.]
Lowell: [Chuckling. Sounds of kissing back]. Does this mean the interview’s over?
John: [Fumbling sounds.] Interview over. [Click]
Kanaan & Tilney: The Case of the Arms Dealers
John Tilney–praeternatural pyrokinetic and mystery author–has noticed the bottom dropping out of the market for his usual gothic fare, so he goes to Lowell Kanaan, PI, for a crash course in noir. Lowell, the cranky wolf-shifter detective, isn’t sure why he agrees to let John shadow him–though it might have something to do with John’s weirdly endearing honesty… and pretty lips. John thinks he’s found the perfect detective novel hero in Lowell, but it isn’t long before he realizes he doesn’t want Lowell for his book, but for himself.
As they become entangled in a supernatural whodunnit involving the Zombie Mafia, black market body parts, and shady insurance deals, their partnership grows closer–and hotter. But when it comes down to the wire, Lowell’s wolfy protective side threatens to drive John around the bend, or at least out of the office. Good thing John’s as much sunshine as he is fire; hopefully it’s enough to help them catch a murderer before they end up in literal pieces, too.
Jenna Rose is an avid reader and writer, particularly when it comes to science-fiction and fantasy. Currently, she works as a receptionist, but her real love is writing. In her free time, she likes to read comic books, play video games, and waste time on the internet. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her dog, Harley.
Katey Hawthorne is a reader and writer of superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills.