Interview with David DeLee

David, FATAL DESTINY is the first novel in your Grace deHaviland Bounty Hunter series. Can you tell us about it?
Sure, Grace is a bounty hunter operating out of Columbus, Ohio. In FATAL DESTINY she is assigned to track down Barry Keegan, a white-collar defendant in a corporate embezzlement scandal who’s been arrested, but has jumped bail.

At first, Grace thinks the case will be a piece of cake—tracking down a corporate accountant, how hard can that be? But, the case turns deadly when Keegan’s co-defendant is murdered and Grace’s best friend, sheriff’s deputy Suzie Jensen, is nearly killed. Drawn into a web of deception involving stolen mob money, old scores, and ruthless hit men, Grace must track down the elusive Keegan—a man who is more dangerous than anyone could have guessed—while she has to protect his wife and son from a past they thought was dead and buried.
Tell us about your protagonist, Grace deHaviland?
Grace deHaviland comes from a pretty dark past, full of guilt and anger and regret. She’s bi-racial; Latina and Irish, street smart, and is just plain kick-ass. Her father, a man she barely knew, abandoned her and her mother when Grace was only seven years old. Just gone, without a trace. Grace’s mother, a single parent doing her best to raise an angry, rebellious, troubled daughter is later brutally raped and murdered when Grace is only eighteen. Left to fend for herself, alone except for her best friend, Suzie Jensen, Grace first became a sheriff's deputy—but after less than two years is fired—not sure what to do after that, Grace becomes a bounty hunter, partly she's motivated to track down the young man who raped and murdered her mother, a man Grace brought into their lives, and who jumped bail after his arrest and has been free ever since. For fifteen years.
What are you working on now?
Well, after I finished FATAL DESTINY I completed a second novel, a stand alone (that might become a series) called CRYSTAL WHITE, its about a DEA agent named Nick Lafferty who has lost everything and now embarks on a mission of revenge against the drug cartel that took away everything he had to live for.

And there's also the second Grace deHaviland book, PIN MONEY, a trio of novellas that sort of fit together and are the background for the next book which I'm writing now called FATAL DECEPTION.

CRYSTAL WHITE and PIN MONEY are available now, and also I have a bunch of short stories available, too. Some of them also feature Grace deHaviland and Suzie Jensen.
So you're pretty busy? What advice can you offer for fledgling writer who are trying to make it?
I am. But I'm enjoying every minute of it.
As for advice to writers--Just don’t stop. Don’t stop learning, don’t stop practicing, don’t stop trying new and different ways to write, or different genres. Don’t stop writing, of course, but especially, don’t stop believing in your work and yourselves.
One final question, who most influenced your own work?
Like many boys, I grew up reading The Hardy Boys and, if anyone remembers it, a series called Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators. But, honestly, mostly my teen years were spent reading comic books and watching TV. Later, when I started reading 'grown-up' fiction, two writers who most captured my imagination were Ross MacDonald with his private detective series, Lew Archer, and Alistair MacLean, with his international spy thrillers like The Guns of Navarone, Ice Station Zebra and When Eight Bells Toll. Over the years since I’ve become a big fan of Clive Cussler, Robert Crais, T. Jefferson Parker, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver, and the late Robert B. Parker, and many, many others, too numerous to name.
Published 2013-09-12.
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Books by This Author

Finding Jessie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,050. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2018 by Dark Road Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Christmas. That special time of year when help can come from the most improbable of places. That's a good thing, too, because what Grace needs to find Jessie before time runs out, may just be a Christmas miracle.
Bling, Bling
Series: Grace deHaviland Short Stories, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,950. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012 by Dark Road Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
“Former cop, Grace deHaviland is one tough cookie... fresh and appealing. She is the kind of woman every woman wants to be. Tough, savvy, and unafraid, Grace is a strong character to follow." -- Suspense Magazine
Whose Greater Good?
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,790. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012 by Dark Road Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
"You have to play by the rules. I get that," Dawson told the U.S. Marshal. "But, I don't."
Officer Down
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011 by Dark Road Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Living a mediocre life and facing the possibility of a cheating spouse, what's a fifteen-year police vet to do? Find out in this short story about a police officer on the edge and desperate to do something about it, with deadly consequences.