J. Newman is an American author born and bred on the East Coast. Hailing from the suburbs around Washington, D.C. he lives with his beautiful wife, Kristin, and his family of cats led by favorite Baby. He has found that the rich culture of the area has afforded him the luxury of diverging his interests. J. Newman developed a passion for the written word at a young age and through the years has explored countless worlds that spring from page to life and has used this creative fuel to pen his own novels. As author of Ghost of a Chance he brings his love of writing to life with thrilling stories to tantalize the mind.
His latest release, Darkest Vow, recreates the 1940's era hardboiled detective. The noir era has always left a permanent and thrilling impression.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have always been a tremendously huge fan of the 1940's era Hollywood Film Noir and of course the corresponding literature. The grit within the stories is something that I find will suck the reader in, although sometimes in a more subtle manner than others. The stories were always about the true human nature with no wondrous adventures or amazing super powers to contend with. Often they were pure raw emotions with a very real human functioning as the detective. My latest novel, Darkest Vow, looks to recreate that experience. Detective Joseph Riley is no Sherlock Holmes. He is much more the Sam Spade or the Philip Marlowe. His task seems easy, solve a simple kidnapping case, but as many of us learn in life curveballs are hard to hit. Riley is served up a major curveball in this thriller. You definitely have to check it out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Maryland suburbs surrounding Washington, D.C. At an early age the school system I was enrolled in really providing the gentle push into the world of books. I fondly remember library time in which every week we, the students, would be able to pick out a new book from the library for pleasure reading. As I got older the classed started to incorporate what most students referred to as the dreaded book reports but I took pleasure in them because they allowed me to delve deeper into the world the author was creating. By the time I reached high school I was elated to find that creative writing had become a major part of the English courses. I remember a time in my senior year of high school when a creative writing assignment required a mashup assignment in which I had to take two of our required reading items and writing a comparison/contrast report as well as a poem that pulled elements from them. The outcome of my mashup of a A Brave New World and The Raven is still one of my proudest creative writing accomplishments.