Sunday, December 1, 2019

NAIVE by Charles Royce

 

Today I am giving into the holiday season and decorating my tree as I watch NFL football. My beloved Saints have clenched the NFC Division Championship for the third time in a row. That has never been done in our division. Congratulations to all of the Saints players, coaches, and fans across the globe. Now we have to work hard to get homefield advantage in the Superdome. When I watch the Saints, and I have been a season ticket holder for twenty-five years or more, it is like watching or reading a psychological thriller. Wow! Can they give you a heart attack and a nail-biting experience. My adrenaline pumps, my heart races and I find myself sometimes covering my eyes. As I said, it is like watching a thriller.
 
Don't get me wrong. I love thriller movies and books. That is why today's author, Charles Royce, is special. His book NAIVE is a thriller by every account. It will have you on the edge of your seat and you won't want to put it down. So, if you liked my books, THE KEYSTROKE KILLER, NEVER STOP RUNNING, and A.D.A.M. THE BEGINNING OF LIFE, I think you are in for a real treat with Naïve. The launch date is set for December 3, 2019, but you can pre-order you copy today.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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“Is Micah a modern day Mr. Ripley, or is he not? What a ride trying to figure it out!”
—Celia S., Seattle

“I totally missed picking up my kid from school the day I finished this book.”
—Shara T., Nashville

In Charles Royce’s new mystery suspense thriller novel Naïve, Micah Breuer, an accomplished art director living in present day New York City, comes home to find his husband Lennox lying naked on their living room floor in a pool of blood. Lennox has been brutally stabbed over 30 times but is still alive. Struggling to keep his husband breathing, Micah’s efforts end up killing him, and he is arrested for the murder. 

Mysterious items are found at the crime scene, some suggesting a connection to the company he works for, while others point to an elusive heroin dealer known as Ghost. With a trial looming, Micah’s lawyer hustles to defend him. Together, they are catapulted into multiple dark realities of corporate corruption, Manhattan’s drug underworld, a questionable and overzealous prosecution, and the betrayal of a close friend who may have masterminded a murderous scheme that could land Micah in prison for life. 

As Micah wrestles with his naiveté, his friends and enemies begin to question their own.


WOULD YOU LIKE THIS BOOK?

Fans of Patricia Highsmith (Talented Mr. Ripley) and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) will hopefully relish in the intricate contemporary tale of manipulation and naiveté, propelled by a strong protagonist in a fight for survival. Similarly, fans of Paul Hawkins (The Girl on a Train) should enjoy a modern domestic murder with unexpected twists and turns. Mix in some Michael Connelly (Lincoln Lawyer) police procedural elements, some John Grisham (The Firm, The Last Juror) courtroom drama and some Richard Price (Lush Life) Manhattan lower east side nuance, and you have a delicious tale that should appease fans of all of these authors.



CHARLES ROYCE
 

Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

 
Here's a little story about me that answers a lot of these questions. It's very personal, but I hope its relatable to many!
 
“When you think back to your original passions, the ones you had when you were a child, remember those passions are the ones that are God-given. Innate. Soul-born. They fill you up, they never tear you down.”  —paraphrased from Pete Wilson, former pastor of Crosspoint Church

Those words. I can’t tell you what they did for me. I was at a crossroads, a place where monotony met discontentment, struggling with what was next for me.  About that same time, a friend of mine Kelly Oechslin released her first book. I saw the light in her eyes, the pure unadulterated joy of presenting what she’d accomplished. Evidently, the universe was trying to guide me. It was like my childhood was whispering, “Hey, remember me?”
 
 Ever since I was little, I can remember writing. I wrote my first book when I was ten. Well, “book” is a bit of an overstatement. It’s roughly 20 pages about a little girl with cancer, with the title “In Other Words, You’re Dying” in huge adolescent cursive on the front cover. I don’t remember what was happening at the time, but clearly, I was trying to work through something. I devoured hundreds of books as a child and well into high school. Essays were always my favorite test-taking form. Creative writing courses in college led to me being a fashion editor of our university newspaper. In the early nineties, I wrote a lost episode of “Friends,” thinking that somehow NBC would pick it up, and I could play Chandler’s long-lost brother. I also wrote an original script about a struggling record company called “Off The Record,” a vehicle for Kirstie Alley because I couldn’t bear thinking that “Cheers” would never return.
 
Then it stopped. Life happened. I stopped writing. I listened to other people tell me who I was, I moved from city to city following pursuits on whims. My mom passed away. I drank. I did drugs. I did manage to start a novel in the midst of a drug binge, but I didn’t finish it. You can imagine why.
 
I got sober. I began coming back to myself. I moved back “home” to Nashville. That’s when it happened. Pastor Pete. Kelly Oechslin. I dusted off the novel I began years ago during the drug binge. The memories of where I was and who I was at the time came flooding back. I wanted to give up immediately, but I noticed that the story itself had legs. I shifted the narrative to another perspective and began mapping out the new book. Character by character, chapter by chapter, the ideas started flowing. Then I took a long trip to Italy to help celebrate my two best friends and their milestone birthdays (photo on previous page was taken by my friend Ruben during the trip). It was there that I finally typed the first chapters of this novel. That was 2016. It has been a roller coaster of pure unadulterated joy ever since.
 
Now as I am writing this letter to you, my book has been recently launched to the world. I am nervous. Excited. Sometimes I struggle with getting caught up in the whirlwind, in thoughts of success. But then I have these moments, like right now talking with you. These are the moments I love… the ones of centeredness, of gratitude, of peace, of KNOWING that I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing. It’s all the success I need.
 
If you are struggling with passion, or perhaps wondering “what’s next,” try listening to that childhood whisper. It might just be waiting for you to give it a voice.
What inspired you to author this book?
I've worked in the entertainment and fashion industries both in New York City and Los Angeles, and I'm a HUGE crime fan. Serial killers, domestic murder, modern day suspense thrillers, all of it. These characters began about 15 years ago, and I never lost track of them, even though my life took a few strange turns.


Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
I am a graphic designer by trade, have been for almost 20 years. I wanted to capture the fashion and publishing industry with a stylized font, and the two blood drops are important to the story. You'll have to read to find out why :)
 
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
John Knowles (A Separate Peace)! I have read that book at least a dozen times. It was the first book I ever read that introduced the concept of duality (a theme that pervades my writing), and made me feel like I was not alone. We all have a dark side, and that's okay as long as we are aware of it and have integrated it into our lives
 
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

Work! I am a busy man, but my passion has always been writing. I make the time. Sometimes it's hard as heck, but I make the time.

 

Tell your readers about your book.
 
Micah Breuer, an accomplished art director living in present day New York City, comes home to find his husband Lennox lying naked on their living room floor in a pool of blood. Lennox has been brutally stabbed over 30 times but is still alive. Struggling to keep his husband breathing, Micah’s efforts end up killing him, and he is arrested for the murder.

Mysterious items are found at the crime scene, some suggesting a connection to the company he works for, while others point to an elusive heroin dealer known as Ghost. With a trial looming, Micah’s lawyer hustles to defend him. Together, they are catapulted into multiple dark realities of corporate corruption, Manhattan’s drug underworld, a questionable and overzealous prosecution, and the betrayal of a close friend who may have masterminded a murderous scheme that could land Micah in prison for life.

As Micah wrestles with his naiveté, his friends and enemies begin to question their own.


Who is your target audience, and why?

Fans of Patricia Highsmith (Talented Mr. Ripley) and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) will hopefully relish in the intricate contemporary tale of manipulation and naiveté, propelled by a strong protagonist in a fight for survival. Similarly, fans of Paul Hawkins (The Girl on a Train) should enjoy a modern domestic murder with unexpected twists and turns. Mix in some Michael Connelly (Lincoln Lawyer) police procedural elements, some John Grisham (The Firm, The Last Juror) courtroom drama and some Richard Price (Lush Life) Manhattan lower east side nuance, and you have a delicious tale that should appease fans of all of these authors.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?
 
My greatest success in life is my sobriety. I wouldn't be where I am without it. In fact, the way things were going, I probably would have been dead.

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

I think I write like a screenplay writer, only in prose. Hopefully my readers can picture the scenes and chapter transitions like a movie.
 

 





 

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