5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Darrell Debrew, author of Trina: The Hydro Killer

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Darrell Debrew, author of Trina: The Hydro Killer
(DC Bookdiva Publications)

Trina: The Hydro Killer is about a hit girl/homicidal maniac who can’t commit her last murder. She has to make things correct with a situation that could and does get out of hand. In the end, she finally finds love and peace-of-mind.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Trina: The Hydro Killer?

Darrell Debrew: James Patterson’s books. He created some extremely intriguing serial killers and criminals. I decided to create a serial killer from the ‘hood. Then, I had to put her in situations to make her character come out.

JP: What sets Trina: The Hydro Killer apart from other books in the same genre?

DD: Suspense, suspense, and more suspense makes the difference. Trina isn’t predictable in any manner. She’ll surprise a reader with how she deals with certain situations. At times a reader will feel sorry for her. At times a reader will root for her and love the way she stays alive.

Also, Trina has many open-questions that keep the reader thinking about how she’ll handle the next situation and the outcome. The beginning moves so fast that a reader has little time to think of other things.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Trina: The Hydro Killer getting out to the public?

DD: I studied storytelling. Instead of writing from real life, I use multiple plots (love stories, revenge, tragedies, worthy goals) and give my characters motivation for their actions. First, I pick a plot or situation. Then, I create the characters to suit the story or plot.

Once characters have conflict with each other and inner conflict, a story comes alive and that keeps a reader interested. Though Trina is a killer, to fulfill her self-esteem she still wants to be loved and treated like a beautiful woman and have children. Readers feel these things from her actions. Action is character.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Trina: The Hydro Killer?

DD: First, I write a few notes for a situation. Then I make myself write ten pages a day, on writing pads, of course, because I’m in prison. Trina took forty-five days. By writing at a quick pace, I get a feel that leads me. And like I stated, stories come alive once they are started. As of yet, I haven’t rewritten an entire book.

JP: What’s next for Darrell Debrew?

DD: If I could write that story, I’d release what I know will be my best-selling book and never look back. Since I’m in prison, I’m praying and waiting. Be loved and blessed.




I love feedback. Please be sure to post your reviews at dcbookdiva.com, amazon, b&n and goodreads.com. I have limited access to a computer, but my family and friends are able to read them to me. Thank you for your support and for reading my novel.

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6 thoughts on “5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Darrell Debrew, author of Trina: The Hydro Killer”

  1. THREE of the first three (unique) people to comment on Darrell Debrew’s author interview will win a free copy of Trina: The Hydro Killer.

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  2. I am an avid reader. I love me some james patterson. I will be looking for your book the next time i am in the bookstore or online. I am looking forward to reading TRINA

  3. Thank you for writeing this I have a brother that’s behide the walls all so and he is thinging about writeing also. I wish he would I’m going to tell him to try and pray that his day is comeing soon. Please keep your head up and say strong and the Load will get easy.

    thank you

  4. Know the contest is over, I am truly gonna buy this book it sounds like a good read and at present, not that many mystery or thrillers have been written by African Americans, so this would be a book we as a people could relate too.

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