JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
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.
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