JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Rahiem Brooks, author of Con Test
(Prodigy Publishing Group)
William Fortune is a novelist who has created spine-jolting and masterful crime thrillers that catapults him to the Best Sellers List and blockbuster films. His prismatic life is being chased down by the intricately mystifying Justice Lorenzo, a con man who has been feeding William his plots for years. All is well considering Williams earnings keep Justice Lorenzo on the run from the Secret Service for identity theft, fraud related crimes, and the unthinkable: murder.
A problem arises when Justice demands that William write his latest novel, DOUBLE LIFE, with the exact facts that placed Justice on the run. William refuses because that may lead to Justices arrest, and maybe his too, as an accessory after the fact. As a result Williams finds himself kidnapped, tortured and his wife doing the unthinkable to get the ransom money.
The action in CON TEST brings LAPD and the Philadelphia Secret Service Agency to a complete halt and readers will be baffled to find that Williams fiction novel jolts to life. And, yes the words to Williams novel are printed between the covers of CON TEST, so readers get two stories in one. This CON TEST is far more gratifying than the Lakers and Celtics rivalry. Justice and William will square off and you will find the victor in CON TEST.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Con Test?
Rahiem Brooks: I was inspired by Pamela Samuels-Young and Walter Mosley to write my first mystery novel. Pamela and Walter both have strong African-American characters in their novels, which truly inspired me to write characters that people of color could relate to, while getting a traditional mystery/suspense.
JP: What sets Con Test apart from other books in the same genre?
RB: What sets my novel apart is the level of story and character development that is put into the overall making of the plot. While there is a main psychological thriller element, there are other lesser important sub-plots that force readers to want to turn the pages. I also write from the mind-set of a movie maker, so the chapters vary from short to long, and some as short as one page.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Con Test getting out to the public?
RB: My keys are being a media monger. Being in as many media outlets as possible at once.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Con Test?
RB: This novel took me about four months to write. It is heavily detailed and the research was extensive to add to the authenticity of the plot.d I typically write 2,000 words or more per day.
JP: What’s next for Rahiem Brooks?
RB: Next for me is TRUTH, LIES, & CONFESSIONS and one of my novels is featured in a special literary project with ARC, Inc.
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