Serving as an Air Force surgeon at the height of the Iraq War, Major Brad Cummins fails to save an injured soldier yet must mend the Iraqi national maimed in the same IED blast. Still blaming himself for losing the soldier after successful surgery, Brad is haunted by the words of the Iraqi: Maybe you should rethink what you really are.
After returning from deployment to home in Mississippi, Brad soon discovers his twin brother shot to death in a suspected robbery. He cannot forget the anonymous text I will give you a little wiggle room and suspects that he was the intended target.
Not only does Brad’s new surgical partner Diana Bratton rescue him during repeated attacks on his life, the heroine pushes for answers. Diana wonders if more than one killer is still tracking Brad, someone who may have also murdered the young soldier in Iraq.
Give us a little background into why you chose to tell a story about an Air Force surgeon in Iraq.
Everything seemed to fall in place as my imagination reached beyond my comfort zone since I have never served in the military. Many of the sub-plots in the novel required a lot of research as well including the murder scenes (i.e., bullet trajectories, blood splatter patterns, masking intentional hospital deaths, etc. – concepts that would not come naturally to a kind-hearted, conscientious physician.)
I really like Diana Bratton. Quite a feisty lady :-) Is she based on a real life person or did you create her in full?
I think both my female and male readers will be drawn to Diana Bratton. I plan to make her a major player in novel 6 as well.
Daren, how do you develop your characters?
The names given to the major characters in Wiggle Room were derived from names chosen by patrons at charity events or fund-raisers for non-profit organizations both in Mississippi and elsewhere. The character assigned to each was the author’s choice. While the characters in the novel in no way resemble the real people who happen to bear the same names, I cannot imagine having used any other name for the individual characters.
I think of all the characters in my novels as a mixture of people I know well or have met casually or would like to meet or avoid. That is what is fascinating about writing. You can transform a nice person into someone even nicer (almost to the point of absurdity) while gaining great satisfaction in tormenting a character who deserves it. One of my editors summed this up well when commenting that he really “liked” one of the darkest characters in Wiggle Room, almost to the point of regretting the guy’s circumstances as the plot unfolds.
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And I can tell folks that they're all great books.
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